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Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:15 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 9:03 pm
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez's smile was bigger than his muscles, which look bigger than ever. Ramirez was smiling broadly throughout the team's first full-squad workout, either the result of an attitude overhaul or a determined effort to prove everyone wrong that he carried the potential to destroy the good feeling around Marlins camp. When someone remarked what great shape he appeared to be in, Ramirez said, "When everyone was talking ... I was working.''

There was indeed a lot of talk this winter about Ramirez, and more specifically, whether he'd take to the switch from his beloved shortstop to third base. Stories seemed to swing back and forth about whether Hanley hated, tolerated or relished the move. I'm not sure whether it's because today was the day for the brief media refresher course, but Ramirez's public message was that he loved third base and was looked foward to the challenge. "It's 200 percent OK,'' Ramirez said. "I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my mind. I feel it in my body.''

Meanwhile, in case Ramirez's feelings are ahead of his skills, new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has begun lowering expectations for Ramirez at third base. "He's not a Gold Glover (at third base). We have to be patient. He will make mistakes,'' Guillen said.

He is far from a media darling and has been considered something of a prickly personality in the past, but he is making no mistakes in the interview sessions so far, that's for sure. Maybe he's been humbled a tad. Between a season in which he hit an uncharacteristic .243 to his very public forced transfer to third base, perhaps he understands he isn't the king of the team anymore. He was always the star of the Marlins as well as the obvious personal favorite of team owner Jeffrey Loria, who once bought a gold necklace for Ramirez in honor of his batting title. Now Ramirez is only one of several Marlins stars, including up-and-coming slugger Mike Stanton plus free agent imports Jose Reyes (the reason for Ramirez's move), Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.

So far at least, Ramirez understands the news is all positive here, and judging by his demeanor, he isn't about to do anything to jeopardize that. He also likes his chances at third better than Guillen does. Asked how he thinks he'll be at third, he said, "Great ... the best.''


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Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:47 am
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Yup, Reyes is overrated, doesn't play much as he is paid.  It would have been better to shift Reyes to second, to reduce the injury chances, and adjust from there.  Defense is still important, and those two in the middle instead of the left side would be been better.



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Hanley knows it is only a matter of time before Reyes is back on the DL. !!!!



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:42 am
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Hanley has come to camp with the right attitude. He smells a chance for the playoffs and possibly a world series. Some guys are total professionals and can play on a perennial loser for years. Ramirez is not one of those players....he saw the Marlins spend money and for now he is excited. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:31 am
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

The biggest question this year will be who is the weakest leak Nolasco, Hanley, or Zambrano. The other guys are characters, but they show upn to play baseball everyday as long as they are healthy.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 3:24 am
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Here's the Good Starts records of the Marlins starting 5.  Josh was injured much of last year, so I went back to the previous year and totaled his Good Starts til I got to 33.  Carlos was...crazy last year...so I did the same for him.  So, if they're all healthy (and not crazy), they could tackle the Phils.  They won't.  But they could.  When your five starters give you an excellent chance to win 107 times out of 161 starts (107-54), well, that's pretty damn good.  

Josh Johnson - 28-5
Mark Buehrle - 22-9
Anibal Sanchez - 21-11
Carlos Zambrano - 20-13 
Ricky Nolasco - 17-16 

However, here are the Phils:

Roy Halladay: 26-6
Cole Hamels: 24-6
Cliff Lee: 25-7
Vance Worley - 15-8
Joe Blanton - 17-16

This totals 107 good starts out 150 starts (107-43).  But Blanton has been injured and occasionally ineffective.  Worley has not been tested over a full season.  And Halladay and Lee are just a little bit older.  With the Phillies starting lineup getting older, and Howard injured, it should be a competitive year.  



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:30 pm
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Ramirez is a class act.  Glad to see this story.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:01 pm
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

but Ramirez's publick message was that he loved third base and was looked foward to the chalenge.
Wow. Proofread much?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B

Hanley the dog will completely blow up the marlins and he'll be traded by the deadline.  They'll finish 20 games behind the Phillies.....again.  But it'll be a 10 game improvement.


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