Tag:Hanley Ramirez
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:34 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Report: Ramirez's season in jeopardy

By Matt Snyder

Hanley Ramirez's forgettable season may be over. The Marlins' three-time All-Star shortstop suffered a setback on the rehab trail with his balky left shoulder Tuesday and it doesn't sound good. He had an MRI Wednesday and the results are coming Thursday, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that "indications are [Ramirez] won't be back this year." Capozzi also noted surgery is very much a possibility.

Ramirez entered the season as a 27 year old with expectations of being among the best players in baseball. If fantasy baseball is your thing, you know Ramirez was a consensus top five overall pick due to his power-speed combination. It turns out, Ramirez has to qualify as one of the biggest busts of the season. He entered the season with career triple slash line of .313/.385/.520. This season, it's .243/.333/.379. From 2006-2010, Ramirez averaged 112 runs, 25 homers and 39 steals a season. This season he's sitting at 55, 10 and 20, respectively. The numbers are injury shortened, to be sure, but he's just fallen short across the board in 2011.

With the Marlins moving into a new stadium for 2012, Ramirez needs a huge bounce-back. He's too intregral to the ballclub's success to disappoint.

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:56 am
 

Pepper: Replay helps, but is hardly perfect



By C. Trent Rosecrans

See, now that's how replay's supposed to work -- maybe.

A day after the Yankees were the victim of a bad call (and worse replay) in Kansas City, the umpires in Minnesota went to the video once again for a Justin Morneau two-run homer in the first inning.

However, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't agree.

"In my opinion, and this is what I told them: 'If one replay shows it could be fair and one replay shows it could be foul, and no one is really positive, how the heck do you change it?'" Gardenhire told reporters (via MLB.com). "I don't get that. They told me they saw a view on TV. But I could show three views right here where the ball disappears behind the pole. It just depends on the camera angle."

While I'm all for expanded replay, we must keep in mind it's not going to solve all of baseball's problems -- and the last two days have shown that.

Fair or foul? You be the judge (Yankees broadcast, Twins broadcast). It sure looked foul to me, but I understand the argument. It's what the NFL calls "incontrovertible visual evidence" and I'm not sure it's there. It's something to keep in mind, even with replay, humans are in charge and the chance for human error is always great, no matter what tools are at our disposal.

Hanley on hold: Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez may not return this season, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post speculated. Ramirez sprained his left shoulder on Aug. 2 while chasing down a fly ball. Ramirez hasn't played since. He had surgery not he same shoulder following the 2007 season.

Quade safe?: Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has been supportive of embattled manager Mike Quade and when he talks to the media during a homestand starting today, it's expected he will support his manager. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Little slugger: I wrote about Indians infielder Jack Hannahan's son the other day, but if you missed it, go here. Anyway, Louisville Slugger sent the youngest Hannahan a bat with his name, birthday and birth weight on it. A cool gesture for Johnny Hannahan, whose dad also uses Louisville Sluggers. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Hanson on hold: Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson won't return from the disabled list on Tuesday as previously scheduled. The Braves aren't sure when they'll get him back from shoulder tendinitis, but it may not be too long. It looks like rookie Mike Minor will stay in the rotation, at least through Tuesday. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Congrats?: Brewers infielder Craig Counsell was believed to have dodged setting the record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit recently when he snapped an 0-for-45 skid one hitless at-bat before the record set by Bill Bergen in 1909. However, the Elias Sports Bureau went back and found that Bergen's went 0 for 45, meaning Counsell and former big leaguer Dave Campbell tied Bergen for baseball's longest streak of futility. Campbell achieved the feat in 1973 while with the Padres, Cardinals and Astros. The original 0 for 46 mark was from Joe Dittmar, who had researched it as a piece on Bergen for the Society for American Baseball Reaserach in 1997. Dittmar went back to check his work and saw that he was off by one and Elias was right. So, congrats Counsell and Campbell, or probably more accurately to Bergen, who is no long alone with his streak. [New York Times]

Confidence is key: Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion said his belief in himself has been able to get him through another difficult year. It looked as if Encarnacion might be the odd man out when the Jays were set to promote Brett Lawrie at the end of June, but since Lawrie broke his hand and his call up was delayed. Since June 28, Encarnacion has hit .325/.414/.580 with nine home runs and cut down his strikeouts to 25 with 22 walks over that time. He's also been helped by being taken off third base where he's struggled throughout his career with consistency -- making the really difficult plays and botching the easy ones. [Toronto Star]

Please stay Rays: St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster said Thursday that he has a "detailed plan" to keep the Rays in St. Pete, but refused to disclose any details. The city clerk said she knew nothing about it, but Foster claims it exists. Don't get too excited about this plan, though, while he didn't spill any beans, he did "clarify" that his "detailed plan" may not include a new stadium. [Tampa Tribune]

Hold on: The Nationals' Tyler Clippard has a pretty good shot at breaking the holds record this year. If you can't quite remember who currently holds it, you're forgiven -- it's not like we're talking about Babe Ruth's home run record (I kid). Clippard got his 32nd hold last night and has a decent shot at breaking Luke Gregerson's record of 40 set way back in 2010. [Baseball-Reference.com]

M.C. Doc Halladay?: Rapper Game references Phillies ace Roy Halladay on his new album. That's all. Just found it interesting and liked the mental image Dave Brown gives of Halladay at the Source Awards. [Yahoo's Big League Stew]

Making dad proud: The other day I teased Reds scouting director Chris Buckley about the team's pick of his son, Sean, in the sixth round. Another team official was there and rightfully noted, "nepotism picks comes in the 40s, not the sixth round." They're right -- and early in his career, Sean Buckley is proving him right. Buckley has 13 home runs already in short-season Class A with the Billings Mustangs, including one that cleared the batter's eye in center field. [MiLB.com]

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Morrison gets into brief spat with Marlins writer

RamirezBy Evan Brunell

The Marlins' Logan Morrison and South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Juan C. Rodriguez had a bit of a spat Wednesday night, when Rodriguez wrote that Morrison had taken "jabs" at teammate and star shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

Morrison told Rodriguez the Marlins lack "experience and a veteran who is in the lineup every day that can be an anchor for us" in the lineup. The club has been struggling offensively, and Ramirez hitting the disabled list with a sprained left shoulder after sitting out eight straight games certainly didn't help matters.

When asked if Ramirez could be that person, Morrison added, “I guess, but he’s not there every game. It’s 162 games. It’s not a 100-game season.”

That was enough for Rodriguez to title his story "Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison takes more jabs at DLed Hanley Ramirez," and that upset Morrison greatly, who took to Twitter to voice his complaints.

"[F]unny how u left the part out about how unfortunate it is that he was hurt and that he could be an anchor if he was healthy," he tweeted to Rodriguez, adding another note that the story "probably wouldn't have been that good of a story then! Might want to think twice about coming around my locker next time."

Let's stop for a second and appreciate how much Twitter has changed the baseball world. In the past, the only conduit to fans for players on a large scale was through the media. Now, players are not only able to go straight to the fans with Twitter, but they can take a stand for themselves if they feel they are being improperly treated. In the olden days, Morrison would have only been able to tell Rodriguez the next day not to come to his locker anymore, and the story would have swelled. Instead, Morrison fired off some tweets after reading the story and was able to defend himself to the public. Rodriguez then altered the story, telling Twitter followers that the issue had been "straightened out."

The new story added two sentences:

Morrison later clarified his comments, saying they weren’t intended as a dig at Ramirez. What he meant to convey was that the offense’s struggles sans Ramirez shows how important he is to this team.
Disaster averted, thanks to the magic that is Twitter. Any time you can make a process more public, open and transparent, that's a good thing. A chief complaint players have when they deal with the media is that the media selectively uses quotes to craft the story, painting things in a certain light that may otherwise have been unintended. In the olden days, reporters had space considerations in the newspapers, so would lop off any quotes that were extraneous or unimportant. These days, it's less of an issue given the internet has no space limitations, but as we saw, that doesn't erase the issue entirely. With the advent of social networking, though, it allows for one more check and balance.

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:40 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Hanley Ramirez hits DL

By Matt Snyder

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was placed on the disabled list Wednesday night, retroactive to August 3, the team announced following a loss to the Braves. Ramirez injured his shoulder diving for a ball in shallow left-center and hasn't been able to get back on the field since. He has a sprained left shoulder, which is the same shoulder that was surgically repaired following the 2007 season. Ramirez wasn't placed on the DL for a week, as he was trying to get himself back on the field but couldn't shake the pain.

This is kind of the cherry on top for an absolute disaster of a season for Ramirez. It's the second stint on the disabled list for a player who hasn't played less than 142 games in a season in the previous five -- and only less than 151 once. He entered 2011 with a career line of .313/.385/.520, but has put up a .243/.333/.379 line this season. He's only 27, is a three-time All-Star and was the runner-up for 2009 NL MVP.

Meanwhile, the Marlins have lost seven in a row after climbing all the way back to .500. In far too many ways, 2011 is a season to forget for Ramirez and his teammates.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:02 am
 

Marlins' Ramirez day-to-day with shoulder injury

Hanley RamirezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game with an sprained left shoulder after diving for a ball in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Mets. The team said he is listed as day-to-day.

Ramirez dove for Angel Pagan's one-out pop up to shallow left field and then stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes while he was examined by the team's trainer. He walked off the field under his own power, but was obviously trying to keep his left arm still.

Ramirez underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder in 2007.

"It’s sore. I just have to ice a couple more times and see how I feel [Wednesday]," Ramirez told reporters, including the Miami Herald's Manny Navarro. "I fell, it went out, came back in. It's something I haven't dealt ... for a while after the surgery. Hopefully, it's nothing bad and I can come back quick."

Since his batting average hit the Mendoza line on June 20, Ramirez has hit .304/.385/.500 with six homers and 28 RBI in 26 games. He was 1 for 3 with a double on Tuesday. On the season, he's hitting .242/.333/.376 with 10 homers.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Pepper: Gomes adjusting to Nats after deal

Gomes

By Evan Brunell

TRADE IMPLICATIONS: It's never easy to get traded, and Jonny Gomes is still adjusting to life in Washington.

Unfortunately, his first game ended hitless with a hit by pitch, grounding into a bases-loaded double play in the third, then striking out with runners on the corners in the seventh inning.

“You can’t help but kind of jump into an interview, if you will,” Gomes said. “It’s everyone’s first time seeing you and whatnot. I’ve got a few years in now. I’m a little older. I’m definitely not nervous by any means. But there’s still some sea legs. I can’t remember the last time I grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, maybe ever. I had to go back in the archives to find that. So I’m a little bit out of my element, things like that. But I felt good at the plate.”

Gomes admitted that staying in the National League is going a long way toward getting used to his new surroundings.

“It’s not like they’re going to pitch me different because I’m in a different uniform,” Gomes said. “There’s certain strategies with guys who hit behind you, who hit in front of you, guys who like to run, guys who don’t like to run – just kind of situational ball inside the clubhouse that I’ll have to adjust to. That just comes with days of service to this team.” (Washington Post)

RASMUS FALLOUT: Why didn't the White Sox simply trade for Colby Rasmus themselves, Phil Rogers reports. His conclusion? The White Sox want to keep the manager's seat available for Tony La Russa, as there's a distinct possibility he could rejoin the ChiSox after the year. (Chicago Tribune)

NEW REP IN TORONTO: For Rasmus' part, he just wants to move on and close the St. Louis chapter of his career. Who can blame him? Rasmus is looking to play his game in Toronto, free of distractions. Free from a manager the center fielder feels never cared for Rasmus. Free from constant speculation about his father's involvement in his career. (Sportsnet.ca)

MAN ON THE MOVE: Why does Edwin Jackson keep getting traded? It's simple: Jackson is a good enough pitcher to be in demand by many teams, but has a salary that has continually risen the last few years. (Big League Stew)

MORE CONINE: After Hanley Ramirez called Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine a "chicken," he then took to the Twitter waves to speak more on the subject, and this looks PR-scripted. "I'm sorry that Mr. Conine feels that way, and I admire him for all that he accomplished in his career. Proud to leave my skin on the field and the sweat on my uniform every night for my team, as we pursue our winning goals. End of story, we have games to win!" (Twitter link)

NO HITTING: Adam Dunn never hits in the offseason, choosing to pick up a bat in spring training and find his swing then. It's always worked, but it hasn't in Chicago. The good news is that Dunn's new home near Houston is close to a place for him to swing the bat in the offseason, and he may elect to change his routine this winter. (Chicago Sun-Times)

SKIPPING ZITO: Barry Zito was rocked so badly in his last start that he may have lost his opportunity to make his next start -- and perhaps has lost his spot in the rotation. (San Francisco Chronicle)

UNPOPULAR: Hideki Irabu was never a popular Yankee, but he didn't have many fans in the Japanese media, either. A New York Times story details how Irabu got a frosty reception from his countrymates in his first Yankees news conference. (New York Times)

TIME FOR A FIVE-MAN: Jake Peavy is ready for a five-man rotation with the departure of Edwin Jackson. The only drawback is that Peavy has essentially been a five-inning pitcher all season and won't be fully healthy until next year. This is something to watch. (Chicago Sun-Times)

TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY: It's always going to be better as a big-market team. That's just a fact. But parity rules the day in 2011, and payroll space isn't why. It's because most teams are geared to contend this year than usual. (BizofBaseball.com)

Mets DEBUT: New Mets prospect Zack Wheeler will draw his first start on Monday, in Class A Port St. Lucie. Wheeler was dealt for Carlos Beltran. (Zack Wheeler Twitter)

IRREGULAR: Kenley Jansen was hospitalized after Tuesday night's game, but was released a day later after a cardio conversion put his heartbeat back in place. (MLB.com)

Rays TRADE: Joe Maddon doesn't want his team to make any trades, the manager saying he likes the combination he's got. But there's a reason he's manager, not GM. You can bet on Tampa making some moves before the weekend is out. (St. Petersburg Times)

BEST CHICAGO GM: Three GMs are in action out in Chicago this weekend: the White Sox's Kenny Williams, the Cubs' Jim Hendry and football's Jerry Angelo, leader of the Bears. Which GM inspires the most confidence to get things done? No surprise, it's Williams, who has a history of not waiting around to make his move. (Chicago Tribune)

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

Ramirez

By Evan Brunell

Hanley Ramirez fired back at "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine, who spent eight years with Florida in a 17-season career before taking a job as special assistant in the Marlins' front office. Conine made remarks last week on the radio about how he would trade Ramirez if it were up to him. Conine added that Ramirez frustrates him on a nightly basis, due to what has become a well-chronicled history of Ramirez not trying as hard as he can to complete a play.

"If he's got a problem, just come over and talk to me like a man," Ramirez told the Miami Herald. "Don't be a chicken, talking on the [radio], because whatever you say is going to stay out there."

Ramirez added that he's surprised at the timing of the remarks, which coincided with the Marlins reversing their skid and posting a 18-13 record under octogenarian Jack McKeon, the new manager. Ramirez himself has finally snapped out of a season-long slump that had him hitting .200/.298/.295 on the morning of June 21, a far cry from the dominating force the 27-year-old had fashioned himself to. Since then, Han-Ram is at .327/.413/.545 with six home runs in 126 plate appearances, swiping six bases as well.

"Why now?" The shortstop questioned, saying he was friendly with Conine prior to the comments. "There are a lot of worse guys than me out there. But nobody knows because nobody pays attention. When I'm on the field, I'm just being me. I'm playing my game. It's how I've got to play. Nobody's going to change me. What I get paid for is to win, respect each other, respect the organization. That's what I do."

Ramirez, who won the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2006, plus a batting title and second-place MVP finish in 2009, has his name littered among Florida's all-time leaderboards, showing up more impressively than Conine has. Ramirez is currently second all time in franchise history in batting average (.307) with Conine seventh at .290. He's fourth in Marlins history in OPS with a .889 mark, Conine placing 10th. Runs scored? Ramirez is second with 615, just behind Luis Castillo's 675 while Conine is sixth. Doubles, triples, home runs ... all the same story: Ramirez ranks near the top, Conine's back in the pack -- except for RBI, where Conine holds a 120-run lead.

In hits, Ramirez, who stated a desire to go into the Hall of Fame as a Marlin, just passed Conine, with 1,010 career hits as a Marlin. Conine has 1,005.

"I think he wants to be Mr. Marlin forever," Ramirez said of Conine. "It won't happen. I'm coming, baby. I think I'm going to be Mr. Marlin. That's my goal now. I wasn't thinking about that [before Conine's comments]."

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:10 am
Edited on: July 17, 2011 9:49 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Marlins offense explodes



By Matt Snyder


Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, rest of Marlins. The Marlins dominated the Cubs from start to finish Saturday, pounding out 14 hits and 13 runs. Seven of those hits were of the extra-base variety, too, so it was quite the show. Two players in particular stood out, though. Mike Stanton clubbed a pair of homers, giving him 20 on the season and putting the league lead in his sights. Hanley Ramirez doubled three times, scored three times and drove in two. Since new manager Jack McKeon moved Ramirez to the cleanup spot in the lineup (89 plate appearances), he's hit .371/.449/.603 with six doubles, four homers, 23 RBI and 17 runs. And the Marlins have won seven of eight.

Alfredo Simon, Orioles. This is amazing: Courtesy of MASNSports.com, the Orioles had only had one starting pitcher work at least seven innings in the past 29 games. In that stretch, the starters had a 7.71 ERA, and the Orioles were 6-23 in those games. They won Saturday evening, and not coincidentally it was because they got a quality start. Simon did better than the textbook definition of quality start. He went seven innings and allowed two earned runs. It was only his second start since 2009 and fifth of his career.

Edwin Jackson, White Sox. As bad as the White Sox have been, they're now only four games out of first place (the two Central divisions are pretty terrible, aren't they?). The move forward Saturday came courtesy of an Edwin Jackson shutout. Jackson scattered nine hits and threw a complete game for the first time in a White Sox uniform. His last complete game was his 149-pitch no-hitter as a member of the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010.



Reds' gaffes. The Reds could have won Saturday night to move within two games of first place in the NL Central, but three mistakes were far too costly to overcome. In the fourth inning, Chris Heisey ran into the third out at third base, when he essentially had no chance of making third. That meant instead of turning the lineup over, pitcher Bronson Arroyo had to lead off next inning. In that next inning, Drew Stubbs was doubled off second base on an Edgar Renteria flyout to end the inning. But those errors paled in comparison to Arroyo's two-out throwing error on a Jon Jay bunt. It extended the inning with two men on base, and Albert Pujols coming to the plate. Pujols hit a three-run home run and the Cardinals won 4-1.

Cole Hamels, Phillies. The Mets own the All-Star left-hander. Hamels came into the game Saturday 11-4 with a 2.32 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, but he had a 7.45 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in two starts this year against the Mets. Saturday was no different, as the Mets worked Hamels over. He only got through 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, four walks and seven earned runs. This was a Mets' lineup missing Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Ike Davis.

Barry Zito, Giants. So much for the return to All-Star form. Zito was 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA since coming off the disabled list. Saturday night, he was facing off against arguably the worst offensive team in the majors and was torched. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, four walks and eight earned runs. He gave up home runs to Jesus Guzman and Orlando Hudson. Basically, it was one of the worst outings imaginable. We'll give Zito the benefit of the doubt and say it could be a temporary setback, but I'm sure Giants fans are a bit worried.

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