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Clayton Kershaw sticks up for Hanley Ramirez by plunking Matt Holliday

Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch during the 4th inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. As you might remember, Ramirez was hit by Cards starting pitcher Joe Kelly in the first game of the NLCS last year and suffered a broken rib. Clayton Kershaw had finally seen enough.

With LA leading 3-1, runners on first and third and two out, Ramirez was drilled in the shoulder by a fastball from Carlos Martinez that was thrown in a very dangerous area.

Kershaw plunked Matt Holliday in the backside with his first pitch in the next half inning.

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Clayton Kershaw loses perfect game on Hanley Ramirez error (Video)

Hanley Ramirez Clayton KershawClayton Kershaw had a perfect game going through six innings against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, but he lost it when Hanley Ramirez made a throwing error on a chopper that allowed Corey Dickerson to reach base.

Dickerson was leading off the inning and chopped a 2-1 pitch to Ramirez, who made a wild throw up the line that went past Adrian Gonzalez and allowed Dickerson to reach second. It was a clear error by Hanley and was immediately scored as such.

Kershaw escaped the inning without allowing a hit or run, keeping the no-hitter intact. It’s too bad Hanley couldn’t make the play, because that was a pretty routine ball for an MLB shortstop and it would have given Kershaw a great chance at history. At least the two-time Cy Young winner was able to lock down the no-hitter.

Nice going, Hanley.

Hanley Ramirez puts snake in Juan Uribe’s shoe (Video)

UribeThe Los Angeles Dodgers love messing with each other more than any other team in baseball, but Hanley Ramirez may have crossed the line on Saturday. How? By putting a snake in Juan Uribe’s shoe.

We’re not sure if it was a real snake or not, but it definitely scared the crap out of Uribe. Ramirez posted the video you see above on Instagram with a caption written in Spanish that basically translates to “I put a snake in (Juan Uribe’s) shoe,” according to Google translator.

Whether it’s turning their teammate into a real-life bobblehead or playing a tiny guitar in the clubhouse for spare change, the Dodgers always seem to be having a great time. Unless it was a rubber snake, Hanley may have sparked an all-out war.

Hanley Ramirez unveils fantastic new hairstyle

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has done some great things with his hair over the years. He has gone above and beyond with the latest.

Earlier this week, Ramirez posted some photos on Instagram of his new hairstyle. I like to think of it as a combination between comedian Katt Williams and music sensation Prince.

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Remember, this is the same guy who once dyed his hair blond. I made fun of him for that, but now I almost wish he’d bring it back. The blond hair would be a massive improvement.

H/T Extra Mustard

Hanley Ramirez: Are the Marlins winning without me?

Hanley Ramirez may have been a problem in Miami, but he was not the problem. If he was truly a malcontent in the clubhouse and was hurting the team off the field, the Marlins did the right thing by getting rid of him.

On Thursday, Marlins team president David Samson told MLB.com the following when asked why Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers.

“We just realized we couldn’t win with him,” Samson said. “It was that simple.”

When asked about Samson’s comment, Hanley made a pretty good point.

“Now are they winning without me?” he asked according to the LA Times. “I don’t think it’s one guy. If it was me, you know, OK. I had a lot of good memories there. They gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues.”

Ramirez had his fair share of high points and low points in Florida, but he wasn’t the sole reason for either winning or losing. The Marlins had a winning percentage of .464 before trading Hanley this season. Without him, they have a record of 18-28 — or a .383 winning percentage. Trading their star infielder may have been necessary for Miami, but at the moment it appears to be more of a lose with me or lose without my type of situation.

H/T Hardball Talk
Photo credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Ozzie Guillen: Hanley Ramirez would pimp a home run down 30

Hanley Ramirez ticked off A.J. Burnett when he showboated after hitting a home run on Thursday, and Ozzie Guillen isn’t surprised by his former player’s antics.

“That’s Hanley,” Guillen said of Ramirez, according to The Miami Herald. “[If] Hanley hit a home run down by 30 runs, he would pimp it. That’s the way he is.

“There’s so much [garbage],” Guillen said. “Somebody hits a home run, they put on a show. Somebody strikes out, they put on a show. That’s the way the game is right now.”

Though Guillen isn’t a fan of the celebrations, he can’t really complain.

“I cannot say [anything] because my players do a stupid show,” Guillen said. “They’re a last-place team. They score one run and they [act] like we score 100.”

Though Hanley’s home run on Thursday was crucial because it gave the Dodgers the lead, we wouldn’t put it past him to celebrate up or down by 15. The guy has been guilty of plenty of stupid behavior in the past. This is only part of it.

Between the Marlins’ lo viste, the Brewers’ beast mode, and the Rangers’ antlers, many teams are participating in this trend of celebrating hits. I don’t mind it too much if it’s between teammates, but if you’re directing it at the pitcher the way Hanley did, then it’s disrespectful and a problem.

A.J. Burnett blasts Hanley Ramirez for home run celebration (Video)

Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Burnett got into it during Thursday’s Dodgers-Pirates game after Burnett felt Ramirez showed him up following a home run.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer (the 150th of his career) off Burnett in the bottom of the fourth to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. As he was rounding second base, he appeared to put his hands to his eyes in the shape of glasses, upsetting Burnett. The gesture seems to be a ripoff of the “lo viste” gesture developed by the Marlins, for whom Ramirez played before being traded to the Dodgers. “Lo viste” is the players’ way of saying “did you see that?” in Spanish, though it’s unclear exactly what Ramirez intends his new gesture to mean. Regardless, Burnett felt Ramirez was showing him up.

Later in the game after the Pirates had reclaimed the lead, Burnett struck Ramirez out and stared him down. He also clearly yelled, “Sit down!”

“If you’re going to hit a homer, act like you’ve hit one before,” Burnett told reporters after the game according to the Associated Press. “The first batter, (James) Loney, hit one, was very professional about it. Ran hard the whole way. I just thought he did a little something at second base. I could be wrong. It was the heat of the moment.”

As for the “sit down” comment, Burnett said he was just excited to get a hitter out that sent one a long way off of him the last time up. Obviously, there was more to it than that. It’s hard to not side with Burnett on this one. Hanley clearly made the gesture in his direction, which is a classless move. Moments like those are the reason many of Ramirez’s former teammates weren’t sad to see him leave Miami.