Some Marlins players reportedly happy to see Hanley Ramirez go

The Marlins first season under Ozzie Guillen has been a disappointment. After building a brand new ballpark and making some significant splashes in free agency during the offseason, nobody expect Miami to turn into sellers at the trade deadline. Now that they have, it makes sense that Hanley Ramirez was the first to go. His career with the Marlins has been a frustrating roller coaster both on the field and off of it. While some of Hanley’s former teammates — including Jose Reyes — said they were sad to see him go, others are reportedly relieved.

According to the Miami Herald, one anonoymous player said a number of people in the organization were happy when Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers.

“There were a lot of smiles,” the player said. “They created a monster from a very good baseball player — gave him so much slack to do whatever the (expletive) he wanted because he was performing.

“You can push some things aside when you’re hitting .340 with 40 home runs. You say ‘He’s a (jerk), but I can deal with it. … But when you’re not playing and you’re trying to be that same (jerk), it starts rubbing people the wrong way.”

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Dodgers ownership makes statement with Hanley Ramirez trade

If you couldn’t tell that the new Dodgers owners aren’t frugal by the amount of money they bid for team, then the move they made late Tuesday night certainly sealed it. The Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate from the Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough in a four-player deal. The trade does not involve any cash, so that means the Dodgers will pay Hanley Ramirez the rest of the $15 million he’s owed this season and the $31.5 million he’s owed the next two seasons.

This type of move would have been unfathomable under the previous ownership group which would never have budged from its payroll ceiling if it meant skipping a thousand-dollar dinner or hundred-dollar haircut.

Though I love what this move says about the new owners’ willingness to spend money to improve the team, I’m not a big fan of it baseball-wise.

Hanley Ramirez is batting .179 this month and his OPS has been under .700 since June. I think he’s a flaky player and not the superstar he appeared to be from 2007-2009. Maybe a change in scenery and a new team will help him get back to crushing the ball and spark a turnaround, but I’m not too optimistic.

If the Dodgers wanted a third baseman, they would have been better served trading for Kevin Youkilis instead of letting the White Sox get him. I even think Chase Headley or Aramis Ramirez would have helped the team more.

The Dodgers are losing Nathan Eovaldi in the deal. He’s a former 8th-round draft pick who made six starts last season and 10 this season. The guy is a flame thrower and routinely sits in the mid-90s, so he has strong strikeout potential. The downside with him is that he throws too many pitches like Chad Billingsley who never overcame the problem. Of course, if Eovaldi turns out to be as effective as Billingsley, the Marlins will probably be thrilled. The other player in the deal is Scott McGough, a former Oregon pitcher who was drafted by the Dodgers last year. He’s only 22 and playing in single-A, so it’s too early to tell what he can do.

Love the new owners’ mentality, but would have preferred a different deal.

Hanley Ramirez on the trade block; Marlins reportedly want prospects in return

Hanley Ramirez won a batting title not long ago and was one of the top players in baseball. Since then, his play has dropped off and he’s had poor production.

The Marlins reportedly are willing to trade him, and they want players in return rather than just a team willing to take on the $31.5 million he’s over for the next two seasons.

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports that the asking price for Ramirez “is not ridiculous.” He says the A’s and Red Sox (which traded him to the Marlins in 2005) are interested. USA Today says the Blue Jays are also interested.

The Marlins got more than their money’s worth out of Hanley considering his most productive seasons from 2007-2009 came at a price of less than $7 million. They had no way of knowing he would fall off and become average after signing a five-year $70 million deal in 2008.

Ramirez seems to be maturing after being a clubhouse problem as recently as last year, but if I were the Marlins, I wouldn’t hesitate to trade him. I have serious doubts that he’ll be worth the salary he’s scheduled to earn over the next two seasons, regardless of what team he’s playing for.

It also looks like Hanley’s wish to become the new “Mr. Marlin” won’t come true.

Ozzie Guillen: ‘Baby Hanley’ Ramirez needs to remember to take his medication

A little less than two weeks ago, Hanley Ramirez suffered a very idiotic injury when he punched a cooling fan in the Marlins dugout and cut his hand open. Unfortunately, it was a lapse in judgment that he is still paying for. According to the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez was held out of the lineup on Friday night against Pittsburgh because of an infection he has developed in the same hand.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says the hand became infected because Hanley forgot to take his antibiotics. Now he is hoping someone will watch his third baseman like a child.

“It’s pretty infected,” Guillen said. “I was kind of worried about it. Hopefully the doctor will find exactly what he needs and make sure baby Hanley takes (it). I will every night ‘open your mouth’ and put it in his mouth.”

Naturally, Guillen called Ramirez a “baby” in a joking manner. Still, he sounded surprised that an adult would need to be reminded to take an important medication.

“How do you forget to take a pill that the doctors (tell you) to take?” Guillen asked.

As his recent comments about Chicago reminded us, Ozzie always has something to say about everything and it isn’t always nice. That being said, it’s easy to understand why this particular injury is so frustrating for him. One of the Marlins’ best players was already banged up because he couldn’t control his temper, and the injury is still a problem because he forgot to take his medication. Those aren’t the types of problems you expect to face when dealing with adults.

H/T LBS contributor Aaron Frishman
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Hanley Ramirez suffers cut on his hand hitting an electric fan in frustration

The Marlins’ season has officially gotten so frustrating that players are injuring themselves. Hanley Ramirez is currently in a 2-for-22 slump, and he is not happy with himself. During the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals — one that ended with another blown save from Heath Bell — Hanley punched a cooling fan in the dugout after grounding out. He needed two stitches on his knuckle, but the team is optimistic he will be fine for the second half.

Hanley said he punched the fan because he “got mad” and is upset with his lack of production. As you can imagine, Ozzie Guillen was not happy with his third baseman’s reaction.

“Very stupid injury, very immature,” Guillen said after the game according to the Miami Herald. “You’re going to hurt yourself because you can’t hit? Good hitters don’t do that. Good hitters battle back and try to get better. Your injury doesn’t just hurt yourself, you hurt your ball club.

“I don’t pay attention to stupidities. That made me mad. Players get hurt for no reason — hitting stuff. That’s very childish. We’re not kids. We’re grown people. When you struggle and you’re a great player you have to try and be better. To be honest with you I didn’t even ask him, I was so disappointed. We built this ballclub around him. This is the man in this ballclub and I never criticized Hanley Ramirez for not having the season we thought he had, but I will for hurting himself.”

You certainly can’t blame Ozzie for being furious. After seeing the horrible injury Amar’e Stoudemire suffered by doing something similar, it’s a shame athletes don’t learn from situations like that and think before they act. Hand injuries that are the result of clumsiness and stem from cleaning out a blender or trying to cut strings off your glove are tough to avoid. Cutting your finger by punching something isn’t.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Hanley Ramirez held a players only meeting for the Marlins…Hanley Ramirez?

Things have not gone the way the Marlins hoped this season, particularly in the month of June. After beginning the year with an impressive 31-23 record, Miami has dropped 15 of its last 18 games and dipped below .500. Sometimes a team has to hit rock bottom before a player steps forward and tries to be a leader, but rarely do we ever see a guy like Hanley Ramirez assume that role.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez called a players-only meeting after Saturday’s 7-1 loss to Toronto. One veteran player said he was “impressed” and that Hanley “said all the right things.” What Hanley are we talking about here?

“I don’t like to talk too much,” Ramirez told reporters on Sunday. “I joke a little bit but I don’t like to speak. But sometimes there’s a time when you have too many things in your heart and you just want to say it.

“The past is in the past. We have to start today. It has been tough. You cannot just keep adding loses and losses every day. Clean your mind and let’s start from today.”

It’s worth noting that the Marlins dominated the Blue Jays on Sunday with a 9-0 win. While we’ll need a few more games to determine if what Hanley said may have actually helped, he’s looking good so far. Players calling closed-door meetings during rough stretches is not a new concept, but it’s surprising to see a guy who is better known for showing up late and running his mouth stepping up to rally the team. Good for Hanley. Somebody had to do it.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes go blond (Picture)

Looks like Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are getting along swimmingly for the Marlins. Ramirez shared the above picture on his Twitter account Thursday with the description “The rubios,” which means “the blonds.” Yup, the pair dyed their hair blond for the start of the upcoming season. It’s hard to tell if the dye jobs were part of a team-building exercise before the season begins, or if they were just trying to match the new neon colors of the Marlins uniforms. Whatever the case, it looks like all the video game playing has brought the two all-star infielders closer after the initially rough offseason for Ramirez following Reyes’ signing. Nothing says “I got your back” in the heat of battle quite like taking a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to the dome for a teammate.

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