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Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez

Position(s):
SS, DH
Nicknames:
El Nino, Han-Ram
Born:
December 23, 1983
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
230 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-20-2005 with BOS
Allstar Selections:
2006 ROOK, 2008 SS, 2009 SS

 

Biographical Information

Hanley Ramírez won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2006.

At age 16, he was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent. He debuted with the DSL Red Sox in 2001, hitting .345. The next year, he moved up to the GCL Red Sox and batted .341/.402/.555; he also put up a .371/.400/.536 line with the Lowell Spinners. He stole only 12 in 21 tries between the two levels. He led the Gulf Coast League in slugging and was second in average behind Rajai Davis. He made the GCL All-Star team at short. Woody Huyke said he was the best prospect in the GCL in 10 years while Edgar Caceres said that Ramírez had no holes in his swing. He was rated the #3 shortstop prospect in baseball by Baseball America, behind Brandon Phillips and Jose Reyes. He was picked as the top prospect that year in both the GCL and the New York-Penn League.

Hanley, at age 20, batted .275/.327/.403 for the Augusta GreenJackets and began to show speed, swiping 36 in 49 tries. Baseball America rated him 6th among South Atlantic League prospects and 5th among shortstops, behind B.J. Upton in both categories; Upton got the All-Star nod in the SAL that year. In 2004, Ramírez bounced back with a .310/.364/.389 line with the Sarasota Red Sox despite a left wrist injury and .310/.360/.512 after joining the Portland Sea Dogs. He stole 24 in 34 tries that year. Only Joel Guzman was rated higher among shortstop prospects by Baseball America while Hanley was picked as the #3 prospect in the Florida State League, behind Guzman and Chad Billingsley.

Ramírez stopped switch-hitting in 2005 and put up a .271/.335/.385 line with Portland and stole only 26 in 39 tries with 6 homers and 66 runs, hardly foreshadowing what would happen the next year. A backup shortstop in the 2005 Futures Game, he singled in his only at-bat for the World team. Baseball America rated him the #3 prospect in the Eastern League after Francisco Liriano and Lastings Milledge and just ahead of Jon Lester, Ryan Zimmerman, Nick Markakis andJonathan Papelbon. He was also picked as the top defensive shortstop in the EL and made the league All-Star team. He struck out in both of his at-bats for the 2005 Red Sox.

That winter, he was dealt with Harvey Garcia, Jesus Delgado and Anibal Sanchez to the Florida Marlins for Josh Beckett,Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota in what the popular media dismissed as a salary dump by Florida. He hit .292/.353/.480 for the 2006 Marlins as part of the impressive young team and stole 51 bases in 66 tries, scored 119 runs, smacked 46 doubles, 11 triples and 17 homers. He tied Jeff Conine's franchise record for average by a rookie. His 7 leadoff homers were a team career record. Only Cliff Floyd had ever scored more runs by a Marlin and no other Marlins player had ever reached double digits in homers, steals and triples. He was only six doubles behind Johnny Frederick's rookie record and was second in Florida franchise history. He became the first National League rookie to steal 50 bases and score 110 runs. He was the fifth major-leaguer since 1900 to hit over 45 doubles and steal at least 50 bases in a year, followingTy Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock and Craig Biggio. He tied for fifth in the 2006 NL in runs, was tenth in hits, tied for 7th in doubles, sixth in triples (right behind two much older guys, Kenny Lofton and Steve Finley) and third in steals (behind Reyes and Juan Pierre). He edged Zimmerman for the NL Rookie of the Year Award in one of the closest races ever.

For the 2007 Marlins, Ramírez batted .332/.386/.562 with 48 doubles, 29 homers, 125 runs, 81 RBI and 51 steals (in 65 attempts). He tied Chase Utley and Edgar Renteria for third in the 2007 NL in average (behind Matt Holliday and Chipper Jones), was 9th in slugging, second in runs (behind Jimmy Rollins), tied Rollins for 2nd in hits (212, 4 behind Holliday), was third in total bases (359, behind Rollins and Holliday), tied Utley for third in doubles (2 behind Holliday and one behind Dan Uggla), was third in steals (behind Jose Reyes and Juan Pierre) and tied Utley for 7th in OPS+ (145). He finished 10th in voting for the 2007 National League MVP. Due to Rollins' stardom, he didn't even take home a Silver Slugger that year.

Hanley was part of the first quarter of infielders on the same club to hit 25 or more homers on the season. With the2008 Marlins, he teamed with Dan Uggla, 1B Mike Jacobs and 3B Jorge Cantú for the power feat. He hit .301/.400/.540 for the year with 125 runs, 31 home runs, 35 steals (in 47 tries) and 92 walks. He was 5th in the 2008 NL in OBP, led the league in runs (9 ahead of Carlos Beltran), tied Utley for 10th in hits (177), tied Ryan Ludwick for 7th in total bases (318), tied 3 others for 10th in homers, tied Beltran for 6th in walks, tied Matt Kemp for 7th in steals and was 5th in OPS+. He won the Silver Slugger. He also made his first All-Star team. In the 2008 All-Star Game, he started at shortstop for the National League and led off. He opened the game with a strikeout against Cliff Lee. He singled off Joe Saunders in the third. In the 6th, he singled against Justin Duchscherer in the 6th and scored on a fly from Lance Barksdale to put the NL in front 2-0. He also made an error before giving way to Miguel Tejada.

Ramirez (right, wearing number 2) speaks with Jose Reyes during the 2009 WBC during a game against Holland.
Ramirez (right, wearing number 2) speaks with Jose Reyes during the 2009 WBC during a game against Holland.

Ramírez played for the Dominican national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, going 2 for 9 with 2 walks. He cost his team a run in their 3-2 loss to the Dutch national team, with a throwing error that brought Yurendell de Caster home. He later hit a sacrifice fly off Alexander Smit to score Miguel Olivo with the game's last run. He was the final out in their second loss to the Netherlands, which eliminated the Dominicans from the tourney much earlier than anticipated.

Hanley hit .342/.410/.543 for the 2009 Marlins with 42 doubles, 24 home runs, 101 runs, 106 RBI and 27 steals (in 35 tries). He became the first NL shortstop to win abatting crown since Dick Groat in 1960, winning by .012 over Pablo Sandoval. He was 6th in the 2009 NL in OBP, 6th in OPS, tied for 8th in runs (with Troy Tulowitzki), third in hits (197, 6 behind Ryan Braun), 8th in total bases (313), tied for 5th in doubles, tied for 5th in RBI (even with Andre Ethier and Ryan Zimmerman), tied for 6th in steals (with Dexter Fowler and David Wright) and 5th in OPS+. He was 0 for 3 as the NL's leadoff man in the 2009 All-Star Game before being replaced by Miguel Tejada.

On May 17, 2010, he was involved in a controversial play in the second inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trying to field a pop-up hit by Tony Abreu, he accidentally kicked the ball 100 feet into the outfield, then showed a distinct lack of hustle in going to retrieve the ball, allowing Arizona to score two runs in a 5-1 win. ManagerFredi Gonzalez took him out of the game for lack of effort. Ramirez told reporters that he did not consider he had done anything wrong and added that he had lost respect for his manager as a result. He was not in the line-up for the next day's game, but the dispute simmered on, as Gonzalez made it clear that the benching was due to attitude issues, while Ramírez insisted that it was because he was recovering from a bruise on his ankle. Hanley apologized to his teammates before the game of May 19, after Hall of Famers Tony Perez and Andre Dawson had a talk with him; he was back in the line-up that day.

Sources: 2002-2006 Baseball Almanacs, Mlb.com, World Baseball Classic

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