Friday, August 19, 2011

Hanley Ramirez's Disappointing Season In Jeopardy

Hanley Ramirez is having the worst season of his career and everybody has taken notice. Okay, by everybody, I mean fantasy owners, the dozen or so of real-life Marlins fans and Logan Morrison. Over 92 games, Ramirez has 10 home runs, 20 steals and a .243/.333/.379 line. He was also giving away his usual share of runs in the field with his special brand of short stop defense which doesn't always require a glove. Ramirez's 1.4 fWAR (Fangraphs wins above replacement) places him 57th in the National League in between Dan Uggla (1.4 fWAR) and Ryan Howard (1.3 fWAR). But all of that might be over now...
There’s a growing sense in the Marlins clubhouse that shortstop Hanley Ramirez won’t be back, either.

That’s not to say that Ramirez (sprained left shoulder) definitely won’t be back. But his return would surprise many people in the organization.

Hanley had surgery on the same shoulder after the 2007 season. And he said the sprain he suffered Aug. 2 while chasing a dropping fly ball was some of the worst he’d ever felt in his career.
Marlins manger and resident octogenarian Jack McKeon acknowledged not having Ramirez was a big blow to the line-up. And it's true. Since McKeon took over on June 20th, Ramirez was hitting a much more respectable .302/.382/.496 line. I'm almost certain this was due to a heart-to-heart conversation Trader Jack and Hanley shared over a handful of Werther's Originals.

Howeva, if Ramirez's season is over, it does loan credence to some of Twitter star (@LoMoMarlins) Logan Morrison's controversial jabs at the Marlins' franchise player. Morrison was recently and unexpectedly sent down to Triple-A New Orleans after these comments...
"What we don't have is experience and a veteran who is in the lineup every day that can be an anchor for us. We don't have it," Morrison told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Morrison was asked if Ramirez could be that player.

"I guess, but he's not there every game," Morrison said of Ramirez, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday for the second time this season. "It's 162 games. It's not a 100-game season."
Fair enough. This would be Ramirez's first sub-140-games-played season in his MLB career but I have a feeling Morrison spends more time on Twitter or Netflix than Fangraphs.

In conclusion, I can't believe I wasted the second pick in my fantasy league on Ramirez. And LoMo, shoot me an email or tweet, I live in New Orleans. We should go to the Quarter and work on our hitting (on women).


  1. As one of the few Marlins fans left, who cares about Hanley. Get rid of him Loria & WhineyBaby Samson. Then you might field a major league team.

  2. Hmm, really? Sure, he doesn't add value at short stop but before this year, he was a $20-$30 million player. He's signed through 2014 for ~$16M. Get rid of him? Sounds like hitting the reset franchise button to me.

    Give Hanley and Josh Johnson another full, healthy season with Stanton and LoMo before blowing up the team.

    Btw, no help on the way. Matt Dominguez looks awful.