Let's make ripping Hanley Ramirez an annual event. It even could be scheduled on the calendar anywhere between Memorial Day and Labor Day — Rip Hanley Ramirez Day — so everyone could save their best stuff.
"Who?" Hanley said Wednesday when asked about former All-Star Gary Sheffield's very valid idea about the Marlins needing to trade Hanley.
Ramirez had just finished doing sit-ups at his locker before Wednesday's game. Maybe he didn't hear. Maybe that was his coy answer.
"I'm just thinking of playing hard and winning,'' he said.
Jeff Conine, of course, also has suggested Hanley be traded. And Andre Dawson has. Or maybe Dawson just suggested what Tony Perez did, that Hanley had to grow up. A lot. It's hard to keep the rips straight anymore.
Fredi Gonzalez yelled at Hanley for dogging it. Dan Uggla mocked him for not caring. Wes Helms got in a fight with Hanley during pre-game stretching. Logan Morrison called him out in a clubhouse meeting.
The list of Hanley haters grows. And grows. The amazing part is they aren't media mouths or non-baseball minds. Many are teammates. Dawson, Perez and Conine go beyond just respected voices. They're Marlins insiders. They work in the team's front office.
A Marlins official was asked Wednesday if Hanley's been better this year.
"Well, he moved to third base fine,'' he said.
"It's not his attitude that's the big problem — it's his game,'' he said.
Where did it go? Can anyone find it? For most of his career, Ramirez's childish acts were shrugged off as Hanley being Hanley because he was a perennial league MVP candidate. Special rules applied to a special player.
But Hanley's not being Hanley anymore. Over the past 2 1/2 seasons he's hitting .276. His numbers have sunk at an alarming rate. Well, maybe that needs some context. Every hitting number has sunk in baseball of late. Hanley's have sunk disproportionately, though.
Hanley Ramirez being ripped is nothing new
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 29