None of it counts. Whatever Hanley Ramirez does between now and the April 4 opener against the Cardinals is meaningless, but so far he's given Marlins fans reason to be optimistic about a return to All-Star form.
Ramirez homered to the opposite field in Tuesday's game against the University of Miami. Thursday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie he hit another one as part of a 2-for-3 effort. After the UM game, Ramirez said he felt like he had his stroke back.
Hitting coach Eduardo Perez told SI.com Ramirez could have an MVP-type season. Baseball Prospectus 2012 made an interesting point about Cal Ripken and Miguel Tejada posting the worst WARP numbers of their peak years at age 26 and 27, and both later garnered MVP awards. Ramirez is entering his age 28 season.
Hanley Ramirez shows signs of offensive resurgence early on
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Mar 10