Hanley Ramírez

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Hanley Ramírez
Hanley Ramírez on April 20, 2013.jpg
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 13
Shortstop / Third baseman
Born: (1983-12-23) December 23, 1983 (age 30)
Samaná, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2005 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .302
Hits 1,276
Home runs 178
Runs batted in 583
Stolen bases 247
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Hanley Ramírez
HanleyRamirezWBC.jpg
Ramírez batting for the Dominican Republic national team
Medal record
Representing Dominican Republic
Men’s Baseball
World Baseball Classic
Gold 2013 San Francisco Team

Hanley Ramírez (born December 23, 1983) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop and third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Ramírez was the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year. In 2009, Ramírez won the National League batting title and in 2010 finished runner-up in the Home Run Derby. Ramírez is a three-time All-Star starter.

Professional career[edit]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Ramírez signed with the Boston Red Sox as an International Free Agent in July 2000. In 2002, with the Gulf Coast Red Sox he hit .341 and was selected as a Gulf Coast League and Rookie League All-Star. He was rated by Baseball America as the #10 prospect in baseball prior to the 2005 season, and with the Portland Sea Dogs he was selected as an Eastern League All-Star while hitting .271.[1]

Ramírez made his Major League debut on September 20, 2005 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh inning and then striking out in his first at-bat in the top of the eighth inning against Tim Corcoran.[2] He appeared in only one other game that season and struck out again in his one at-bat in that game.[3]

Florida/Miami Marlins[edit]

He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 together with Aníbal Sánchez for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota.

2006 season[edit]

During Spring Training, Ramírez was impressive enough to earn the starting shortstop job for the Marlins over another candidate, shortstop Robert Andino. He recorded his first Major League hit in his first at-bat of the season, a single to center field off of Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt on April 3.[4] He hit his first home run, leading off the game, on April 18 against Eric Milton of the Cincinnati Reds and hit his second in the seventh inning of the same game against reliever Mike Burns.[5]

Ramírez led all MLB rookies with 185 hits, 119 runs, 11 triples and 51 stolen bases. He hit seven leadoff home runs, the most in team history for a season and career.

Ramírez's 46 doubles in the 2006 season is the all-time NL record for a shortstop age 22 or younger.[6] He is the first NL rookie to post 110-plus runs and 50-plus stolen bases. He became the fifth big-league player since 1900 to hit 45-plus doubles and have 50-plus stolen bases, joining Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Lou Brock. He finished the season as the NL Rookie of the Year Award named by the Baseball Writers Association of America.[7]

2007 season[edit]

Ramírez picked up where he left off during his sophomore season. The ever improving young star, who referred to Ryan Howard when asked about the sophomore jinx in baseball, was hitting .331 with 14 home runs and 35 RBIs to go along with 27 steals at the All-Star break. Despite his numbers, he did not make the All-Star roster.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez experimented with Ramírez a bit in the number three slot in the lineup, batting him ahead of Mike Jacobs when injuries hit the Marlins position players. Gonzalez believed Ramírez could be a middle-of-the-lineup player despite his speed, because he hit for power.[8]

In a game versus the Cincinnati Reds on July 22, 2007 Ramírez overextended his shoulder when he tried to hit a pitch on the lower outside corner off right-hander Bronson Arroyo. He was helped off the field and was determined to have suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder.

In 154 games Ramírez batted .332 with 29 home runs, 81 RBIs, 125 runs and 51 steals. He fell one home run shy of becoming only the third player in baseball history to hit 30 or more home runs and steal 50 or more bases in the same season. Ramírez led the National League in VORP.

After the end of the season, Ramírez underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured left shoulder.[9]

2008 season[edit]

Entering the 2008 season, Ramírez was now looked at as the face of the franchise after the Marlins traded All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers. Ramírez contributed well in the Marlins fast start, earning a spot as the starting shortstop for the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career. He was 2-for-3 with two singles and a run in the 2008 All-Star Game.

In addition, Ramírez agreed to a six-year, $70 million extension, by far making it the richest contract in Marlins history.[10]

Ramírez was named NL Player of the Month in June. He had been batting .298 with six doubles, a triple and ten home runs. He led the NL in three categories: home runs, runs scored and total bases.[11]

Ramírez hit his 30th home run of the season on September 13 and joined Preston Wilson in 2000 as the only Marlins to become members of the 30-30 club. He ended the season with 33 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

2009 season[edit]

Ramírez playing for the Florida Marlins in 2009

Ramírez played in the World Baseball Classic for his native Dominican Republic prior to the 2009 season.

During the April 6, 2009 regular season opener against the Washington Nationals, Ramírez hit his first career grand-slam off of Washington reliever Steven Shell. On July 5, 2009, Ramírez was the NL starting shortstop for the 2009 All-Star Game. On September 6, against the Nationals, Ramírez hit his 100th home run of his MLB career, becoming the fourth quickest shortstop in terms of games played to reach that milestone (Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Ernie Banks). With a batting average of .342, Ramírez won his first batting title. He recorded 106 RBIs (sixth in NL), stole 27 bases (fifth in NL), and scored 101 times (eighth in NL). He won the Silver Slugger Award at shortstop, and came in second to Albert Pujols for NL MVP.

2010 season[edit]

On May 17 in a home game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ramírez fouled a ball off his ankle in his first at-bat. He looked as if he was in some pain but remained in the game. He then grounded into a double play to end the inning as he slowly ran to first base. The next inning, with runners on first and second, a bloop shot was sent into shallow left field. Ramírez ran to catch it. He did not, and when it hit the ground, Ramírez inadvertently kicked it into the left-field corner. Ramírez then jogged all the way to the corner as Diamondbacks rounded the bases. Two of the three runners would end up scoring with the other ending up on third. Then-manager of the Marlins Fredi González removed Ramírez from the game, and a war of words led to Ramírez being benched for the next game. In his first game back against the St. Louis Cardinals, Ramírez went 3–for-5 with a RBI. About a month later, Gonzalez was fired.

Ramírez was voted in as a starter for the All Star game for the third year in a row. He was also chosen to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby for the first time in his career. In the Derby, he came in second place to Boston's David Ortiz.

Ramírez hit his 25th career leadoff home run and his first career walk-off hit on August 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He came up to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning with a man on first base hit a walk-off double to right-center field to end the Marlins' five-game losing streak.

On September 15 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Ramírez aggravated an injury in his elbow he sustained earlier in the season while swinging. He attempted to come back and play a week later, but after one game, he was still in pain and shut down for the rest of the season. He finished 2010 with a .300 batting average, 21 home runs, 76 RBIs, 32 steals and 92 runs scored.

2011 season[edit]

During the 2011 season, Ramírez performed below levels seen in recent seasons. By June 20, Ramirez was hitting just .200 with only 4 home runs and 17 RBIs. However, he raised his stats up to .243 with 8 home runs and 37 RBIs by July 9. For the first time in his career, Ramírez hit cleanup. He injured himself after trying to make a diving catch in a game against the New York Mets on August 2, aggravating a shoulder injury that plagued him in 2010. He missed the rest of 2011, playing only 92 games, and needed surgery in the off-season. He finished the season batting .243, 10 HR, and 45 RBIs. The Marlins, who were 55–55 at the time of the injury, finished 72–90.

2012 season[edit]

During the 2011-2012 off-season the Marlins, during their rebuilding stage, acquired reigning National League batting champ in shortstop José Reyes. Ramírez was the shortstop prior to the signing of José Reyes. After the signing of Reyes, reports circulated which claimed that Ramírez was unhappy with being forced to change positions to third base.[12]

After a slow start, Ramírez finished strong in May with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs.[13] On July 13, 2012, Ramírez dropped in the batting order from second to fifth to start the second half of the baseball season.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On July 25, 2012, Ramírez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers together with Randy Choate for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitching prospect Scott McGough.[14] At the time of his trade, Ramirez was batting .246 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs and had recorded 14 stolen bases.[15]

2012 season[edit]

In his debut with the Dodgers, Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a RBI, and a run in a losing effort against the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit his first home run for the Dodgers on July 27, winning the game in extra innings in Game 1 of a series with the San Francisco Giants. In 64 games, he hit .271 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs.

2013 season[edit]

He played with the Dominican team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In the championship game against Puerto Rico he injured his hand while diving for a ball. An MRI the next day revealed a torn thumb ligament which would require surgery. The Dodgers announced that he would miss the first two months of the season while recovering, [16] however he rejoined the Dodgers on April 29, earlier than expected.[17]

Ramírez bad luck continued as, in just his third start after returning, he suffered a hamstring injury while running the bases on May 3 and returned to the disabled list.[18] He eventually rejoined the Dodgers on June 4.[19] His return from the disabled list reignited the Dodgers offense and they started to get hot, which included a 46-10 record from mid-June to mid-August and they went from last place to winning the National League West. Ramírez, in just 86 games, hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI and reached the playoffs for the first time in his career.

Personal[edit]

Ramírez has a son, Hanley Ramírez Jr., born November 15, 2004. His wife, Sanoe, gave birth to their second son, Hansel, on September 12, 2007. Ramírez enjoys reggae music and DJ'ing. He also enjoys listening to Merengue and Bachata music. His two favorite music artists are Don Omar and Chris B.[20][21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball Cube". Baseball Cube. 1983-12-23. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  2. ^ "September 20, 2005 Red Sox vs. Devil Rays box score". Baseball-reference.com. 2005-09-20. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  3. ^ "October 2, 2005 Red Sox vs. Yankees box score". Baseball-reference.com. 2005-10-02. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ "April 3, 2006 Marlins vs. Astros box score". Baseball-reference.com. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  5. ^ "April 18, 2006 Marlins vs. Reds box score". Baseball-reference.com. 2006-04-18. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ FOX sports report[dead link]
  7. ^ Rojas, Enrique (2006-11-13). "Ramirez becomes second Marlin to win award". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  8. ^ Frisaro, Joe (2007-05-22). "Big bat Hanley returns to leadoff spot Marlins shortshop hits for power but struggled batting third". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  9. ^ "Ramirez has arthroscopic shoulder surgery". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  10. ^ Frisaro, Joe (2008-05-16). "Details of Hanley's contract revealed Star shortstop's extension to be richest deal in Marlins history". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  11. ^ Fagen, Faran (2008-07-02). "Ramirez named NL Player of the Month Marlins shortstop hit 10 homers and scored 27 runs in June". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  12. ^ "Hanley Ramirez to accept switch". Espn.go.com. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  13. ^ Heyman, Jon. "Hanley talks great game, says he'll be best 3B". CBS Sports. CBS Sports. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Gurnick, Ken (25 July 2012). "Source: Dodgers acquire Hanley from Marlins". MLB.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Hanley Ramirez Stats Summary at MLB.com". MLB.com. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Needing surgery, Hanley likely out two months". Losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  17. ^ "Hanley returns as Kershaw goes on bereavement list". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  18. ^ "After hamstring injury, Hanley likely to DL". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  19. ^ Gurnick, Ken and Austin Laymance (2013-06-04). "Hanley returns to Dodgers, who place Capuano on DL". dodgers.com. 
  20. ^ Wasserman Media Group (1983-12-23). "Hanley Ramírez's Official Bio". Hanleyramirez.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  21. ^ "Hanley Ramírez welcomes second son". Celebrity-babies.com. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Howard
Baseball Prospectus
Internet Baseball NL Rookie of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Braun
Preceded by
Lance Berkman
NL Player of the Month
June 2008
Succeeded by
Ryan Braun