Now, I know good fantasy shortstops are hard to find. But I am not a believer in Hanley Ramirez anymore. I was a huge Ramirez fan when he started out with Marlins. There aren’t many players with the talent and natural ability. But there are millions of players with more heart and determination than Ramirez. He was my one of my favorite players for a few years and I thought he should have been National League MVP in 2009. But everything changed for me on one play.
That play was the ball that Ramirez kicked into the corner. There was a shallow fly into left field and he bobbled it and then kicked the ball into the left-field corner. With guys rounding the bases you would think he would want to get the ball, right? Nah! Ramirez just jogged after it, even pausing to look back towards the infield a couple times. He was too good to hustle after it.
Ramirez was benched for a game after this. Big deal. But after that, things seem to start going downhill for him. Teammates soured on him. He and Dan Uggla even got into a few fights. His image and stats started to head south.
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As you can see, Ramirez is going the wrong way here. To me, the best thing that could happen is that he comes back on fire. Then, you could get a solid deal for Ramirez. I would hang on to him to see how he starts out, then try to fill another need on your team. I really believe his best days are behind him.
Ramirez made the quick return Tuesday night, and homered and doubled in his return. This is great news. Hopefully, he keeps rolling here at the start and you can get max value for him to fill other areas.
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