Some Marlins Happy to See Hanley Ramirez Traded
The predominant reason most people believe Hanley Ramirez got traded from the Marlins to the Dodgers had more to do with his attitude & personality not his talent level. Often times players refuse to comment on teammates being dealt which leaves the fans & media still speculating as to the exact reasons why trades occur.
Today there was some very telling evidence that current Marlins players had grown fed up with Ramirez’s antics with these interesting comments coming from unnamed players in an article written by the Miami Herald:
“There were a lot of smiles,” the player said. “They created a monster from a very good baseball player — gave him so much slack to do whatever the (expletive) he wanted because he was performing.
“You can push some things aside when you’re hitting .340 with 40 home runs. You say ‘He’s a (jerk), but I can deal with it. … But when you’re not playing and you’re trying to be that same (jerk), it starts rubbing people the wrong way.”
I really wish we could have found out which Marlins players made these comments, would make the first story far more interesting. So start the guessing game as to who would have gone on record publicly making these comments?
Most of the time I would sit here and rip the players for not having their name associated to the comments but will refrain from doing that in this circumstance. It’s a very touchy subject when it comes to discussing players within your locker room. After all these are co-employee’s and it’s in the best interest to not specifically call them out if you want to avoid future controversy and potential problems during the rest of you’re playing career. Obviously I would have no issue if someone had their name attached to it because I always applaud those that speak from the heart with no fear of negative consequences.
Bottom line is regardless of what players actually said this the picture has been painted very clearly of what those closest to seeing Ramirez on a daily basis think of him as on overall baseball player. Who knows maybe his departure from Miami will be a wake up call for the rest of his career and he can get back on track to being one of the best short stops in the bigs contending for MVP’s on an annual basis like we all know he’s capable of.