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Hanley Ramirez and Marlins to part ways?

Posted on May 20th, 2010

One of the best players in the game of baseball is not happy, which has led to discussions about him parting ways with his team. The Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez is not pleased with his manager Freddie Gonzalez after Gonzalez pulled him out of Monday night’s affair and then sat him during Tuesday’s afternoon game.

This all started when Ramirez booted a ball to the left field corner, and then half heartedly jogged after it allowing two more runs to score. Following the half inning, Gonzalez confronted Ramirez and then took him out of the game. Tuesday morning, when Ramirez found he was not in the lineup, made comments about how his manager “doesn’t understand – he never played the game”. Ramirez later said he would not apologize to anyone, including his teammates.

Ramirez is a two time National League All Star, and also former batting champion. The 26 year old from the Dominican Republic is getting paid nearly $7,000,000 per season, but with the latest controversy the Marlins have discussed the option of moving him. Ramirez is batting .293 with 7 homeruns this season, but has drove in just 20 runs for a Marlins team that is second place in the National League East.

The Marlins picked up the win in Tuesday afternoon’s game; 8-0 behind a shut-out from ace Josh Johnson. Johnson is 4-1 on the season with an earned run average of 2.68. The win for Florida was their seventh in the last ten games. The Marlins will now head to St. Louis for a quick two game series with the Cardinals, and then head to Chicago to take on the Chicago White Sox in their first interleague series of the season.

The Marlins have struggled a bit offensively this season, batting just .258, which ranks them 11th in the National League. Their best hitter thus far has been catcher Cody Ross, who is hitting .308 on the season. Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu have provided the power numbers, as Uggla has 10 homeruns and Cantu has knocked in 32 runs. Florida has scored 181 on the season, which places them 7th in the National League.

While this does not appear to be something to part ways over, the Marlins better be careful in dealing with their most dynamic player they have had in their team’s history.