Hanley Ramirez Newsbeat
Monday, May 16, 2016
It worked for Mr. 3000.
Hanley Ramirez bunted with two outs, the scored tied in the ninth inning and David Ortiz standing at third base Saturday afternoon.
“He saw something maybe only he saw,” lamented Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Not a good baseball play, as the reaction from virtually everyone in Fenway Park could attest after the execution resulted in an easy, inning-ending out.
Posted: May 16, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
“The more pressure we can apply, we feel like there will be mistakes defensively,” he added. “We know that during the course of the year, you’re not always going to be swinging the bats as you’re capable of as a team for six months. You’ve got to find other ways to be successful.”
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Hanley has looked good at first. He won’t be the horrible drain on the team’s defense in left. Might he have an occasional hiccup? Maybe. Even if it doesn’t happen I’m sure Cafardo will find something to complain about regarding him. Did Hanley steal his lollipop or something?
The Red Sox still leave you with questions about their future. That feeling is fueled by injuries to Eduardo Rodriguez and Carson Smith, the fact that Pablo Sandoval is still overweight and now injured (back), and the sentiment that Hanley Ramirez isn’t taking the move to first base seriously.
“Let’s see how mature [Ramirez] is by May,” said one AL scout. “Let’s see how interested he is at first base after he strikes out with the bases loaded and has to field his position.”
Posted: March 27, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
He has. Now he just needs to keep hitting.
Far from overmatched at first base, he actually looks … good? He has made multiple diving plays this week, he’s scooping throws in the dirt, and he has even leapt off the bag to snare errant tosses and slap tags on runners.
Who knew Ramirez might actually make this look easy?
“I knew,” he responded with a broad smile during a recent conversation. “Right away. But I keep it quiet. I let you guys do all the talking.”
Posted: March 22, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Hanley will be OK at first base.
Hanley Ramirez can cross another challenge off his list.
Heading into spring training, Ramirez expressed trepidation at needing to reach across first base to tag a runner on an errant throw. He got that opportunity on Tuesday and made the play, snaring a high throw from third baseman Pablo Sandoval and slapping a tag on Rob Refsnyder in the fourth.
“Just let it happen,” Ramirez said after the game. “Just react. Let your instincts take over.”
Manager John Farrell credited Ramirez with making another play on a grounder down the line where he took a drop step, rather than getting caught in between.
“He’s doing the small things around the bag that are very encouraging,” Farrell said. “We talked about it before the game, the progress he’s making, the comfortable feeling he gives you playing the position. He’s in good shape right now. He likes playing there, he’s having fun and he’s doing well.”
Monday, March 07, 2016
I’m buying Hanley this season. The guy can hit and, although he won’t be a Gold-Glover at first, he’ll be more than adequate.
“Very good,” manager John Farrell said after the Sox’ 8-7 win. “There’s more compact. It’s more of a line-drive approach. And I think as you look at the way he finishes with swings, it’s more of a two-handed finish rather than the release of the top hand. It’s enabled him to be more compact.”
Ramirez’ clean swing is what the Red Sox needed to see this early in camp.
They expect his defense at first base will take time — a whole lot of it — to appear game-ready. But if they also had to suffer through his uncontrollable swings in the batter’s box, the Sox almost certainly would be forced to give Travis Shaw more of a thought as the starting first baseman.
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
He’ll be better than Millar or Big Papi. He’ll be fine in the 100 or so games he’ll play there this season before he becomes a full-time DH next year.
The sky is not falling.
Just to be clear, my take on Hanley Ramirez is unchanged: He is going to be an epic disaster as a first baseman with the Red Sox.
But for anyone with any amount of interest in the Red Sox, this edition of spring training offers a chance to do some scouting and determine if Hanley is going to be another George Scott, who played the position with the deftness of the principal dancer of the Boston Ballet Company, or another Dick Stuart, who, not for nothing, was known as “Dr. Strangeglove.”
Or maybe he’ll fall somewhere in the middle, in which case we’d be talking, oh, I don’t know, maybe Kevin Millar?
Posted: March 01, 2016 at 11:46 AM | 29 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This is a little premature.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
If Pablo and Hanley hit, nobody will give a damn what shape they are in September.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The linked Bradford article basically makes the point that Hanley Ramirez, after 1 day of spring training, hasn’t proven anything. It’s not like Bradford is throwing anyone under the bus, but he has very nicely lined up the bus riiiight next to Ramirez and opened the door for passengers to climb aboard.
Bradford is right that (a) Hanley hasn’t yet proven he can handle 1B and (b) he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. From where I sit, there is a huge amount of doubt.
I love Pedroia.
Wait a second. The goal is to win the Gold Glove?
“Definitely,” Ramirez said. “It would be nice, you know ... for you guys. We’re going to work a lot. I just want to make my infielders comfortable. Catch the ball and throw it. That’s the main key right now. I told Bogey [shortstop Xander Bogaerts] right away, ‘Just throw the ball in this area and you’ll be fine. Don’t worry, I got you.’ Pedey [second baseman Dustin Pedroia], he don’t make bad throws. ‘I’m always going to hit you in the chest.’ “
Posted: February 18, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
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