Hanley Ramirez Newsbeat
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Hanley had a huge day, including a homer after getting hit by a pitch. Pomeranz looked good for three innings, then got rocked.
“Every time I get hit, that fires me up,” said Ramirez, who, along with his teammates, were clad in the throwback Red Sox uniforms from 1975. “I think it makes me a better player when I get hit, because I get so angry. You know, sometimes Hanley’s just not Hanley. It’s somebody else.”
When asked if he said, “I’ll getcha back,” to Suarez after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth, Ramirez wholeheartedly laughed before refusing to confirm or deny the comment.
“Don’t ask me that,” Ramirez said. “That’s a secret.”
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Matt Carpenter, a 13th-round pick in 2009, has re-imagined the leadoff spot for a modern game and is on his way to claiming two of the best seasons ever by a leadoff hitter. Carpenter has made a strong All-Star push with a remarkable month. Since the birth of his daughter, Carpenter has hit .385 with a .491 on-base percentage and a 1.231 OPS. He has reached base almost as many times (57) as he has outs (59) in that span. With another two hits Tuesday night in Kansas City, Carpenter has raised his season average to .300, his on-base percentage to .420, and his slugging percentage to .592. He’s a 3-4-5 hitter (.300/.400/.500), and he’s doing it from the leadoff spot. Let’s put the argument of where he should aside, and look only at what he’s done from the top spot in the order. It’s Hendersonian.
Posted: June 29, 2016 at 03:56 PM | 9 comment(s)
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)
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