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R.I.P. Marlins: Uggla says Ramirez doesn't care

Sep 2, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

ramirez_hanley_090902.jpgWell it was a nice run while it lasted, Marlins fans.

As the Fish continue to slide in the standings — five back in NL wild-card race, 9 1/2 behind the Phillies — the level of frustration is on the rise, witness what happened in the clubhouse today: (via AP)

A frustrated and injured Hanley Ramirez said Wednesday that he “got some people upset” for leaving the game early the night before with an injury, then teammate Dan Uggla openly argued with the NL batting leader in the clubhouse.

Uggla accused Ramirez for a lack of desire and effort to win. He also said Ramirez wasn’t caring because he’s already secured a $70 million, six-year contract.

Ramirez has played with a tight hamstring for most of the season, and has still managed to put up an NL-best .355 average to go with 19 home runs, 85 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. But on Wednesday he said it was more than just his hamstring, but also his calf that was bothering him.

He makes $5.5 million this season, just $150,000 more than Uggla. But Uggla is on a one-year deal and not eligible for free agency until 2012, so there could be some lingering jealousy over money that boiled to the forefront during the Marlins’ recent struggles.

Either way, it doesn’t bode well for the Marlins’ playoff hopes that their best player is not only battling injuries, but potentially unhappy and lacking respect in some corners of his own clubhouse. When asked if he thought the reaction to his injury was unfair, Ramirez told the Palm Beach Post:

“Yeah but it’s OK. It hurt my feelings.”

As if chasing the Giants, Rockies, and Braves wasn’t difficult enough.

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  1. pdiddy - Sep 2, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Good job Uggla! Its about time somebody called this guy out. Yes he is a great fantasy player, but it is widely known around baseball what a lousy , selfish, and pathetic locker room guy he is.

  2. scaceres - Sep 3, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    man watever hanley ramirez is a way better player than dan uggla so dont be hatin because the marlins suck

  3. Noles10 - Sep 3, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Dan Ugly need to sit his ass down somewhere. Dan numbers are nowhere close to Hanley.. Dan is a HATER!!!!!!!

  4. smokehouse - Sep 3, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Well, well, well. What do we have here. A little racisim by some of our posters. How does one know that Dan is a hater. Three posts and two are racist.

  5. Marlinfan4life - Sep 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    To smokehouse… racist posts?? I dont see any post here that are racist. Make sure your hands are clean before you start to point the finger. Hanley, by far the Marlins best all-around player, his numbers speak for themself.

  6. Bob Harkins - Sep 3, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Let’s keep the comments civil, people. Any deemed inappropriate will be deleted.
    Now let’s have some fun out here. This game is fun, OK?
    -Bob

  7. pdiddy - Sep 4, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    So if I am understanding you correctly???? The better the player the more right he has to act like an idiot and be a selfish teammate. You must have a poster of TO in your room, non-athlete!

  8. Bob Harkins - Sep 5, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    I’m not sure how sitting out a game due to injury makes you an idiot and a selfish teammate.
    But let’s assume for the sake of your argument that Hanley Ramirez is a horrible human being. Let’s assume that on a daily basis he enters the clubhouse, bumps Dan Uggla off his stool, tells Ricky Nolasco he’s ugly, and spits on Fredi Gonzlaez.
    The answer is still yes, more often than not, talent usually wins out over character. Talent wins ballgames, and talent puts rear ends in seats. Look around the sports world and you’ll see that’s just the way it is.

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