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New Marlins manager singles out Hanley Ramirez for poor play

Jul 9, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

After losing 10-4 to the Diamondbacks on Thursday night, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez had the following to say:

“We need to get more offense, mainly from Hanley, in the middle of the order. We need more offense from Hanley. Danny Uggla has been swinging the the bat very well. The bottom half of the lineup has been swinging the bat very well, so we need to have more offense from the top part of the lineup.”

Or, you know, Edwin, you could maybe try rearranging the lineup?
And singling out Ramirez was such a ridiculous choice.
Ramirez, who has hit third all season, has had an off year by his own standards. However, since the beginning of May, he’s hit .297/.367/.515.
The far bigger problem is Jorge Cantu, who hasn’t budged from the cleanup spot despite doing little since the opening first two weeks. He’s hit .237/.292/.360 since May 1.
Cantu never projected as the Marlins’ second-best hitter, and the ridiculous devotion to batting him fourth is something Rodriguez apparently inherited from Fredi Gonzalez. If Rodriguez wants more production from the top half of the lineup, he should try putting his best players there.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    It’s kind of silly for the captain to start panicking when he inherited a ship already sunk below the waterline. Your point about Cantu is of course spot on but this entire team is playing as though demoralized, and who wouldn’t be when you know that your cheapskate owner isn’t going to give you doodly squat to improve with, much less keep most of you on board in the first place. Lots of devious cruising Rachels are going to be heaving to next to this latterday Pequod over the next couple of weeks looking for some help in catching up to the white whale of destiny that towed away their division lead, and a lot of these soggy deckhands are going to be thrown overboard anyway.
    Hmmm…not a bad extenuated metaphor for 6AM on a business trip, but maybe I should revise the background metaphor a little next time. Scrooge McLoria might make a pretty good Claggart, but the idea of the Chihuahua as Squeak is just too good to pass up.

  2. Mr. Heyward - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    If no one is watching a baseball team play baseball does baseball actually exist?

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