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Hanley Ramirez dropped to sixth in the order for tonight’s game

Jun 18, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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The great Hanley Ramirez leadoff experiment didn’t last long.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Ramirez has been dropped to sixth in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays.

Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout out of the leadoff spot last night and is 1-for-13 with a double, one walk and five strikeouts since returning from the disabled list Tuesday. This will be his first ever start out of the No. 6 spot, though he does have four at-bats there during his career.

Dropping the struggling Ramirez in the order is one thing, but installing DeWayne Wise as the leadoff hitter in his place smacks of bizarro world desperation. Then again, the Marlins have dropped eight consecutive games and are 1-16 in June, so you really can’t blame Edwin Rodriguez for losing his marbles.

  1. addictedzone - Jun 18, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez batting 1-2 for the Zephyrs next week?

  2. Old Gator - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Moving a .213 (at the time) hitter with supposedly near-paralytic back pain into the leadoff spot in the midst of a team nosedive seemed pretty Bizarro world desperate in the first place. This is clearly a demoralized team right now and every additional stupid move the front office makes – firing a popular hitting coach, demoting a popular player in Coghlan, calling in Logan Morrison and telling him to shut up – only seems to be making matters worse. Even the play by play guys are beginning to call out the McLoria-Chihuahua regime on some of their decisions. Tonight the Feesh lost their ninth in a row. Hanley went one for two with a couple of walks and a stolen base. And most horrible of all: the Ozzie talk is heating up again. However unlikely that is, I think I’d rather be paranoid about the zombie in my closet than have to consider that slobbering fool at the helm of my Feesh.

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