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In first day on the job Jack McKeon benches Hanley Ramirez

Jun 20, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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Jack McKeon wasted no time making his presence felt as Edwin Rodriguez’s replacement, as the 80-year-old’s first lineup since returning as Marlins manager doesn’t include Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez has dealt with back problems for much of the season, but told reporters that he’s healthy and confused by not starting tonight.

McKeon explained to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he benched Ramirez because he “didn’t like the way he was running yesterday” and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Ramirez also showed up late to the ballpark.

Whatever the case, not exactly a great start to the McKeon-Ramirez relationship, which is interesting given that Ramirez’s various issues with Fredi Gonzalez led to his firing in mid-2010 following back-to-back winning seasons. This is what the Marlins signed up for and the media members covering the team seem absolutely giddy about the return of McKeon’s brash style, but Ramirez probably isn’t as thrilled right about now.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:48 PM


    Hanley Wars VI: The Return of the McKeon

  2. b7p19 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Maybe Hanley stepped on his lawn?

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      Or wouldn’t change his depends…

  3. oldnumero7 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    That is one large mobile phone. You’d almost think that Mckeon hadn’t managed in a while.

    • b7p19 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      It has an antena! Was 1997 really that long ago?

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      2003, c3p…heh, I mean, b7p19. That was Jim Leyland in 1997.

      • b7p19 - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

        I don’t get the c3p thing, but yeah, whoops.

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2011 at 9:07 PM

        What, never saw Star Wars?

  4. adenzeno - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    There is a small chance that McKeons no BS attitude may be good for Hanley. Doubtful, but it is possible.

  5. largebill - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Can’t manage afraid of your stars. Not saying managers should go out of their way to piss off their best players, but there are certain minimum expectations for all players. Being on time, hustling, etc. are things a manager has to insist upon.

    I don’t know how much McKeon can do with this team this season, but I almost guarantee the W/L % record at end of season will be better than it is today.

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      Don’t worry, the Undead isn’t trying to piss off his best player. That’s Gaby Sanchez. He’s trying to piss off Hanley (.201, ten errors) Ramirez.

  6. ronaldjc - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    McKeon thought he was benching MANNY Ramirez!

    • trevorb06 - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      How’s this make any sense? :-S

      • ronaldjc - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        @trevorb06 – McKeon is 80 years old! Keep up!

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Good for Jack. Those young whippersnappers and their fancy jewelry and electronics dont belong in 1970’s baseball. Whoops i mean the 2nd decade of the 21st century :-)!

  8. frankvzappa - Jun 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    that Beckett trade still looks better and better every day, even after all these years…

    • largebill - Jun 20, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      No, that trade stinks. I had Hanley in my minors in an AL only league.

  9. schmedley69 - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    I don’t know why the Marlins ever got rid of McKeon in the first place.

  10. sasquash20 - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    H.Ramirez is a dog. He is always running like a chump. I had the 5th pick in a fanatsy draft and got ripped for not taking him. I ended up with Reyes in the 6th rd and Verlander who I took at 5th overall spot has been a stud.

  11. rcali - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Anyone know why Hanley is such a putz? When you are wavering on the Mendoza line you need to be at the park early for extra BP.

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      Easy, he wants out. Hanley was not even liked in Boston and he was a kid then! This guy is a major headcase, thinks his crap don’t stink. He has incredible potential but until he embraces the fact that he really hasn’t done anything yet, he wont be good for this team. I’d love to trade him but unfortunately I don’t think we would get someone comparable in return. Especially with his performance this year. He will be back in the line-up today, lets see if Jack can knock some sense into this diva.

      • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

        Uh, SoBe, you’re conveniently forgetting 2007-2010. Granted Hanley declined last season to a woeful .300 but come on, his stonehanded defense aside he sparkled at the plate and on the basepaths for four years. He won the NL batting title two year ago. It’s one thing to say that he’s terrible this year, but to say that he hasn’t done anything yet is just plain wrong. It may well be that the view from the Beach is a bit different from the view from the mango groves of darkest Kendall, but you should still probably tell the owner of whatever bar you live above out there to turn down the amps so you can hear yourself think.

  12. 24missed - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Loving’ the Beckett trade.

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