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Hanley Ramirez hits cleanup in return from benching, reporter thinks Marlins should trade him

Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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Day 1 of the (latest) Jack McKeon era in Florida involved benching Hanley Ramirez, but the Marlins’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels.

And not only that: Ramirez is hitting cleanup for the first time in his career.

Also of note is that Marlins beat reporter Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post wrote this morning that they should trade Ramirez because “they’re a better (happier) team without him.”

Ramirez has been awful this season while playing through back problems, hitting just .200 with four homers and a .593 OPS in 55 games, but the notion that the Marlins are “a better team without him” in the long term seems fairly absurd.

Even with this year’s struggles included Ramirez has hit .306 with a .380 on-base percentage and .507 slugging percentage in 813 career games for the Marlins, averaging 25 homers and 40 steals per 160 games while posting an .886 OPS that leads all MLB shortstops during that six-year span (2006-2011):

HANLEY RAMIREZ      .886
Troy Tulowitzki     .856
Jose Reyes          .809
Derek Jeter         .805
Jimmy Rollins       .780

Not only does Ramirez have the best OPS of any shortstop since 2006, including an OPS above .800 in five straight seasons, he won't be 28 years old until December and is signed through 2014.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Jeter for Hanley straight up. Do it Cash!

  2. mvpolamalu - Jun 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Trade Hanley for pujols, longoria, Jose Reyes and jojo reyes cuz all jojo can do is win. Also cut gaby Sanchez, girls don’t play in the MLB. Infact cut everybody but Logan morrison hes a boss

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Florida deserves to lose if they trade him. Any other team in the MLB would hope for that, even the one’s with solid short stops would inquire about Hanley if he were up for grabs. He’s the best hitting short stop in the game, he only needs his health back. Short memory down in FL… I suppose too much sun.

    • dcburden - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      In fairness to Florida, they’ve traded away bunches of players no normal team would, but often received enough young talent back to fight another day.

  4. hcf95688 - Jun 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Yes, please! You can have our entire opening night infield: Barton, Ellis, Pennington and Kouzmanoff. Hell, I’ll throw in David DeJesus and Ryan Sweeney too. Thank you – An Oakland A’s fan

  5. sagequest - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Send him back to the Red Sox as the Player-to-be-named later :-)

  6. stoankold - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Might as well send him back to Boston where he came from. Send Scutaro and Lowrie or Sutton in return.

  7. yuckygeo - Jun 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Straight up for Ronny Cedeno?

  8. halladaysbicepts - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Hanley seems to be a punk. I don’t care how good he is. If he’s trouble in the clubhouse, addition sometimes comes by subtraction.

    Marlins best move might be to ship him out for the sake of that clubhouse. It’s obvious that McKeon will not put up with his nonsense.

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