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Marlins prez: Hanley Ramirez will play shortstop in 2012

Oct 30, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen told the media a few weeks ago that he had spoken to Hanley Ramirez about possibly moving away from shortstop.

Hanley’s defense there has always been a bit spotty and there’s a belief that it will only get worse.

But there will be no position change in 2012.

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Marlins president David Samson said Saturday that Ramirez is already locked in as the team’s starting shortstop next season. And that’s not going to change unless the club suddenly goes wild in free agency.

“There has been no conversations with that,” Samson said. “I suppose if we sign a free-agent first baseman who would only sign with us if he could play shortstop, I guess that is the conversation we’d have with all of our players. His range of motion is getting better. He’s improving, and we expect him to be in the lineup on Opening Day.”

Ramirez had a down year offensively in 2011, but the 27-year-old still boasts a fantastic .886 career OPS. He’s expected to be fully recovered from his late-season shoulder surgery by the start of spring training.

  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Oct 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Bad sign for Ozzie. Hanley’s agent already when over his head to the owner and won! Of course, Ozzie could have been just running his mouth off, with him you need know.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Oct 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    To bad his attitude sucks balls. We dont cotton to his like here.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    I doubt if it had anything to do with Hanley’s agent. Samson, and Beinfest last week, were just embalming the waters and transmitting reassurance to the easily ruffled Hanster after Slobbering Ozzie ran his motormouth off. This was just the first of numerous episodes to come wherein the Feesh’s ranking loose cannon finds himself being pegged back to the deck by Cap’n Beinfest and Master-at-Arms Chihuahua.

  4. stinkinfish - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    why would they change his position anyways? he is one of the best at his position. in the unlikely event that they brought in reyes, wouldnt they ask the new guy to play 2nd or 3rd? Kinda like what happened in New York w/ ARod and Jeter?

    • stinkinfish - Oct 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      They won’t spend the money to bring in a big name anyways to justify moving HanRam…its all talk to drum up interest in the team to try to fill their new stadium…

  5. jwbiii - Oct 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Who had October 30 in the First Pissing Contest between Samson and Guillen pool?

    • Old Gator - Oct 30, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      The big difference between the Chihuahua and Kenny Williams is that you can stand on a barstool and piss on the Chihuahua’s head.

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