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Hanley Ramirez still hesitant about move to third base

Dec 17, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

Hanley Ramirez Reuters

The Marlins have repeatedly said that they have no intention to trade Hanley Ramirez following the addition of shortstop Jose Reyes, but it’s clear that he’s not yet on board with moving to third base.

Marlins president Larry Beinfest made some interesting comments to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald yesterday, admitting that “it may take a little bit of time for him to get comfortable” with the idea of switching positions.

“The conversations we’ve had, we’re going to keep between us. But there’s been quite a bit of communication. He’s excited about playing for Ozzie Guillen. Ozzie is excited to have him. Everyone reacts to change differently.

“Even though we communicated with him and let him know what our intentions were in terms of Jose, he was the shortstop for six years, a very good one. We’ve asked him to move to third. Sometimes it just takes a little time for things to sink in. I think he recognizes we’re a better team with Jose.”

Another Marlins’ official told Jackson that they would like Ramirez to publicly endorse the signing of Reyes and a move to third base, but they haven’t pressured him to do so. The hope is that he’ll come around to the idea before spring training, but if the Marlins continue to face resistance, it stands to reason that they’ll explore the possibility of trading him.

  1. rexadelphia8 - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    It’s ok Hanley, Reyes will be hurt before you know it and you’ll be at short again

  2. Old Gator - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    And of course there’s still the problem of that accursed amulet. It would be fun to try burying it in short left field one night and then seeing if it turned up lying on third base in the morning.

  3. Kyle - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Maybe I’m naive but I don’t see things getting so terrible that Hanley would actually have to be traded away in a panic.

    • evanwins - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      You’re naive

    • cur68 - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      Kyle, I agree. Ramirez’s reaction has been completely blown out of proportion, IMO. As far as I can tell he has something of a legitimate beef: he has better offensive numbers & tenure. With luck, he’ll see that Reyes is a better fielder than he and give way. So far he’s kept direct comments out of the media. All we have are vague ‘reports’. No one’s quoting anything from him since the acquisition of JR. He has till spring training to show up and play or till he actually gets in the media himself and confirms his lack of enthusiasm for moving to 3rd etc.

      • Alex K - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM

        I couldn’t agree more, cur. Hanley is being more mature about it than a certain utility guy that got an MVP vote this year. He hasn’t said jack to the media, and I would imagine that by the time spring training rolls around he will be out there at 3rd and saying the right things.

  4. patriot67 - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    What ever happened to doing what your manager says to do ? Thats his job to evaluate a player and if he thinks “Hey this guy might be better on third base” then shut up whine boy and do what your told l respect my boss when he says “Hey go here and do this” I don’t bitch and complain till I get my way . These kids today are big over grown / over paid puzzies .. Just look at Manny Ramirez if you don’t believe me. Shut up do your job or get benched HIRE ME AS A COACH i WILL SET THEM STRAIGHT!! Bill Belichick style

  5. patriot67 - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    If these players were half as good as they think they are they should have no problem playing any position. Your a Ball player not a short stop player or a 3rd base player a ball plyer . Did Troy Brown say “Sorry Coach I’m just a wide out” I cant do anything else it’s in my contract !!

  6. rodge1 - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Don’t care if they trade Hanley. Would like to keep him but he hasn’t done anything since he was in HR contest years ago… Probably ruined him and made him more of a diva.

  7. BratLee - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM

      You sure that he isn’t merely dead again?

  8. kingjoe1 - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    HR can’t play short so well; he ought to be thankful to the Marlins for giving him a chance to save face instead of bumbling about in the field for the next few seasons.

  9. crisisjunky - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    As long as we’re enabling Hanley’s incredible sense of self worth, and assuming physical health,
    Fish should dangle C.F. in front of him. High profile position, center of attention etc…he could potentially be intrigued, and Hanley is definitely physically gifted enough to give it a shot, and to look upon him for the first time, you would think Center was his natural position, bigger and stronger than he used to be.
    maybe he loves the idea and it works, or maybe he abhors it so much that 3rd looks good to him.
    it would be worth ground balls and some extra time with infield staff to see if Bonafacio can play
    3rd reasonably consistantly, to make this work.
    They really need to amicably do whatever they can to have these fellas batting 1-2-3.
    If they can accomplish that, the can change their name to the Merlin’s, and wear a really cool pointy hat with moons and stars to go with their new uni’s.

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