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Hanley Ramirez is lighting up box scores with the Dodgers

Aug 19, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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The Dodgers’ decision-makers must be overjoyed with what they’ve seen from Hanley Ramirez since his arrival from the Marlins at last month’s deadline.

The 28-year-old shortstop and third baseman belted two home runs and finished with four RBI in Los Angeles’ 6-2 defeat of the Braves on Saturday night in Atlanta. He’s now batting .330/.392/.549 with four homers and 27 RBI in 23 games with his new team, and has a 1.025 OPS so far in the month of August.

Ramirez was sporting a weak .246/.322/.428 slash line in 395 plate appearances with the Marlins before the four-player trade, which sent 22-year-old starter Nathan Eovaldi and relief prospect Scott McGough to Miami. Randy Choate followed Ramirez out west.

Eovaldi looked sharp while tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Rockies, but Ramirez is capable of making the Dodgers a big winner if he can keep this pace. L.A. has won 10 of its last 15 and will enter play Sunday just a half-game back of the Giants for first place in the National League West.

  1. sabatimus - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Yep, and he’s also showing he’s still an immature prick, with that home run taunt.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      He was doing the “I see you” think to the dugout, not at Burnett. How dare that man show joy with his teammates!

      • sabatimus - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        It was only one of about a dozen examples of him being a prick. I could name more but I’m sure you’ll find a way to spin those too.

      • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        With Dallas Braden out of commission, Burnett seems to be staking his claim to the title of touchiest schmuck on the mound.

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Somebody get the diapers, big baby sabatimus needs changing!

  2. phillyphever - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Yeah, but he can still plague the Dodgers down the road like another Ramirez did.

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      Plague? LOL if he does as much for the Dodgers as Manny did they would be thrilled.
      How’s that HoJo contract panning out?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    No one ever doubted the Hanster’s talent. What was in question was his attitude and his focus. Eovaldi is looking more and more like he might have been a terrific pickup – still young, still learning but with terrific stuff, and the Feesh unloaded a morale issue. So far, looks like a good trade for both clubs.

    • stercuilus65 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Eovaldi is solid starter.

  4. spudatx - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Hanley’s childish meltdown coming in 5… 4… 3…

  5. zice03 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Been a great teammate and is playing for a manger that is a players guy. Ozzie is the prick. Always will be haters. Can’t Denis what he’s doing. And if it was something that was showing the other teams up he wouldve been HBP already. Haters

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      You used the word “haters” 2 times more than is socially acceptable

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Without necessarily contesting your assessment of our illustrious manager, Hanley’s misanthropy predates Slobbering Ozzie, going back through Flat Eddie to Fat Fredi and beyond. Wait it out. It’d be wonderful if he actually grew up, but we’re in the realm of the leopard’s spots here.

  6. zice03 - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I guess that’s better than AWESOMER. Weak

  7. doctorfootball - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    I hate players like Ramirez. He will only play hard as long as the team is winning. Had he been traded to the Mets or another underachieving team, you would have seen the same Hanley from the Marlins. The Dodgers better keep winning for Hanley’s sake and their own.

    • lanflfan - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Do you also hate bandwagon fans only show up when their team is winning? Because other than Ramirez being paid millions how is that any different?

  8. Walk - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    David ross caught the hanster looking down at the pitch signs in last nights multi hr game. It confused the announcers why ross stood up made some signs then dropped back into a crouch. They replayed a few seconds before ross stood up and you could see hanram looking at ross give the signs then see ross glance up and see hanley looking not just at the location but at the signs he was giving. Ross then stood up and changed the signs to an indicator type system.

  9. bigleagues - Aug 19, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Seriously, should this sudden rennaissance in production surprise anyone? Marlins fans, correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t Hanley’s untimely demise as an All Star occur roughly after a couple of run ins with Fredi Gonzalez? And the continued when he didn’t mesh with Gonzalez?

    I’d like to say he didn’t like his managers, but perhaps he didn’t like Jeffrey Loria or Miami.

    Whatever the case may be, his decline in production was inexplicable from my perspective and I saw this coming from a mile a way, which is why I wish the Sox were the ones to have landed him.

    • Old Gator - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      BL: well, sort of. The Hanster’s problems with Fat Fredi broke into the open when our former manager called him out publicly for dogging it on a play in the field and a lackadaisical effort at running to first, but as I understand it they had rubbed each other the wrong way before that but there was no public acknowledgment prior to the more celebrated episodes. Given the backbiting that went on here when he was traded, it’s pretty clear there was some animosity in the clubhouse otherwise. I doubt if the Hanster was very happy in Macondo the last two years of his tenure here. It seems that he and Loria got on well at first – witness that garish diamond-studded accursed .342 amulet Loria got him when he won the batting title a few years back. I haven’t heard anything to the effect that he had any issues with Beinfest or the Chihuahua, though it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that he eventually did.

      No matter. As I wrote here earlier, this deal seems to be working out well for both teams. Eovaldi will need a full season to mature as a major league pitcher and prove himself, but at least his first full third of a season is taking place with a team that has no more expectations. The lack of pressure should be helpful. And clearly the Hanster is enjoying himself again – though I also wouldn’t be surprised if his blatant egotism and Tinseltown temptations didn’t become a toxic mix somewhere down the road.

      • stercuilus65 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        I think you’re right about trouble down the road but if we can get a few years of close to 100% production from him I will be very happy.

      • bigleagues - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Interesting accounting. You filled in some blanks on what I knew, so I appreciate that.

        I do think Eovaldi is a solid return and if he blossoms next year and Johnson gets his legs fully back under him (and his arm in its consistent proper slot) then the Feesh will have gotten back on the right track.

  10. omniusprime - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Looks like Hanley Ramirez has found Dodger Blue to his liking. A great addition to the team. I’m so laughing at all the Miami crybabies who whine about him now that he’s gone. Enjoy not going to the playoffs losers! Go Dodgers!

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Who’s “whining” about him? Most Feesh fans – and plenty of their players – are happy to be rid of him. Watch out with that cigarette if you’re planning to hang around with straw men.

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