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Dodgers “uneasy” that Hanley Ramirez isn’t playing enough shortstop in offseason ball

Feb 3, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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Hanley Ramirez played in the Dominican Winter League this offseason, is currently participating in the Caribbean Series, and has committed to suiting up for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. But Ramirez has not — and will not — play shortstop in any of those events.

Which has the Dodgers’ front office concerned.

According to’s Alden Gonzalez, Los Angeles management is growing “uneasy as its prized asset continues to play games outside the U.S. and away from shortstop.” Ramirez has been DHing in the Caribbean and will start at third base in the 2013 WBC.

“It’s really hard to say, ‘Don’t play for your country,'” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters recently at a charity event. “I’m kind of torn. Selfishly, I’d like Hanley to be in camp playing short every day.”

Ramirez already rates poorly at shortstop and obviously isn’t working to improve this offseason.

  1. cnitkowski - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    “offseason ball?”

    “obviously isn’t working to improve this offseason.”
    Obvious because? You only work on your defense in games? Not in pregame or during workouts?

  2. xpensivewinos - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Wow, Hanley and his employer are not on the same page. This is shocking news…….

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    With Reyes and Aybar on the same WBC team as him, Ramirez is not going to play ss. I understand that he may have played DH i Winter Ball due to a shoulder problem.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      edit function “in”

  4. jwbiii - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Or it could be that the talent evaluators for Escogido and the D.R. don’t think he’s good enough to play SS.

  5. jason1214 - Feb 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I’ve got my popcorn ready for what will be an epic failure…your 2013 LA Dodgers.

    • stercuilus65 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      For that I’m going to go extra rough on your mom tonight…she’ll like it :)

  6. alexo0 - Feb 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I thought the Dodgers bought all the winter leagues.

  7. paperlions - Feb 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I’d like to know if this is really any different that what Ramirez usually does in winter ball……he’s probably playing about as much SS as most starting SSs do during the offseason. This doesn’t seem like what the Dodgers should be worrying about.

    They should be worrying about the fact that he isn’t like he’s a good defender. He managed to be average for a couple of years, but that was a few years ago now. He’s been among the league’s worst defending SS the last 3 years, expecting him to be any bet than that isn’t particularly reasonable….or necessarily the fault of Ramirez.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      Hanley Ramirez will spend more time at 3B this season than he’s going to want to.

      • paperlions - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        I expect that may be true. Where he plays will probably be determined by the relative quality of their other options at 3B and SS.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Exactly. Personally, I’m more concerned about Dee Gordon’s quality time at short this winter than Hanley’s.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    And in other news, Al Cabrera has announced that he remains dead and will not become undead in order to represent the Canary Islands in the World Baseball Classic.

    Hanley Ramirez? Never heard of him.

  9. mazblast - Feb 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    If the Dodgers are uneasy about Hanley not playing shortstop during the winter, wait until they see him play it in the spring.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM


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