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Hanley Ramirez officially enters his walk year

Mar 30, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports wrote in January that the Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were in the “early stages” of contract extension negotiations and Ramirez told the Los Angeles media in mid-February that he wants to be a “Dodger for life.”

But the start of the regular season is upon us and Ramirez — who can become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series — is officially in his walk year. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tried to get details about the failed (or perhaps ongoing) contract talks this weekend from Ramirez and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. No dice …

Ramirez declined to say whether he and the Dodgers are discussing a new deal.

“I’m just playing baseball,” he said.

He also declined to say whether he would halt negotiations when the season starts, as some players do.

“Nice talking to you,” he said.

Ramirez said he wants to remain with the Dodgers.

General Manager Ned Colletti declined to discuss the status of negotiations but said the team remains interested in signing Ramirez.

“Of course,” Colletti said.

Ramirez, 30, batted .345/.402/.638 with 20 homers, 57 RBI, and 10 steals in 86 games last season.

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  3. 461deep - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Perhaps Dodgers want wait & see if Hanley stays healthy this year. A thought on value of OBP if I may regarding the lines below which I agree with but not entirely.

    ● OBP is considered more accurate than Batting Average in measuring a player’s offensive value, since it takes into account hits and walks. A player could bat over .300, but if they don’t walk at all, they’re not helping their team as much as a .270 hitter with a .380 OBP.

    My view. A player with a .380 OBP WHO only hits singles & draws walks 120 runs but few HRS & RBIs is not more valuable than 1 with a .300 BA & .320 OBP but hits 50 HRS with 120 runs & 120 RBI’s.
    The old line a walk is as good as a hit applies basically to base runner advancement singles of only 1 base.

    • paperlions - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      You are conflating multiple things and, of course, going beyond the issue. No one has ever said that OBP is a comprehensive offensive stat. OBP is always more informative than BA, neither takes into account slugging, but BA is relatively useless as it doesn’t really do anything well. OBP is how often a guy doesn’t make outs, which is the most important aspect for producing runs.

    • jkcalhoun - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Well, yes, and this is why some combination of OBP and SLG is an even better gauge of a player’s offensive value than OBP alone.

      But I mostly wanted to reply to say that a 50-HR guy is always going to be more valuable than a .380 OBP guy, if only because it’s very rare for a 50-HR to fail to achieve an OBP at least that high himself. In the 43 player seasons with at least 50 HRs, the player had an OBP of .380 or higher in 34 of them.

      To me this makes total sense, because if you can hit home runs that often, you’re going to be pitched around often enough to accumulate a fair number of walks.

      Lowest OBP to date among players who hit at least 50 HR (without regard to batting average): .347, by Andruw Jones in 2005.

      Most HR by a player with an OBP of .320 or lower: 46, by Jose Canseco in 1998, with an OBP of .318. He achieved those numbers because of career-worst BABIP of .241 — his worst by 34 points.

      But you constrained the problem even further than that by specifying a .300 BA as well. Lowest OBP among players who hit at least 50 HR and maintained a batting average of at least .300: .377, by Sammy Sosa in 1998. In fact, Sosa’s 1998 season is the only one ever in which a player hit at least 50 HR, had a batting average of at least .300, and somehow also managed an OBP of less than .380.

  4. jhb64 - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    The next MET shortstop!

  5. savior72 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Hearing him reminds me of what Puljos told everybody before he left St. Louis . Expect him to do the same unless LA gives him the biggest contract, or listen to him tell everyone how the Dodgers “disrespected” him.

  6. keltictim - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I’ve always wondered how he would have turned out had he stayed with the Red Sox. I know it wasn’t his choice, just curious.

  7. sfm073 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    He’s not the type of guy I would commit to sooner then I had to. The dodger can afford to resign him but there is no reason to be in a hurry to do so.

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