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As a rookie with the Florida Marlins, Hanley Ramirez came out of the starting gate ready to go. He won the rookie of the year award after hitting .292 while stealing 51 bases. In 2007, he took another step forward, increasing his home run total to 29, decreasing his strikeout total by 33, and showed once again his blazing speed by stealing 51 bases again.

 

However, Hanley's steal totals have decreased since his sophmore season. He has yet to steal more than 35 bases since that 2007 season, and has shown a bit of a reluctance to do so.

 

Since his rookie season, Ramirez has dealt with a myriad of shoulder injuries. In 2006, he missed 5 games after dealing with shoulder problems and injured his shoulder while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. He also dealt with shoulder tendinitis in 2009, and as recently as last year played through a lingering elbow injury. All of these issues may have played a part in Hanley's sharp decline in stolen bases over the years.

 

On Monday, Hanley told reporters that he is ready to start using that fifth tool in his arsenal more often. He said that he wants to "start stealling bases from the beginning of the season". He also mentioned how he plans to be more aggressive and take on more of a leadership role this year.

 

The Marlins brass should be extremely encouraged by what Hanley told the media. Last season, Hanley Ramirez was benched for jogging after a ball that he had inadvertently kicked into the left field corner. Hanley later apologized to his teammates for his actions and was allowed back on the team, but the incident polarized the team, and may have played a part in Fredi Gonzalez being fired a month later.

 

This past offseason, it seems as though Hanley has taken it upon himself to become a more complete player. His goals to become the five tool player he is capable of being and to carry the Marlins on his back show that he is finally ready to carry a playoff caliber team. In order for the Marlins to succeed, the younger players and even some of the veterans need to be able to look up to Hanley and feel like he can help lead them through the trenches of a playoff race. Finally, Hanley is ready to take on the challenge.

 

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Not sure If I want that if Stanton starts mashing.

 

 

Swinging for the fences all the time is a sure fire way to fail. Take your cuts when you can, but also take what they are giving you.

 

One slight "problem" here. Stanton hits the ball so hard almost every time that a single by him might not score Hanley from 2B.

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Not sure If I want that if Stanton starts mashing.

 

 

Swinging for the fences all the time is a sure fire way to fail. Take your cuts when you can, but also take what they are giving you.

 

One slight "problem" here. Stanton hits the ball so hard almost every time that a single by him might not score Hanley from 2B.

Not a problem here at all. They'll be hit so hard that when the ball reaches the fielder, they'll be knocked down allowing Hanley the time to round third and score.

 

Speaking of this, anyone else excited to see a ball that bounces 15 feet to the right of the short stop and end up being a one-hopper to the left fielder?

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Not sure If I want that if Stanton starts mashing.

 

 

Swinging for the fences all the time is a sure fire way to fail. Take your cuts when you can, but also take what they are giving you.

 

One slight "problem" here. Stanton hits the ball so hard almost every time that a single by him might not score Hanley from 2B.

Not a problem here at all. They'll be hit so hard that when the ball reaches the fielder, they'll be knocked down allowing Hanley the time to round third and score.

 

Speaking of this, anyone else excited to see a ball that bounces 15 feet to the right of the short stop and end up being a one-hopper to the left fielder?

 

I'm more excited to see how many 3B Mike kills this year with line drive smashes to the face.

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Not sure If I want that if Stanton starts mashing.

 

 

Swinging for the fences all the time is a sure fire way to fail. Take your cuts when you can, but also take what they are giving you.

 

One slight "problem" here. Stanton hits the ball so hard almost every time that a single by him might not score Hanley from 2B.

Not a problem here at all. They'll be hit so hard that when the ball reaches the fielder, they'll be knocked down allowing Hanley the time to round third and score.

 

Speaking of this, anyone else excited to see a ball that bounces 15 feet to the right of the short stop and end up being a one-hopper to the left fielder?

 

I'm more excited to see how many 3B Mike kills this year with line drive smashes to the face.

Hmm... Better keep Dominguez off the field for BP then.

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Not sure If I want that if Stanton starts mashing.

 

 

Swinging for the fences all the time is a sure fire way to fail. Take your cuts when you can, but also take what they are giving you.

 

One slight "problem" here. Stanton hits the ball so hard almost every time that a single by him might not score Hanley from 2B.

 

 

Or in Stanton's case...maybe a sure fire way to hit 50+ HR's. People said the same thing about Jose Bautista last year; he didn't hurt the Blue Jays.

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