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Hanley Ramírez

Ramírez with the Marlins in June 2007
Florida Marlins — No. 2
Shortstop
Born: December 23, 1983 (1983-12-23) (age 26)
Samana, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 20, 2005 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .316
Home runs     103
Runs batted in     313
Stolen bases     164
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Hanley Ramírez (born December 23, 1983, in Samana, Dominican Republic) is a shortstop in Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins. Ramírez was named 2006 NL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.[1] In 2009, Ramirez won his first NL batting title.

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Minor League career

Ramírez was discovered by scouts Levy Ochoa and Julian Camilo and was considered the top prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 together with Aníbal Sánchez for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota.

Major League career

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2006 season

During Spring Training in 2006, Ramírez was impressive enough to earn the starting shortstop job for the Marlins over another candidate, shortstop Robert Andino. Ramírez led all MLB rookies with 185 hits, 119 runs, 11 triples and 51 SBs. He also hit 7 leadoff home runs, the most in team history for a season and career.

Ramírez's 46 doubles in the 2006 season is the all-time NL record for a shortstop age 22 or younger.[2] He is the first NL rookie to post 110-plus runs and 50-plus stolen bases. He also became the fifth big-league player since 1900 to hit 45-plus doubles and have 50-plus stolen bases, joining Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Lou Brock. He finished the spectacular season with the Rookie of the Year Award. Because his season with the Red Sox wasn't a full year, he was eligible for the award in 2006.

2007 season

Hanley Ramírez picked up where he left off during his sophomore season. The ever improving young star, who referred to Ryan Howard when asked about the sophomore jinx in baseball, was hitting .331 with 14 home runs and 35 RBIs to go along with 27 steals at the 2007 All Star break. Despite his great numbers, he was left off the All-Star roster behind starter Jose Reyes and reserve J.J. Hardy, not to the surprise of many writers.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez experimented with Ramírez a bit in the number three slot in the lineup, batting him ahead of star Miguel Cabrera when injuries hit the Marlins position players. Gonzalez believes Ramírez can be a middle-of-the-lineup player despite his speed, because he can hit for power.[3]

Ramirez (left) leading off first against the Chicago Cubs in 2009.

In a game versus the Cincinnati Reds on July 22, 2007 Hanley over-extended his shoulder when he tried to hit a pitch on the lower outside corner off right-hander Bronson Arroyo. He was helped off the field and was determined to have suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. Ramírez has had a history of problems with the shoulder. In the 2006 season, he missed 5 games for a similar problem after swinging at a pitch. In December of '06 he fell awkwardly on the shoulder while playing Winter League ball in the Dominican Republic.

In 154 games Ramírez batted .332 with 29 home runs, 81 RBI, 125 runs and 51 steals. He fell one home run shy of becoming only the third player in baseball history to hit 30 or more home runs and steal 50 or more bases in the same season. Ramírez led the National League in VORP. He also finished in the top 10 in the voting for the NL MVP.

After the end of the season, Ramírez underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured left shoulder.[4]

2008 season

Entering the 2008 season, Ramírez was now looked at as the face of the franchise after the Marlins traded All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. Ramírez has contributed well in the Marlins fast start, earning a spot as the starting Shortstop for the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career.

In addition, Ramírez agreed to a six-year, $70 million extension, by far making it the richest contract in Marlin history and furthermore making him the face of the franchise through the new stadium in 2012.[5] MLB.com has reported that Ramírez will get $23.5 million in his arbitration years of 2009 through 2011, $15 million in 2012, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. However, there is a no trade clause included in the deal.

Ramirez playing for the Dominican Republic.

Ramírez was named NL Player of the Month in June. He had been batting .298 with six doubles, a triple and ten home runs. He led the NL in three categories: home runs, runs scored and total bases. It was speculated that he could have secured a place in the rare 40-40 club achieved by four others and latest by Alfonso Soriano in 2006;[6] he ended the season with 33 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

In July, Ramírez was selected to his first All-Star at Yankee Stadium, voted in by the fans as the National League's starting shortstop. He was 2-for-3 with two singles and a run in the 2008 All-Star Game.

Ramírez hit his 30th home run of the season on September 13 to become a member of the 30-30 club.

2009 season

On February 24, 2009, the Miami Herald reported that Ramirez would be moving from the leadoff spot to the 3rd spot in the lineup.[7] Ramirez played in the World Baseball Classic for his native Dominican Republic.

During the April 6, 2009 regular season opener against the Washington Nationals, Ramirez hit his first career grand-slam off of Washington reliever Steven Shell.

In 2009 he was named fifth on the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. A panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards, was polled to arrive at the list.[1] On July 5, 2009, Ramirez was selected as the NL starting shortstop for the 2009 All Star Game.

Between June 21 and July 2 Hanley was able to bring in a run every game, a National League record for a shortstop.[8] During the streak Hanley collected 24 RBI. The record was ended by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On September 6, against the Nationals, he hit his 100th home run of his MLB career, becoming the 4th quickest shortstop in terms of games played to reach that milestone (Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Ernie Banks).

With a Batting Average of .342, Ramirez won his first batting title.

Ramirez also recorded 106 RBI (6th in NL), stole 27 bases (5th in NL), and scored 101 times (8th in NL).

He also won the Silver Slugger award at shortstop, and came in second to Albert Pujols for NL MVP.

Personal

Hanley has a son, Hanley Ramírez Jr., born November 15, 2004. His wife, Elisabeth, gave birth to their second son, Hansel, on September 12, 2007. During the winter of 2008 Hanley was involved in negotiations between the Marlins and his cousin Santiago Rodriguez, who the Marlins have been pursuing and looking forward to signing. In his free time, Hanley enjoys jamming to reggae and DJ'ing. He also enjoys listening to Dominican Merengue and Bachata. His two favorite music artists are Don Omar and 50 Cent.[9][10] On the Marlins, Hanley usually hangs out with Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga. Hanley is 6'3" and weighs 225 lbs. He is also known for pieing his team mates in the face with shaving cream after a walk off win.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Howard
National League Rookie of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Braun
Preceded by
Ryan Howard
Baseball Prospectus
Internet Baseball NL Rookie of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Ryan Braun
Preceded by
Lance Berkman
NL Player of the Month
June 2008
Succeeded by
Ryan Braun
Preceded by
Chipper Jones
National League Batting Champion
2009
Succeeded by
none


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