Saturday, March 7, 2015

My 1st Hanley..

...At least from his second stint.  Of course Hanley Ramirez came up through the Red Sox system and was expected to be a big star.  He made his Major League debut with Boston in 2005 with two at-bats in two games at the end of the season.  He struck out in both at-bats.  After the season he was traded during the brief period that Theo Epstein was not the general manager.  He was the big prize that the Marlins received in the deal that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston.  Ramirez turned into a big star immediately, winning the Rookie of the Year in 2006.  It would have been a bad deal if only 2006 counted.  Luckily Beckett and Lowell were vital elements of the 2007 World Championship team, each winning one of the two postseason MVP awards.  This season, Hanley Ramirez is coming back to the team he started with.  Topps has already been busy making airbrushed cards of him in his new (old) uniform:
Ramirez will be manning a new position this season.  He has never been a very good defensive shortstop and he will be moving to left field this season.  That should be interesting. 

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