Seems like everyone has something to day about the Hanley Ramirez situation. Majority of views so far are critical of Hanley, probably because the video evidence doesn’t look good (appears as if he ran to the ball, kicked it, then jogged). Even Hanley essentially admitted it in his public rant:
Did you give less than 100 percent effort?
Ramirez: I don’t know. It looked like it. The example starts with me. If you don’t hustle, hopefully, he does it with everybody. That’s OK. He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues. That’s OK. That’s fine. That’s an example and it starts with me and let’s see how far it can go.
Even some grown ups who have played the game – Al Leiter, Barry Larkin and Wes Helms – have criticized Hanley for his behavior. Dan Uggla expressed his frustrations last year.
So where do we go from here? It’s going to take two things: diplomacy and maturity. Loria/Beinfest/Hill have to get involved and resolve this behind the scenes. Fredi cannot back off, he’s the Manager and cannot lose his team (managers are replaceable). In fact, he’s already presenting this as something Hanley has to resolve with his teammates, not the coaches. But none of this will work unless Hanley steps up and addresses the situation, even if it means that he has to swallow his pride. The sooner he gets there, the sooner we can get back to covering baseball and turning this season into something special.
Note: Fredi could have done a better job keeping a lid on this situation. He’s already said too much to the Media and in many ways, it’s forcing Hanley to say the things he is as a way to protect his ego.