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For Hanley Ramirez, Is History Repeating Itself?


  Came across this article from the Boston Herald, dated May 9, 2003.....

  Growing pains continue for prized shortstop prospect Hanley Ramirez, who was sent down to the Instructional League yesterday for an unnamed violation of Red Sox policy.

   Ramirez, 19, is a five-tool player with dazzling offensive and defensive skills but also some maturity issues. Last season, Ramirez was sent home early from the fall's instructional league after getting into a confrontation with a coach.

Red sox hanley    The club felt the move was necessary for Ramirez, playing at Single-A Augusta, to get a handle on his emotions and attitude in the wake of the intense hype that greeted his breakout season. In the Gulf Coast League last season, he hit .341 with six home runs, 26 RBI, eight stolen bases and 16 walks in 45 games, and then hit .371 for Lowell with one home run and 19 RBI.

 Over the winter, club officials felt confident that Ramirez' frame of mind had improved and that he understood the areas in which he needed work. This spring, there were no further incidents until this week's.

   He had been off to a slow start for the Greenjackets this spring but this past week he had been showing signs of heating up, belting his first two home runs of the year. On the season, Ramirez is hitting .255 with two home runs, 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases, but has committed a whopping 12 errors in his 24 games at shortstop.

   "We don't expect him to be in extended spring training for a long time, assuming he does what we ask him to do," said Ben Cherington, director of player development.

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