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Humble Hanley Discusses Slump, Booing

          Hanley Ramirez has tried just about everything to change his hitting luck, besides putting in extra time working on his swing. He hiked his pants up to expose his socks. When that didn’t work, he lowered them back down, hoping that would do the trick.

          It hasn’t. Next?

          “Maybe no pants,” Ramirez said, producing laughter after going 0 for 4 on Sunday and hearing boos for the second straight day.

          Ramirez, the league batting champ in 2009, is now mired in a 2 for 27 slump that has lowered his average to .182.

          “I know I’m going to get out of it,” he said. “At the end of the year, the numbers are going to be there. So I’ve just got to go through it right now and try to get out of it soon, get back on track.”

          Ramirez said he heard the boos Saturday and Sunday, and understands why fans are unhappy.

          “It’s good because they expect a lot of things from me,” Ramirez said of vocal fans. “I’m not doing it right now. But we’ve got five months to go.”

          Ramirez and manager Edwin Rodriguez both agree that he’s been guilty of chasing bad pitches.

          “The good thing is he’s concerned,” Rodriguez said. “He wants to do good. It’s not like he doesn’t care. In my opinion, I think he’s been way too aggressive at the plate. He wants to do good so bad that I think he’s swinging at balls out of the strike zone.”

          Rodriguez said it’s possible he might give Ramirez a day off to get his head together. Teammates are 100 percent supportive of Ramirez and say his attitude, despite the slump, has been exemplary.

          “Whatever he’s been in the past is far from what I’ve experienced here,” said catcher John Buck, a newcomer to the team. “He’s struggling probably the worst on the team, and when I’m punching out, he’s the first one patting me on the butt. It’s directly reflected in the way we’re playing the way he’s dealing with it. When he gets going, it’s going to be something fun.”

          Ramirez said it’s only a matter of time.

          “I’m rushing too much at home plate, trying to hit every pitch,” he said.

          Even though he’s struggling, Ramirez is happy the team is winning.
          “It’s only me,” he said. “Everybody else is fine right now.”

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rbleigh

I seem to remember Gary Sheffield had a terrible 97' after a monster previous season and the Marlins won the World Series that year while Shef was arguably the best player in the series along with Livan. Hanley will be just fine.

GO MARLINS!

davidw8

As a season ticket holder,having missed only two games so far I noticed on Sunday that the boos were coming from fans that I saw for the first time Sunday. The entire row behind me booed Hanley and I asked them if they were at their first game this year...yes. Hanley is an excellent ballplayer who is struggling early. Instead of booing one of the better players in all of baseball, how about simply supporting him as he pushes himself to break the slump?
I'm more interested in Hanley's long term body of work which has impressed me greatly.
Go Marlins! This is a really fun team to watch and I do like Edwin Rogriguez's style of managing the team. You can see he understands baseball and you can see the ballplayers responding to him and the coaching staff.

JUAN YANES

RAMIREZ SHOULD BE MOVE TO FIRST OR SECOND IN THE LINE-UP BATTING ORDER. HE IS STILL UNMATURE TO BE THIRD ALSO HE IS THE BEST IN STEAL BASES AND IN THIS PLACE HE CAN'T

The digg

Hanley will be fine and turn it around soon.
He is taking too many close pitches on the putside corner that are being called strikes.
SWING AWAY EARLY RAM AND DONT PUT YOURSELF IN THAT 3-2 HOLE !

JUAN YANES

I think Ramirez is worried to much in batting # 3; moving him to first or second in the line-up could relax his mood and find his way; also remember he is the speeder runner and batting first the team can capitalize better in score run.

JUAN YANES

Marlins Manager lack of positive strategies, nevertheless luck rewarded him. Exemple: Wes Helms should start in the hot corner always off lefties pitchers and batting in the top of the line-up; Dobbs or Bonifacio could share start off Righties
Handley should be moved from third to first in the line-up, bacause he always has been more productive in this spot

JUAN YANES

Another lack of strategy for the Marlins Coach is make the same line-up batting order off Righties and Lefties; this method weak the offensive in score run: Example: Coghtland Ave off Lefties is o.160, then he never should be pencil # 1 in the line-up off starting lefties. Helms Ave off Lefties is 0.340 he should start always off lefties

goldnneedl

I agree with those saying to move Hanley up in the order, he is the real thing & will be fine.
Even without Morrison in the line-up these guys are making a statement.

rbleigh

Juan,

Manager strategy? Dude, the Marlins are 13-7 and just took 2/3 from the 1st place Rockies. Are you expecting perfection?

Lou Vales

I travel from the Carolinas to EVERY Marlins game in Atlanta, I also take about 3 or 4 other roadtrips and go back to South Florida for extended home stands once a year. I'm saying all this in response to person who QUESTIONED someone's right to boo because he or she has not attended ENOUGH games. If anyone wants to boo a nonchalant 5 tool superstar who has yet to hit a home run this year(including Spring Training) and who makes every throw to 1B an adventure--Well, all I can say is BOO if you want and I don't care if it is your first game attended since 1993.

I'm actually deciding IF I should attend the Greensboro game tonight and check out Yelich, Ozuna and Galloway or watch Nolasco pitch against the Dodgers. I should probably go tomorrow because Volstad goes tomorrow and it will be another stressful night as Chris struggles to throw a COMPLETE GAME--For Volstad 5 innings constitutes a COMPLETE GAME. Villanueva----ANYBODY!!

Lou Vales

It's time to end the Donnie Murphy Charity Big League Experience.

Lou Vales

Murphy has the range of a pine tree.

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