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Hanley goes back to the '09 bats, Gaby wins NL player of week

     The slumping shortstop walked into the clubhouse with a couple of bats on his shoulder.

     "These are my babies," said Hanley Ramirez, before planting a kiss on one of the bat barrels.

     Yes, it's come to this. The three-time All-Star, desperate to produce, dug around in the dark recesses of his closet at home and found what he hopes to be the solution to his woes: the very bats he used during the 2009 season when he won the NL batting title.

      "I take any leftover bats home after every season," Ramirez said. "And I had some left from '09."

      It's quite obvious that the bats aren't fresh out of the box. They're dinged, dented and discolored. But, at this point, Ramirez is willing to try anything to snap out of his season-long funk at the plate. He put the bats to their first test on Sunday, and though he went just 1 for 5 -- the only hit coming when he dumped a single into center -- he smoked a couple of pitches, one for a long fly ball to left that twisted just foul and a line drive to short that that was turned into a double play.

      Asked if he had thought about burning his old bats to exorcise the demons, Ramirez, who is hitting just .195, responded: "Coming soon."

      -- One Marlin who is hitting is first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who was named NL Player of the Week after going 13 for 28 (.464) with three doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in seven games last week. On Sunday, Sanchez went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles, a three-run home run, and a walk.

      "He's been out most consistent hitter pretty much the entire month of April and May," said manager Edwin Rodriguez. "People are going to start talking about him a little bit more."


     Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Emilio Bonifacio, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Mike Stanton, rf; 6. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 7. John Buck, c; 8. Omar Infante, 2b; 9. Javier Vazquez, p.

     Phillies: 1. Jimmy Rollins, ss; 2. Shane Victorino, cf; 3. Placido Polanco, 3b; 4. Ryan Howard, 1b; 5. Raul Ibanez, lf; 6. Ross Gload, rf; 7. Pete Orr, 2b; 8. Brian Schneider, c; 9. Joe Blanton, p.


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Lou Vales

The Phillies have a bench comparable to the Marlins in inepitude:


Mayberry--Jr?? Like we think it's his old man.


Valdez--The coffee guy???

Martinez--Another switch hitting marginal infielder.

The Braves--who will probably win this thing--are shaking in their booths.


Vazquez es sooey

Lou Vales

Javier, You are undoubtedly a multi millionaire which just goes to demonstrate that this is not only a great country of opportunity but also a country where luck helps. i would like to think you were not as disinterested as you appeared to be but I trust your teammates realize you are a POC--I'm substituting a "c" for an "s."

Lou Vales

I could really give a damn if some of you are agravated with my comments and I know that my actually attending games means nothing, but I will say if you are not totally PISSED off that the Marlins have NOTHING ready to slot in for Vasquez that means you either don't give a damn--which is perfectly fine OR you careas little as the Triumvirate of Stooges care about this team.

Also thought it telling that our All Star SS grounds into a DP on a ball making the outfield grass??

Bow Wow!! Bow Wow!! Bow Blanking Wow!!

Lou Vales

West gets hurt shagging fly balls because he is out of shape, Hensley "falls" down a flight of stairs wearing his "dress shoes" and Mujica gets hurt running to cover 1B.

I've seen Stan M.and he is in pretty good shape, he will vouch that I'm in real good shape and we are both over 60. i run 6 miles a day--no big deal--but I bet my butt I would not have got hurt shagging fly balls, walking down stairs or running to 1B.

Maybe now we see Ceda. Unless he must lowser his era to les than .50.


Well played. What the he'll is going on with these guys?! Can't stay healthy.

Lou Vales

There is NOT a "contender"in the last 50 years of Major League Baseball that would send a piece of dung--with my apology to dung throughout the world--like Javier Vasquez out for another start.Of course their BRILLIANT minor league system offers them limited options. I've seen Koehler pitch at two levels of minor league baseball, IF they were to call this guy up you would see a stark definition of the word EXPOSED. There are certain guys who have had a track record of winning in the minors and not being able to transfer that to the MLB level. Wait until we see Koehler--and I expect we will see Koehler---that "stuff" ain't working on big league hitters.There's a reason he is not being rushed through the minors.
The only good thing about the Vasquez FIASCO is that Hugh Hefner Jr--hopefully you understand the reason for the nickname--must pay this POC(Substitute the C for the S) 7 MILLION Dollars.

The average retirement savings for a couple over the age of 50 is an UNBELIEVABLE 56,000 not including home equity. The GREAT majority of Americans under the age of 60nstill don't realize they will be working at something until the day they drop dead AND with all that in mind you have Javier Vasquez receiving 7 Million Dollars. Think of that 7 MILLION!!! Let's say average American couple makes 70,000 a year that means it would take them 100!!!!! years to make what javier Vasquez makes this year. Now it's contemptible enough that A-Roid makes 150,000 a game but at least he is somewhat productive, BUT Javier Vasquez!!! People making justifiable noise about the defecit and long range ramifications and YET we have a system that allows a BUM to be paid 7,000,000 a year.

I can differentiate between Socialism and Fascism--even though I live in the South---I think I understand Capitalism but what would Adam Smith, Thomas Hobbes,Rousseau,Galbraith, Keynes and others---name your own---think about a NO Talent cull as Javier Vasquez making 7,000,000

Lou Vales

If anyone needs some tickets I will give them to you IF Vasquez is continued to be sent out there. I'm not traveling to South Florida to watch this.
Even though I live in an area where some Phi Beta Kappas believe that the disposal of Usama(correct spelling) bin Laden is a fraud and even though some call Socialists Fascists and Fascists Socialists, I would still almost remain here than to take my baseball trips to Florida. Vasques has soured me that much.

You guys/girls know the difference between a Fascist and Socialist??? PLease???

Lou Vales






Do you realize what it means for the 6th over all draft pick in the 2007 Draft to be hitting.159 at Double A. I know that is not on a level with trading Miguel Cabrera for Bad Hopper BUT it still reflects a level of incompetence rarely seen by a MLB team.


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