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Marlins head off to Seattle with a happier, focused Hanley Ramirez

Jack McKeon didn't win his first series in his return as Marlins manager.

But after three days, he may have already gotten his toughest assignment completed -- getting Hanley Ramirez to turn his attitude around and play with passion.

Two days after being benched for showing up late to a team meeting and getting chastised by Logan Morrison for it, the three-time All-Star shortstop and former batting champion played arguably his best game of the season Wednesday.

He went 2-for-5 with two, two-out RBI singles and two great plays with his glove. And even though a bad bounce produced the game-winning RBI single that scooted just past Ramirez's glove, there was a sense of victory in the Marlins clubhouse after the 10-inning 6-5 loss to the Angels.

And it's all because Ramirez, the franchise player, is displaying the attitude the team has been looking for.

"I'm very, very happy with my three days here," McKeon said. "I know we're 1-2. But I think we're on the right path. We're going to cause a little havoc the rest of the way. We've got two or three hitting now. Now, we've got to try to get a couple more just to put the ball in play.

"If you were in the dugout tonight even when we got down 5-4, the guys were figuring out we're going to tie this thing. We're going to win this thing.

McKeon said Ramirez was a big part of that.

"We probably saw his best game of the year, maybe the last couple years," he said. "Hanley was fired up. All excited to play, happy, coming over talking to me about different things. Just a smile on his face. It's the new confidence he has. And he's happy. Maybe he likes hitting fourth, he certainly has been delivering in that situation. Maybe we found the right spot for him."

A couple of his teammates said they were happy to see Ramirez show some fight.

"He played real well," said Burke Badenhop, who suffered the loss. "That catch on the tarp there was huge. You can tell when he's really locked in and he good ABs today. That was good to see. He was pretty pumped like we need him to be."

Said Brian Sanches: "It's definitely good for our team. It's no secret we need him to win. We all know he's capable of doing it. Hopefully this gets it rolling."

Ramirez said he wants to stay positive and keep the momentum going now as the team heads off for Seattle, the first of nine road games against the AL West.

"We're playing good," he said. "It's hard when you're not playing good and your team is losing. Everyday it's hard to go out there and be happy. But when your playing the right way, you got good things going it's a lot of smiles -- not just me. All those guys."

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Love Herm

Good. Get him playing great ... And then trade his sorry behind.

Dick Young NYDAILYNEWS

Must read for Marlins Fans...National writer Bob Klapisch,Fox Sports/MLB.com..."McKeon hire just another Loria Smoke screen"..."Marlins fans are asked to believe in Smoke and Mirrors..Mostly Smoke"..

Lou Vales

Dick, You and I could write these stories because we pay attention and we care. i agree that if Hanley plays well and puts up some numbers that he should be traded to Boston or New York(start a war between them) for a Number 3 starter and 2 guys who are under club control but who can still play and a very good prospect. You will never be able to trust him.The Tigers are still in play.

Lou Vales

By the way, outside of Cigar Heaven, South Florida, Trader Whack is not seen as a Jimmy Stewart type. He is seen as the curmudgeon he is. The trouble with South Florida is that it is dominated by Early Bird Dining, Reckless Driving, Condo Meeting Attending CURMUDGEONS!!

tallycane

Its funny that everyone blames hanley for everything. logan went 0 for 5 and made no plays to help us win. Where is JJ? write an article on that. When hanely went out with his back injury we couldnt even score one run to get a win go figure. Thats what started our bad streak.

Roger S

What a surprise, Lou creating a childish name and attaching it to a Marlins player/manager. And to justify his use of such words he goes on to take shots at S. Florida. Yeah, we get it Lou. You lived here, didn't like it and left for greener pastures. Good for you and more power to you. Just do some of us that live down here a favor and shut it. Broken frighan record over and over and over again. Your posts are like recycling garbage, in that you can simply use the past week's trash to fill up the garbage bins waiting to be picked up the following week. It's all the same. You go on about your great life in SC. I'm glad you're retired and find joy in blogging. With that being said though, you come off as an old, cynical and vindictive man that himself is curmudgeon. Other than embellishing anything and everything, I'd say you disparaging Marlins players, managers, etc are your best quality. Congrats on being that guy.

Roger S

tallycane, a blog entry about JJ and his progression, or lack thereof, is posted one or two below this one. I find it hard to believe that anyone would point to Hanley being absent from the lineup was a detriment to the Marlins not scoring runs. He hasn't hit the whole year, so if he wasn't hitting before he was injured how could his absence impact the team? Doesn't matter if he was hurt while playing out there, he wasn't producing. Unless he goes on a tear and hits at a .350 clip with power and key hits, then his presence or absence is meaningless. And when a guy is like that, he becomes expendable.

Jacob

How dare you disparage the good name of Lou Vales!! Hes an incredible baseball mind, and we are blessed to have him take time out of his busy shuffle board schedule to blog about baseball.

Lou, you are the absolute worst and a super douche.

Stan M

Lou,
These people are really on your butt. I've lunched with you, and praised you many times in the past. However, there is a kernal of truth in some of these disparaging comments. Unfortunately, in between some of your more insightful posts, you produce some tripe that best resembles the contents of a High School slam book. May I respectfully suggest you give us more of the former and completely dispense with the latter. Whenever possible, keep the first person singular to a minimum in your posts. You became popular for a reason; emphasize that quality in your work. Then, who the heck am I to cast a stone. After all, 74 is a lot older than 63!!!

Stan M

I don't know if you folks will be able to pull this up, but I'll try. It's Buster Onley's blog on Hanley but it is on ESPN Insider which requires a fee. Here it is if you can get it.
http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=olney_buster&id=6695832

Samsons Boyfriend

Lou...Other than slamming you, this guy Jacob hasnt said crap about the Marlins or Baseball...Did he lose a Bet to you???...Crowd at last nites game was Fun and Enthusiastic, a Good turn out for $7.90 Ticket nite sponsered by 790AM, the Flagship station of the Marlins...Beinfest Bullpen Nite Worked Well For Starter Brian Sanchez, Who Was Gangbanged By the Angels Line-up the second time they saw him...Heard Lomo was upset he didnt have any Tweet Time last nite as he never got on Base..Instead,he was miked up for the game and didnt add anything to that either...Lomo is getting alot of mileage about his mouth and his twitter abilities...Too bad its not about his hitting, which has sucked for the last month...Can you tweet 'Cant Make Adjustments to the Way They're Pitching Him'???

Stan M

Samson,
Are any other Marlin players booed besides Hanley. Especially wonder about Nunez.

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan the Man.. Nobody was Booed other than Hanley...It was the kind of crowd that doesnt get out much, they enjoyed themselves,were into the game and werent upset the Marlins lost..Everybody seemed to have a good time at the Ballpark last nite..Definately got their moneys worth with the good game played by both teams...

Glags

I wondered why it seemed louder than usual. I gotta get in on this 790 ticket deal.

Lou Vales

Samson, Thank you for support. I'm glad we have the DNA next to our posts so the guy doesn't think I'm writing my own support messages. I would have bashed Jacob in the past but there are too many "jacobs" to worry about it.I know how much I've spewnt on this team overthe years and I'm sure that Jeffy and Iron Boy would rather have somebody spending money and complaining than people going "Rah Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah"

You will probably get called out for bashing SloMo. I wonder if he went into the tweeting business for the notoriety? We all know that any pro athlete who can string together 2 sentences with a coherent thought content are viewed as Modern Day Thomas Jeffersons.

I wonder if the Marlins 3 game "home series" against the Mariners will result in largest attendance of the year? In fact why not play 27 3 game series on the road as "designated home team" and our attendance will skyrocket.

Lou Vales

Dear Stanley, Except for the last post when I purposefully used "I" to be a wise guy, I(SORRY!) have noticed that last 2 days I(Lo Siento) have used "I"(Damn) twice and one time was to say something along the lines of "I wanted to give Stan credit for knowing about Buck."

Have tried to get Clark to really describe the futility and pervasive stench that permeates this organization.National writers are jumping on the bandwagon and thought it might be time for local guys to join the express.

Stan M

Lou, I also complimented you. Look back over past days or weeks, definitely not today, and see rant after rant that dominate the site and offer no substance to a discussion. Then you can produce thoughtful, even insightful posts that I personally look forward to. Such posts have nothing to do with how rich you are, how many words you know that other SC denizens do not, or your local fame. It took a lot for me to express my thoughts for you have a wide following and I am probably far in the minority. If I'm very wrong, then others will soon crucify me and that will be that. Please bear this in mind. I said what I did because this blog can be very enjoyable and also because I am fond of you. You (and others) can tell me where to go, or you can take my comments in the spirit in which they were presented.

Samsons Boyfriend

Glags..go to flmarlins.com unders ticket specials for dates for once a month 7.10 and 7.90 Box Seat Promo..When I said in previous post about people that dont get out much,I should have said people that dont know Ballpark Etiquette..Up and Down at the Wrong Times..Dont watch their Pain in the Azzz Kids and alot of Down In Front..Some of the regulars hate these promo games and stay home or give their tickets away because their out of their comfort zone...Doesnt bother me..I enjoy watching the Human Side Show along with the game..

Stan M

I wonder who would be the Marlin's manager if Riggleman had resigned 3 or 4 days ago?

Roger S

I think this blog is obviously better with a Lou Vales type around. I just wish he would tone it down and not act like he's on a stage giving a comedy routine in which he has to impress the paying audience. A lot of us aren't impressed. As Stan said, you know baseball that's evident. You say you speak to scouts you know, which brings inside info to the blog that no one else can. But, at the same time you know how to be as annoying a blog poster as there is, which I see as a detriment. I think the SLoMo is funny, the Trader Whack bit along with the S.Fla criticism and the annual personal attacks on players is not. I don't follow the Marlins as closely as probably most or some do on here, but I also don't present myself as some know it all with a huge ego. I don't live in a big baseball market where there are hundreds of people swarming the team blogs. Obviously Miami is a small market with less fans contributing toward media. When someone thinks they need to be larger than life to fulfill themselves on blogs with not a lot of contributors then that person stands out. Bring the baseball knowledge Lou, not the side show.

Roger S

Stan, it would still be Jack don't you think? I mean he's a stopgap, a certain short-term replacement. From everything I've read they want a big name managing next season and Riggelman isn't a big name. If he resigns because he wanted his 2012 option picked up and it wasn't, then i wold find it hard to believe that he would have accepted a half-season contract with the Marlins with no asurances that he wouldn't be the manager next season as well. Not sure why he did resign though. Must be something else to the story because he was doing a great job and probably would have gotten an extension had the Nats continued playing winning baseball.

Samsons Boyfriend

Not Riggleman thats for sure..Interesting story on FoxSorts.com/Mlb, how Ozzie would be crazy to take Marlins MGR. job and work for Loria..he'd be fired in a couple years anyway..Loria is Steinbrenner,without Money

Stan M

Roger, Samson,
I agree. Just wanted to change the subject. I was a big Gerardi fan...still am. Who is out there that is available, and would even want the job? Too bad Conine didn't opt for some managerial experience. He's not going to become a TV personality judging by his performance to date. Gibson, now with AZ, would have been a pretty good fit. Rodriguez seemed to be doing a good job, but his comment that the team lacked a mature presence was baffling. What was he supposed to be?

Roger S

Well, if Loria didn't change his current ways of treating managers then Ozzie would probably out in less than a month on the job. Guillen is as outspoken a manager as there is and it seems that the front office here doesn't like that. I wonder if Loria still thinks that firing Girardi was a good idea? If so, I suppose that's all you need to know about how Ozzie would be treated. Valentine probably too.

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan the Man..didn't care much for Gerardi,too much Bunting early in the game for me..Not only that but was a strange judge of talent back in 06...He had Willingham as his catcher all spring..A few games before Opening Day ,he told Willingham 'Youre gonna be my leftfielder..Played a stiff named Reggie Abercrombie in CF instead of Cody Ross,who had more talent and experience when Beinfest picked him up..Also question Gerardi's handling of young pitching staff, Had JJ continue to pitch after rain delay..next stop for JJ was Tommy John surgery..Also if Pokey Reese hadnt gone AWOL in spring training that year ,its doubtful that frying pan glove Uggla would have gotten a chance from G.I. Joe Gerardi...

laurelbowie

I thought Helms was supposed to be the mature presence in the clubhouse. Obviously, Edwin didn't think much of the job he was doing in that role, so what the hell is he there for? His hitting? His speed on the basepath? I've always respected Uncle Wes, but if he had any respect for himself, he'd retire now before they show him the door.

Samsons Boyfriend

Edwin has come clean in a few interviews this week and said that he knew he could not turn it around with current roster and no help available..Marlins just dont have the horses to compete and go on to next level and Edwin,a respected baseball lifer,finally came to that Sad conclusion and decided to move on with his life..Good for Edwin..He also knew he'd run out of Smoke and Mirrors with the 11' Marlins.

Glags

Quite frankly I don't know why the marlins would want Ozzie. I'm almost sure that they couldn't censor him and he certainly would have choice words during a loosing streak like this for everyone.

Samsons Boyfriend

laurelbowie..The only way Helms goes is if his Uni is ripped off him and he's shown the door..I remember watching Willie Mays on the Mets in 73',,that was painful to watch and Helms is no Willie Mays..Often times,players are the last to know or admit that its over,and time to move on ...

Stan M

Samson, You stirred many memories. Mays fell down twice chasing fly balls. Mrs Payson (Mets original owner)was a kindly old lady who tried to do the right thing with Mays. When she died, M.Donald Grant took over stewardship of the franchise and he would make Loria seem like a White Knight if compared. He wouldn't spend a dime and then traded "The Franchise", Tom Seaver. We Marlin fans have it good compared to those Met days. I remember the Yankees signing a star and the Mets countered by signing the second string radio or TV announcer. And all the time they plead poverty. Grant was working with Payson money and she was a Dupont heir. That's old money that could have bought and sold Steinbrenner.
Anyway I think Helms is getting a bad rap. He is the RH pinch hitter and has usually done well in that role. But with our LF pinch hitter playing regularly at 3B, Helms has been asked to do something for which he is ill suited. And he stinks at it. Somewhere I read today that it was not a good career move to "get on" Loria's favorite player. That's probably true for this isn't the first year of Hanley controversies. As Lou said above, the national media has picked up on Hanley bashing and we are reading more and more that a future trade might be a distinct possibility. Good!

Samsons Boyfriend

WOW..Marlins just announced that due to popular demand they are selling seats to two luxury suites that hold 44 seats apiece..Lets see ..Bragging that premium and diamond seats are sold out ..thats 379 and 102 seats plus another 88 seats in these suites now available..Thats a Grand Total of a whopping 569 seats sold...Any Breaking News on the other 36.500 seats available??? More Smoke and Mirrors to Come..

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan the Man ..memories of the 73 WS,Mets vs Oakland A's went 7 ,last games for Willie..Yogi was the manager and lost a game on a bad call involving Bud Harrelson scoring..catcher missed tag,Harrelson called out ,Mets lost game..Yogi should have started a rested George Stone in game 7,but went with used up Jon Matlack..rest is History..Mets were a .500 Division champ that beat the Big Red Machine to get into series..Remember the fight between Rose and Harrelson at 2nd...it was great...

Stan M

I certainly do. Saw game on TV, of course....wasn't there. Do you remember when a Cub pitcher hit Tommy Agee (maybe his name was Hands?) and if memory serves me right, Jerry Kooseman broke some guy's arm with a pitch to retaliate. Can't remember exact details. Can you clue me in? Can you remember Roy McMillian who broke in Herrelson? He was over the hill as a Met, but he could still pick it with anyone. I was at game when Seaver set K record by striking out 10 Padres in a row. They were a AAA team at best but Seaver was magnificent.
I worked as Caddy Master for a summer at Sands Point CC. Members included M.Donald Grant, and Bill Shea (Shea Stadium) Grant was cheap there, too!

Samsons Boyfriend

Cant remember the Koosman broken arm thing you're talkin about,I'll check it out...Remember Roy McMillian #11,wore glasses by then and was a great fielding SS..remember he played in almost all,if not every inning of second game of Sunday Double-Header around May 64' against Giants...got to stay up late and watch that on WOR Channel 9...Game went 26 innings I think..

Samsons Boyfriend

Lou..Stan the Man..Glags and the rest of the gang..check out this daily Marlins Blog...stripclubwithstanton.blogspot.com should be good for a few laughs...

Flav C

At some point we have to say it how it is: This is a bad team. This is not a good team playing bad. This is a bad team playing like a bad team. No one can be convinced that a team with Bonifacio, Buck, Dobbs, Lomo, Vazquez, Volstad, Lopez, Helms, Wise is a good team. I know some people will say Felix was pitching on the other side, but it just comes to show how our players lack resource and skills. They can't make anything happen, even when Felix hits 3 batters and walks 2. LoMo is the epitome of a young unresourceful player: He can't hit, can't run and gets picked-off easily. Mike Stanton..I know, he is young and has lots to learn. But who will teach him how to improve his at-bats? Eduardo Perez? Stanton is slowly but surely approaching Dan Ugglas' Strikeout type of numbers.Last season he had 1 SO per 2.9 at bats. This season he already climbed to 1 SO per 3.4. Our most consistent player (Gaby) looks really tired. Tired physically and tired of carrying the load by himself. Not sure what kind of hopes we can have for the next season.

Tallycane

Roger s,
The reason why we are losing games for the last two years has been the result of poor pitching not Ramirez. He might be in a slump but he is still a stud the team plays better when he is in there. No one on the marlins is tearing anything up. Logan Morrison hasn't had a single hit since so called blew up at Hanley what a joke. I am in Seattle for the games and no one stepped up at all. For the last two years we have given up more runs in the 7th and 8th innings than any other team in baseball. So maybe we need more pitching.

CT Baseball Fan

Hanley Ramirez is a self centered arrogant baseball player and if you think he has "changed" think again. This sort of behavior is ingrained in who he is...back when he was a top prospect for the Red Sox, playing for Portland, I took my son to a game, and being the Yankee fan my son is, he wore his Yankees TShirt to the New Britain Rock Cats game and they were hosting the Sea Dogs. A few weeks prior we had been up in Portland and bought a Sea Dogs logo baseball, so my son took it to the game and attempted to get it signed by Hanley because he was the Sox #1 prospect at the time. Mind you, my son was all of 8 or 9 years old at the time and this guy was signing anyone put in front of him, but because my son was wearing a Yankees TShirt, this jerk wouldn't sign his ball - despite the fact that he was right in front of him. Finally, one of Hanley's older more experienced teammates said to him "would you sign the kid's ball - stop being a jerk" - so he took the ball from my son made a capital H, then lazily marked the ball with this squiggle line that looked nothing like the autographs he had been signing. He ruined the $10 ball - for a 9 year old kid that had done nothing to him - other than wear the "wrong" shirt? This guy is classless. He is an arrogant, self centered loser and will always be like this. Needless to say, the ball went into the little league bag and I had lots of fun hitting grounders with it.

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