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Hanley Ramirez discusses trade, Marlins before heading off to Dodgers

Here is what Hanley Ramirez told reporters before leaving Marlins Park for his new team: the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Hanley Ramirez on the way to his last press conference with the Marlins. He's accompanied by Larry Beinfest and Mike Hill. Courtesy: CBS4

“First of all, I want to thank the Marlins for the opportunity they gave me to play in the big leagues and believing in my talent, young talent, and having me here for seven years. They’re always going to be my family. It’s one of the hardest days in my life for me and my family. The fans, they supported me here. I’ve been here always seven years and I know we don’t have a championship. It didn’t happen. We tried hard. I want to wish the Marlins the best of luck. I know they’re going to wish me the same way. Thank you for everything.”

 

“What can I say? I didn’t do what they expected me to do. I think that’s what happened in my opinion. I don’t think they just gave up. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do on the field.”

How did you feel, react to the news? “Bad. It’s the second time it’s happened in my career. Even my family, they were down, my mom, my wife, kids. It’s not good. It’s painful. Sometimes you have to keep your head up and move forward.”

What do you think led to this? “Struggling. I think almost seven years in the big leagues, struggling two years, I bet a lot of guys wish they can do that, out of seven struggle two. I’ve got a long career in front of me and I think I’m going to get back to what I used to be. I’m going to keep working hard. I’ll be a free agent in two years. Anything can happen.”

On whether he got too much blame: “I can’t control that. I don’t know what to say about that. Everything is trying to put the best team out there. They’re trying to do the best they can to win games and win championships. Sometimes they’re just going to think if we do this it’s going to get better or make some changes. That’s what’s happening right now. They made some changes and see what happens, but they have a lot of talent in that clubhouse and in the minor leagues.”

Message to fans: “I still love them. They showed me a lot of support last night after the game [when] I was walking to my car. Like I said, they’re always going to be in my heart. Seven years that I’m never going to forget in my life. They showed me a lot of support through those years.”

On Loria: “Yeah, he just called me. Me and him, we have a good relationship. He just told me sometimes we have to make some changes. It can be good for you and for us, and I agreed with that. At the end of the day it’s a business. You try to do the best you can to improve.”

“It’s hard to believe. Last night I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep knowing I was going to leave my Miami. It’s always going to be my home, but it’s not the same.”

Did the switch to third affect his offense? “Not at all. Not at all. I don’t like to blame anything. I was just struggling at the plate. I was struggling, but the last couple of days I’ve been feeling better and everyone told me I looked better at the plate.

If he thought he would be traded after he left the ballpark last night: “Never. Never. I never felt I was going to be dealt.”

Why does the trade hurt? “It’s my family. I’ve been with the Marlins for seven years in the big leagues. I was hoping to stay here my entire career. It didn’t happen, but they’re always going to be part of my family.”

People label you as being hotheaded... “I’m just like Ozzie. I’m just honest. That’s why I get in trouble. I can’t tell you something to your face and go talk behind your back. If I see something wrong I just come up to your face and tell you. Every time I did something it came out of the clubhouse. When somebody else did something it never came out. I don’t know how that happens and I was surprised. A lot of things happened in the clubhouse with somebody else and never came out. Anything I did, it was on the street right away. I can’t control that.”

“Right now, I’m just looking forward to going to LA and do what I didn’t here, win championships.”

What was your relationship like with teammates? “I always got along with everybody, but it’s a family. Sometimes you’re going to fight. It’s a long season. Things are going to happen. It’s not that you’re not a good teammate. Sometimes you’re going to do something one of those guys didn’t like. Sometimes they’re going to do something I don’t like and that’s when everything starts, but we’re going to get back on the field and keep shaking hands and keep talking to each other.”

What he wants to be remembered for: “Everything. I think I [left] my heart here. What we expected to happen never happened, that was win a championship. What can you expect? It’s easier when you win some world series and get rings, it’s easier to be remembered.”

Have the guys given up? “Nobody is giving up I don’t think. Those guys gave everything every single day. They came prepared to play the game. I played with the best guys in the world. Every day they came here ready to play. They think with this trade they can improve the ball club.”

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