Barely two weeks since the Marlins traded their "face of the franchise," Hanley Ramirez returns to Miami tonight as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramirez made a strong impression in his first few games with the Dodgers but has cooled lately, with only five hits in his past 36 at bats. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had him playing third base initially but has since switched him back to shortstop, his original position that was taken from him on the Marlins by Jose Reyes. Overall, Ramirez is hitting .226 with a homer and 12 RBI in 14 games for L.A.
Ozzie Guillen said it's hard to predict how fans will greet Ramirez when he is introduced for the first time at Marlins Park.
"Some people should love him because he had pretty good years here," Guillen said. "But he had a couple of bad incidents here, and people remember the bad things. People don't remember the good things and we will see. If they want to boo him, please bring 50,000 people here so we can hear it. I don't want just 2,000 booing him if that's going to be the point."
Guillen said he didn't have any issues with Ramirez in their brief time together.
"I can't say anything bad about Hanley," Guillen said. "To be honest, he couldn't put it togther for us. Obviously, there wasn't the production we were looking for. But everything and anything we asked him to do as a coach, as a manager, I think he did it. But I don't have anything bad to say about the kid at all. I don't have anything against the kid. He just didn't play good for us."
What's your best guess? Will fans cheer, boo, or act indifferently when Ramirez is introduced for the first time during his MIami homecoming?