Hanley Ramirez's Grand Meltdown
The Florida Marlins have one of the best shortstops on the planet, and they have him at a truly under-compensated rate. Not only is Hanley Ramirez a talented hitter with ever-improving power, he's become a sturdy fielder with the upside to become a great one.
All of that means that the Marlins need to do everything possible to keep Hanley Ramirez happy. At whatever cost. Yet someone must not have mentioned the fact that Hanley wears dreads and sports bling to ownership, because a new team policy that bans just about any hair not appropriate for the '40s ... and all jewelry ... was put into effect in spring training. Needless to say, a young, All-Star shortstop is not very happy about it.
How do we know this? Because Hanley's all too happy to tell us about it, loudly, in strong, black Sharpie ink on his chest. According to Sun-Sentinel columnist David Hyde, Ramirez inked a rather declarative sentence -- "I'm sick of this $h!*" -- on his chest on Thursday, his latest proclamation against the policy, which forced him to shave off his braids and stop wearing his trademark chain.
Yet the more worrying sign is what Ramirez told Hyde when he was asked about the policy: ""I want to be traded."
Naturally, Ramirez calmed down, and an hour later he said, "Everythings great, I'm fine." Evidently, that was because "My mind calmed down," thanks to a locker room intervention by President David Samson, General Manager Larry Beinfest and Assistant GM Mike Hill.
Still, the last thing the Marlins need, even if it's only a fleeting panic, is an upset Ramirez who wants to be traded. After all, we already know the Red Sox would love to get him back, and logic dictates that any other team without a top drawer shortstop -- or an aging one (cough, Yankees, cough) -- would happily welcome him, too.
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