HANLEY RAMIREZ
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Nickname:   Han-Ram, El Nino Position:   OF-1B
Home: N/A Team:   COLUMBUS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 12/23/1983 Agent: Adam Katz
Uniform #: 13  
Birth City: Samana, D.R.
Draft: 2000 - Red Sox - Free agent - Out of the D.R.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2002 GCL Red Sox   45 164 29 56 11 3 6 26 8   16 15     .341
2002 NYP LOWELL   22 97 17 36 9 2 1 19 4   4 14     .371
2003 SAL AUGUSTA   111 422 69 116 24 3 8 50 36   32 73     .275
2004 FSL SARASOTA   62 239 33 74 8 4 1 24 12   17 39     .310
2004 EL PORTLAND   32 129 26 40 7 2 5 15 12   10 26     .310
2005 EL PORTLAND   122 465 66 126 21 7 6 52 26   39 62     .271
2005 AL RED SOX $316.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
2006 NL MARLINS   158 633 119 185 46 11 17 59 51 15 56 128 .353 .480 .292
2007 NL MARLINS $402.00 154 639 125 212 48 6 29 81 51 14 52 95 .386 .562 .332
2008 NL MARLINS $439.00 153 589 125 177 34 4 33 67 35 12 92 122 .400 .540 .301
2009 NL MARLINS $5,500.00 151 576 101 197 42 1 24 106 27 8 61 101 .410 .543 .342
2010 NL MARLINS $7,000.00 142 543 92 163 28 2 21 76 32 10 64 93 .378 .475 .300
2011 FSL JUPITER   6 21 6 10 1 1 0 4 1 0 1 2 .500 .619 .476
2011 NL MARLINS $11,000.00 92 338 55 82 16 0 10 45 20 10 44 66 .333 .379 .243
2012 NL MARLINS $15,000.00 93 353 49 87 18 2 14 48 14 4 37 72 .322 .428 .246
2012 NL DODGERS   64 251 30 68 11 2 10 44 7 3 17 60 .324 .450 .271
2013 NL DODGERS $15,500.00 86 304 62 105 25 2 20 57 10 2 27 52 .402 .638 .345
2013 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   5 15 1 5 2 0 0 6 0 0 1 3 .353 .467 .333
2014 NL DODGERS $16,000.00 128 449 64 127 35 0 13 71 14 5 56 84 .369 .448 .283
2015 AL RED SOX $19,750.00 105 401 59 100 12 1 19 53 6 3 21 71 .291 .426 .249
2016 AL RED SOX $22,750.00 147 549 81 157 28 1 30 111 9 3 60 120 .361 .505 .286
2017 AL RED SOX $22,750.00 133 496 58 120 24 0 23 62 1 3 51 116 .320 .429 .242
2018 AL RED SOX $22,750.00 44 177 25 45 7 0 6 29 4 1 14 35 .313 .395 .254
Personal
  • Hanley is the son of an auto mechanic in Santo Domingo.

  • In 2002, Hanley was rated the top prospect in both the Gulf Coast League and the New York-Penn League.

  • Hanley has an outgoing personality.

  • He loves to play baseball, taking groundballs as long as you will hit them to him. It is nice to see someone with so much athletic ability who has those kind of work habits. He has a feel for the game that you just can't teach.

    But, he does tend to get lackadaisical and cocky at times in his approach to the game. He was sent home early from Instructional League after the 2002 season as discipline for having cussed-out a trainer. Ramirez knows he is good, and was immature and selfish early in his career.

  • In 2003, Ramirez again was disciplined by the Red Sox, this time for having an "on-field" incident while with the Augusta GreenJackets (SAL). He made an obscene gesture to fans.

    "We're not really that concerned because he's really a good kid,'' Boston GM Theo Epstein said. "He understands what he's done wrong. He's just slipped up twice. We want to make sure a pattern doesn't evolve here but right now we're just looking at it as two isolated incidents. He's very remorseful.''

  • Hanley had no behavioral problems in 2004. Nor were any problems reported in 2005. When he is totally focused, he is usually the best player on the field. He is improving his day-to-day preparation. In short, he is maturing.

  • Hanley has not only the five tools but also the instincts to go with his athleticism.

  • He grew up a huge fan of Manny Ramirez. ''I like everything about Manny,'' he said. ''All the posters in my room were Manny. I like how he bats, the way he stands there at the plate, the whole style. I like Manny like he is family.''

    And Manny befriended Hanley. The slugger gave the youngster a welcome gift of four signature bats, some batting gloves, and a wristband with the number 24 stitched into it. Hanley proudly used the bats until every last one broke and he wore out the gloves, but the red and white wristband remains on his left forearm, as clean and bright as the day he received it in 2002.

  • During the offseason before 2004 spring training, Baseball America rated Ramirez the #1 prospect in the Red Sox organization. He maintained that top prospect status before 2005 spring camp also. Before 2006 spring training, Baseball America had Hanley as second best prospect in the Marlins' organization, behind only OF Jeremy Hermida.

  • In 2006, Ramirez set the Marlins' career and season records for leadoff homers. Devon White belted four in his Florida career. On August 22, Hanley hit his fifth leadoff homer of the season.

  • In 2006, Hanley was named the National League Rookie of the Year.

  • On September 12, 2007, Hanley and his wife, Elisabeth, became parents for the second time when she gave birth to Hansel Ramirez. She joined the 3-year-old brother, Hanley Jr.

  • Hanley is married to Albert Pujols's cousin.

  • Scouts still question Hanley's lackadaisical approach sometimes. Baseball is a long season, and Ramirez doesn't keep his focus at times.

  • "He's a great kid, he loves to play the game and he's a special talent," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who managed the Marlins in 2006. "He was the hardest guy for me to project where he'd end up in his career hitting. He had that raw power. You know who he reminds me of a little bit? Eric Davis. Just unbelievable natural ability to change the game in so many ways.

    "You'd hear people talk about him down there and say if he grew up in Miami and wasn't a baseball player, he'd be a defensive back or a wide receiver at the University of Miami. He has incredible speed, and he's big, too. He's an exciting player. I used to love watching him hit triples."

  • Hanley was upset after he had to remove his gold chains and have his long cornrows cut when Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria mandated a new, clean cut look for the Marlins.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramirez was the first National League shortstop to have a string of 10 straight games with an RBI. The research goes back to 1920, the first year the RBI became an official statistic. Hanley accomplished the feat midway through the 2009 season.

  • In July 2009, Hanley became the first Marlin to be voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star game twice by the fans. Also the first Marlin to lead the NL in batting average at the All-Star break. (.349).

  • During the winter before 2010 spring training, Ramirez oversaw construction of the H2R Ranch, named in honor of his initials and his jersey number. He also concentrated on strengthening his lower body to avoid nagging injuries. A stable base can only help him become more reliable and consistent.

  • May 2010: Hanley was pulled out of a game between innings and sent to the clubhouse by manager Fredi Gonzalez for lack of hustle. He misplayed a popup and jogged after the ball. He was also left out of the game the following day.

  • In 2010, Hanley finished second in the Home Run Derby, behind David Ortiz.

  • In 2011, Ramirez had a new haircut for Opening Day: crisp and clean.

  • In the spring of 2013, wearing his homeland's colors in the World Baseball Classic, Ramirez played third base for the Dominican Republic. And his team rolled unbeaten through the competition.

  • Ramirez was typically the only star player for the Marlins during his seven seasons in Florida, and credits the veteran presence in the Dodgers' clubhouse for much of his success with his new club. "I'm just really happy to be in L.A., this is unbelievable," Ramirez said. "I think I've become a better ballplayer. It's different when you've got more veterans than when everybody is young."

    Mattingly said he's noticed Ramirez mature in just one year. "This is a good situation for him," Mattingly said. "I've had zero issues with Hanley, and that's been the best thing. Hanley has been great."  (Laymance - mlb.com - 7/25/13)

  • Ramírez enjoys reggae music and DJ'ing. He also enjoys listening to Merengue and Bachata music. His two favorite music artists are Don Omar and 50 Cent.

  • Hardcore Dodger-watchers noticed a change in Ramirez last season after he returned from the World Baseball Classic, where he helped lead the Dominican Republic to a championship. He’s different from what the other Dodger players expected when he arrived from the Marlins by trade in July 2012.

    “The thing I love the most about him—and it’s the antithesis of what was said when he came over—is what a leader he is up the middle of the infield,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “This guy takes control of our infield. When we have mound meetings, he comes in and he’s part of the conversation on how we’re going to pitch these guys. There are times when he comes in and he’ll back me up and say, ‘Listen to A.J.’ I appreciate that. His desire to lead and be a part of a winning team is totally opposite of what we heard when the trade was made a couple of years ago.”

  • Hanley showed up for 2015 spring training cut, chiseled, and incredibly strong after a winter of intense workouts. 

  • October 2015: Though there continues to be speculation that Hanley Ramirez might not factor into the Red Sox's plans for 2016, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski continues to say that the right-handed hitter will be given a chance to be the club's first baseman going forward.

    Ramirez has three years left on his contract, and the club will likely get more value if the veteran regains his production than if they are forced to fork over a considerable amount of cash to whichever team they trade him to.

    "We're committed to trying, to making the effort, and I believe Hanley is committed to making the effort to play first base," said Dombrowski. "I will say that one thing that's nice is we do have some protection in Travis Shaw if we're in a spot. We also have a young player coming in, Sam Travis, who's well-regarded. So there's a little bit of depth right there that's helpful."

    Ramirez's first season in Boston was a major disappointment. Not only did he struggle to adapt to playing left field for the first time in his career, but his offensive production was well below what the club projected.

  • 2017: Ramirez was asked to represented the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. He accepted. But Ramirez had to miss the Classic due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder that prevented him from throwing during Spring Training.

  • Before 2018 spring training, Hanley spent the offseason using the Tom Brady workout guidelines and diet -- the TB 12.  Ramirez dropped 15 pounds.

  • May 2018: In an interview on "Intentional Talk", Ramirez said that basketball was is second favorite sport, and had he been raised in the US, he would have played basketball instead of baseball.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • 2000: The Red Sox and scout Levy Ochoa signed Hanley as a free agent, out of the Dominican. 

  • November 21, 2005: The Marlins sent P Josh Beckett, P Guillermo Mota and 3B Mike Lowell to the Red Sox; acquiring Ramirez, P Anibal Sanchez, P Harvey Garcia, and P Jesus Delgado.

  • May 2008: Ramirez and the Marlins agreed on a six-year, $70 million contract extension.

  • July 24, 2012: The Dodgers sent P Nate Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough to the Marlins, acquiring Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate.

  • 2013: Ramirez will earn $15.5 million from the Dodgers for the 2013 season.

  • November 24, 2014: Hanley and the Red Sox agreed to a four-year contract for $88 million. And there is a vesting option plan for a fifth year.

  • May 25, 2018:  The Red Sox designated Hanley for assignment.

  • May 30, 2018: The Red Sox released Hanley.

  • Feb 23, 2019: The Indians and veteran infielder Hanley Ramirez agreed to a Minor League deal.
Batting
  • Hanley signed with the Red Sox as a switch-hitter, but really took off when they took away the left side from him. He was so far advanced from the right side that hitting lefthanded was just not a need.

  • He hits for both power and for a high batting average. He hits the ball all over the park. He has excellent bat speed. Ramirez is one of those rare talents who can provide real power from the leadoff spot. Or he can produce runs from the middle of the batting order.

  • Hanley has excellent bat speed and bat control. The ball jumps off his bat. He has a fluid, natural stroke with quick hands to get the bat head through the zone in a hurry. He can recognize breaking balls, and he’s not afraid to hit deep in the count. Ramirez’ approach enables him to put his five tools to use.

    But he needs to learn to keep his stroke short and quick instead of swinging for the fences. He is too worried about hitting the ball out of the park, so he lengthens his swing and gets overaggressive. He should be able to work counts and draw walks, but his impatience often gets the best of him. (BA-01/04)

  • Like great hitters, Ramirez generates power from quick hands. He has superior pitch recognition and a very good ability to hit breaking pitches. Hanley has an excellent knowledge of the strike zone and the patience at the plate you love to see. He will wait on a breaking pitch because he trusts his fast hands to get the bat through the hitting zone. He keeps his body back, then lashes out with that quick bat. And he covers the plate well.

    He really doesn't have any holes in his smooth swing, being very sound mechanically. But, if his swing becomes too long, he becomes too aggressive and starts striking out a lot. He struggles with the rhythm of his swing, restricting his ability to center the ball on the bat. And, at times his front foot doesn’t get back to the ground quickly enough, disrupting his timing.  (Alan Matthews-Baseball America-October 2005)

  • He has advanced discipline at the plate. He can hit different types of pitches effectively.

  • Hanley takes the same path to the ball every time. the barrel of his bat stays in the hitting zone for a long time.  (2008)

  • Ramirez has to take his game to another level and get more out of his tremendous ability. So far, he has been an excellent offensive star, capable of carrying a team for good stretches; and a sometimes goof in the field and the base paths, one capable of making you wonder if his mind is in the game.

  • In 2006, Ramirez became the first National League rookie to steal 50 bases and score 110 runs, according to Stats, Inc. That year,  Hanley set the Marlins franchise rookie batting record (.292). He also owns the franchise's single-season rookie marks for runs, hits, doubles, triples, extra base hits and total bases.

    Also, Ramirez led the Majors with 43 September hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ramirez became the first rookie to achieve that feat since Dave Stapleton of the 1980 Red Sox did it.

  • In 2008, Hanley's 125 runs scored led the Major Leagues.

  • In 2009, Hanley won the NL batting title with a .342 batting average. In the same year he also cut his errors in half from 22 to 10. The .342 average was also a Marlin record. But what might be most impressive was that Ramirez hit .453 with runners in scoring position and two out—the most pressurized situation in baseball.

  • In 2010, Ramirez's batting average dropped 42 points and he had 30 fewer RBI, etc. Why: fewer line drives and fly balls. More than half (51 percent) of the balls he put in play were on the ground compared to 38.6 percent in 2009, according to Fangraphs. His fly ball percentage also dropped from 41.5 percent to 32.7 percent. His line drive rate was down 3.5 percent.

  • Hanley had a poor, injury-riddled 2011 season, playing in a career-low 92 games. A lower back injury started him into bad habits that affected his swing, and shoulder surgery ended his season early.

  • July 20, 2016:Ramirez wrapped up his monstrous offensive night going 3-for-4 with three runs and six RBIs, a career high for the 32-year-old. No player had homered three times in a single game against San Francisco since the Astros' Morgan Ensberg on May 15, 2005.

  • April 29, 2017: In the bottom of the third inning of the Cubs' 7-4 victory, Ramirez unloaded for a solo rocket to left against John Lackey that went over everything. With a projected distance of 469 feet, it was the longest homer at Fenway Park in the Statcast™ Era, which started in 2015.

  • June 23, 2017: Hanley has been the man receiving most of the plate appearances in David Ortiz's old DH position in 2017. And in the fourth inning, he made his predecessor proud by smashing a home run.

    It was a milestone mash for Ramirez, who hit the 250th homer of his career. It was a little unusual, though. Ramirez has been known for his prodigious power throughout his time in the Majors, like he demonstrated in a 469-foot blast on April 29, the longest at Fenway Park since Statcast was introduced in 2015.  

    For No. 250, though, Ramirez took the easiest approach at Fenway, poking a shot down the right-field line around Pesky's Pole. The homer still measured at 350 feet, but it was easily Ramirez's shortest homer of 2017 and among the least impressive on his resume. But as the pole's namesake, Johnny Pesky, proved himself, they still count!  (Mearns - mlb.com)

  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Ramirez's career Major League stats were: .291 batting average, 263 home runs, 1,780 hits with 880 RBI in 6,123 at-bats.

Fielding
  • Ramirez is a solid shortstop. He has a very strong arm. He has a quick release and the athleticism to make throws from any angle—and on the run.

    He makes some spectacular plays.

  • Hanley has natural shortstop actions and soft, reliable hands. He gets to balls other shortstops only dream of reaching because of good, quick feet.
  • Sometimes Ramirez makes the game look easy. Other times . . .
  • He gets careless on his throws at times, which is not real unusual for such a young shortstop. Sometimes he forces a throw when he would be better-served by holding onto the ball, having no chance at throwing out the base runner. But the improvement is obvious. He plays much more in control.
  • In 2006, Hanley was 21st in the Major Leagues with 26 errors and a .963 fielding percentage.

  • In 2007, he was 20th with 24 errors and a .963 fielding average.

  • Ramirez is one jumbo-sized shortstop at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, and could be gradually outgrowing the position. In 2008 and 2009, he ranked 15th among Major League shortstops in the Fielding Bible’s “runs saved” category. In those two years, he dipped to 35th and 27th.

    But by 2013, Hanley was very reliable at the position. If he gets to a ball, he's going to catch it 99 out of 100 times. People don't give him credit enough for the soft  hands he has.

    And Ramirez has a strong enough arm. He is working on getting rid of the ball quicker. If you get rid of a ball in a hurry, you don't have to make a perfect throw, because the first baseman has time to make an adjustment.

  • One question, which has been making the rounds for a while now, is how long Ramirez can handle the defensive responsibilities of shortstop. For the 2013 season, Hanley ranked eighth at the position on the Fielding Bible’s plus-minus leader board (between Troy Tulowitzki and Brendan Ryan) with a plus-8 runs saved. That’s surprisingly good.

    Scouts and execs see a big man and wonder if he’s going to get heavier now that he’s passed age 30. How much longer will Ramirez have the agility to move side-to-side in quick bursts, dodge incoming baserunners on double-play pivots, and range into the outfield after popups and relay throws?

    MOVES TO OUTFIELD

  • In April 2015, Hanley's defense in his new position, outfield, was a bit painful.

    "Defensively, there's been a couple of balls he might have been a little bit in between, particularly on the carom off the wall," manager John Farrell said. "Today, I thought he went back in good shape. The ball just hit him on the heel of the glove."

    Ramirez had a different take on the play.

    "It hit the wall and then hit my glove, so make sure you see the replay person and ask him about it," Ramirez said. "Just have to keep working. It looked like it hit my glove, yeah, but it hit the wall first and went down and hit my glove." Ramirez said he was not making excuses.

    But playing in the wind of Fenway Park in April is far different than playing in front of a replica Monster at the club's Spring Training home in Fort Myers, Fla.

    "It's unbelievable," Ramirez said. "It can switch on you. It can change on you in two seconds. I remember one play it was blowing towards left field and one batter after it was blowing the other way. You just have to stay on it and keep working."

    Ramirez was one of the first position players to arrive in Spring Training, and worked daily with outfield instructor Arnie Beyeler.

    "We knew it was going to be a transition for him," Farrell said. (I Brown - MLB.com - April 18, 2015)

  • In 2016, the Red Sox tried Hanley at first base.
Running
  • Hanley has excellent speed.
  • In 2005, his rookie season with the Marlins, he stole 51 bases.

  • And 51 more in 2006.

  • 2016: Hanley has slowed down as he has gotten older. The last time he stole 20 bases was 2012.
Career Injury Report
  • May 1, 2004: Hanley fractured his right wrist when he slipped on the base paths. After sitting out a game with what initially was diagnosed as a sprain, Ramirez tried to play through the pain. He had six hits in four games before sliding into a 2-for-23 slump. Another examination revealed a hairline fracture that sidelined him for seven weeks. Once he was fully healthy, he batted .354 the rest of the way at high Class A Sarasota.

  • June 12, 2005: Ramirez was on the D.L. with a slightly strained lower back muscle.

  • December 29, 2006: Hanley was diagnosed by Marlins team physician Dr. Dan Kanell as having a left shoulder strain. Rehab was required. Ramirez was injured on December 27 when he was running the bases and fell on the shoulder while sliding.

  • July 21, 2007: Ramirez suffered a slightly dislocated left shoulder while swinging the bat, but didn't go on the D.L.

  • October 3, 2007: Hanley underwent surgery to repair his torn left labrum.

  • August 21, 2008: Ramirez exited in the fourth inning due to a right thumb contusion. Ramirez, was shaken up while stealing second base. Giants' catcher Bengie Molina's throw caught Hanley flush on the thumb as he dove into second base on a steal attempt. Ramirez had inflammation and limited range of motion, so he was out of the lineup for a few days.

  • March 18, 2009: Hanley was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right rotator cuff.

  • May 2009: Hanley sat out a few games with a sore right groin he suffered while legging out an infield single.

  • May 29-June 14, 2011: Ramirez was sidelined with lower back inflammation—a left back sprain. An MRI showed no structural damage. But he went on the D.L. for the first time  in his career.

  • August 3, 2011: Hanley had to leave a game with a left shoulder sprain after trying to make a diving, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow left field.

    September 2011: Dr. Lee Kaplan told Ramirez he needed surgery on his left shoulder as soon as possible so he'd be ready or the 2012 season.

  • July 8, 2012: Hanley took a swipe at a cooling fan in the Marlins' dugout, resulting in two stitches. The laceration to the knuckle of his right ring finger did not keep him out of the lineup after the All-Star break. But the incident clearly upset manager Ozzie Guillen, who had backed Ramirez since the day he was hired as manager.

    "It was a stupid injury, too," Guillen said. "Very immature. You're going to hurt yourself because you can't hit? When you make an out and you hit something, you don't just hurt yourself, you hurt the ballclub."

    Leading off the sixth inning of the last game before the All-Star break, Ramirez grounded out sharply to second baseman Skip Schumaker, who threw to first for the out. Ramirez was replaced by Donovan Solano at third base in the bottom of the inning.

    "I just got mad," Ramirez said. "I haven't been good all year long, and I just got mad. It hurts everybody. It hurts me. I will be back Friday. Nothing is going to keep me off the field or from playing."

    July 20, 2012: The hand began showing signs of infection. A swollen and infected right hand sent Hanley to a local hospital.

  • March 19-April 30, 2013: Ramirez was hurt diving for a ball while playing third base in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He tore a ligament in his right thumb. He helped the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0, then underwent surgery three days later to repair the torn ligament.

    Dr. Steve Shin, a sports medicine hand specialist, performed the surgery in Los Angeles. Ramirez's thumb was immobilized post-surgery for three weeks. He was expected back by the end of May. But he was back three weeks earlier than that.

  • May 4-June 4, 2013: Hanley was back on the D.L. after he strained his left hamstring trying to go from first to third.

  • August 9-24, 2014: Ramirez was on the D.L. with a right oblique strain.

  • August 27-October 5, 2015: Ramirez was on the 15-day D.L. with right shoulder inflammation.

  • October 17, 2017: Ramirez had an arthroscopy and debridement on his problematic left shoulder.