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Happy Birthday Hanley Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Hanley Ramirez!!!

Hanley Ramirez turns 30 years old today.

One of the most talented baseball players ever to wear the Marlins uniform (Florida and Miami), Hanley Ramirez has the skills and baseball smarts to be the leader and centerpiece of his team.

His ability to dominate the game with his speed, hitting, power, and defense are all evident – I have seen him do it numerous times.

Want proof?

OK!!

In 2007 he stole 51 bases.
In 2008 he slugged 33 home runs.
In 2009 he won a batting title with a .342 average.

And if he was focused and determined, I think he can do it for a full season and become a top MVP candidate.  And maybe, just maybe, be tabbed one day as ‘The Best Player In The Game’!!!

Now a Dodger, always a Marlin!!!  I wish you nothing but the best Hanley!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Hanley Ramirez 2011 Topps Lineage Cloth Sticker

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Hanley Ramirez 2011 Topps Lineage Cloth Sticker

This was a nice, little find.  I have been slowly putting together the 2011 Topps Lineage team set of the Florida Marlins.  The set only contains 3 players, but with the base, platinum, diamond, 75 mini, and cloth stickers, the set really adds up to 15 cards.

I have yet to cross the half-way mark for the set to this point, but scoring the cloth sticker of Hanley Ramirez gets me one step closer.

Have a look:

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The colors on this card are great.  The Silver, Teal, and Black look very nice together.

I like Lineage, always did.  Too bad it never made it back to the calendar for a repeat performance…

And This Is Why If I Owned An MLB Team That I WOULD NOT Let My Players Compete In The World Baseball Classic!!!

And This Is Why If I Owned An MLB Team That I WOULD NOT Let My Players Compete In The World Baseball Classic!!!

From Yahoo Sports – Hanley Ramirez Expected To Miss Eight Weeks Of Action

Now I don’t know about you, but if I had giants stacks of money invested in a player and he was competing for something that did not involved the potential success for my ballclub, I would have a problem with that.

Putting aside the pride to play for the country that you were born in, the players have to get that right??  And the owners too, wouldn’t you think??

For the life of me, I just cannot understand how any owner of a professional sports team that had put millions and billions of dollars into the salaries of its players would ever let something like this happen.

And now, one of the stars of the Los Angeles Dodgers could have his season and his team’s season ruined as a result.  I know Hanley pretty well, he played for my team for six years.  He gets effected by quite a bit – and he shows it in his play often.  An injury like this takes a lot to recover from – his swing my have to change, his wrist speed may be effected, and his power may decline as a result.  This surgery does not just affect Hanley Ramirez – it affects the players that were slated to bat before him in the lineup and the ones batting immediately after him too.

All MLB owners should take note of this situation.  And if you do are not a part-owner of the Dodgers, be thankful that this did not happen to one of your players.

We’ll see if/how this affects the rosters of the next World Baseball Classic…

Hanley, I wish you a speedy recovery.  And I hope that you can quickly regain your form as I really enjoy watching you play baseball.  Best of luck to you for a fast recovery!!!

Hanley

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Lot Of Two Hanley Ramirez 2012 Topps Chrome Cards – Base & Purple Border

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Lot Of Two Hanley Ramirez 2012 Topps Chrome Cards – Base & Purple Border

I still have quite a few Marlins cards from 2011 and 2012 that I need to buy for my team set project.

Actually, that is inaccurate, I need A LOT OF CARDS to complete some of the Marlins team sets that have holes in them.

I found these two Hanley Ramirez cards in the dime boxes at the show:

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It is very possible that I have the base version from the 2012 Topps Chrome set already, but I picked it up just in case I am wrong.  As for the Purple version, I know that I did not have that one.

Time for me to review the Chrome checklist again – I think I am getting close to the full base set of the Marlins.  As for the colored parallel versions, I have a long way to go…

Happy Birthday Hanley Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Hanley Ramirez!!!

Hanley Ramirez turns 29 years old today.

One of the most talented baseball players ever to wear the Marlins uniform (Florida and now Miami), Hanley Ramirez has the skills and baseball smarts to be the leader and centerpiece of his team.

His ability to dominate the game with his speed, hitting, power, and defense are all evident – I have seen him do it numerous times.

Want proof?

OK!!

In 2007 he stole 51 bases.
In 2008 he slugged 33 home runs.
In 2009 he won a batting title with a .342 average.

And if he was focused and determined, I think he can do it for a full season.  And maybe, just maybe, be tabbed one day as ‘The Best Player In The Game’!!!

Now a Dodger, always a Marlin!!!  I wish you nothing but the best Hanley!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Hanley Ramirez 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Hanley Ramirez 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Golden Moments’

Yes,  I know that he is not on ‘my team’ any longer but I had this card in transit to me before the trade.  Now, I still need to decide if I want to continue to collect the player that I thought was the most important one wearing ‘my colors’…

Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing my Miami Marlins featured in all of the new baseball card releases.

But sometimes, just sometimes, the card does not really ‘belong’.

And I believe that this is one of those times.

First, let me show you the card:

Ok, it is a very nice looking card – possibly the best looking Marlins card in the 2012 Topps Series 2 release if you ask me.

But this is about the ‘fit’.  And the ‘Golden Moments’ theme that this subset owns seems to have really stretched to fit a Marlins player in the set.

The card celebrates a game from August 7, 2010 in which Hanley made changes to hit batting stance and immediately started hitting again.  He homered in the contest, and was also responsible for the game-winning RBI in extra innings.

A great win for the Marlins?  You bet!

A ‘Golden Moment’?  I don’t think so…

Hanley Ramirez Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

From Fox Sports

The Miami Marlins’ shocking midseason rebuild continued with a blockbuster trade after 2 a.m. ET Wednesday: They sent mercurial star Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate to the Dodgers for young pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough, according to major-league sources.

The trade will have lasting ramifications for the entire National League. The Dodgers, 2 1/2 games behind the archrival Giants in the West, made clear their intent to reach the postseason in their first year under new ownership. The trade amounted to a show of financial might for the Dodgers; Ramirez, 28, is earning $15 million this season, and no cash was included in the deal.

The Marlins, meanwhile, parted with a player who for years had been called the face of that franchise — but who is hitting only .246 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI in 93 games this season. Ramirez was in his first season at third base, following the arrival of $106 million shortstop Jose Reyes. Ramirez’s strong preference is to play shortstop, and the position switch may have contributed to his unhappiness this season. In Los Angeles, it will be up to manager Don Mattingly to decide where Ramirez best fits into the lineup, a source said.

The Marlins are 45-52, fourth in the NL East. They are 12-1/2 games out of first place. In a little more than 24 hours — including Monday’s trades of Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers — the Marlins trimmed nearly $20 million from next year’s payroll.

“We had to do something,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. “The machine was sputtering. It’s too good a baseball team and for some reason it didn’t seem to be operating on all cylinders from the beginning of the season.”

Of Ramirez, Loria said, “It’s no secret I love the kid. He needs to have a fresh beginning, a new beginning. This is a very painful moment for me. But we had to do something.”

With attendance below expectations and a star-studded lineup underperforming, the Marlins have effectively admitted that they erred in the construction of what was supposed to be a postseason team. Meanwhile, the Dodgers acquired a sought-after power threat for the left side of their infield — a moody-yet-talented star who might be rejuvenated in a batting order with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Ramirez is under contract for two years and $31.5 million beyond the end of this year.

The move was part of a larger plan for the Dodgers, who intend to acquire a starting pitcher before next Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs remains a realistic target for the Dodgers, according to one source with knowledge of the discussions.

Choate, a free agent at the end of the year, will give the Dodgers the experienced left-handed presence their bullpen has lacked. He has a 2.49 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 44 appearances this season.

Eovaldi, 22, had been a member of the Dodgers’ major-league roster. He is 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 big-league starts. McGough, 22, has a 3.99 ERA in 35 relief appearances in the high Class A California League.