In a move that was questioned by most Florida Marlins fans and baseball enthusiasts, Hanley Ramirez has been nothing short of awesome batting third for the Marlins!!!
Having a player of Ramirez’s caliber in the 3-spot allows the team to extend more innings of offensive play. It also allow Hanley the opportunity to drive in runs and see pitches he would never see while hitting lead-off.
Through 6 games, Hanley is hitting .348 with 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 4 runs scored and 0 steals. So, is the trade off from #1 to #3 worth it? Well, if Emilio Bonifacio keep producing as the lead-off hitter, then YES!!! Ramirez is well on his way to having his first 100 RBI season which would be a great compliment to his possible .300+, 30HR+, 30SB+, 100 runs scored 2009 season!
As you know by now I am documenting Cameron Maybin’s 2009 season via the feature ‘The Maybin-Meter’. You can find a link to this page on my site on the banner of my home page or by clicking this link.
The Marlins have been incredibly successful 6 games into the season(they’re 5-1) so I don’t want to start questioning management’s moves. But I am very curious as to why they have been alternating Cameron Maybin’s batting position. He’s been switching between the #2 and #8 spots and has been unable to develop a consistent approach at the plate.
Batting 2nd, and in front of Hanley Ramirez is going to give Maybin a much different pitching style to face than he will when batting 8th and in front of a pitcher. As the #2 hitter, he’s making decent contact and fouling off the ball very hard. In the 8-hole, he is striking out more because the pitcters don’t have to throw him anything decent. He’s still young and undisciplined enough at the plate so he’s committing to swing very early.
What’s funny about this is that for most of the off-season and deep into Spring Training Maybin was slotted to be the lead-off hitter. The team released Dallas McPherson and gave the 3rd base job and lead-off role to Emilio Bonifacio. Since Bonifacio has gotten off to an amazing start he will likely keep that job until he is unable to produce.
So what’s the deal Fredi? Maybin need to play every day to develop his skills. But you cannot keep changing his role on the team. Give the kid a chance. Keep him at #8. Let him learn how to be a more patient hitter. Let him make mistakes. Make him learn. But please, please, I beg of you STOP switching up his role!!!