There are few safer bets for a bullpen than Dellin Betances—which makes sense, seeing as how he strikes out more than 40 percent of the batters he faces. So when the Yankees handed Betances a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Red Sox, a win seemed all but guaranteed.
Hanley Ramirez jerked a big dong this evening, sending a Wade LeBlanc fastball some 455 feet into the Seattle evening. It nestled its way into the netting above the scoreboard in left field, thus beginning this enterprising Ken Griffey Jr. fan’s treasure hunt.
Sean Manaea is the best pitching prospect in the pipeline for the Oakland A’s, but when you’re a rookie, you’re gonna get knocked around a bit no matter your pedigree. For example: He put a pitch into the middle of the zone against Hanley Ramirez this evening in Boston, and the converted first baseman/proud dirt owner…
Hanley Ramirez has gone from a man lost in left field to a pleasant surprise at first base with the Red Sox. He cares deeply about the area he covers, as evidenced in Monday’s game when Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp tried to alter the infield dirt.
Here’s something you probably don’t need to know about the solo home run that Hanley Ramirez hit yesterday, but I’m going to tell it to you you anyway: Ramirez’s shot got higher off the ground than any homer since at least 2006.
Pablo Sandoval’s Instagram scandal has surfaced, punishment has been dealt—though MLB may also fine him—and now, the takes are here. How can Sandoval using Instagram while taking a dump be tied into bigger issues with the last-place Red Sox? Can the “chicken and beer” brouhaha be referenced?
It appears the Red Sox will not content themselves with just one premier free agent signing; credible reports have Boston inking both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to five-year deals, to be finalized as early as today.
The Dodgers pulled off a blooper for the ages tonight against the Padres. Let's go over it slowly and appreciate how terrible it was.
Based on the box score from yesterday's game agains the Cardinals, it looks like Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had himself a perfectly fine game. He got on base four times in five at-bats, didn't strike out, and scored a run for his team. Lost in those numbers, though, is the fact that Ramirez twice got on base…
Hanley won't start: Hanley Ramirez, bothered by a fractured rib since Game 1, will not start at shortstop for the Dodgers in tonight's Game 6 of the NLCS. Nick Punto will take his place and bat eighth. Don Mattingly hopes Ramirez can pinch hit but says Ramirez "doesn't feel like he can swing the bat right now."
On Friday, the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel and appointed Ryne Sandberg interim manager. He picked up where Charlie left off and was shut out in his first two games. But then Sunday rolled around and Hanley Ramirez decided to start handing out wins.
It's not every day that a single to center with a man on first results in that baserunner being thrown out at second. But during a hit and run from last night, the Reds' Shin-Soo Choo has no idea where the ball is. Why? Because the Dodgers' Skip Schumaker and Hanley Ramirez completely fool the shit out of him.
Once again Friday night the Dodgers proved they can still fog a mirror. They got a game-tying homer in the sixth from the suddenly incomparable Yasiel Puig (who became just the second player since 1900 to bang out four home runs in his first five major league games) and then the winning run, on a wild pitch, by Skip…
The Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 last night, to become the first non-Japanese team to win the World Baseball Classic. That's great for them (these fans sure were pleased), but the regular season is 11 days away, and yet another MLB star could find himself on the shelf come the games that matter.
Having now traded away infielder and former franchise cornerstone Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Omar Infante, and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, it appears that the Miami Marlins are in full fire-sale mode. This impression is further compounded by Josh Johnson's rumored residence on the trading block.
According to Baseball Prospectus, which is home to the wonderful Tater Trot Tracker, Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez—no stranger to taking his time on the diamond—took one of the longest home run trots in history on July 1st. It took Ramirez 30.3 seconds to make it around the bases, which is only the second…
There's a numbers-heavy post up on Fish Stripes today suggesting that the 8-14 Marlins are due for a regression and an improvement. Let me make this counterargument: they're not. They might just suck.
Lots of us have probably taunted Hanley Ramirez. He ruined fantasy teams (and, to some extent, the Marlins) in 2011, he porked up, he bungled balls in the field. But like any vengeful young man, he has waited six months and found revenge in a Spanish-language advertisement for a slightly downmarket sports drink.