Former NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez calls it “a new beginning”, traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with left-handed relief pitcher Randy Choate from the Miami Marlins for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor-league pitcher Scott McGough.
Ramirez was hitting .246 with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs for the season. Certainly a sub-par start to the season but with quite a ways to go till playoff time, he can turn it around, and already has, with a triple early in the game and then a single in the sixth inning against the Cardinals in St. Louis to tie the score.
I’ll go on record saying that this is a coup for the Dodgers. He’s notorious for showing off his temper with the Marlins, fighting with everyone from the front office to the coaching staff to other Marlins players from time to time. But he is a career .300 hitter and has hit as many as 33 home runs in 2008, and may get near that mark this season.
The key will be his temperament. If he can truly make a “new beginning” and come in with a positive attitude, there is no question that he can help the Dodgers win the division in the NL West.
For Miami, they weren’t performing well this season and wanted to go in a different direction. Ramirez was a bit of a scapegoat, and when things go bad for a player with a ball club, you know it’s time for him to move on.
Ramirez moves on to L.A.
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