(NEW YORK) — When shortstop/third baseman Hanley Ramirez was traded by the Miami Marlins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, “There were a lot of smiles,” an anonymous player told the Miami Herald.
“They created a monster from a very good baseball player – gave him so much slack to do whatever the [expletive] he wanted because he was performing,” the player said.
“You can push some things aside when your hitting .340 with 40 home runs. You say he’s a [jerk], but I can deal with it. …But when your not playing and your trying to be that same [jerk], it starts rubbing people the wrong way.”
Ramirez hit at least .300 for four straight seasons, but last season he batted .243 and this season he was batting .246 before he was traded.
Asked what Ramirez’s absence would mean to the lineup, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was frank: “Nothing. Because he wasn’t producing.”
Ramirez had been with the Marlins since 2006.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN