Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was asked Tuesday whether Hanley Ramirez is “absolutely 100 percent on board” with moving to third base this season to accommodate shortstop Jose Reyes. As always, in his response, Guillen did not measure his words (see the video at the Miami Herald‘s website):
“No,” Guillen said. “No, Hanley is not 100 percent on board. Not yet. The last time I talked to him, no. But I don’t expect him to be. I expect him to be 100 percent on board with this move when we play St. Louis (on Opening Night). Right now, just let it be, man. Let it be.”
“This is Hanley’s team,” the new Miami skipper concluded. “Those guys they brought in from the outside is to help him.”
In other words, “he’s still be a whiny little b**** about it, but we are going to stroke his ego and lie to him saying he is ‘our guy’ and all these other true professionals we brought in are here merely to support him, bla bla bla bla bla.”
Look, I understand Hanley has a ton of potential. We have seen big years from him in the past, but let’s cut to the chase. This is a dude who has had three “great years” (2007-2009), a couple of “good years” (2006 & 2010) and a God-awful year…which happened to be last year. Add it all up and his most recent three year split looks like (great year/good year/God awful year).
Not exactly an inspiring trend.
Ozzie, take the little kid gloves off. Get in the punk’s face and challenge his professionalism. Nobody did when he was in Boston’s system, despite their reservations about his make up, they just shipped him off and passed the buck.
His time in Florida has been marked with half-ass attempts to rein him in and we have seen the results. Bad attitude, lack of leadership, half-assed play and and all around lack of maturity and professionalism.
Since the arrival of younger players like LoMo and Mike Stanton this clown has ducked his responsibility to lead this team and instead chosen to be one of the most self-absorbed assclowns in all of professional sports.
You have to end it now Mr. Guillen or all those dollars your owner spent will have been for naught and the handful of actual Marlin’s fans (hey, like it or not y’all are a bunch of bandwagon jumpers who are as rare as unicorns when the team is floundering) will endure another 4th place finish.
Source: Drew Silva @ Hardball Talk