MLB Trade Rumors: “Mr. Marlin” Says He’d Trade Hanley Ramirez “Right Now”
Jeff Conine, “Mr. Marlin” himself, has served two stints in teal and is currently employed by the Marlins as a special assistant to team president David Samson.
If anyone is a “true Marlin”, it’s this guy.
When asked why Ramirez frustrates him so, Conine responded:
I don’t know. I just, I don’t know. I think that obviously Hanley is a phenomenal talent. But as a guy that — I’m probably jealous too, because I didn’t have that kind of talent, but I had to work extremely hard on a nightly basis to put my talent on the field. I think there are some nights where he doesn’t try as hard as he should.
Conine went on to say that Ramirez was “one of the top five talents in baseball,” but like many others he doesn’t know if he cares enough.
Ramirez had a miserable first three months of 2011 and is currently hitting .249/.338/.394 in 297 at-bats. While he’s been much better of late — he’s hit .348/.434/.636 with five homers and 18 RBI during July — he’s going to need a scorching second half to beat his 2010 numbers, which were already a big disappointment based on what he did from 2007-09.
While the likelihood of Ramirez being traded remains remote, this may be a sign that patience amongst the Marlin’s faithful is indeed running out.