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Hanley Ramirez will move to third base this season
Hanley Ramirez is a five-tool player, who was considered a superstar and one of the top players in all of baseball.
He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2006 and had four consecutive seasons hitting over .300 with over 20 home runs, from 2007-2010.
Ramirez, who led the league in hitting with a .342 average in 2009, suddenly slumped in 2011.
He feuded with manager Fredi Gonzalez and had the look of a disinterested, lackadaisical player. Gonzalez even benched Ramirez for his lack of hustle, which did not sit well with the mercurial star.
In 2011, Ramirez hit just .243, the lowest of his career. He hit only 10 home runs, with 45 RBIs, both career lows.
At the age of 27, when he should be in the prime of his career, Ramirez had the worst season of his life.
The Marlins went out and signed free agent Jose Reyes to play shortstop. They also brought in manager Ozzie Guillen, who could be a huge asset for Ramirez.
Guillen is known to wear his emotions on his sleeve and the hope is that he can get through to Ramirez and keep him engaged for a return to greatness. Guillen's biggest task is to make sure Ramirez will make the move to third base and be positive and productive.
Ramirez has tremendous talent and the only thing standing in his way is himself. His attitude and effort were sorely lacking in 2011 and it showed on the field.
If Ramirez recaptures his enthusiasm and focus for the game, he will, once again, be an elite player.
However, if he continues to be a divisive presence with the Marlins, he will soon find himself on the move to another team.