Hanley Ramirez: Looking To Make History

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Hanley Ramirez: Looking To Make History
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Since Hanley Ramirez arrived to the Florida Marlins in 2006 he has become a fixture in their Opening Day lineup.

 

In few weeks fish fans will have when the regular season starts a real look of what they are expecting will be a year that the team should step it up a notch.

 

The Marlins are expected even by his own owner Jeffrey Loria to be a contender and be at least the National League wild card team.

 

As of Hanley Ramirez, the number one player in the nation according to fantasy baseball followers, this should be his season.

 

The All-Star shortstop last season hit a career high .342 to won the National League batting title.

 

In addition, among a bunch of honors and recognitions, he won his second career Silver Slugger Award and was the runner-up to Albert Pujols as the National League Most Valuable Player.

 

In various conversations the always private Ramirez at their Marlins spring training camp in Jupiter has mentioned he is ready to the team’s challenge. He really wants to be in his first post-season play.

 

Also intimately has talked about his three personal goals for 2010.

 

Win its third straight Silver Slugger, conquer his first Gold Glove and make history for him and his Dominican Republic.

 

Ramirez is really looking forward to attain once again the old circuit batting title.

 

He well knows he would be the first Dominican player to win back-to back batting titles in the Majors.

 

The last Latino to make the not so easy achievement in the National League was Roberto Clemente in 1964 and 1965.

 

In the American League Panama’ Rod Carew won its batting title from 1972 to 1975 and again in 1977 and 1978.

 

In Major League history Dominican players have achieved to win in consecutive years other offensive notable departments.

 

Alex Rodriguez won the American League home run title in consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a Texas Ranger.

 

David Ortiz won the American League RBI title in successive season 2005 and 2006.

 

As well as fans every Marlin teammate is looking forward for what Ramirez can do.

 

No doubt he can make history once again and more. Time will tell.

 

EXTRA: Florida Marlins All-Time Latinos on Opening Day

1993

Junior Felix: RF

Oreste Destrade: 1B

Benito Santiago: C

 

1994

Oreste Destrade: 1B

Benito Santiago: C

 

1995

Quilvio Veras: 2B

Alex Arias: SS

 

1996

Quilvio Veras: 2B

 

1997

Luis Castillo: 2B

Edgar Renteria: SS

Bobby Bonilla: 3B

Moises Alou: LF

 

1998

Edgar Renteria: SS
Livan Hernandez: P

 

1999

Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

 

2000
Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

Mike Lowell: 3B

 

2001

Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

Mike Lowell: 3B

 

2002

Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

Mike Lowell: 3B

 

2003

Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

Mike Lowell: 3B

Ivan Rodriguez: C

Juan Encarnacion: RF

 

2004
Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

Mike Lowell: 3B

Ramon Castro: C

Miguel Cabrera: RF

 

2005

Carlos Delgado: 1B

Luis Castillo: 2B

Alex Gonzalez: SS

Mike Lowell: 3B

Juan Encarnacion: RF
Miguel Cabrera: LF

 

2006
Hanley Ramirez: SS
Miguel Cabrera: 3B

Miguel Olivo: C

 

2007

Hanley Ramirez: SS

Miguel Cabrera: 3B

Miguel Olivo: C
Alejandro de Aza: CF

 

2008

Hanley Ramirez: SS
Jorge Cantu: 3B

 

2009

Hanley Ramirez: SS
Jorge Cantu: 1B
Emilio Bonifacio: 3B

 

2010 (Projected)

Hanley Ramirez: SS

Jorge Cantu: 3B

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