So goes Hanley...so go the Marlins.
Hanley Ramirez is arguably the best player in baseball. He has power, speed and athleticism. And he's only getting better.
He is a three-time All-Star starter, a two-time Silver Slugger, the NL Rookie of the Year in 2006, the NL batting champion in 2009 and came in second to Albert Pujols for NL MVP in 2009.
Many people are calling 2010 a down year for Ramirez. He hit .300 with 21 HR, 76 RBI, 92 runs, 28 doubles, 64 walks and 32 stolen bases. Some down year, huh?
He's also been working on his throwing mechanics with infield coach Perry Hill.
He's the most capable player in the league, if it weren't for a lack of effort and concentration.
Here's a look at Hanley's potential if he were to put it all together for one season: he could bat .342 with 33 HR, 106 RBI, 212 hits, 48 doubles, 11 triples and 92 walks with 51 stolen bases.
If the Fish are to be successful in 2010, Hanley Ramirez needs to have a good year. But more importantly, he needs to be the leader of this team, on and off the field.
If the Florida Marlins win the NL Wild Card, it will be because Hanley Ramirez is the MVP. And he will lead them to a third World Series championship.