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Yes, Hanley Ramirez is the "name" player for the Marlins, but pitcher Josh Johnson would have taken his spot on this list if he didn't have such wild injury concerns.
When healthy, Johnson might be the best pitcher in the National League. Thus far, he's been unable to prove that he can sustain his success (and his arm) for a full season.
Additionally, Hanley Ramirez wasn't quite the same player in 2010 that he had been in the four years prior.
Perhaps he was just a bit disinterested being on another losing team; after all, Hanley was benched on two separate occasions for failing to hustle.
It's also possible that he was playing through an injury which sapped his power a bit. His home run total, which peaked in 2008 at 33, fell to 24 in 2009 and just 21 last season.
Ramirez also hit 40 or more doubles on three occasions, but managed just 28 last season.
Additionally, his batting average has fluctuated throughout his career. Since 2006, Hanley has hit .292, .332, .301, .342 and .300.
Now hitting third in the Marlins lineup, his stolen base opportunities have lessened. Hanley is no longer going to swipe 50 bags like he did in his first two seasons. Instead, he's now probably limited to 30-35 steals.
Ramirez also rates as a poor defensive shortstop. UZR had him pegged as 10 runs below average last season.
So what does all of this mean? Is Hanley Ramirez a very good player, or a great one?
It seems that when he wants he can be great. He merely seems content with being very good.
If Hanley Ramirez continues on the same path, 2011 can be the year that Troy Tulowitzki supplants him as the best shortstop in baseball.