Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez defended his play Tuesday and took shots at his manager and teammates, one day after he was pulled from a game for not hustling.
Ramirez, a two-time All-Star and last year’s NL batting champion, wasn’t in manager Fredi Gonzalez’s starting lineup against Arizona. On Monday night, he accidentally kicked a ball and then lightly jogged after it, allowing two runs to score.
“It’s his team. He can do whatever,” Ramirez said, mixing in an expletive. “There’s nothing I can do about it.
“That’s OK. He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues.”
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Responded Gonzalez: “He’s right, but I know how to play the game. I played six years in the minor leagues, and I know what it takes to play this game, and I know the effort it takes to play this game.”
It seemed unlikely Ramirez would say he was sorry.
“We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls,” he said. “They don’t apologize.”
The trouble for Ramirez started in the first inning Monday after he fouled a ball off his left shin and was tended to by a trainer. He grounded into a double play and did not run full speed down the line.
Ramirez’s costly misplay came the next inning after Tony Abreu’s looper fell near him in short left field. Ramirez booted the ball about 100 feet toward the left-field corner and slowly chased it.
“I wasn’t trying to give up,” Ramirez said. “That was the hardest I could go after the ball.”
Ramirez was replaced by Brian Barden an inning after the play, and Ramirez said he lost some respect for Gonzalez for the episode.
“A little bit. We got 24 more guys out there,” Ramirez said. “Hopefully they can do the same things I can do.”
Veteran infielder Wes Helms hopes Ramirez apologizes to his teammates.
“I can’t overlook it,” Helms said. “I know people say that’s just the way he is, but you know what? That’s not the way it is. That’s not the way the game’s supposed to be played.”
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