Hanley Ramirez Returns To Lineup Wednesday Following Lack-Of-Hustle Saga

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David Ortiz Texts Swayed Hanley Ramirez To Apologize

Hanley Ramirez apologized on Wednesday, but not without a nudge from former teammate David Ortiz, according to Peter Gammons:

David Ortiz's Tuersday [sic] text exchanges with Hanley Ramirez convinced Hanley to appologize [sic] and move on

It may be some surprise that Ortiz is the one urging Hanley to apologize, considering Ortiz didn't have the nicest words for his situation back in April. I guess things change when you hit .373 with 7 home runs in May.

Ramirez is 2 for 2 with two singles through two innings of Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals.

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Hanley Ramirez Officially Returns To Starting Lineup

That's the word from Juan C. Rodriguez:

Hanley Ramirez in #Marlins starting lineup.

This after Hanley spent about five minutes having a talk in Fredi Gonzalez's office. He'll play short and bat third, as he has all season long. Now let's move on. Hanley remains what he's always been - an exceptionally talented young athlete with a bit of an attitude problem that will occasionally rear its head.

Hanley will have a private meeting with his teammates before the game, where he'll apologize "in his own way."

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Hanley Ramirez Prepared To Apologize For Conduct

Fredi Gonzalez said the situation would likely be resolved today, and, sure enough, it seems Hanley's willing to cooperate. Employing my trusty Google translator:

"I regret that this has gotten so ugly, it was not my intention to create a distraction," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com on the phone from San Luis.

"I feel that things have reached these levels, the team and the fans do not deserve it," he said. "Here we are all professionals and we are pulling for the same side, I will try to close this chapter and focus on playing ball," added Ramirez.

The Marlins played two games without Hanley. They went 1-1. In the end, after discussing this story around the clock with so many words, what the world can take away from the Hanley Ramirez incident is nothing. Time well spent.

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Hanley Ramirez Benching Saga Approaching Resolution

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez was absent from the Marlins' lineup on Tuesday, and the team still rolled over the Diamondbacks. Even so, with Hanley being the best player on the roster, it isn't in the Marlins' best interests to keep him sitting on the bench, and it seems that Ramirez could very well return to the lineup Wednesday night:

Fredi Gonzalez was just on WQAM-560 AM  and told host Orlando Alzugaray that he "would be really surprised" if Hanley Ramirez is not back in the lineup when the Marlins open a two-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

 "It's going to get resolved one way or the other today," Gonzalez said during the interview. "I would be really surprised if he's not in the lineup today. We'll take care of it and he'll be in the three hole and playing shortstop."

It would appear that the only thing standing between Ramirez and a return is an apology to his teammates and coaches. It hasn't happened yet, but with some distance from the original incident, one would assume it'll happen before the game now that everything's simmered down a little.

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No Word Yet On Whether Hanley Ramirez Will Return To The Lineup On Wednesday

Hanley Ramirez was benched on Tuesday for his lackadaisical efforts the night before. And without their star shortstop, the Marlins two-hit the visiting Diamondbacks en route to an 8-0 laugher. For good measure, Ramirez's replacement - 29 year old Brian Barden - went 1-3 with a beanball and an RBI single.

Said manager Fredi Gonzalez after the win:

I don't want to talk about Hanley I want to enjoy this win

Dan Uggla chimed in to say that everybody loves Hanley, while Cameron Maybin added that the team nevertheless supports its manager's decision. But perhaps the most important quotation of the day was all of two words long:

Fredi won't say if Hanley will start tomorrow. "We'll see.'' Hanley still hasn't apologized to the team.

While it's an unpleasant situation in which the Marlins find themselves at the moment, Tuesday's win makes everything better and relieves some of the pressure. With the team having played well without its best talent, the ball's in Hanley's court to apologize so everybody can move on.

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Hanley Ramirez Rips Manager, Refuses To Apologize After Benching For Jogging

Hanley Ramirez has committed one of the cardinal sins of baseball: not hustling (and in a particularly galling, nonchalant manner). And now he's digging in, refusing to apologize to his teammates and lobbing verbal grenades at his manager Fredi Gonzalez.

But first, let's set the scene. Monday night, the Marlins faced men on first and second with no men out in the second inning. The Diamondback's Tony Abreu was at the plate and blooped a pop up to short left field. Ramirez -- who had fouled a ball off his ankle in the first inning -- converged with left-fielder Chris Coughlan, but missed the catch. With the ball at his feet, Ramirez accidentally kicked it into the left-field corner...and then proceeded to "chase" after the ball at a very comfortable gait, a half-jog really. Two runs came around for Arizona, with Abreu ending up on third base on the error. Check out the video here. Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez promptly pulled Ramirez, and Florida's skipper had this to say after the game:

"We expect an effort from 25 guys on this team, when that doesn't happen, we've got to do something," Gonzalez said. "You guys call him a marquee guy," Gonzalez said of the player often referred to as the "Face of the Franchise." "I've got 25 guys all wearing the same uniform. All with the Marlins insignia on the front. If anybody did it, not just the one guy."

But rather than expressing remorse over his apparent lack of effort on Monday night, Ramirez is instead firing back, telling the Palm Beach Post that he has "lost respect" for manager Fredi Gonzalez, and that he has no plans to apologize to his teammates. Among the highlights from the Palm Beach Post:

Asked about his injured ankle:

"That’s OK. [Fredi Gonzalez] doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues."

Asked about his benching:

"It’s [Fredi Gonzalez's] team. He does whatever he (expletive) wants. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s brutal."

Asked if he lost respect for Fredi:

"A little bit. We got 24 more guys out there. Hopefully they can do the same things I do. They’re wearing the Marlins uniform.’’

Asked if he would apologize to his teammates:

"We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls. They don’t apologize.’’

Asked about what happened on the play:

"I wasn’t trying to give up. That was the hardest I could go after the ball."

Apart from the not-so-subtle digs at his teammates -- and the much more obvious ones at his manager -- Ramirez pretended he didn't know who Gonzalez was, and told reporters that he wasn't mentally or physically ready to begin playing again. Gonzalez apparently agrees. The Marlins manager told the press that Ramirez was out of the line-up for Tuesday, and that he thought Ramirez had some off-the-field issues he had to attend to first:

I think he’s got to take care of some problems. Let me retract that: It’s not a problem but I think he needs to take care of the situation and when he handles that in the right way we’ll be fine.

That echoed the sentiments of Marlin Wes Helms, who came out and said he thought Ramirez needed to apologize his teammates for his lack of hustle to clear the air.

Ramirez is the highest-paid player in the Marlins organization after inking a six-year, $70 million extension in 2008. The former batting champion is currently hitting .293/.375/.483 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs on the season thus far.

For more reaction to the Ramirez brouhaha, check out our Marlins blog, Fish Stripes.

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