Mr. Marlin critical of Hanley
MIAMI — Marlins’ three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez is not on the trading block, but the 27-year-old has frustrated a prominent member of the organization.
Jeff Conine, a team special assistant, said he would be open to dealing Ramirez.
During a radio interview on “The Dan LeBatard Show on 790 The Ticket,” Conine said he was frustrated “On a nightly basis” with how Ramirez plays the game.
“I think that obviously Hanley is a phenomenal talent,” Conine said. “But as a guy that … I’m probably jealous too because I didn’t have that kind of talent, but I had to work extremely hard on a nightly basis to put my talent on the field. I think that there are some nights when he doesn’t work as hard as he should.”
Asked if he would trade Ramirez, Conine said: “If it were up to me, probably.”
Conine, known as Mr. Marlin, doesn’t dispute Ramirez’s overall talent.
“Maybe that’s part of the problem, but you know he is no doubt one of the top talents in baseball, and you hope at some point he would get it and become a leader in the clubhouse like he can be on the field,” Conine said.
— Joe Frisaro