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The Marlins Part Ways With Hanley Ramirez

This season has been very disappointing for the Miami Marlins.  They showed that they are essentially giving up on hopes for the playoffs this season by trading some of their top stars.  Rebuilding mode has already started when this team was supposed to be ready to contend this year.  They have a strong focus on pitching in their trades this week, that is a spot they definitely need help in.

The first trade came on Tuesday when the Marlins sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers.  Infante has had a decent season thus far and had led the team to numerous victories.  Sanchez has been with the club for a few years and been a reliable starter at times. Sanchez had a rough start to the season but leveled out towards the summer.  The Marlins received top-rated pitching prospect Jacob Turner from the Tigers in the deal.

Hanley Ramirez
(Getty Images)

On Wednesday the Marlins traded away a star they coveted very heavily just a couple of years ago.  Going into this season no one suspected that the Marlins would not finish the season with Hanley Ramirez.  The rumors started floating around last week that the team was looking at offers for the former N.L. batting champion and multiple time All Star.  The Marlins made a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to send Ramirez and pitcher Randy Choate to California.  The Marlins received pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and a minor leaguer in the deal.

Hanley Ramirez will never be forgotten by the franchise.  He was acquired from the Boston Redsox in the 2005 trade that sent Josh Beckett to Boston.  The Marlins had coveted and groomed Ramirez as their big star of the future.  He had a few season where he played really well and even one a batting title.  But the last couple of years has seen Ramirez numbers drop significantly.  The Marlins owe a lot of credit to Ramirez for helping them get a new stadium built in Miami for the club.  The team signed Ramirez to a 6 year deal a few years ago to show the city of Miami tax payers that they were committed to building a contender.  A lot has changed in the last few years and Ramirez is no longer a Miami Marlin.

The Marlins have got to start building a team built for the future.  The team has been out of contention for too long.  A lot of the blame falls on pitching but really its everything.  The Marlins franchise should have been contenders this year but have shown themselves not to be a team that can contend.  The decision to trade some of their top talent is questionable
but at least they are receiving top young pitching talent for the future.  The city of Miami will lose their patience with the team really quickly if they don’t get a team on the field that not only looks like contenders but play like contenders.

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Memories Of Spring Baseball

Spring training is finally upon us. Finally after five and a half months of no baseball it is back. Back are the boys of summer, fans to the ballparks, warmer weather is coming back and most of all hope. Hope that every team holds of making it to the post season and advancing to and hopefully winning the World Series.

I have many fond memories of spring and the baseball that it brings back every year. I grew up in the city of Lakeland, Florida. Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers dating back to the early part of the 20th century. And I am and always have been a die hard Marlins fan, but I hold a place for the Tigers in my heart.

I would attend many games every year with my father friends and by myself. I would even head to the ballpark early on Saturday and Sunday morning to get autographs and meet with the players as they would head into the club house. I remember being in awe of players like Tony Clark, Juan Gonzalez and Brandon Inge just to name a few.

There was nothing better than sitting in the uncovered bleacher seats in the hot central Florida sun and watching live baseball. Many people that I know think baseball is boring and unwatchable. I find it to be incredible to watch, especially when it is in person. I have always loved the strategy and the unpredictability of the game.

As I have grown old and moved away from my home city. I still am in love with spring training and my hometown team, well at least they are for two months of the year. I am really amped up for the season this year. As the years go by I find myself getting more and more interested with each passing year. I only hope that those of you reading can feel half the excitement I feel about this season coming up. If you do I believe you as well as I are going to Have a great summer!