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Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 6:58 pm
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Ramirez

By Evan Brunell

Hanley Ramirez fired back at "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine, who spent eight years with Florida in a 17-season career before taking a job as special assistant in the Marlins' front office. Conine made remarks last week on the radio about how he would trade Ramirez if it were up to him. Conine added that Ramirez frustrates him on a nightly basis, due to what has become a well-chronicled history of Ramirez not trying as hard as he can to complete a play.

"If he's got a problem, just come over and talk to me like a man," Ramirez told the Miami Herald. "Don't be a chicken, talking on the [radio], because whatever you say is going to stay out there."

Ramirez added that he's surprised at the timing of the remarks, which coincided with the Marlins reversing their skid and posting a 18-13 record under octogenarian Jack McKeon, the new manager. Ramirez himself has finally snapped out of a season-long slump that had him hitting .200/.298/.295 on the morning of June 21, a far cry from the dominating force the 27-year-old had fashioned himself to. Since then, Han-Ram is at .327/.413/.545 with six home runs in 126 plate appearances, swiping six bases as well.

"Why now?" The shortstop questioned, saying he was friendly with Conine prior to the comments. "There are a lot of worse guys than me out there. But nobody knows because nobody pays attention. When I'm on the field, I'm just being me. I'm playing my game. It's how I've got to play. Nobody's going to change me. What I get paid for is to win, respect each other, respect the organization. That's what I do."

Ramirez, who won the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2006, plus a batting title and second-place MVP finish in 2009, has his name littered among Florida's all-time leaderboards, showing up more impressively than Conine has. Ramirez is currently second all time in franchise history in batting average (.307) with Conine seventh at .290. He's fourth in Marlins history in OPS with a .889 mark, Conine placing 10th. Runs scored? Ramirez is second with 615, just behind Luis Castillo's 675 while Conine is sixth. Doubles, triples, home runs ... all the same story: Ramirez ranks near the top, Conine's back in the pack -- except for RBI, where Conine holds a 120-run lead.

In hits, Ramirez, who stated a desire to go into the Hall of Fame as a Marlin, just passed Conine, with 1,010 career hits as a Marlin. Conine has 1,005.

"I think he wants to be Mr. Marlin forever," Ramirez said of Conine. "It won't happen. I'm coming, baby. I think I'm going to be Mr. Marlin. That's my goal now. I wasn't thinking about that [before Conine's comments]."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

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Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

Hanley is a modern day player who thinks he is a Hall of Famer before he even finishes his career. A few great season shouldn't entitle these players to a free ride till the end of your career. It is clear that he has been going through the motions this season. That fact Conine called him out when he did is because the rest of the team is picking up there game and he is still coasting. Mr. Marlin is not stupid he knows Hanley can put up good numbers coasting. But the Hanley should be contending for MVP honors. If he was giving 110% Conine wouldn't have called out his Superstar. Conine was a example of 110% and should be thanked by the Marlins for calling out their Million dollar play baby. There was a reason the Red Sox let him walk.




Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

sats or no stats jeff conine did more to win games then ramirez ever will do cause conine had heart and cared ..ramirez is a punk period..he has great talent and no heart or desire to win...typical response from an idiot..marlins would be so much better dealing this moron before he burns down the new staduim they are building..



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

Priceless. Your team doesn't win. You acted like a bitch when your last manager had a policy about corn rows and you were a grade a punk in Boston's organization (and have been one in Florida to boot) & have shown great lack of hustle several times (showing no respect for your team in the process).

Yet the idiot CBS writer decides to take the time to compare Conine's career stats with Ramirez.  Why did he do that and why do these stats matter?   Conine never said he was a more talented player in his day then Ramirez is today so what's up with the comparison?  There are plenty of people employed by teams to work in various organizations that never played the game or at the very least weren't successful as players.  That means nothing.....  



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

What a clown.  I think this guy is being advised by Lebron James' public relations team.

Too bad it doesn't occur to him that him deciding to perform now is exactly what frustrates fans.  Or rather, the fact that he decides not to perform so much of the time.

"There are a lot of worse guys than me out there".  Sure.  But they don't have your talent or paycheck.  And that's what Conine's comments were about.  Hanley, your professionalism is non-existent, as is your commitment to your team.  Your work ethic is an absolute joke.  It's simply a shame to see someone this talented choose not to play hard so much of the time.  Save your money, Ramirez - because being lazy isn't going to cut it when baseball's over.'

As far as "Mr. Marlin" goes, there's a reason Alvin Davis is "Mr. Mariner".  It's not just about numbers - it's about leadership, commitment and performance.  Unless he grows up fast, Mr. Marlin is only a fantasy for him.


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