While the Red Sox still sit in first place in the East, they have had their fair share of disappointments this year. Injuries, unfulfilled contracts, and astronomical ERA’s have low- lighted 2017. Not to be lost in these disappointments is Hanley Ramirez’s slump, although you won’t hear too much about it.
Ramirez’s brutal 2017 season so far has been swept under the rug. Whether it be Pablo Sandoval’s contract, John Farrell’s questionable managing or a pitcher blowing up on a reporter, there has always been something to talk about. If you don’t quite understand the severity of Ramirez’s ineptness, I won’t blame you. I’m here, however, to enlighten you. Buckle in.
It seemed Hanley Ramirez would finally be comfortable in a Red Sox uniform this year. He is finally the DH and would feasibly only play first base about twice a week. With all this time to focus on hitting, it makes you wonder how much Hanley’s got going on up there. Ramirez is hitting .241 with just a .747 OPS. You want to argue he’s just a power hitter? What power hitter do you know only has 17 extra base hits (7 doubles and 10 homers) and 29 RBI in June? That’s your DESIGNATED HITTER Red Sox fans.
Might I remind you, this is the American League. We (usually) don’t have to go through the bore every night of watching a pitcher trying to hit. With Ramirez, however, you may as well be a National League team. Sometimes, I’d rather see Chris Sale in the lineup than Hanley Ramirez. No matter where John Farrell has put him in the lineup, he just can’t hit. They’ve tried so hard to make Ramirez comfortable I fear he may be too comfortable to play baseball on a high level.
Hanley Ramirez’s Slump Is At The Plate And On The Field
Speaking of comfortability, I assure you there are guys playing in the field who are much more uncomfortable than Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez’s phantom shoulder injury has kept him out of playing first base, even in NL parks. Who is playing first base over him? Mitch Moreland. Yes, the Mitch Moreland who has a fractured toe and is still playing Gold Glove caliber defense. Since Ramirez refuses to gut it out and play, Moreland is forced to be a wounded duck out there. On that topic I leave you with this: how many throws do you see a first baseman make?
Luckily for Ramirez, he will never be the worst Red Sox acquisition of 2015. Pablo Sandoval may be the worst Red Sox signing ever and Rick Porcello has massively underachieved this season. This isn’t even on pace to be his worst season of production in Boston. In 2015, he had 12 doubles and 19 homers. This year, he’s on pace to smash that with a whole 14 doubles and 20 homers. That is NOT the production of a DH on a playoff team.
So I urge you Red Sox fans: pay attention to this clown. Boo him, put for sale signs on his lawn, I don’t care. Do something to convince me you aren’t a bunch of pink hats and actually know something about this team. I thought he was going to get it together, but time’s a wasting Hanley, David Ortiz isn’t gonna save you now.