Three-time NL starter at shortstop making a bid for place in Junior Circuit outfield
By Spencer Fordin
Hanley Ramirez has convinced the world that he's #ASGWorthy before, but now he has to do it in a new league. Ramirez, a three-time National League All-Star, had four hits of Boston's 10 hits in a 2-1 win in Seattle on Thursday night as he attempts a takeover of the American League.
Ramirez, who is batting .284 in his first 31 games with the Red Sox this season, had a double and three singles against the Mariners. He has 10 home runs and 22 RBIs on the year, and the 31-year-old is proving to be one of the offseason's shrewdest free-agent acquisitions.
Ramirez began his career in Boston before being traded to the Marlins in November 2005, and he is now showing the AL what it has missed for the past decade. Ramirez won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in '06, and he went to the All-Star Game in three consecutive seasons from '08-10 while with the Marlins.
Ramirez, who now plays the outfield, started at shortstop and led off for the NL in the 2008 All-Star Game, and he went 2-for-3 in a 4-3 loss. Ramirez would start and lead off again in '09, but he went hitless in another 4-3 loss, and he also went 0-for-3 as the leadoff hitter in a 3-1 victory for the NL in '10.
Now, four-plus seasons removed from his most recent All-Star Game, Ramirez is making a case to be back among the game's elite. And he'll need some help from the fans to make it happen.
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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.