Hanley turned dreams from Dominican into reality

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Dodgers
Samana, Dominican Republic

Hanley Ramirez idolized Miguel Tejada as he grew up in the Dominican Republic, and he's since become a successful Major League shortstop in his own right.

An only child, Ramirez was raised by Isabel and Toribio Ramirez, an auto mechanic. He attended Adbentista High School and grew up dreaming of playing the game professionally.

"I always loved baseball," Ramirez has said. "It had nothing to do with money. I never thought about being a millionaire. I just wanted to play baseball."

Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox as a teenager in 2000, making his Major League debut with the team in '05. One year later, he was dealt to the Marlins as part of a trade for future Dodgers teammate Josh Beckett.

Ramirez has two sons -- Hanley Jr. and Hansel -- who can often be seen around the ballpark. He and his wife, Elizabeth, also have a daughter, Hailey.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.