Sept 7, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez (2) during the seventh inning against he New York Mets at Sun Life Stadium. The Mets won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes Update: Hanley wants to be a Marlin for life?

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The Miami Marlins held their annual charity golf tournament at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Hanley Ramirez hardly played the role of someone that harbors hard feelings about giving up his position to the Miami Marlins big free agent acquisition,  Jose Reyes. Ramirez and Reyes were described as “inseperable.”

“I can’t wait,’ Reyes said about he and Ramirez playing together. “We’re going to be in spring training next week together on the same field so I’m very excited about that.”

Ramirez on the other hand, would not say much at all, about the position change to accommodate Reyes.. Ramirez only gave a yes nod when asked if his shoulder was healed and if he would be ready to participate in full drills when position players work out for the first time Feb. 26

Reyes said he and Ramirez spoke for the first time this off-season in December in the Dominican Republic. This took place two weeks after Reyes signed his contract with the Fish. Reyes also said that this was the first time that the two had met up in Miami.

When asked whether or not the two have discussed their infield plan, Reyes responded “We just talk about friendly stuff.”

Here are a few tweets that Hanley just passed on:

Senores por este medio quiero dejarle saber q todo lo q salio en el periódico (Hoy) sobre mi, el equipo y Gillen es mentira..

Tratando de ensuciar mi imagen con mentiras.. 3B con los marlins para siempre bebeeee no te kille franklin mirabal oiteeeeeeeeee

Y ahora q vas hablar si todo el mundo sabe q yo voy a jugar tercera base con los marlins papiiiiiiii Dimeeeeeeeeee!

Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel provided the English translation of what Ramirez said:

Folks, via this medium I want to let everyone know that what came out in the newspaper Hoy about me, the team and Guillen is a lie.

And now what are you going to talk about if the whole world knows I’m going to play third base with the Marlins.

Trying to soil my image with lies. Third base with the Marlins forever baby

Rodriguez went on to explain that Ramirez’s reaction was caused negative write-up in the Dominican newspaper by Franklin Mirabal.

Franklin Mirabal in what appears to be an opinion piece writes that Ramirez’s friendship with Jose Reyes inevitably will be damaged. Ramirez is moving to third base to accommodate Reyes, who the Marlins signed to a $106 million contract. Mirabal goes on to say the signing was a way for the Marlins front office to frustrate and cast down Ramirez.

In Mirabal’s estimation, it’s a show of disrespect and the Marlins ultimately will jettison Ramirez, who he says has not matured sufficiently to take on the face of the franchise role the Marlins were counting on when they gave him a $70 million deal. Mirabal criticizes Ramirez for not taking on a leadership role.

It is great that Ramirez felt inspired enough to make this response on Twitter, but it would have been a lot better for him to say it when he had a chance in front of the Marlins media yesterday.

Regardless, Marlins fans should be very excited, now that it seems that their superstar is fully on board with his move to third base.

 

Now, here is a look at some photos from yesterday’s event, courtesy of Joe Capozzi:

Jose Reyes and his new haircut arrive

Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck

Miami Marlins SP, Carlos Zambrano

New Marlins closer, Heath Bell, in some nice attire.

Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes

Promising sign if you are a Marlins fan!

(L-R) Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, shortstop Jose Reyes, third baseman Hanley Ramirez, center fielder Emilio Bonifacio, second baseman Omar Infante and reliever Edward Mujica.

That is all the photos I will post. Make sure to check out Joe Capozzi’s photo gallery to see more photos of the Marlins and their players from yesterday’s events.

 

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Tags: Anibal Sanchez Carlos Zambrano Edward Mujica Emilio Boinfacio Hanley Ramirez Heath Bell John Buck Jose Reyes Josh Johnson Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins Omar Infante

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