Despite the fact that Sunday was the Miami Marlins first full squad workout, Hanley Ramirez has been in Jupiter preparing for the season for about a week. Ramirez has reportedly been working on his fielding at third base, which according to the media was a move he reportedly was resisting all off-season. Based on his dialogue with local reporters, he seems dedicated to improving and making a smooth transition to his new position. According to President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest, “He’ll be fine. He’ll be able to do it, whether it’s the slow roller or going to his backhand. He’s got the arm. He’s got all the things he needs to be successful over there.”
Hanley is also reporting that his shoulder is feeling great and that he is completely healthy for the 2012 campaign. Take a look for yourself courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post as Hanley hits homer after homer in batting practice. While this may not mean much it shows that Hanley is completely healthy in preparation for the season. As we know, the success of the Marlins this year is heavily dependent upon a healthy and happy Hanley Ramirez returning to All-Star form. Despite it being early with spring training just started, this is obviously an encouraging sign going forward.
Hanley Ramirez hitting video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLyt13ROurU&feature=youtu.be