Former Miami Marlins SS might be a Hall of Famer

Hanley Ramirez was once the top hitter on The Fish
Hanley Ramirez
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The 2025 MLB Hall of Fame class makes me intrigued. Do you remember the list of the top hitting performances in Miami Marlins history? That list includes former SS Hanley Ramirez. Can he get elected into the Hall of Fame? Will he be enshrined forever in Cooperstown? Should he be?

Former Miami Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez might be a Hall of Famer next year!

A major trade prior to the 2006 season brought Hanley Ramirez to the then Florida Marlins. Ramirez was a top prospect who debuted in 2005 with the Boston Red Sox for two forgettable games. He debuted "for rea" the following season with the then Florida Marlins. He batted .292/.353/.480, with 17 home runs and 59 RBI, in 158 games and 633 AB. That led to him winning the National League Rookie of the Year award.

Ramirez followed that up in 2007 with an elite .332/.386/.562 batting line, with 29 home runs and 81 RBI, in 154 games and 639 AB. Ramirez was worth 4.9 WAR in 2006 and 4.4 WAR in 2007. He finished tenth in National League MVP voting that season. In 2008, he batted .301/.400/.540, with 33 home runs and 67 RBI, in 153 games and 589 AB. He was worth an astounding 6.7 WAR for that season.

Did I forget his speed by the way? He stole 51 bases in both 2006 and 2007. He then stole 35 bases in 2008, 32 in 2010 and had his final 20+ stolen base season in 2012. 2009 was a historic season for Hanley Ramirez, as the then Florida Marlins almost made the playoffs. He batted .342/.410/.543, with 24 home runs and 106 RBI, in 151 games and 576 AB. He finished second in NL MVP voting and was worth an amazing 7.3 WAR.

Hanley Ramirez never really reached those heights again. He did bat .300/.378/.475, with 21 home runs and 76 RBI, in 142 games and 543 AB in 2010. He was only worth 2.8 WAR however as he crashed defensively. After missing most of the 2011 season, he was traded mid-way in 2012 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramirez played with LA until 2015, when he moved on to the Boston Red Sox, finishing his career in 2019 with the Cleveland Indians.

Hanley Ramirez ended up being worth just 38.0 WAR for his career, and lost his speed and defensive ability pretty quickly. He was a full-time DH early on in his 30's. It's safe to say that while he can be in the Miami Marlins Hall of Fame, he's not getting into the Major League one.

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