The Marlins marched on without Hanley Ramirez Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Diamondbacks 8-0 behind two RBIs from Ramirez replacement Brian Barden and stellar pitching by Josh Johnson.
Ramirez was benched today after not hustling during the Marlins 5-1 loss to Arizona last night and making incendiary remarks about Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez Tuesday morning.
Though Ramirez did not speak to the media after the team’s victory without him today, manager Gonzalez did address Ramirez’s current status with the team following the game. Read more…
Last night we witnessed the difference between superstar treatment of a MLB player who quit during a game while plagued by a stealth injury, Hanley Ramirez, and handling of LeBron James and Tiger Woods in similar circumstances.
(Video of incident)
Sensing that Ramirez, despite having “smoked” a foul ball off his ankle in a previous plate appearance, was loafing after a booted soft pop, last night Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez ejected his superstar shortstop from the game in the second inning. To make matters more interesting, Gonzalez did the honors in full view of the team in the dugout.
An obviously elbow-impaired LeBron James also recently quit on his team, in Game 5 of the playoff series between the Cavaliers and Celtics. Was James punished or questioned in public by any member of the Cavaliers organization? No.
Same thing with Tiger Woods at Quail Hollow in Charlotte last month. Read more…