Hanley Ramirez – 2010 Bowman

December 13, 2010

What If He Were In New York? Heck, What If He Were In St. Louis Or Frisco?

The ink-stained wretches are all a-tizzy about Jeter’s contract.  Of course.

But what about this guy? What kind of buzz would be be getting if he played in a market that promoted its players and didn’t try to rebuild every other season because the owner doesn’t want to spend any money on his toy?

He had a sub-par season, FOR HIM. I’ll take a .300 hitting shortstop that cranks out 21 home runs.

The one thing that concerns me is the fact that his defense is slipping. It could be a one-year anomaly.

The Marlins have continually bungled what could have been a great situation down there in South Florida. Yes, it’s a tough market with transplants, but it’s also got a great Latino base that could have flocked to the games if they were promoted properly, played in a proper stadium, and not been so miserly.

I don’t like domes that much – but if any team needs a retractable roof, it’s Florida. The daily thunderstorms wreak havoc with walk-up sales.

People talk about what is a ‘baseball town’ and what isn’t. But almost every franchise has had periods where no one went to games and no one cared. Yes, even the Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals and Red Sox. Ever since they moved to LA, the Dodgers have been a bit immune, but in 1968 they drew less than 20,000 per game.

The 1981 Cubs averaged less than 10,000 per game.

The 1983 Red Sox were 9th in the AL in attendance.

The 1972 Yankees didn’t draw 1,000,000 fans.

The 1978 Cardinals were 8th in the NL in attendance, drawing just 15,000+ per game.

It can happen anywhere, at any time.

Florida fan(s), be happy you have Hanley. He’s a special player, and you get to keep him as a little secret!

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