Hanley Ramirez, Outfield, Boston Red Sox, #13
Date of Birth: 12/23/1983
Birthplace: Samana, Dominican Republic
Nicknames: El Nino, Han-Ram
Hanley Ramirez, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, was first signed by the Red Sox in 2000. He played in the minor leagues from 2002 through 2005, playing in just two games with the Red Sox in 2005. That year, he was traded to the Miami Marlins.
Ramirez had an outstanding first year with the Marlins, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2006. That season, he batted .292 with 185 hits, 46 doubles, 17 home runs, 59 RBIs, and 51 stolen bases in 158 games.
Ramirez's best season was perhaps 2007 when he batted .332 with career highs in hits with 212, doubles with 48, and stolen bases with 51. That year, he also had 29 home runs and 81 RBIs.
In 2008, Ramirez won his first Silver Slugger award for batting .301 with 177 hits, 34 doubles, a career high 33 home runs, and 35 stolen bases in 153 games. That year, the Marlins gave him a six-year, $70 million contract extension.
Ramirez had another outstanding season in 2009, winning a second Silver Slugger award and the NL batting title. That year, he batted .342 with 197 hits, 42 doubles, 24 home runs, a career high 106 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases.
In 2011, Ramirez played in just 92 games due to injuries. The following July, the Marlins traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played at third base for the first time in his career in 2012 with the Marlins but he moved back to shortstop with the Dodgers. In 2013, Ramirez again suffered from injuries, playing in just 86 games with the Dodgers. He batted a career high .345 with 105 hits, 25 doubles, 20 home runs, and 57 RBIs.
Ramirez finished the 2014 season with 127 hits, 35 doubles, 71 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, and a .283 batting average. In the postseason, he had 6 hits, 2 RBIs, and a .429 batting average in 14 at-bats in 4 games.
On November 24, 2014, Ramirez agreed to return to the Red Sox on a four-year, $88 million contract that includes a $22 million option for 2019. He finished the 2015 season with 100 hits, 19 home runs, 53 RBIs, and a .249 batting average in 105 games. On May 4th, he suffered a left shoulder sprain when he crashed into a wall at Fenway Park. Defensively, for the first time in his career, he played in left field instead of at shortstop. In 92 games, he made 120 putouts and 4 errors.
Ramirez played in 147 games in 2016. He batted .286 with 157 hits, 28 doubles, 30 home runs, and a career high 111 RBIs. Defensively, as a first baseman in 133 games, he made 39 assists, 100 double plays, 1,000 putouts, and 4 errors. In 3 postseason games, he batted .250 with 3 hits and 2 RBIs in 12 at-bats.
Statistics for Ramirez in eleven seasons (2006-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 7 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 212 in 2007
- 5 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 48 in 2007
- 7 seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a high of 33 in 2008
- 7 seasons with 20 or more stolen bases, with a high of 51 in 2006 and 2007
- 5 seasons with a batting average of .300 or better, with a high of .345 in 2013
Career batting statistics for Ramirez through 2016 include:
- 1,475 games played
- 1,660 hits
- 343 doubles
- 240 home runs
- 276 stolen bases
- 818 RBIs
- 1,066 strikeouts to 587 walks
- .295 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Ramirez at shortstop through 2016 include:
- 1,077 games played
- 2,690 assists
- 622 double plays
- 1,592 putouts
- 147 errors
- .967 fielding percentage
Ramirez and his wife Sanoe have three sons.