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With David Ortiz gone, other Red Sox leaders must bridge cultural divide

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez had plenty of questions in his first year in the major leagues. He just didn’t have anyone to ask.A mere handful of the veterans on the Florida Marlins team with which Ramirez broke in hailed from a Spanish-speaking country. Ramirez did have Spanish-speaking players around him, among them fellow youngsters Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, but anybody who actually knew anything about what to do or where to go had come from Kentucky or [.. [...]
Boston Herald Feb 19, 2017
Red Sox notebook: Non-roster invitee Matt Dominguez in mix at third base

Red Sox notebook: Non-roster invitee Matt Dominguez in mix at third base

Subtitle: To compete with Panda, HoltFORT MYERS — When the third baseman walked through the door, Hanley Ramirez came over to say hello. They go way back.Matt Dominguez has played the hot corner in the big leagues more than anyone on the Red Sox outside of Pablo Sandoval.A non-roster invitee with a smooth glove, the 27-year-old Dominguez was a first-round draft pick of the Marlins in 2007 — Ramirez’ old team.“I had at least three or four spring trainings with him,” Dominguez said. “In 2011, I was a September call-up. He was hurt but he was there. I was young, so I just kind of...
Boston Herald Feb 19, 2017
What a role model

What a role model

How big are the shoes Hanley Ramirez has to fill in Year 1 as the replacement for David Ortiz as designated hitter? The word “monstrous” fits the bill. Ramirez is coming off a very good 2016 season in which the 32-year-old first baseman hit 30 home runs, the second-highest total of his career. He knocked in a career-high 111 runs and had a solid .286/.361/.505 slash line and .866 OPS. He’d have to maintain that pace and more, however, to match what Ortiz averaged from ages 33-40: H HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS WARDavid Ortiz, average season, ages 33-40:143 32 100 .285 .376 .548 .925 3.3Hanley...
Call to the Pen Feb 17, 2017

Boston Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez Ready to Play Ortiz Role in 2017

No one can reasonably expect to replicate what David Ortiz gave the Boston Red Sox both on and off the field, but Hanley Ramirez wants to try. How do you replace a player like David Ortiz? That’s a question the Boston Red Sox were quietly asking themselves all last season. The reality of Big Papi’s […] Boston Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez Ready to Play Ortiz Role in 2017 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Over the Monster Feb 17, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Mitch Moreland

Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Mitch Moreland

In today’s links Hanley Ramirez gets ready to step in for David Ortiz and Pablo Sandoval knows he needs to prove himself. Hanley Ramirez came to spring training ready to take over for David Ortiz. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Pablo Sandoval isn’t expecting to get the third base job handed to him on a silver platter. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) The Red Sox may be World Series favorites, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pressing questions facing them. (Josh Slavin; BP Boston) Speaking of the Sox being World Series favorites, where do they fall among the most...
Boston Herald Feb 17, 2017
Hanley Ramirez has Big Papi on his side as he steps into DH role

Hanley Ramirez has Big Papi on his side as he steps into DH role

FORT MYERS — Wearing a No. 34 David Ortiz T-shirt, Hanley Ramirez strolled into the Red Sox clubhouse yesterday morning and took his place at Ortiz’ old locker, which now belongs to Ramirez.“He told me he talked to the clubhouse guys because he wants me so bad to be a leader and be what he was to that clubhouse,” Ramirez said at a press conference.Ramirez referred to Ortiz as “my man” and “my big brother that I don’t have” and “my everything.”With Ortiz retired, there are two directions Ramirez could head. He could become lazy and lost without his “big brother”...
CSN New England Feb 16, 2017

Dombrowski: Hanley Ramirez 'one of our leaders'

Hanley Ramirez' second stint with the Red Sox didn't begin particularly smoothly, but the team sees him as a leader as he enters his third season back in Boston.
Boston Globe Feb 16, 2017
Hanley Ramirez doing his best to fill void left by David Ortiz

Hanley Ramirez doing his best to fill void left by David Ortiz

“David’s not coming back ... You got that, Sox Nation?”
CSN New England Feb 16, 2017

Ramirez plays the Big Papi role with media, teases about possible Ortiz return

Though he followed it by shouting "David's not coming back," Hanley Ramirez said he and David Ortiz discussed the possibility of the retired DH returning. 
Full Count | WEEI Feb 16, 2017

Hanley Ramirez holds court on David Ortiz and Red Sox: ‘David, he left everything here’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hanley Ramirez misses David Ortiz, but he’s determined to honor the memory of his former teammate. Making his first appearance of the spring at JetBlue Park, a muscular and fit Ramirez paid tribute to Ortiz while also making it clear the Red Sox must forge their own identity without him. “I […]
The Republican Feb 16, 2017
Hanley Ramirez tapped David Ortiz for advice about becoming Red Sox designated hitter

Hanley Ramirez tapped David Ortiz for advice about becoming Red Sox designated hitter

Hanley Ramirez sought advice from David Ortiz on DHing.
The Republican Feb 16, 2017
Hanley Ramirez says Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz told him a reason he'd consider returning but he's not buying it

Hanley Ramirez says Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz told him a reason he'd consider returning but he's not buying it

Ramirez arrived at spring training camp today -- wearing a David Ortiz T-shirt that showed all of Ortiz's career walkoffs. He now has Ortiz's spring training locker.
CSN New England Feb 15, 2017

John Farrell says he's proud of how Hanley Ramirez handled comeback season

Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are the only members not seen early at Red Sox spring training, but manager John Farrell is not worried because of improvements he saw from Hanley Ramirez last season.
With David Ortiz's advice, Hanley Ramirez feels honored to be Red Sox' DH

With David Ortiz's advice, Hanley Ramirez feels honored to be Red Sox' DH

FORT MYERS -- Wearing a No. 34 David Ortiz t-shirt, Hanley Ramirez strolled into the Red Sox clubhouse on Thursday morning and took his place at Ortiz’s old locker, which now belongs to Ramirez.“He told me he talked to the clubhouse guys because he wants me so bad to be a leader and be what he was to that clubhouse,” Ramirez said at a press conference a later in the morning.During the press conference, Ramirez referred to Ortiz as “my man,” “my big brother that I don’t have” and “my everything.”

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