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Hanley Ramírez

Hanley Ramírez, born December 23, 1983, in Samana, Dominican Republic, is a shortstop in Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins. Ramírez was named 2006 NL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.  In 2009, Ramirez won his first NL batting title.
Ramírez was discovered by scouts Levy Ochoa and Julian Camilo and was considered the top prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. He was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 together with Aníbal Sánchez for Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota.

2009 season

On February 24, 2009, the Miami Herald reported that Ramirez would be moving from the leadoff spot to the 3rd spot in the lineup. Ramirez played in the World Baseball Classic for his native Dominican Republic.

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During the April 6, 2009 regular season opener against the Washington Nationals, Ramirez hit his first career grand-slam off of Washington reliever Steven Shell. In 2009 he was named fifth on the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. A panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards, was polled to arrive at the list.


On July 5, 2009, Ramirez was selected as the NL starting shortstop for the 2009 All Star Game.
Between June 21 and July 2 Hanley was able to bring in a run every game, a National League record for a shortstop. During the streak Hanley collected 24 RBI. The record was ended by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On September 6, against the Nationals, he hit his 100th home run of his MLB career, becoming the 4th quickest shortstop in terms of games played to reach that milestone (Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Ernie Banks).


With a Batting Average of .342, Ramirez won his first batting title. Ramirez also recorded 106 RBI (6th in NL), stole 27 bases (5th in NL), and scored 101 times (8th in NL). He also won the Silver Slugger award at shortstop, and came in second to Albert Pujols for NL MVP.