Marlins pregame squabble
Some tensions brewed in the Marlins clubhouse before Wednesday’s games with the Braves.
All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez exchanged harsh words with second baseman Dan Uggla, leading to the team closing the clubhouse to the media.
At issue is Ramirez’s tight left hamstring, which caused him to come out of Tuesday’s game before the fifth inning. Exiting in the middle of a crucial game seemed to draw the ire from his teammates.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ramirez said: “I think I have to play, you know? I have to. I can’t explain myself right now how I feel, but I have to be in there. I have to. And I feel like I got to do it because you don’t get the same respect from your teammates when you’re not playing. I got people upset when I got out of the game last night. But I try to do the best I can, you know?”
Later during pregame, while Ramirez was talking to another reporter, he and Uggla got into a shouting match about coming out of the game, with Uggla saying: “You have your $70 million, so why don’t we go out and win?”
After that incident, the Marlins closed the clubhouse to the media.
There may have been speculation that Ramirez is just playing for his numbers. But while pointing out that he’s got a guaranteed six-year, $70 million extension that kicked in this season, Ramirez said he has no reason to focus on his numbers.
Ramirez, the National League’s leading hitter, is in the midst of an 0-for-14 slump. He is hitting .355. Initially, he was in the lineup on Wednesday, but was scratched less than two hours before the scheduled first pitch.
– Joe Frisaro, Alden Gonzalez