Hanley on brink of 100
Even though Hanley Ramirez didn’t get a hit in the Marlins’ 11-3 win on Saturday night against the Nationals, the All-Star shortstop did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Now with 99 on the season, Ramirez is on the brink of his first 100 RBI campaign.
In his first three seasons, Ramirez was primarily a leadoff hitter, and he established franchise records for runs scored in a season with 125, which he did in 2007-08. He’s hit third this year.
Previously, his RBI high was 81 in 2007.
Ramirez is having an MVP-caliber season, although the frontrunner for the award is St. Louis’ Albert Pujols.
Still, Ramirez is enjoying a remarkable season, and worthy of serious MVP consideration. Now he’s shown he can be a big-time run producer batting in the third spot.
The last Marlin to reach 100 RBIs was Miguel Cabrera, who posted 119 in 2007.
Here’s Florida’s all-time 100 RBI leaders:
121 Preston Wilson 2000
120 Gary Sheffield 1996
119 Miguel Cabrera 2007
116 Miguel Cabrera 2005
115 Carlos Delgado 2005
115 Moises Alou 1997
114 Miguel Cabrera 2006
112 Miguel Cabrera 2004
105 Mike Lowell 2003
105 Jeff Conine 1995
— Joe Frisaro