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Will Hanley someday be HOF worthy?

Hall of Fame talk is dominating the baseball world, as the class of 2011 will be announced on Wednesday afternoon. Much of the attention is being centered on Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, two favorites to be headed to Cooperstown.

A year ago, Florida celebrated the induction of Andre Dawson, a special assistant in the organization. As a player, Hawk retired as a Marlin, but he built his Hall of Fame credentials with the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs.

Throughout their history, the Marlins have had plenty of talented players. A couple of former players who could be Cooperstown bound are Gary Sheffield and Miguel Cabrera.

On the Marlins’ current roster, the player with the best chance of being a Hall of Famer, of course, is Hanley Ramirez.

The 27-year-old shortstop has been one of the most dominant players in the game since he broke in as a rookie in 2006. In his first five big league seasons, Ramirez has already been the NL Rookie of the Year, an NL batting champion, a three-time All-Star starter, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

If his next five years track like his first five, Ramirez should be well on his way to building Hall of Fame numbers. Since 2006, he paces all MLB shortstops in home runs (124) and runs scored (562). His .313 career batting average is second only to Derek Jeter’s .314, and his .385 on-base percentage tops his position, as does his .521 slugging percentage.

Ramirez has 934 hits, which is second most among shortstops, and he’s stolen 196 bases. The only shortstop with more is Jose Reyes (239).

About to enter the prime of his career, the Marlins are wondering if the best is yet to come from Ramirez.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins to again visit troops

Logan Morrison and Wes Helms will be among the contingent of Marlins traveling overseas to visit the troops in early 2011.

For the second straight year, the Marlins will be spending time and supporting those serving in the armed forces. The trip will be from Feb. 3-11.

A year ago, John Baker and Chris Coghlan were among the group that traveled to Iraq and Kuwait.

Also scheduled to make the trip are Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, David Samson and three Marlins Mermaids.

More details on the upcoming visit will be forthcoming, and Marlins.com will once again provide extensive coverage of the trip.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Debut in review

Heckled and a hit all in one night.

Logan Morrison achieved a couple of firsts in the Marlins 6-4 loss on Tuesday night to the Giants.

The 22-year-old, who is one of the highest ranked players in the game, made his Major League debut. 

With one out in the fourth inning, Morrison delivered his first MLB hit, slapping a single to center field off Matt Cain. As is tradition, the ball was tossed into the Marlins dugout as a souvenir. 

Morrison plans on giving the ball to his father.

“I’ll give it to my dad, he’s helped me a lot through the years,” Morrison said.

Morrison is making a quick adjustment to the big leagues, taking over in left field on a full-time basis now that Chris Coghlan is on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

A natural first baseman, Morrison has been on a crash course learning to play the outfield because Gaby Sanchez has secured first base.

As part of his transition to the outfield, Morrison worked in previous weeks with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. He also worked with team special assistant Jeff Conine, and Tarrik Brock, now the Marlins outfield coach.

Morrison said he didn’t think about keeping the bat he used for his first hit. On his third plate appearance, his bat broke, and he gave it to a kid in the stands.

The Marlins now have three rookies in their every day lineup — Morrison, Sanchez and Mike Stanton.

On his first day in the big leagues, Morrison still had a blue New Orleans Zephyrs bag. 

The fact that it took him two at-bats to get his first hit was a bit of a relief.

“To get that out of the way was nice,” Morrison said. “Maybe I can trade [my Zephyrs bag] in for a Marlins’ bag. That will be sweet.”

In left field, Morrison has already endured some heckling from fans, which is common for outfielders in visiting ballpark.

Morrison said the fans at AT@T Park had a chant for him.

“They’d yell — What’s wrong with Morrison? He’s a bum,” Morrison said.

Some fans greeted him with: “Go back to Triple-A.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

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