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Hanley battling slump

Hitless in his last 11 at-bats, Hanley Ramirez was given Friday off. It was expected, as Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Wednesday that he likely will sit his two-time All-Star shortstop.

The slump has lowered Ramirez’s batting average to .341, which leads the National League.

Ramirez is striving to become the first Marlin ever to win a batting title. San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval is second at .330.

It would take something drastic for Ramirez not to win the title.

“I think it’s a lock,” said Cody Ross, Ramirez’s teammate. “He deserves it.”

As impressive as Ramirez has been, he has labored for a few weeks. Consider, on Sept. 13, he was batting .361. Since then, he is 11-for-62 (.177) with one home run, two doubles and six RBIs.

Before heading to Philadelphia, the Marlins faced the Braves in Atlanta. Ramirez was 0-for-10 in the series.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says this may be the worst he’s seen Ramirez swing the bat in three years.

“The thing I see, like with any prolonged slump, you start swinging at pitches out of the strike zone,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the only thing I see. That’s the thing Pres [hitting coach Jim Presley] sees. You start swinging at ball one, ball two. Then you’ve dug yourself in a difficult situation because you swung at balls out of the strike zone.”

No Marlin has ever finished with a batting average higher than .340. The team record is Miguel Cabrera’s .339 in 2006. Cabrera that year finished second to Freddy Sanchez, then with the Pirates, in the batting title race.

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley achieves milestone

When it’s all said and done, Hanley Ramirez will be able to boast one of the best offensive seasons in the history of the Marlins.

The two-time All-Star is in line to win the franchise’s first batting title. The 25-year-old will have to wait a few days to see if that happens.

Regardless of the batting race, Ramirez already has achieved a rarity in team history.

With 105 RBIs and 100 runs scored, he is the fourth Marlin to reach the century mark in both categories.

Overall, it has been done five times in Florida history. Miguel Cabrera did it twice.

Marlins with at least 100 runs and RBIs:

* Gary Sheffield (1996), 120 RBIs, 118 runs.

* Cliff Floyd (2001), 103 RBIs, 123 runs. 

* Miguel Cabrera (2005), 116 RBIs, 106 runs; (2006) 114 RBIs, 112 runs.

* Hanley Ramirez (2009), 105 RBIs, 100 runs.

— Joe Frisaro



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




Coghlan joins elite company

Chris Coghlan now has something in common with Ichiro Suzuki and Todd Helton.

Coghlan slapped a single to center in the seventh inning on Saturday against Adam Russell of the Padres.

It was the rookie’s 45th hit in August, matching a franchise record for most hits in a month. Hanley Ramirez also has 45 hits this month.

Luis Castillo previously set the mark, collecting 45 in August in 1999.

The hit also was the most by a rookie in the big leagues since Suzuki collected 51 for Seattle in August of 2001. Coghlan’s hit total is the most by an N.L. rookie since Helton of the Rockies had 45 in August of 1998.

Here’s the Marlins most hits in a single month:

Coghlan, 45 (Aug., 2009)

Ramirez 45, (Aug. 2009)

Castillo, 45 (Aug. 1999)

Juan Pierre, 43, (Sept. 2004)

Ramirez, 43 (Sept. 2006)

Miguel Cabrera, 42 (May 2006)

Dan Uggla, 42 (May 2006)

Kevin Millar, 41, (Sept. 2002)

Terry Pendleton, 40 (Aug. 1995)

Mike Lowell, 40 (Aug. 2002)

Ramirez, 40 (June 2009)

— Joe Frisaro




Hanley driving in runs

Any doubts about Hanley Ramirez’s ability to drive in runs are now being put to rest.

Solidifying the No. 3 spot in the lineup, the Marlins 25-year-old All-Star shortstop is on sizzling RBI streak. Since 21, he has driven in at least one run in seven straight games. Over that span, his total is 17, including four home runs.

Ramirez now has a team high 51 RBIs to go along with his .333 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and .548 slugging percentage.

Until this season, Ramirez was primarily Florida’s leadoff hitter. In that role, he was a run scorer. The past two seasons, he scored 125 times in each season, which matched his franchise record. He also led the Major Leagues in runs scored in 2008, a first ever by a Marlin.

The question this year was how would Ramirez adapt to batting third? 

His career most for RBIs is 81 in 2007.

We’re seeing the answers. Ramirez is on pace for 107 RBIs this year. He also has 24 doubles this year, putting him on pace for 51, which would establish a franchise record. In 2006, Miguel Cabrera had 50.

This year, Ramirez has been especially dangerous with men on base. With the bases empty, he’s hitting .286. But with runners on, he is hitting at a blistering .392 clip, including .433 with runners in scoring position. With the bases loaded, he’s 4-for-6 (.667) with three grand slams.

— Joe Frisaro





Marlins option Maybin

The arrival of Chris Coghlan on Friday, and the decision to play him in the outfield, was a sign then that Cameron Maybin would be headed to the Minor Leagues for more seasoning.

That transaction took place on Sunday afternoon.

After the Marlins lost 3-2 to the Rockies at Coors Field, Maybin was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

The only playing time Maybin had in the three-games at Colorado came as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning on Sunday. Maybin ran for John Baker, who doubled.

Maybin had a rough break, getting thrown out trying to advance to third on Cody Ross’ ground ball to shortstop.

Maybin opened the season as the Marlins starting center field. But in 25 games and 84 at-bats, his batting average was .202, and his on-base percentage is at .280.

The 22-year-old was acquired from the Tigers as part of the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade in December of 2007.

Maybin has a world of talent. The Marlins are looking for him to regain his confidence while getting more at-bats at the Minor League level

— Joe Frisaro

Uggla batting second

To get Dan Uggla back on track, manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to put the two-time All-Star back in an old spot.

So for the first time this season, the Marlins went with Uggla batting in the No. 2 spot.

He had been hitting mostly in fifth.

Those who have followed Uggla’s career closely might remember that he enjoyed his greatest success batting second. That’s where he was slotted mostly as a rookie in 2006 and 2007. What was telling then is Hanley Ramirez led off, and Miguel Cabrera usually was hitting third. Although there were times Cabrera batted cleanup.

When Uggla was hitting in front of Cabrera, he saw a lot more fastballs. The results were impressive — 31 homers and 87 RBIs in 2007, and 27 homers and 90 RBIs in 2006. Those were his numbers hitting second.

With Ramirez now behind him, Uggla promises to see more fastballs.

— Joe Frisaro


No rushing Stanton

Not since Miguel Cabrera was moving rapidly through the Marlins system has the organization has a prospect who has created as much attention as outfielder Michael Stanton.

The 19-year-old from California is starting to compile impressive numbers at Class A Jupiter. Through 22 games, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is hitting .289 with five home runs, 15 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .518.

With his immense talent, it could be tempting to push him fast through the system. In 2003, Cabrera reached the big leagues at age 20, with less than a half season of Double-A ball under his belt.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said there is no timetable to speed Stanton through the system. Whenever Jim Fleming, the team’s vice president of player develpment and scouting, makes a recommendation, the team will then decide.

A year ago, slugger Logan Morrison spent a full season at Class A Jupiter, and now he is at Double-A Jacksonville.

“There is no magic formula,” Beinfest said. “When Jim makes a recommendation that it’s time for him to go, and he thinks [Stanton] has done everything he needs to do in A-Ball, then he will be moved.

“It’s early still. This guy has barely played a month. We’ll make sure he is comfortable, and confident, and doing the things he needs to do. You just know when it’s the right time to move somebody. Morrison last year stayed in Jupiter all year. That’s not detrimental to his progress either.”

Morrison right now is recovering from a fracture to his right thumb, and he just started resumming activities.

“They are all different. They shouldn’t be looked upon as, ‘This guy stayed in A-Ball longer or shorter amount of time.’ “

— Joe Frisaro

Together again


Pudge and Miguel

Former teammates who shared a World Series championship together in 2003 got together before Monday night’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Ivan Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera shared a few words during batting practice. They posed for pictures and shared some thoughts.

Cabrera was a rookie for the Marlins in 2003, and Rodriguez was a standout catcher. On Monday night, they were competitors. Cabrera plays for Venezuela and Pudge is on the Puerto Rican squad.

“Cabrera is a nice guy, and he’s a good friend of mine,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a great hitter. He’s got big future. He’s done a lot now.”

Cabrera has emerged into an elite performer since his rookie season.

The two were teammates for a while in Detroit last year before Pudge was dealt to the Yankees.

“He’s a very smart hitter,” Pudge said.

Actually, three former players from Florida’s 2003 title team were in the park. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez with the Reds, made the trip from Sarasota to Miami to watch his native country, Venezuela.

Rodriguez took a few seconds to talk about Cabrera on Monday, a day where he has reached tentative agreement on a contract with the Astros.

I asked him if he is capable of playing 130 games like he did in the past.

He smiled and replied: “No comment.”

Considering he has incentives in his reported $1.5 million contract with the Astros, that number may meet an incentive.

— Joe Frisaro