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As I look at Twitter and see the comments about Hanley Ramirez, I’m shocked.
To be honest, I can’t believe I even feel the need to justify the opinion of wanting Hanley Ramirez back, but, alas, here we are.
To begin with, I want you to understand I’m a realist — meaning, I understand three things very well: the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t going to have a $400 million payroll this season, Ramirez gets hurt a lot and he’s is downright brutal defensively. There’s no arguing any of those things.
One thing I don’t think people understand, however, is just how valuable Ramirez is offensively (and just how bad the options are behind him).
In 2014, Ramirez had what seemed to be a down season — he hit just .283 with 13 home runs. In reality, however, despite the down season, he was light-years better than other shortstops around the league.
In 128 games, Ramirez had both the highest OBP (by 30 points) and slugging percenrtage of any shortstop in the league. According to FanGraphs’ wRC+ stat (weighted runs created, designed to quantify a players total offensive value), Ramirez had the most runs created, 135, which was 15 more than Jhonny Peralta, who finished second.
Ramirez had a down year offensively and still had the best offensive season of any shortstop.
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