If manager Don Mattingly has said one thing repeatedly about the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s that this team goes as far as Hanley Ramirez will take them. Ramirez has struggled this season and so have the Dodgers.
The team has especially been floundering on the defense, as they rank near the top of the majors in errors. While Ramirez hasn’t found his rhythm at the plate, he’s been a frequent contributor to the team’s miscues.
Speculations have risen that Ramirez’s struggles may be due the unsettled status of a new contract. Ramirez is in the final year of his deal and has been open in his desire to sign a contract extension with the Dodgers.
The 30-year-old shortstop was pulled from a game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning for Erisbel Arruebarrena. When Ramirez was replaced, he was not pleased about it, but acknowledged that his relationship with Mattingly is still “great.”
Mattingly explained his decision to remove Ramirez was due to Arruebarrena being an elite defender and Ramirez just having missed time with calf soreness.
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