|Hanley Ramirez hasn’t cut his hair in five years||03.14.17 at 5:04 pm ET|
When Hanley Ramirez steps into the batter’s box, it’s difficult to ignore the long blond dreadlocks that seem to overtake his batting helmet. In a Boston Globe profile, Ramirez reveals the secret behind them.
Ramirez, who is one of the players tasked with replacing David Ortiz in the middle of the lineup this season, says he hasn’t cut his hair in five years. He also explains the reason why he doesn’t wear new helmets, instead opting to smear pine tar on his old ones.
“I don’t like new helmets,” he says.
At 33 years old, Ramirez is now an elder statesman on the Red Sox. He’s coming off an impressive bounce back season, in which he hit 30 home runs and knocked in 111 runs with an .866 OPS.
As a DH, Ramirez’s career track record is an even better than that. He’s batted .331 with a 1.014 OPS and 10 homers in 36 games at the position. If those numbers are an indication of how he’ll produce this season, Ramirez will only continue to win over Red Sox fans after a disastrous debut campaign in 2015.
If all goes according to plan, those blond dreads will take a lot of trips around the bases this summer.
|Hanley Ramirez withdraws from World Baseball Classic, will not join Team Dominican Republic because of sore shoulder||03.02.17 at 10:28 am ET|
Hanley Ramirez won’t be playing in the World Baseball Classic after all.
The Red Sox first baseman/DH, who has been limited by a shoulder this spring, withdrew from the tournament on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Ramirez had been booked to leave later that day, but instead will remain with the Red Sox to rehab.
The Red Sox have had concerns about Ramirez’s shoulder since it was revealed that he was having soreness while throwing, which had limited him to DH at-bats this spring.
“We did speak to the Dominican team for the WBC regarding Hanley,” Farrell said. “The most succinct way I can say it is they’re looking to replace Hanley on their roster. He still needs rehab with his shoulder. The throwing program will continue to progress as tolerated so as of now, Hanley will not be joining Team Dominican, with their intent to replace him.
“He’s on board with it,” Farrell added. “He has physical needs and feels the best way to allow him to be ready for the start of our season is to be in here with us.”
The decision was made during a conference call with Farrell, Ramirez, Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, and Dominican manager Moises Alou.
“He’s prioritizing what his needs are currently and being ready for our season,” Farrell said.
The Red Sox expect Ramirez to DH against right-handed pitching and play first base against left-handers. He is now one of the primary sources of power in the lineup with David Ortiz retired. He hit .286 with 30 homers and 111 RBIs last year.
(Rob Bradford contributed to this report from Florida)
|Hanley Ramirez holds court on David Ortiz and Red Sox: ‘David, he left everything here’||02.16.17 at 11:24 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hanley Ramirez misses David Ortiz, but he’s determined to honor the memory of his former teammate.
Making his first appearance of the spring at JetBlue Park, a muscular and fit Ramirez paid tribute to Ortiz while also making it clear the Red Sox must forge their own identity without him.
“I think David, what we did last year was really, really, really nice,” Ramirez said. “But we don’t have the championship. We’re here to win championships and we still have that bad taste in our throat. This year we’re going to go harder even more. Because we want to get the job done. David, he left everything here. We’re just going to keep grinding and let everybody know David was a winner, great teammate who kept everybody together and we’re going to do the same thing.”
For more on Ortiz, and why Ramirez says, “he’s my everything,” check out this story.
Meanwhile, Ramirez touched on a number of other subjects.
— On Pablo Sandoval: “Like I told him, out of five, six games, I just need two good games out of him, at least. We’ve just got to build his confidence back, let him know we got his back, we need him to win. We’re going to need him.”
— On advice Ortiz gave him about DHing for most of the season: “Do you really want to know what he told me? Someday you’re going to get crazy because all you can do is hit and when things are not going good, what can you do? You just go out there and try not to think about it until your next at-bat. Honestly he told me at first it’s going to be a little hard because when you can play defense you can help the team in two ways. But DH it’s pretty much just offense but I’ve just got to find a way to separate between those at-bats and cheer from the dugout.”
— On the team’s young stars, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Xander Bogaerts: “It’s unbelievable how good our young guys are. It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen something like it. Everyone has a routine. As soon as they go into the clubhouse, they’re doing something. They’re in the cage, they’re lifting. Everybody — Jackie, Bogey, Mookie, Benintendi. For us, it makes it easy in those moments. When we really need somebody [like Ortiz] is when we’re going through tough times. We need that guy to step it out and talk and let us know to keep our heads up.”
|Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez (2 HRs) continues torrid September by lifting Red Sox to sweep of Yankees||09.18.16 at 11:42 pm ET|
Hanley Ramirez is not of this world. At the very least, no ballpark can contain him.
Ramirez continued one of the most torrid stretches of his career on Sunday against the Yankees by smashing two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the seventh, to lift the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory and four-game sweep that might just deal a death blow to the Yankees’ playoff hopes.
Ramirez, who began the series with a dramatic game-winning three-run homer, ended it with a three-run homer in the fifth and then the solo shot over everything in left in the seventh to send the Red Sox to Baltimore for a four-game showdown with the second-place Orioles.
“I just was just listening from the dugout, ‘Make him pay, make him pay, make him pay,'” Ramirez said of the first homer, which got the Red Sox back in the game.
The Red Sox needed Ramirez’s heroics, because left-hander Drew Pomeranz once again struggled with his command, allowing seven hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings, as well as another homer his 12th in 13 games.
Pomeranz got in trouble right off the top, allowing Brett Gardner to lead off the game with a double. He scored on a two-out single by Didi Gregorius.
The Yankees added another run in the third on the 16th homer of the season from catcher Gary Sanchez before chasing Pomeranz in the fourth. An infield single, double, and a walk loaded the bases, and the Yankees plated two runs with fielder’s choices before Farrell summoned right-hander Heath Hembree for the final out.
“Got in a few jams that I didn’t get myself out of,” Pomeranz said. “It’s kind of frustrating, a few balls that don’t leave the infield, but that’s baseball. They put them in the right spot and they did a good job. Most importantly, we won the game. This team’s amazing. It seems like we’re never out of reach. They really picked me up tonight. It’s really fun to watch.”
The Red Sox finally got to Yankees starter CC Sabathia in the fifth. Bryan Holaday led off with a double before Xander Bogaerts worked a one-out walk. Both runners advanced on Sabathia’s error after he caught Mookie Betts’ liner, but Ramirez rendered their respective choice of bases irrelevant with a line drive home run to left that made it 4-3.
“Everything, like I say, everything’s coming together,” Ramirez said. “When we need a big play, you know, it’s come. When we need a big rally, we’ve been doing it. Everything’s coming together at the right time.”
The Red Sox tied the game in the sixth after singles by Travis Shaw, Aaron Hill, and Jackie Bradley Jr. plated a run. David Ortiz pinch hit to a standing ovation, but struck out. The Red Sox failed to score.
No matter. Ramirez took care of everything in the seventh against reliever Tyler Clippard by unloading on an off-speed pitch and blasting deep into the night to give the Red Sox their four-game sweep and a two-game lead in the division.
MVP candidate Mookie Betts helped the Red Sox hang on with a pair of brilliant diving catches, including one on Gardner leading off the ninth.
Reliever Koji Uehara closed it out in the ninth for his seventh save. His last three saves have come against the Yankees, including two in July before he suffered the pectoral injury that nearly ended his season.
|Hanley Ramirez (6 home runs in last 9 games): ‘I haven’t got hot yet’||09.16.16 at 11:50 pm ET|
Hanley Ramirez is the hottest hitter in the Red Sox lineup and also one of the hottest in all of baseball at the moment.
Except don’t tell him that.
“I haven’t got hot yet,” Ramirez said Friday. “I think we’ve got to keep forward. We’ve got to keep forward and push it to the limit. Grinding every day, give everything we’ve got as a team, and keep playing how we’ve been playing.”
This came after going 2-for-3 with a home run in the Red Sox’ 7-4 win over the Yankees.
After his walk-off homer on Thursday, he’s homered on back-to-back days and has hit homers in six of his last nine games, nine in his last 16 and 10 in his last 19. Ramirez leads the majors with 40 RBIs since Aug. 11 and is batting at a .417 clip over that span with runners in scoring position.
“We’ve just got to keep rolling,” Ramirez said. “You cannot be really comfortable with yourself. You got to keep pushing to the limit and see how far you can go.”
It’s no surprise that the Red Sox are playing some of their best baseball of the season at the same time Ramirez is on such a hot streak. The team has won the last 10 games Ramirez has recorded a RBI in and 20 of its last 26.
Ramirez’s homer on Friday went to just about the same spot in dead-center field as his walk-off the night before did and the first baseman had a definitive answer when asked which ball he hit harder.
“Both of them,” he said with a smile.
|Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez continues hot streak, Clay Buchholz picks up win as Red Sox beat Yankees||at 10:24 pm ET|
The Red Sox appear to be in a good position for the final 15 games of the season.
Led by Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. at the plate, and Clay Buchholz on the mound, the Red Sox beat Yankees 7-4 Friday night at Fenway Park.
They now lead the Yankees by six games in the AL East and Orioles by two games as they came from behind to beat the Rays. The Blue Jays are playing the Angels late on the West Coast.
The Red Sox carried over their momentum from Thursday night into the first inning on Friday as they scored two runs. David Ortiz had an RBI single off the Green Monster, but was thrown out at second base and then Ramirez singled up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.
Ramirez kept his hot streak going as he crushed a solo homer in the fourth inning to almost the exact same spot as his walk-off on Thursday to put the Red Sox in front 3-0 at the time. Travis Shaw and Sandy Leon each added RBIs before Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in the seventh.
Buchholz wasn’t perfect by any means, but was able to make key pitches when he needed to as he escaped a few jams. The right-hander went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out two. It was his seventh win of the year.
He’s given the team two outstanding starts in his last three outings with Steven Wright down and possibly out for the year.
The Yankees went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Robbie Ross Jr. (2/3 of an inning), Brad Zieger (1/3 of an inning), Koji Uehara (one inning) were excellent in relief as they didn’t allow a run in two innings of work, but Fernando Abad had issues in the ninth as he allowed a two-run homer to Billy Butler forcing Craig Kimbrel to come on for the final two outs.
Ramirez has six home runs in his last nine games, nine in his last 16, and 10 in his last 19.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox win.
With the Red Sox trailing 5-4 with two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Hanley Ramirez stepped to the plate against Yankees closer Dellin Betances.
After a bad swing-and-miss, Ramirez worked the count to 3-1 and got a fastball he could drive.
Ramirez didn’t miss it, crushing a three-run homer to dead-center to give the Red Sox a 7-5, walk-off win. The Sox entered the ninth inning trailing 5-2.
“I was trying to go to the moon,” Ramirez said. “That’s why I was sitting on a fastball the whole time. … Just stay back and let it rip.”
It was the Red Sox’ third walk-off win of the season and was the first walk-off homer by a member of the Red Sox since Mike Napoli on May 18, 2014.
“That’s unbelievable. I’ve been saying it the whole year. We don’t give up,” Ramirez said. “We play 27 outs. And everybody just going out there and give everything we got every day. We play as a team, we win as a team and we lose a team.”
Ramirez has been swinging a hot bat of late as he has five home runs in his last eight games and eight in his last 15. Since July 23, he has five, two-out, go-ahead home runs at Fenway Park. Since 1974, no player has had more two-out, go-ahead home runs with multiple runners on base at his home ballpark.
“The whole team. In September, we’ve been playing good baseball as a team,” Ramirez said. “That’s why we are who we are right now. Not just me, everybody. The pitching, bullpen, offense, defense. We just have to keep going.”
The entire team flew out of the dugout before mobbing Ramirez at home plate after the hit. He said it was the most fun he’s had on a baseball field since the Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic in 2013.
With the win, the Red Sox now have a two-game lead in the American League East over the Orioles, who lost earlier in the night. While it was a satisfying win, Ramirez won’t be completely satisfied unless the Red Sox win the World Series.
“You know me, I’m not satisfied,” Ramirez said. “We haven’t got the job done yet. We have to keep going and I’ll be talking to you after November. And then I’ll answer the question.”
|Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez hits walk-off 3-run homer as Red Sox stun Yankees||09.15.16 at 11:06 pm ET|
While Sunday’s back-and-forth battle with the Blue Jays was deemed the biggest win of the season, Thursday night might have topped it.
With the Red Sox trailing 5-2 entering the ninth inning, they scored five runs to stun the Yankees, 7-5.
With two outs and two on, Hanley Ramirez crushed a three-run homer to dead-center field off closer Dellin Betances to give the Red Sox a walk-off win.
The Yankees used two different pitchers — Tommy Layne and Blake Parker — before Betances entered the game with a runner on first and one out. David Ortiz got the rally started with a two-out RBI bloop single and then Mookie Betts singled home Xander Bogaerts to make it a 5-4 game.
A wild pitch set up second and third with two outs and Ramirez’s heroics came on a 3-1 count.
“I was trying to go to the moon,” Ramirez said. “That’s why I was sitting on a fastball the whole time. … Just stay back and let it rip.”
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struggled as he allowed two runs in the first and then two more in the third before being lifted from the game. The left-hander departed after just 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He didn’t walk or strike out a batter. The 23-year-old didn’t have much command as most of his pitches were left over the plate and the Yankees bats took full advantage.
It was the third time in the last five games where the Red Sox starter has failed to make it out of the third inning.
“This turn through, it’s been less than,” manager John Farrell said. “We went a long stretch where our rotation has been very steady, very consistent and while the three guys have scuffled this last turn through, our bullpen has stepped up and just been dynamic. Tonight was a big lift. Each guy that came to the mound, they did their job, kept the game under control and fortunately we scored enough late to overcome it.”
|Closing Time: Hanley Ramirez, Chris Young lead offense while David Price dominates in Red Sox’ rout of Orioles||09.12.16 at 9:50 pm ET|
You know the Red Sox offense had a good night when David Price allowed two runs over eight innings and he wasn’t the biggest story.
The Red Sox scored early and often against Orioles starter Wade Miley and never looked back in a 12-2 rout where they scored in every inning but the eighth.
With the win, they remain two games up over the Blue Jays and increase their lead to three games over the O’s in the AL East.
Hanley Ramirez and Chris Young led the offense as the two combined to go 6-for-7 in the middle of the Red Sox order. As a team, the Red Sox finished with 16 hits.
The Red Sox scored five times in the first inning, four coming before they even recorded an out. The inning started with three straight singles, but could have been even more as Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce misplayed a David Ortiz fly ball and the runners needed to hold.
With the bases loaded and no outs Mookie Betts crushed a two-run double to left field and then Ramirez singled to left field, scoring Ortiz, but that wouldn’t be the only run to score on the play as Betts alertly raced home after Pearce lobbed the ball back into the infield. Aaron Hill would later score on a sacrifice fly for the fifth run of the frame.
They then loaded the bases again in the second inning with one out, but only managed one run coming on a Ramirez walk to set the tone for the game.
On any other night Price would have been the story as the left-hander went eight innings, allowing two runs on just two hits, while not walking a batter and striking out nine to pick up his seventh straight win. Price allowed three base runners all night, two of which came on home runs and the other on an error.
|Closing Time: Rick Porcello wins 20th, Hanley Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts homer as Red Sox pummel Blue Jays||09.09.16 at 10:33 pm ET|
TORONTO — The Red Sox visited Toronto on Friday intent on growing their lead in the American League East.
They did so in overwhelming fashion.
Right-hander Rick Porcello won his 20th game and Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts homered to pace an offensive explosion as the Red Sox destroyed the Blue Jays, 13-3, to open a two-game lead in the AL East.
“It’s definitely a huge honor,” said Porcello, whose first order of business was to call his parents. “It’s hard to win one game in the big leagues let alone 20. I’m very proud of that. At the same time it’s collective. We had to swing the bats and play defense. It’s a complete team effort. Sharing this with all 25 guys. Or 40 now that we’re in September.”
“Well, what Rick has done for a long stretch now, his game-plan that he prepares and he executes it,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “That’s the thing, his execution has been outstanding because he’s pitching with average velocity but his location is tremendous. He knows when to elevate and he’s been able to use breaking balls in certain counts that have worked to his advantage. More than anything, he doesn’t add baserunners by the walk. One walk again here tonight. Like I said, he knows what he’s doing. He’s got complete conviction to each pitch he throws and it’s evident by the bottom-line results.”
Porcello, blessed with overwhelming run support all season, was staked to a 1-0 lead in the first, 2-0 in the second and 4-0 in the third. He cruised from there, improving to 20-3 and lowering his ERA to 3.21. He allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.
The Red Sox entered the game with the best offense in the American League and they did nothing to dispute that notion.
They struck quickly in the first. Dustin Pedroia led off with a single and scored on Mookie Betts’ two-out double.
They added another run in the second on Pedroia’s RBI single and two more in the third on Travis Shaw’s sacrifice fly and an error by left fielder B.J. Upton.
Devon Travis got two of the runs back with a single in the third, but the Red Sox kept piling on. They scored one in the fourth on a Pedroia sacrifice fly and then exploded for sixth in the seventh to build an 11-2 lead.
Bogaerts and Ramirez both homered in the frame.
But Friday, was Porcello’s day.
“He’s probably the MVP of our team right now,” said Jackie Bradley Jr. of his starting pitcher. “He’s tremendous on the mound.”
The last Red Sox pitcher to win 20 games was Josh Beckett in 2007.
“They do it differently,” said Farrell when asked to compare the two pitchers. “I think Rick is probably more of a four-pitch pitcher where Josh was primarily fastball-curveball and changeup. Might not have the power that Beckett did, but still, when you’re talking about sending a guy to the mound that’s going to go deep in ballgames, the similarity is the wins obviously. Still, they do it a little bit differently in their own way.”
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Porcello was once again on top of his game, easily out-dueling Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada, who was bounced in the third inning.
— Second baseman Dustin Pedroia remained red-hot. He recorded three more singles and drove in four runs.
— First baseman Hanley Ramirez has saved his best baseball for the end of the season. He blasted a three-run homer in the seventh to blow the game open.
— Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, mired in a lengthy slump, stroked two hits, including a solo homer to get things started during a six-run seventh.
— Five members of the starting lineup recorded multiple hits (Pedroia, Bogaerts, Betts, Ramirez, Leon, Jackie Bradley Jr., Ramirez).
— The Red Sox outfielders tried a little something new in their celebration after the win. “We’re mixing it up a little bit. It was the debut of the ski jump today,” said Bradley Jr.
Have only seen vines so here is gif form. pic.twitter.com/XpmrVCxb2E
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) September 10, 2016
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Second baseman Deven Marrero made an error in the eighth, leading to an unearned run.
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