Fredi's Right; Hanley's Wrong. But Can Marlins Manager Afford to Make an Enemy?
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Now he's in a tiff with the man who benched him, manager Fredi Gonzalez. Check out the interview transcript posted on the Palm Beach Post baseball blog:
Do you want some time to get past it?And I just love this part:
To talk to Fredi.
"Oh yeah? I'm just gonna play the game..."
Did you lose respect for Fredi?Total power play. Ramirez is effectively daring Gonzalez to bench him, the franchise player.
"A little bit. We got 24 more guys out there. Hopefully they can do the same things I do. They're wearing the Marlins uniform.''
That leaves Gonzalez with two options: Apologize to Ramirez -- and lose the respect of the other Marlins players. Or bench Ramirez -- alienating the player the Marlins need to win.
Either way, the episode puts Gonzalez's job in jeopardy. If he's not man enough to stand up to the shortstop, then he doesn't deserve to be a big-league manager. Then again, if Ramirez continues to pout, the Marlins front office is going to want to find a manager who can motivate him.