There’s something I continue to have a difficult time understanding: Why is Hanley Ramirez playing shortstop?
He’s not particularly good there. It’s not that he’s completely awful, but for a fast guy he doesn’t cover a lot of ground and his backhanded grabs have been less than average.
He was better at third. And Luis Cruz is a better shortstop. So why make the switch, why didn’t they leave Ramirez at third and Cruz at short? Particularly since, in theory, Don Mattingly said Dee Gordon will play shortstop when he comes off the disabled list.
Asked before the Dodgers left for Colorado how he felt Ramirez was performing defensively at short, Mattingly said:
“I think he’s been solid. I don’t know if we’ve seen enough, or he’s had enough time to say he’s back to being the Hanley you’d see if he was working on it all spring and all winter ball.