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November 15, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Derek Jeter is already one of baseball's immortals. Once he finally retires from the game, the New York Yankee shortstop will be a shoo-in for a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He'll get a bronze plaque, in a spot not far from similar plaques honoring Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. But for Jeter, that's not quite enough of a legacy to leave behind. Soon he'll have his own publishing imprint too, with Simon & Schuster. One day, you'll be able to find Jeter's name repeated again and again on library and bookstore shelves.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez was smiling Sunday. Clayton Kershaw wasn't. Whereas Ramirez was able to pinch-hit a day after he bruised his surgically repaired right thumb, Kershaw was informed by the Dodgers he would pitch in another minor league game before making his return from the disabled list. Asked whether he was fine with the team's decision, Kershaw replied, "Not really. " Sidelined because of a strained back muscle, Kershaw hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since the their season opener in Australia on March 22. Kershaw wanted to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Minnesota.
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July 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior-to-be shortstop Lars Nootbaar of El Segundo has committed to USC. He had five home runs as a sophomorer. His brother, Nigel, plays for the Trojans. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Shortstop Nick Rodriguez, a four-year varsity player at Granada Hills Kennedy and one of the best unsigned players in the City Section, will take a recruiting visit to UNLV this weekend. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 4, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
NASHVILLE -- Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly made clear Tuesday that he continues to view Hanley Ramirez as his likely opening-day shortstop. “I kind of feel like Hanley can do anything,” Mattingly said. Ramirez has said he wants to represent the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic, which would result in his missing a part of spring training. Mattingly said he wouldn't have a problem with that, provided that Ramirez plays shortstop. A career-long shortstop, Ramirez played third base for the Miami Marlins for most of this year.
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March 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dodgers intend to win this season, and they intend to play Hanley Ramirez at shortstop. When he rejoins the Dodgers this week, the team will have little more than a week to get him ready to play the position. Ramirez is the designated hitter for the Dominican Republic in Monday's World Baseball Classic semifinal against the Netherlands. He has alternated between third base and DH in the tournament, batting .176 with two home runs in the previous six games. His fielding last season so concerned the Dodgers that they wanted him to play shortstop in winter ball, but a shoulder injury limited him to DH. He played 25 innings of shortstop over six games at the start of spring training, then left to join the Dominican team.
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March 21, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
TUCSON — Hanley Ramirez will undergo surgery in Los Angeles on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb that he sustained in the final game of the World Baseball Classic, meaning that the Dodgers will be without their starting shortstop until mid-May. The WBC should have been one of the highlights in the career of Ramirez, a three-time All-Star who played for the tournament champion, the Dominican Republic. In Ramirez's home country, Tuesday's championship game against Puerto Rico was the most-viewed sporting event in at least a decade, according to Major League Baseball.
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May 23, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
There is a valuable lesson to be learned from trying to stuff a square peg through a round hole. Erick Aybar's came last season, when he tried to become something he is not: a prototypical leadoff batter. The Angels shortstop, who this season has moved around the batting order as much as anyone in baseball, has always been an aggressive hitter. His favored approach has led to few walks, minimal pitches seen and a strong 2009 season in which he hit .312 with a .353 on-base percentage, 70 runs and 58 runs batted in. Of the 135 games Aybar started that season, 92 came in the bottom three spots of the order.
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October 5, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
With the Dodgers looking at breakout performer Luis Cruz as a potential everyday third baseman next season, Hanley Ramirez could remain at shortstop, General Manager Ned Colletti said Thursday. A lifelong shortstop, Ramirez was moved to third base by the Miami Marlins to make room for free-agent addition Jose Reyes. The Dodgers moved him back to shortstop soon after they acquired him in July. Ramirez's defensive play was uneven, prompting Manager Don Mattingly to say last week that the team would consider switching him back to third base.
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September 11, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX — Dee Gordon will be used primarily as a pinch-runner this month, but Manager Don Mattingly said he still views the 24-year-old as the Dodgers' shortstop of the future. "You know what? I'm not sure what everybody's thinking, but personally I think Dee's going to be a great player," Mattingly said. "He brings something that no one else can bring. " Such as speed on the basepaths and range at shortstop. Mattingly insisted he wasn't saying any of this to bolster the trade value of Gordon, who was one of three players called up from triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
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April 22, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are more than three weeks into their season and Hanley Ramirez still hasn't found his rhythm. In the aftermath of the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Ramirez was batting .234. His third-inning single was only his second hit in the last week. He drove a ball to right-center field in the eighth inning, but it failed to reach the warning track. So far, Ramirez's lack of production hasn't been a significant issue.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Jacob Amaya, a freshman shortstop-pitcher at Covina Northview, has committed to Cal State Fullerton.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
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February 22, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Told the Dodgers signed free-agent shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25-million contract, Yasiel Puig was flooded with memories of his childhood in Cuba. Puig and Arruebarrena met as 9-year-olds in Cienfuegos. They played together on various youth teams. Eventually, they became standouts on the Elefantes, their hometown club in Cuba's top baseball league. "He was a good friend of mine," Puig said Saturday. "We were always together. " They were frequently at each other's houses.
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February 22, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
One year you're the opening day starting shortstop. The next you're designated for assignment. Welcome to the world of Justin Sellers, who was DFA'd on Saturday when the Dodgers officially signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena . Sellers could field but not hit (.199 in parts of three seasons), and the Dodgers currently have their share of slick-fielding, questionable-hitting infielders, beginning now with Arruebarrena. And they just invested $25 million in him. Sellers surprised most everyone with his hitting when first called up in the middle of the 2011 season, when he had a .278 average in his first 16 games.
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January 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Orange Lutheran and Aliso Niguel will represent Southern California at the 16-team USA Baseball National High School Invitational Tournament March 26-29 in Cary, N.C. It's the same tournament Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake have dominated the last two seasons. Orange Lutheran is led by shortstop Josh Morgan, a UCLA signee. Aliso Niguel has junior pitcher Kyle Molnar, a UCLA commit.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 5, 2012 | Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are prepared to start spring training with Hanley Ramirez as their starting shortstop. While they have maintained contact with Zack Greinke's agent and checked in with the New York Mets on the remote possibility of trading for R.A. Dickey at the winter meetings, they haven't pursued any shortstops. And they don't plan to this off-season, General Manager Ned Colletti said. Colletti and Manager Don Mattingly acknowledge that Ramirez has to play better defense than he did after he was acquired from the Miami Marlins in July.
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February 15, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - If Hanley Ramirez is to be the Dodgers' starting shortstop, he'll have to improve his defense. That's been the Dodgers' stance all winter. Evidently, it's been Ramirez's too. Ramirez played 57 games at shortstop for the Dodgers last season after a midseason trade from the Miami Marlins, for whom he played third base. The former All-Star looked uncomfortable. His range appeared limited. The ball was often slow to come out of his glove. "For me, it wasn't very good," Ramirez said.
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December 17, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dee Gordon was once regarded as the Dodgers' shortstop of the future. Now 25, he is uncertain of how he figures into the team's plans as he prepares for spring training. "I'm going to go in and play my game," Gordon said. "I feel if I can be me and play my game, I'll be fine. " Gordon spoke by phone Tuesday from his home state of Florida, where he is working out under the watch of with his father, former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, and Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.
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November 30, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension, the shortstop confirmed during an interview in the Dominican Republic, where he and other members of the country's World Baseball Classic were honored. "I can't talk about years or money, but we're negotiating and there could be something this winter," Ramirez said in a report published Friday by ESPN Deportes. Ramirez is under contract for one season at $16 million. Ramirez reiterated his wish to remain with the Dodgers for the remainder of his career, saying they gambled by acquiring him from the Miami Marlins last year.
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