You’re not looking over this wrong. I firmly believe that the Red Sox new Left Fielder will win the American League MVP in 2015. But he is going to need to stay healthy, that has not been his calling since entering the league. And it’s a shame because he’s a great player.
Last season, Ramirez was limited by 128 games with the Dodgers. What the red Sox want is playing Left Field will e able to give his career while taking less of a toll on his body, rather than playing the infield, diving for balls every which way, along with playing suspect defense. Ramirez is a very athletic baseball player so in my experience, there’s little reason to believe that he won’t manage to make that transition. Hopefully the added weight makes him a little more durable because he’s some type of talent.
His swing, dare I say, reminds me lots of another Ramirez that roamed Left Field at Fenway for years.. With regards to gather, swing, and continue, his swing looks nearly the same as Manny’s did. Now I’m not saying that Hanley is likely to be Manny Ramirez great while wearing Red Sox again, but he has the ability to be near that. He’s still in the center of his prime, the Sox signed him for the rest of his prime at high dollars (4 years $88 million) which I don’t have a problem with but only if he can stay healthy, a big if. He has long been able going to to any or all sides of the field that will be big for him as he is sufficient effective at hitting gaps and with that monster in left, he may potentially wreak havoc at Fenway all year.
Truth be told, Ramirez has never been in a lineup this potent in his career. I suppose if you like last year’s Dodgers for the reason that equation, you could as they were very talented. But from top to bottom, for me, here is the most complete lineup he has been around and that might spell MASSIVE stats for him over the course of 162 games and potentially beyond. As I stated together with his health concerns, playing 162 games is totally out from the equation. But when he can have the ability to play 145-150 games in 2010, another big if, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t set up MVP numbers. He’s in a great position behind David Ortiz and right before Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli, all top hitters.