Hanley Ramirez went 0-2 with two walks and a run scored last night, hitting third for the Leones del Escogido as they beat the Navegantes de Magallanes of Venezuela 7-2 in the opening game of the Caribbean Series.
He also served as the designated hitter, rather than playing in the field. Unlike in the upcoming World Baseball Classic where he’s unlikely to get left side defensive time ahead of plus gloves Jose Reyes, Erick Aybar, & Adrian Beltre, this… is a little different.
That, coupled with the presence of third basemen Fernando Tatis and Luis Jimenez, means Ramirez will mostly serve as the designated hitter — as he did while going 0-for-2 with two walks in Friday’s 7-2 win over Venezuela’s Navegantes de Magallanes.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t play any games [at shortstop],” Dominican Republic general manager Moises Alou said in Spanish. “Maybe he’ll play one or two, but we have Miguel; we have a lot of depth there. And in a tournament like this, you want to please everybody in addition to winning. I feel like with us, rotating guys and sitting a guy one day, I don’t think it hurts the team.”
Tejada turns 39 in May, was released by Baltimore’s Triple-A team in June and recently signed a minor-league deal with Kansas City. Lugo is 37, didn’t play professional baseball last season, and hasn’t been a regular shortstop since 2008. Tatis is 39, didn’t play pro baseball in either of the last two seasons, and started only two games at third base in 2010 with the Mets. Jimenez is at least young at 25, but only made it to Triple-A for the first time with the Angels last season.
All of these guys are playing the field ahead of Ramirez. We should be concerned about this, right?