Wed, Aug 13th 2008, 10:30
BY MIKE BERARDINO | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
MIAMI GARDENS – Albert Pujols had an interesting answer when asked recently what he sees down the road for fellow Dominican Hanley Ramirez.
“I definitely don’t think he’s going to finish his career at shortstop,” Pujols said. “I think he’s going to be moving to third base, probably. He’s going to get bigger and stronger, and he’s already strong.”
Pujols, who has made himself into a Gold Glove first baseman, knows all about position change. He broke in as a super utility man in 2001, dividing his time almost equally between corner infield and outfield.
He was primarily a left fielder in 2002-03 before setting up shop at first base in 2004.
Some scouts have suggested Ramirez might wind up in center field, but he has resisted any talk of a position change. He averaged 25 errors his first two seasons, and his 20 errors this year trail only Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds (21) in the majors.
Still, infield coach Andy Fox said he is pleased with the progress Ramirez has made this year, particularly in terms of positioning and consistency.
james | on 19/8/08
Putting Hanley at CF would be a waste of his glove, albiet hes had a bad fielding year for him , but hes getting better…somebody tell Jeffrey Loria to put Hanley batting 3rd , leadoff is a waste of his bat !!
nikolas davis | on 15/8/08
hanley, you are the best player overall that i have ever seen. im am only 19 and i play college baseball but i model myself after you when i take a swing and field. i love shortstop but im too big and play third. but you have to be my favorite player and i let people know that when we argue who is.