Hanley Ramirez has grown from outburst
March, 6, 2011
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Marc Serota/Getty ImagesThe signs of change are there for Hanley Ramirez.FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hanley Ramirez's small gestures this spring have been noticed by those around him: making conversation with younger hitters around the cage, or in the clubhouse; calling over to young third baseman Matt Dominguez, who is a strong defender but is still finding his sea legs at the major league level; chatting with others in the clubhouse.
The national perception of Ramirez after his much-publicized run-in with Fredi Gonzalez last May was that of a surly know-it-all. You remember what happened: Ramirez loped after a ball, instead of running hard, and Gonzalez met him at the front of the dugout after the half inning was over and pulled him from the game. Ramirez famously tore into his manager afterward.