Posted: 5:07 pm Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Jeff Conine tells radio station he would trade Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez if up to him
By Joe Capozzi
Jeff Conine, a Marlins special assistant, went on the Dan LeBatard show this afternoon on 790 The Ticket and made some interesting comments about Hanley Ramirez.
I caught up with Jeff a few minutes ago to clarify what he said.
First, in fairness to Conine and Hanley, I did not hear the show and I have not yet seen a transcript.
But according to people who did hear it, ‘Niner, known as Mr. Marlin, said something to the effect of Hanley frustrates him on a nightly basis and that if it were up to Jeff, he would trade Hanley.
Conine was on his way to the field a half hour ago when I caught up to him in the tunnels at Sun Life Stadium. He sounded surprised that I was asking about the interview.
“It shouldn’t be a big deal at all,” he said.
He did confirm the spirit of what he said on the radio.
“They asked me if I would trade him. I said yeah I would trade anybody if it was a good deal for the team,” Conine said.
Conine said he also said he was asked if he thought Hanley played hard every night.
“I said I don’t think he plays 100 percent every night. I really don’t,” he said.
Conine’s comments are interesting. I know that many people in the Marlins organization have felt the same way about Hanley, but it’s not often that that sentiment is said on the record or in public.
In Hanley’s defense, he has been playing well since manager Jack McKeon took over and teammates — including veteran Wes Helms — have even said they have noticed a positive improvement in his attitude and demeanor this year.
NO TRADE WINDS?
With a little more than a week until the trading deadline, manager Jack McKeon didn’t sound today like he was under the impression the Marlins will deal away any of the key guys.
“On this particular club I don’t think anybody would have any concern (about being traded),” he said.
“I don’t see any of our guys getting traded. Something could happen but I don’t see it.”