Posted: 6:10 pm Friday, July 22nd, 2011
By Joe Capozzi
Here’s the transcript from Dan LeBatard’s interview this afternoon with Jeff Conine on “The Dan LeBatard Show on 790 The Ticket.”
Does Jeff Conine get frustrated by Hanley Ramirez?
“On a nightly basis.”
“I just, I don’t know, I think that obviously Hanley is a phenomenal talent. But as a guy that… I’m probably jealous too because I didn’t have that kind of talent but I had to work extremely hard on a nightly basis to put my talent on the field . I think that there are some nights when he doesn’t work as hard as he should.”
Does he care enough?
“I don’t know. I don’t know. Maybe that’s part of the problem but you know he is no doubt one of the top talents in baseball and you hope at some point he would get it and become a leader in the clubhouse like he can be on the field.”
I don’t want to put words in your mouth but it sounds like you find, given how hard you hard to work and given that you don’t think he works to maximum capacity all the time, yes or no, you don’t think he respects the game?
“I would say if you define that as not going out there and putting 100 percent on the field every day, yeah, I would say no he doesn’t.”
Would you trade him if it were up to you?
“If it were up to me, probably.”
You’re seeing a guy who’s not trying to be as good as his talent.
“Um, when you’ve got a guy who is as good as he is and has had the success that he has, and he is not the only one. There are players like that of that caliber that kind of get complacent with their work ethic and say ‘You know what this game is pretty easy for me’ and for him it is much easier than it is for many other guys. I think as you get older and you stop working as hard as you once did then your talent starts to degrade a little bit. So often they were able to flip that switch and dominate the game. Well, as your career progresses and you’re not working as hard as you used to, you can’t flip that switch anymore and dominate that game. You’ve got to keep working.”
I fear we might have gotten you in trouble. I think you might have got in trouble with what you just said about Hanley.
“Why? Is somebody listening to this?”
As I wrote in my earlier blog, Conine said he didn’t think it was a big deal.
“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.