Hanley Ramirez and Terry Francona are united again!
Two Red Sox legends are united at least. You tend to think of them in the way you think of peanut butter and jelly or Keenan and Kel or Cat and Dog. That's right, we are talking about the true dream team: Terry Francona and Hanley Ramirez. Truly legendary.
The Cleveland Indians signed Ramirez to a minor league deal over the weekend with a Spring Training invite. Basically, they're giving him a chance to crack their big league roster. And if he does it, he will have Francona as his manager once again--like he did for two games as a member of the Red Sox in 2005; he was also teammates with Alex Cora during that time. Absolutely amazing.
Here is what Francona had to say about this amazing news.
“The hope is the middle-of-the-order-type bat,” Indians manager Terry Francona told WKYC 3. “We need to let him settle in first. He played a little winter ball. He said he’s been hitting and stuff, but he’s mid-30s. He hasn’t played a lot, so we need to let him get his legs under him, get some repetition."
In 2018, Ramirez was eh for the Red Sox. In 44 games, he batted .254 with six home runs and a .708 OPS. Some people thought he committed a murder when the Red Sox released him, but it turned out that was a total lie. Honestly though, it was surprising the team released him, but Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce got the job done at first base and the team won the World Series, so it is what it is at this point.
Hanley is 35, so he could have a little baseball left in him. It would definitely be cool to see him playing at Fenway Park again. He's had his moments as a ball player, after all....