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Five Years Later, Another Hot-Hitting Ramirez Fuels Winning Surge For Los Angeles Dodgers

Five Years Later, Another Hot-Hitting Ramirez Fuels Winning Surge For Los Angeles Dodgers

Posted by Aimee Flores Jiminian on September 25, 2013

When Hanley Ramirez ropes a hit, something he has been doing often in his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he brings his fingers to his eyes and forms mock glasses. "I See You" is the name of the routine.

“This is the first time I’ve had a chance to play in front of 30,000 40,000, 50,000 fans every night,” the eighth-year shortstop, who spent his first six-and-a-half seasons with the Marlins, told ThePostGame. “It’s unbelievable.”

Ramirez returned June 4, and advanced statistics suggest that he has been the Dodgers' most valuable everyday player despite playing in only 56 of their 120 games through Wednesday. Among all MLB hitters and fielders, he ranked 31st on FanGraphs.com’s Wins Above Replacement leaderboard at 3.6. Every other top 50 player besides teammate Yasiel Puig, who was worth 3.0 WAR in 63 games, had played in at least 32 more games. Most metrics have rated Ramirez a consistently below-average defender in the past, but his glovework at shortstop has saved the Dodgers three runs this year, according to FanGraphs’ Ultimate Zone Rating.

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