The Florida Marlins official website is reporting that Hanley Ramirez added 25 lbs. of muscle during the off-season. Already considered one of the game’s premier players, Hanley, 24, looked more like Manny Ramirez during the 2009 Marlins Fan Fest.
In a time when the game’s most popular players are being outed for Steroid use it sure is bold to add that much muscle in less than five months time. Hanley, who entered the 30-30 Club in 2008 now has an opportunity to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in 2009.
As for Hanley’s best and most recognizable rookie card; it’s none other than 2003 Bowman Chrome. A base version that features Hanley in a Boston Red Sox uniform recently sold for under $150 dollars but it’s the parallels that bring in the most money. An Xfractor recently sold for just under $200 dollars and rare Gold Refractor copies sell for a lot more.
Will this be the year Hanley Ramirez becomes a household name?