Ever since the Miami Marlins signed Jose Reyes, the Hanley Ramirez Drama-Filled, Freak-Out Saga has been playing at full blast. Will Hanley move to third base? Is he going to have a problem with it or demand a trade? Will there be tension between Ramirez and Reyes? We don't know and have no way of knowing, but that's not going to stop reporters from asking the same questions over and over and over again.
The latest update to this story came yesterday, when Ozzie Guillen mentioned that Ramirez was still working through the position change:
"No," Guillen said. "No, Hanley is not 100 percent on board. Not yet. The last time I talked to him, no. But I don't expect him to be. I expect him to be 100 percent on board with this move when we play St. Louis (on Opening Night). Right now, just let it be, man. Let it be." (Miami Herald)
I love making fun of Ozzie Guillen's eccentricities as much as the next person, but he's exactly right here. Let it be. Ramirez is obviously still working on coming to terms with his position switch, and considering he's played shortstop for the past 20 or so years of his life, that's not necessarily a surprising thing. He's a professional, though, and given time, he should be able to come to grips with it and move on.
Spring Training can't come soon enough at this point. Hopefully it'll give us more to talk about than the same old stories.