With David Ortiz’s retirement at the end of last season, there’s a lot of discussion about who will step up to fill his shoes. While most officials are saying that it’s going to be a team effort, there does need to be someone who takes on the designated hitter role. On at least some occasions, it appears that will be Hanley Ramirez.
According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, John Farrell announced that Hanley will DH “against every righthanded pitcher.”
There wasn’t really anything too surprising about this move. Hanley had a .286/.361/.505 batting line last season with 30 homeruns and 111 RBI’s. That’s not quite the 38 homers and 127 RBI that David Ortiz had last season, but it’s still good production and worthy of the DH role
Since Hanley won’t be playing defense while DH’ing, it’s likely that Mitch Moreland will be seeing a significant amount of time at first base against right-handers. Hanley would then move over to first against lefties with Chris Young and others seeing at bats in the DH role.