After several years of being considered one of the best shortstops in baseball (even though his defensive skills are often besmirched), this talented player has been having an off year. All season long he has been struggling at the plate, possibly burdened by his trek toward a nice round number of hits. His power has diminished considerably, his average is horrible and fans everywhere are left wondering what has happened to this once mighty player.
Yes, Hanley Ramirez has had it tough this season. From hitting .313/.385/.521 over the last five years, he has dropped to a .246/.336/.377. He now finds himself just two hits away from the magic milestone of 1000 hits. Surely the media crush has been weighing on him and once he breaks the thousand hit barrier, he will be back to his old self.