Hanley Ramirez Open To Switch To First Base For Red Sox: ‘I Need That Ring’

by NESN Staff

August 25, 2015

Hanley Ramirez has changed his tune about going back to the infield.

The Boston Red Sox left fielder said “hell no” to a switch back in June, but he told WEEI ahead of Tuesday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago that he’s all for it now. Ramirez took reps at first base Tuesday, too, and he thinks the team will be better off with him there.

?We?ve got (president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) out there, he?s trying to put the best pieces on the field,? Ramirez said. ?He was like, ?If you put this guy over here and put this guy in left field, how would the team look??

?And I was thinking about that, too. I was thinking, ?Yeah, we?re a way better team with me on first and with Jackie (Bradley Jr.) and Mookie (Betts) and (Rusney Castillo) on the field.? Hopefully, we can do it, and they can keep doing what they?re doing, playing great outfield and keep hitting, because we?re going to need that.?

At the end of the day, Ramirez said he’ll do whatever it takes to win a World Series.

?When I was a little kid I played all over the place,? Ramirez told WEEI. ?I?m so humble, the only thing I?ve got on my mind, man, is I need that ring.?

Acting manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Tuesday, per The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham, that Ramirez’s switch to first base is going to happen, and it may even happen before the 2015 season is over.

Thumbnail photo via Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez in the dugout before the game against the Texas Rangers
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