Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez got his feelings hurt a little bit by comments Phillies peer Jimmy Rollins made in yesterday's Daily News:
"Hanley, in Florida, is just Hanley in Florida. I can throw him out of the books," Rollins said. "Jose in New York - he's the man. He's in New York."
The context: Rollins was asked if the presence of excellent shortstops such as the Mets' Jose Reyes and Ramirez in the National League East would cast too long a shadow over Rollins in an MVP campaign. Rollins' response clearly concentrated on the geographical situations of the two; that Ramirez was at a disadvantage playing for a generally mediocre team in front of meager crowds in an indifferent market such as Miami.