Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 8/10/12
MIAMI (AP) -- Three hours before game time, Hanley Ramirez entered the Miami Marlins' ballpark, began looking for the visitors clubhouse and nearly walked into a stadium kitchen by mistake. He had cleanup duty, but not there. Ramirez eventually found his way to his new team and was in the lineup against his old club Friday night, batting fourth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He returned to Miami barely two weeks after being traded, and conceded he wasn't thrilled to be playing a three-game series against the Marlins so soon. "A little weird," Ramirez said. "We couldn't play three games in one day and get it over with." Ramirez was the NL Rookie of the Year with the Marlins in 2006 and had been the foundation of their lineup ever since. But they tore up that blueprint July 25, trading Ramirez along with left-handed reliever Randy Choate for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and a minor-league pitcher. Ramirez departed without ever leading the Marlins to a playoff game. "I couldn't get it going my way," he said. "Seven years, and we never could make it to the playoffs. But that's in the past." Ramirez still has a home in South Florida and said he spent much of Friday with his wife, three children and parents. He looked forward to visiting with his former teammates. "It's good to see him back," Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes said, "but I hope he doesn't do too much damage against our team." Ramirez said he had no regrets about his stay with the Marlins. His attitude and effort came into question at times, and while he's a .299 career hitter, his productivity has fallen off dramatically since the beginning of 2011. In his first 14 games with the Dodgers, he batted .226 with one home run. Ramirez said he was happy to be with a team contending for the NL West title. The Marlins are out of the playoff race, as was the case by August almost every year during Ramirez's time with the team. "We didn't do the big one -- a championship or the playoffs," he said. "But there were a lot of good moments here. I played in front of this crowd for many years. They saw me from when I was a little baby to now, being a grown man and almost 30. "The Marlins are always going to be part of my family. I have to thank them for a lot of things. They were good to me."
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best and worst from NBA All-Star Saturday night

WATCH: Klay Thompson can't go home unless he beats Steph Curry in 3-Point contest

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault


Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

LaVine, Gordon put on best NBA dunk contest in years

WATCH: Thompson beats teammate Curry in 3-point contest

NFL teams, players hand out awesome Valentines

Earl Campbell ‘disappointed’ in Johnny Manziel, wants to help

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA skills challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker