ATLANTA One of the Dodgers at the center of Hanley Ramirez's transition to the team is coach Manny Mota.
Ramirez, acquired three weeks ago from Miami after his relationship with the Marlins soured, batted .395 with 14 runs batted in during the Dodgers' trip that ended Sunday, and he gave much of the credit to Mota for boosting his confidence.
Mota, 74, said he and Ramirez "talk every day" about multiple topics, including that Ramirez "doesn't need to carry this team on his shoulders. We've got Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and he's just doing his part."
Ramirez and Mota also study video of Ramirez's at-bats in 2009, when Ramirez won the National League batting title, and compare them with his swing today to make adjustments.
Mota said he also talks to Ramirez about being a Dodger.
"I explained to him about this organization and its great history, winning tradition," Mota said. "He told me he's very proud and pleased and happy to wear the Dodger uniform."
Mota said he's known Ramir...