Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 7/4/12
Oh, the things you miss when you go on vacation... On June 3, Hanley Ramirez hit a home run off of Philadelphia's Joe Blanton, a leftfield wall-scraper that gave the Marlins an early 2-0 lead. It was his third home run in two games, and Ramirez looked to be off to a great start to the month. Miami's television announcer even allowed himself to dream aloud during the trot: "Let's see - Giancarlo was the player of the month in May and Hanley is off to a hot start in June..." The 25.64 second trot, while still the slowest of the day that Sunday afternoon, was Ramirez's second-fastest trot of the year, behind only a 24.89 second on May 7. Things really were looking good for the Miami third baseman. Over the rest of the month of June, however, Ramirez would play in 22 more games and come to the plate 95 times. In those plate appearances, the slugger batted .217 with four extra base-hits. It wasn't until Sunday, July 1, exactly four weeks after his last home run, that Ramirez finall...
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