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08:11 AM ET 01.18 | In some corners, this might be cause for congratulation. Dodgers infielder Hanley Ramirez made the Dominican Republic national team for the World Baseball Classic on Thursday, and that's bad news. That's unnecessary trouble. Understand, the Dodgers insist that they are going into spring training with Ramirez as their starting shortstop. Anyone who watched him struggle defensively in his return to short with the Dodgers has to be justifiably concerned. Or plain frightened. ... [The] Dodgers wanted him to play short during winter ball. But Ramirez suffered an early minor shoulder injury playing in Puerto Rico and ended up a designated hitter, not playing short or anywhere in the field. And now he'll potentially miss most of spring training.

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January 18, 2013  09:32 AM ET

It should be perfectly clear to you that Hanley cares only about himself, not being a team player with the LA Dodgers.

January 18, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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It should be perfectly clear to you that Hanley cares only about himself, not being a team player with the LA Dodgers.

You may be right about that.

January 18, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It should be perfectly clear to you that Hanley cares only about himself, not being a team player with the LA Dodgers.

Is that why he's representing his country in the WBC?

January 18, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It should be perfectly clear to you that Hanley cares only about himself, not being a team player with the LA Dodgers.

You can only hope for US players to show that kind of love for their great country, and they should. Heart should always come be4 money. Clubs pay, but your country is what gave you the strength and opportunities to get to that respective club!

January 18, 2013  10:17 AM ET

BTW, author, Hanley played in the DR, not Puerto Rico. I should have your job!

January 18, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Is that why he's representing his country in the WBC?

Well, yeah....he's doing what he WANTS to do over what he's OBLIGED to do.

January 18, 2013  11:14 AM ET
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It should be perfectly clear to you that Hanley cares only about himself, not being a team player with the LA Dodgers.

I actually think it's pretty cool some of these guys show enough pride to play for their countries. I wish more younger players in the USA, like Mike Trout or Bryce Harper for example were willing to do the same. It???s no different than NHL or NBA players participating in the Olympics. I'll admit it could be potentially dangerous for pitchers, but for position players the risk is very minimal.

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January 18, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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It should be perfectly clear to you that Hanley cares only about himself, not being a team player with the LA Dodgers.

that's the high risk every player runs by playing in the WBC games, the dodgers knew it and every other team is aware about those freaky injuries,,,

January 18, 2013  12:24 PM ET
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Yep, take the money from the stupid Americans and then don't bother to play hard and put the WBC above your team.

bad decission can take you into the wrong direction, but does dodgers had any injury insurance in his contract attached??

January 18, 2013  02:52 PM ET
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Yep, take the money from the stupid Americans and then don't bother to play hard and put the WBC above your team.

take the money from the stupid Americans ? The US has players from the majors in it too don't they? Those asian and latin players is what has made the sport become what it is today, more competitive, more audiences, etc. I don't see the "stupid americans" complain there... and yes, the country is above that, plus the MLB is probably the biggest sponsor of the WBC, so i doubt he or anyone is obliged not to play. So many arguments against your response it's not even funny! Oh and the players are insured btw!

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