Would we be talking about Hanley Ramirez‘s weight if he hadn’t pulled a Pablo Sandoval and posted a flattering workout picture of himself on Instagram? Probably not. His chunkier figure is just one of many reasons that Sox fans had to be frustrated with him in 2015, far behind his lazy attitude, historically terrible defense, and .249 batting average.
Still, it’s encouraging that Hanley at least appears to be following the mandate from Dave Dombrowski to lose some weight this offseason. While Hanley reportedly entered last year around 225 pounds and finished at almost 250, Dombrowski says he would like him to be “a more svelte 230 type of weight.”
David Ortiz, who’s obviously been on the heavy side for most of his career, supports the Red Sox’ approach with Hanley.
“When it comes down to losing weight there’s nothing wrong about that,” Ortiz said. “I can
tell you from my own experience once I decided to take care of myself better and do things better, losing weight and other stuff, my career got longer. Hanley is still young. That’s some good advice…If you listen to what they have to say right now, his career is going to do nothing but get better because he’s an amazing player, an unbelievable athlete and you have to be healthy to be a productive player.”
It would be a mistake to proclaim Hanley completely fit and committed based on a single picture. But it’s good to see that his weight finally seems to have stopped its upward trajectory.