A couple of weeks back, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria instituted what the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi calls “a new, clean-cut look” for the Fish. Amongst those displeased with the club’s new dress code ; All-Universe SS and hot pick for 2009 MVP Hanley Ramirez (above, left).
At first, players kept any complaints private. But Thursday, Ramirez let out his frustrations when he arrived in Fort Lauderdale and was told to remove his gold chains, another fashion no-no under the new policy.
According to a team source, Ramirez reacted by complaining loudly about the hair-cut policy. He walked around the clubhouse with the words “I’m sick of this ”-” written across the front of his shirt and reportedly said, “I’m angry! I want to be traded.”
The protest prompted a meeting between Ramirez and top team officials after he left the Marlins-Baltimore game in the sixth inning.
Manager Ferdi Gonzalez was asked if Ramirez’s protests Thursday prompted the manager to address the team. “Now you’re putting me in a bad mood,” Gonzalez said, refusing to discuss the issue.
Ramirez wasn’t talking about it, either.
“That’s in the past. No more comments about that. New day today,” he said Friday in the clubhouse while wearing a ball cap that covered his buzz cut. “I’m happy today.”