LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While it's fairly clear the move to third base hasn't impacted his offense in any fashion -- he was hitting .385 heading into Thursday's game against the Braves -- it would be understandable if the defensive transition took a little longer for Hanley Ramirez.
It may be too soon to engrave a Gold Glove for the shortstop who moved over to make room for Jose Reyes, but the early reviews have been very positive. Manager Ozzie Guillen, a former Gold Glover himself, has been pleasantly surprised with how natural Ramirez already looks at his new home.
"One day, I think people will forget he was a shortstop," Guillen said. "How many games have we played? I don't think he's made one mistake yet. He's going to make errors, like everybody else does, but I don't see him running away from balls. He takes ground balls very well. If that's going to be my problem, I will take all the problems. He's been good."
In 11 starts at third prior to Thursday's game, Ramirez had made one error in 18 total chances.