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“Ramirez, who had fouled a ball off his left shin in the first inning Monday, said he had not given up going after the ball following the misplay. "That was the hardest I could go after the ball," he said. But Ramirez followed that with an unsubtle jab at his teammates. "We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls," he said Tuesday. "They don't apologize." A number of Marlins lined up to support Gonzalez. "I think Skip needed to do what he needed to do, which was take Hanley out of the game at that time," two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla said. "Does that mean we love Hanley any less? No, we have all made mistakes. We've all done things like, 'Oh, maybe I shouldn't have done that.' But you move on, you move forward you get past it." Ramirez is hitting .293 with seven homers and 20 RBIs this year. He is the Marlins' highest-paid player after signing a $70 million, six-year contract in 2008, and has become the face of a franchise that moves into a new ballpark in 2012. Ramirez struck a conciliatory tone Wednesday, explaining that his comment about Gonzalez's lack of major league experience was not meant to denigrate, but to explain that he didn't appreciate being admonished while there were cameras everywhere. Information from ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas and The Associated Press was used in this report.
I could care less about mine, if he apologizes to me or not, but I think he needs to address his teammates a little bit. When that happens, we are good to go.” -- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez