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Ramirez making the game look easy

Originally Published: February 16, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has amazing athletic ability, which comes as no surprise given that he was a great basketball player in the Dominican Republic.

"We were doing this drill last year,'' Marlins catcher John Baker said. "Hanley was at shortstop. He says, 'I'll bet you $100 that I can shoot this baseball in that bucket [of balls].' The bucket was next to first base. I said 'Sure, Hanley.' So, with perfect basketball shooting form, like a free throw, or little ...

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