A few weeks back, we asked you, the voters of Fish Stripes, to put in your tallies for the Fish Stripes All-Time Florida Marlins Team shortstop. While I should have gotten the results out to you guys a little earlier, we can take a look now to see what you, the readers, thought. Here are the results for the readers vote:
It was closer than it probably should have been, but Hanley Ramirez easily won the vote with 52 percent of the votes going in his favor. This time around, I was unable to ask for the votes from all of the Fish Stripes authors, but I did get my own personal vote in as well. Due to these two votes (and in the end, it would have turned out the same even if the writers did not vote for Ramirez) Hanley Ramirez won the vote for Fish Stripes All-Time Florida Marlins shortstop!Ramirez is a unique pick in the sense he is the only player selected so far that is currently a (Miami) Marlin. Of course, he also currently is not a shortstop, as Jose Reyes will be taking over at the position. He also is the only Marlins selected for this team so far that did not play for the Fish in either the 1997 or 2003 World Series teams; each of the four other position players selected played for the either World Series club, with only Charles Johnson competing for the 1997 team. Nevertheless, Ramirez is the most iconic shortstop of the brief history of the Marlins, and that is reflected in the voting here.
Congratulations again to Hanley Ramirez of the 2006 to present Florida Marlins for being the Fish Stripes All-Time Florida Marlins shortstop!