Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez on Dodgers shortstop, former Marlin Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez played for Fredit Gonzalez in Miami from 2007 until Gonzalez was fired in June 2010. (Associated Press photo)

Was Hanley Ramirez responsible for Fredi Gonzalez getting fired as the Florida Marlins’ manager in June 2010?

That was a legitimate question at the time and Ramirez, the Dodgers’ shortstop, quickly denied the notion.

Here’s what the Palm Beach Post wrote at the time:

Hanley Ramirez said Sunday he is upset for being named as a reason for Fredi Gonzalez’s firing.

“Everybody will miss him,” he said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to forget and move forward. A lot of people put it on me. I don’t know why. It had nothing to do with me. Things that should have happened, happened. That’s it.”

Ramirez said his relationship with Gonzalez improved after Ramirez was benched last month for not hustling after a ball he inadvertently kicked down the left field line. Ramirez then criticized the manager and his teammates after learning he was not in the lineup the next day.

“I think, yeah,” he said when asked if there was more of an understanding between the two after the incident.

“There was more respect for each other. It was great. I told him we should have explained ourselves before that.”

Friday, Gonzalez was asked if Ramirez is still the same player he remembers managing in Florida.

“Yeah, this is the guy,” Gonzalez said. “This is the guy — I haven’t been with him for, what, going on four years, but when I had him in Florida, he won a batting title. And on any given day, eh might have been the best player on the field, and I think he’s still that same way guy. He made a nice play, ball to his left, I think it was Gattis who hit that ball and it left his feet and might a nice play there. He’s scary when he comes to the plate because he can split a gap or he can run you out of the ballpark. He can steal you a base. He’s a very talented player.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.