PORTLAND, Maine — Former Portland Sea Dogs shortstop Hanley Ramirez is the 2014 inductee into the Unum Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame, the team announced before Friday night’s game against the Harrisburg Senators at Hadlock Field.
“Thank you to the Portland Sea Dogs for the honor,” Ramirez in a news release. “I enjoyed my time playing there. Also thank you to the fans for your support.”
Ramirez appeared in 154 games over parts of two seasons with the Sea Dogs in 2004 and 2005. He compiled a .279 average with 28 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, 92 runs and 38 stolen bases.
Ramirez, the Red Sox’s top prospect, according to Baseball America in 2003-05, arrived in Double-A Portland on Aug. 1, 2004 after receiving a promotion from High-A Sarasota. He hit .310 in 32 games with seven doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs.
Ramirez returned to Portland for the 2005 season, when he produced a .271 average with 21 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 52 RBIs, 66 runs and 26 stolen bases in 122 games, helping the Sea Dogs claim the Eastern League Northern Division title.
In the offseason, Ramirez was traded to the Florida Marlins in a deal that sent pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to the Red Sox.
Ramirez spent the 2006 season with the Marlins and was selected as the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year after hitting .292 with 46 doubles, 17 home runs, 59 RBIs and 51 stolen bases in 158 games. He hit .342 in 2009 to claim the NL batting title. He is a two-time Silver Slugger award winner (2008, 2009) and a three-time National League All-Star (2008-2010).
On July 25, 2012, Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Randy Choate for Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitching prospect Scott McGough.
In 1,198 major league games, Ramirez has produced a .298 career average with 190 home runs.
The Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame was established in 2005. Ramirez joins Beckett, John Boles, Dan Burke, Bob Ganley, Adrian Gonzalez, Fredi Gonzalez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Mark Kotsay, Kevin Millar, Mike Redmond, Edgar Renteria, Bill Troubh, Carlos Tosca and Kevin Youkilis as members.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, players must have debuted with the Sea Dogs at least 10 years ago and had success in Portland and beyond.