I think his success is partly due to the new environment - you'll see this with other head cases like Terrell Owens. When they first join a new team, everything is wonderful then the little things pile up and pretty soon they're a mess again. I see that in regular workplaces - new employees are happy at first and then sometimes things go bad and the problems they have in this workplace are the same problems they had in previous workplaces.
So Hanley goes to LA and everybody and everything is great and the people are all very knowledgable. For now. Wait until he gets comfortable and then he'll turn into the moody, sulking player that he was here.
If it doesn't affect his play then him being moody and sulking doesn't matter - as long as he hits people will ignore his moods and it really doesn't carry to the rest of the team. Somebody like Uggla can b#tch all he wants about how much he hated Hanley but Hanley didn't affect Uggla's play - Uggla was a better hitter with the Marlins and Hanley than he is on the Braves without Hanley. Not that Hanley's moods helped Uggla's hitting but they certainly didn't hinder it.
Or it's possible that Hanley knows his attitude here was bad and has vowed to be different in the new job. He's young enough that that may stick but usually it doesn't.
Everybody knows Hanley has the talent to be a great player (well, everybody except Pauly). If the Dodgers can keep him motivated and coachable then they've made a great trade.
The other reason that Hanley may be hitting is that it's been all of 4 games and 19 PAs. Anything can happen in 16 ABs - the worst player in baseball can get hot for 19 PAs.
GREAT POINT 305.....WHICH MEANS THAT HANLEY IS NOT......NOT.....A TEAM PLAYER
TO SEE A TEAM PLAYER PLEASE REFER TO 'DEREK JETER' FOR THAT MODEL....OR CHIPPER JONES FOR EXAMPLE.......NORMAL GUYS.
It won't take long for the other players and the fans to know what Hanley is made of. He will probably fake some injury before the 2012 season ends so he can go on the DL.
Once a loser, always a loser.
It's still a small sample size, but Hanley is actually hitting a little worse with LA than he did with us, which should make corvette, pauly, and fshfanatic absolutely giddy.
He's hitting .226 with the Dodgers. His OBP is a little higher in LA. His OPS with LA is .753 while it was .749 with us, no significant difference.
Thank you, Captain Obvious.
As an update, Hanley has been red hot lately. He's 9 for his last 18, 15 for his last 34. His average is up to .322 with LA, with a .388 OBP, a .483 SLG, and a .871 OPS. Not as good as he was from 2007-2009 but still really good.
It's probably coincidence, but the surge lines up with his move back to SS. As a shortstop this year, his OPS is .906. As a 3B, his OPS is .766.
No matter how good or bad Hanley becomes ....its still great that he is GONE from the FISH......as a team fan I couldnt stand him.....he could NEVER convince me that he REALLY TRIED TO PLAY HIS BEST. Unlike a Dan Uggla, who gave it 200% every time...hanley always appeared like a prima donna........a team does not need that type of player...no matter how good they may be.
Arrividerci Hanley......sorry it took so long.
Screw Hanley.............hes a POS and he'll wear out his welcome in L.A. too very soon.
Most likely the least mature of any MLBer Ive ever seen.....and that includes that other Ramirez nut named Manny!