Criticize in Private, Praise in Public

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez learned an important life lesson this week on how to properly provide feedback to leadership.


Ramirez was not in the lineup for that game. On Monday night, he was benched in the second inning for failing to hustle after a kicked ball. Afterward the game, and Tuesday morning, he ripped manager Fredi Gonzalez to reporters for taking him out of the game.

Ramirez, a two-time All-Star, accidentally booted a ball and then lightly jogged after it, allowing two runs to score Monday night in a 5-1 loss to Arizona.

Gonzalez benched Ramirez, who let loose with his criticisms the next day, saying he felt no need to apologize, he’d lost respect for his manager, and that “It’s [Gonzalez’s] team. He can do whatever … He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues.”

On Wednesday, Ramirez apologized to his manager and teammates and was re-inserted into the starting lineup.

Perhaps the team can buy Ramirez a copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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