Third baseman, Hanley Ramirez has just inked a new deal with shoe and athletic wear provider New Balance. As part of the deal, the Dominican ball player will wear New Balance cleats and all his off-field footwear will also be New Balance.
The 2010 season saw Hanley make his third All-Star appearance in a row and also participate in the Home Run Derby for the first time in his career, in which he came in second place. Hanley battled through injuries to get 21 homeruns, 76 RBIs, and a .300 batting average.
New Balance has signed Ramirez to a multi-year endorsement contract. To launch the partnership, Ramirez will auction off a pair of his custom New Balance cleats worn on opening day, with all proceeds benefitting The Marlins Foundation, an organization committed to improving the lives of youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a special focus on children with special needs.
This season, Ramirez will be wearing a special make-up of the New Balance 4040 baseball spike.