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Marlins better hope feuds with Hanley are just family business

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"Act like everything fine and if it isn't/we ain't lettin' everybody in our family business."

By the time the Marlins clubhouse opened after Wednesday's walkoff win over the Braves, everyone had their Kanye-approved party lines ready for the media.

The clubhouse quarrel between Hanley Ramirez(notes) and Dan Uggla(notes) that started the day?

Why, nothing more than routine fighting and biting between two men who would go to war for each other, of course! What, you've never seen two brosephs argue before?

Here are a few of their public offerings, courtesy of MLB.com:

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Dan Uggla "I love [Ramirez] like a brother. We got past it and moved on. Stuff like that happens and emotions are going to fly sometimes ... I'm glad it happened. I'm glad it's over with. I'm glad we've moved on, and I think we're stronger and closer and tighter because of it."
Fredi Gonzalez "That's between us girls."

Cody Ross(notes) "The emotions are running high around here. We're like a big family, and we fight like brothers. But we all love each other, and we all pull for each other, and we're a team. That's what families do. They pull for each other. And I think it's good for us. We need a little something to pick us up."

Wes Helms(notes) "We're a big family. It's just like us and kids. We have to punish our kids, and we get in spats with them but then they love us. It's one of those things about growing as a team. It's part of team chemistry. It's like my wife and I say all the time, 'If you love something, you're going to fight.' That's just the bottom line."

The Marlins could be telling the truth. A Major League Baseball season is full of yelling and shouting that's done behind closed doors and never makes it to the media and then the public. You're probably blissfully ignorant to the divisions and rifts on your favorite team.

However, this is far from an isolated case with Ramirez, who is the franchise cornerstone, but frequently doesn't act like it. Back in March, he loudly complained about Gonzalez's no long hair rule. In June, he asked why his pitchers weren't retaliating against opponents after he was plunked at the plate. Then, on Wednesday night, he sat alone in the dugout, was a straggler in the celebration for Helms' gamewinning homer and had our own Gordon Edes report that this wasn't his first clubhouse altercation with a teammate.

Oh, and he ducked out of the postgame media availability when all of his teammates had to stand up and explain the situation. That's sure to go over real well.

Remember, these are the problems that we know about.

By committing $70 million to the uber-talented shortstop, the Marlins have said in no uncertain terms that he will be the team's future. Most of the time, that's a fantastic thing, as his MVP-caliber performance exhibits. But all too often his talent, contract and personality morph into something undesirable for any team, let alone a young one.

The presence of talented ballplayers can often cause inner strife and I think that's the case with Ramirez, who still has a lot to learn about being a clubhouse leader.

For the sake of Marlins fans, here's hoping the team finds a solution to that struggle.

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