That’s right: history, baby, pure history.
The Hall of Fame is calling and they want a piece of the Marlins 2008 infield. Why? Because they are the first team ever to have their entire infield hit over 25 home runs each. And the season isn’t even over yet.
Mike Jacobs, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu have all climbed over that peak but are looking to shatter it now. Cantu, splashing the other night with a grand slam, has 28 on the season. Two more and the Marlins can really set a precedent that will be hard to surpass – unless they all return for next season.
Hanley and Big Jake have 32 a piece, Uggla has 30 and Cantu has tied his career high with 28. The Hall of Fame has requested the lineup card from September 13, when Cantu hit a home run to be the final member of the group to surpass the home run plateau.
Hanley Ramirez Most Likely Out Tonight
Looks like Hanley’s strained left shoulder is going to keep him out of the lineup tonight as well. Last night, Ramirez was benched and replaced by utility wonder Alfredo Amezaga, the ‘Mazin’ Mexican. “Amazing”, as we also like to call him went 0-4 last night, but was 4 for 12 in the Astros series.
With Amezaga at SS, the Marlins unleashed Cameron Maybin for his first Marlin start of his career. All the kid did was go 4-4 with a BB and 2 runs. Maybe we should keep starting him in this series against the Phillies? Why not, couldn’t hurt to get him the experience and see what he is all about.
The Marlins could use the extra offense that Hanley Ramirez provides, but will probably not see HR until Saturday. Expect to see Maybin in CF again, and Amazing back at SS.