Looks like the Marlins are getting some players into camp eager to get started.
Joe Frisaro reports that Jarrod Saltalamacchia might be the “Juan Pierre” successor with his early starts each day. Usually, he is already at the park at about 5:30am each day, something that would make JP smile.
Noting that chemistry was a big factor in helping the Red Sox win it all last season, and something that aided the Cardinals as well, it is critical that the Marlins get strong on-field leadership to carve out a direction for this young club.
If that is the case, the Marlins are off to a great start, literally. Steve Cishek arrived early and has been working. Position players Jacob Marisnick, Christian Yelich, Reed Johnson, Casey McGehee, and Garrett Jones are among the early arrivals for position players – not slated to begin full squad workouts until Thursday.
And the hard work will pay off. Several players were fighting for roster spots and are now fixtures in the lineup. One of them being Jose Fernandez, who would go on to win NL Rookie of the Year hardware behind one of the most impressive seasons ever for a rookie. With that kind of a model in place, working hard and getting in early will set the tone early and help get this team in a good position to start the season.