Spring Training 2014: Marlins Outfield Facing Shakeup?

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The plan was to put Christian Yelich in left, Giancarlo Stanton in right, and slap Marcell Ozuna in between the two in centerfield. Ozuna, who is more suited to playing in right field, really had an impact on the Marlins offense last season as a replacement for the injured Giancarlo Stanton. Yet right now, his spot on the roster is in jeopardy. Ozuna has not had a good spring offensively. He's … [Read more...]

Marlins No Hit Yankees in Panama

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The Marlins went on down to Panama to play in the Legends Series, which would honor newly-retired Mariano Rivera. The series, a two game date in Panama, was intended to both honor Panama's native son before his former teammates while also raising money for charities like the Children's Hospital in Panama City. The crowd erupted in cheers every time Rivera appeared. For MLB it was a baseball … [Read more...]

Spring Training 2014: Spring Training Under Way

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The Marlins got things going officially this week with a couple of games against the University of Miami Hurricanes and the FIU Golden Panthers. Prospects Angel Sanchez and Justin Nicolino got the starts but had mixed results. Both show obvious needs to get back into the swing of things and get the dust off their promising arms. In Sanchez, the Marlins have high hopes to see a return on their … [Read more...]

Marlins Way: Spring Training 2014 Primer

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Last year the Marlins entered Spring Training with very low expectations. The pundits picked them to finish in the cellar and with more than 100 wins. Looks like the Fish didn't receive that news well and went on to defy their critics by finishing with exactly 100 wins and not completely in the basement - the Astros proved to be worse. So, it wasn't the miraculous-look-out season that we Marlin … [Read more...]

Marlins Way: Jose Fernandez Uses Unorthodox Conditioning to Prevent Sophomore Slump

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Hard work never hurt nobody. Jose Fernandez is determined to put that to the test and also to show that his rookie season was no fluke. After all, the Marlins have had phenomenal rookie pitchers before - nothing like Dontrelle Willis who not only went on to win the ROY for the NL in 2003 but also challenge for the Cy Young Award in 2005 (finishing 2nd) only to be traded in 2007 to the Detroit … [Read more...]

Marlins Way: High Tech Solutions to Coaching, Using Drones

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If you're a fan of the hero cam, get ready to become a fan of Marlins practices. Apparently the team is going in a different direction and adopting the use of technology to aid in the coaching of its hitters and pitchers. The Miami Herald reports that the team will use helmet mounted cameras and drones to track footage and improve performance of its players. Team video coordinator Cullen McRae … [Read more...]

Marlins Lifting Ban on Facial Hair – Sort Of

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Maybe the Marlins newest asset had something to do with it. Maybe it was the success he had enjoyed while being a part of a unique clubhouse. Either way you look at it, the Marlins have decided to lift their ban on facial hair - another sign that perhaps Jeffrey Loria is loosening up the reigns on control of his franchise. And Jarrod Saltalamacchia couldn't be happier. The Miami Herald … [Read more...]

Marlins Way: Frank Menechino Wants Fish to Work

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He spent a year in sabbatical simply hunting and fishing. In search of bigger game, sharpening the skills needed to become a better predator, Frank Menechino wanted to get some distance from the game before he came back to teach others. A little insight into the man who made himself into a big leaguer while scrapping for the Oakland A's for many years was published in the Miami Herald recently. … [Read more...]

Work Ethic Setting Tone Early

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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 … [Read more...]

Pitchers and Catchers Report; Spring Training Underway

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Today pitchers and catchers embark to start the 2014 campaign for the Marlins, their 21st in franchise history. With 69 players on the roster for spring training, the number one goal is to acclimate new players with established players and see how things progress on the field. Most obvious, at this stage, is integrating Jarrod Saltalamacchia into the program and getting him familiar with the … [Read more...]