Marlins Making The Right Moves with Coaching Staff

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The Marlins recently announced the hiring of former Marlin Mike Redmond as their new manager. The fanfare was palpable, and the writing around the move was described generally as a pretty good move with a pin-ache of character. References were made to Redmond's now infamous naked bout with batting practice that helped cure a team that would eventually propel itself to the 2003 World Series title. … [Read more...]

Miguel Cabrera Wins Player Choice Award, Indicates Wrong Direction for Marlins

Award season is starting for MLB and it's going to be a long one for Fish fans. Miguel Cabrera, fresh off his Triple Crown season and World Series appearance, now is a constant reminder of the wrong direction the Marlins have taken since 2003. Sure, Miguel Cabrera was putting on weight and there were some maturity issues back when Miggy was looking for his first big contract. The amount of … [Read more...]

Hanley Ramirez and His Legacy of Ego?

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When Hanley Ramirez eventually returns to Miami in Dodger Blue, what kind of recognition will he get from the crowd? Apparently, those left behind to pick up the pieces of a franchise being characterized as a "disappointment", a "failure", or having a "fire sale" have nothing to say, except relief. If Greg Cote's article is right, Ozzie Guillen bluntly calls out Hanley for his lack of … [Read more...]

The Confusing State of Bobby Valentine: What I Meant to Say…

You know what makes for a great relationship? Communication. Apparently Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins don't get that and would lose out on their Valentine: Bobby V, baby, Bobby V. In what has been probably the most convoluted and confusing situation of any managerial hiring process, or hiring process, Bobby Valentine shed some light on the situation. In fact, it seems that he is still in the … [Read more...]

Jeffrey Loria: Blaming Owner Only Gets You So Far

Last I checked, Jeffrey Loria can't turn a double play much less hit a ball out of the infield. The guy could probably not even make it around the bases at half stride without a chauffeur. So, what is with all the noise about him? Sure, he is the owner of the Marlins franchise. Yes he is a cheapskate that is using his sports franchise as an investment tool and not as a hobby like his fellow … [Read more...]

Valentine Interview Delayed; Fans and Media Need to Stop Whining

The Bobby Valentine interview, and impending hire, is on hold. The Marlins are saying to be patient, that there is a process here and that they want to hire the right guy. I am going to be critical here. Firing Fredi Gonzalez so abruptly without having someone in line shows the Marlins to not really have a plan. Then again, to fire Gonzalez and immediately bring in a new manager means that this … [Read more...]

Much Ado About Nothing: Firing Fredi Gonzalez a Good Thing for Fish

Fredi Gonzalez has 276 on the books, the most of any manager in the brief history of the Marlins. The question is, was he the best manager in Marlins' history? Clearly, no, but in judging from making the rounds reading the media reaction you would think he was. In fact, all of a sudden, it is being likened to another "mistake" of letting Joe Girardi go. Look, Girardi is a fine manager for a … [Read more...]

Fredi Gonzalez Canned

In the backdrop of the latest marketing sensation, the vuvuzela give out, comes even more noise from the Fish - Fredi Gonzalez is out as manager in the middle of his 4th season. But the brass didn't end there, they also let Carlos Tosca and hitting "coach" Jim Presley go (hey MarlinAddict, you happy about that?). Why now in midseason? A quote from Jeffrey Loria, according to the Palm Beach … [Read more...]

John Smoltz a Marlin?

What a strange time we live in. I mean, John Smoltz a Marlin? That would be like a Republican supporting this new health care package being pushed by the Obama administration. But seriously, really? Yes. Joe Capozzi, of the Palm Beach Post, is reporting that the Marlins are one of the teams that is interested in giving Smoltz employment. The situation is this - the Red Sox demoted Smoltz who … [Read more...]

Hanley’s Knee Contusion Should Be Go For Today’s Game

Hanley Ramirez is examined after his knee is struck by a fastball

In the bottom of the 3rd, with a 6-1 deficit and no outs, Hanley Ramirez took a fastball off the knee from "Crazy" Carlos Zambrano which sent him to the ground writhing in pain. Hanley continued to play, but it was a situation that still needed to be examined carefully, and Emilio Bonifacio replaced Hanley. "I think it might be more muscle than bone," Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think it may be … [Read more...]