An Opened and Closed Case: Marlins Park

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With one of the worst offenses in the big leagues last year, the Marlins are in need of an overhaul. They started that process with changing the roster around at the corner infield spots, adding a more consistent presence behind the plate, and banking on young potential in the outfield. That is only the beginning. The discussion now turns to the power bats in the lineup - and how to coax them out … [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...]

Things Looking Up for the Marlins?

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At the end of May, things were already looking dismal. The Fish were in the midst of a 9 game losing streak after getting swept by their in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, and were going to face the New York Mets. That was May 30th. Now, the Marlins are 12-9 since. They are heading back to Miami after defeating the defending champion Giants 3 out of 4 games in San Francisco. The city is … [Read more...]

A Glimpse Into the Future: What Are the Plans for the Marlins Outfield?

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We may have a slight problem. Giancarlo Stanton is poised to be coming off the DL soon. He is running on an anti-gravity treadmill - no, it is nothing out of Star Trek, just a vest that he wears while running on a treadmill to take his weight off of his body while he runs. He has been showing signs of progress and should be back sooner rather than later from a Grade 2 hamstring pull. Estimates … [Read more...]

Marlins Losing Continues, But Team Not As Bad As Their Record Indicates

Yes, the Marlins are 11-30. Despicable. Deplorable. But is this team really that bad? The Fish have had tons of injuries. Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Jeff Mathis, Donovan Solano, Joe Mahoney, Casey Kotchman - the list goes on and on. It hasn't helped this team gain any consistency at all at any point in the season thus far. Not an excuse, but it … [Read more...]

With Marlins Offense Anemic, Some Changes Must Be Made

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The good news is, the Marlins have the pitching and the defense to make a push for a strong run. They could, potentially, rattle off 5-10 wins in a row. Then there is the bad news - the offense just plain sucks. They can't scratch out runs, let alone score runs in bunches. Nothing new to report there. The Marlins knew they were going to be challenged at scoring runs and there was a recognition … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Observations vs Mets 3/16

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A couple of things are standing out to me while watching this game against the Mets today in Port Saint Lucie. Kevin Slowey has solid stuff. That 5th starter spot is going to be a tough decision with Wade LeBlanc, John Maine, Alex Sanabia, and Slowey in the mix. They might just have to keep all of them around to give the Fish more options for starting pitching if young arms aren't quite up to … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Marlins Get Easy Win Against Cardinals; Small Ball Reigns Supreme

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He goes by the term "beast mode" and Juan Pierre wasted no time reintroducing himself to the 3,000+ on hand at Roger Dean Stadium yesterday in the Marlins Spring Training 2013 debut against the Cardinals. "Beast Mode" hit a triple off of Jon Jay, sped around the bases in a blur, slid into 3B, and eventually would go on to score on a Giancarlo Stanton sac ground out. Put it in a frame; that is … [Read more...]

Friendship in minors between Juan Pierre, Chone Figgins blossoms into long-term bond in majors

After 15 years apart, the two buddies have been reunited by the Marlins, who brought back Pierre on a one-year deal and signed Figgins to a minor-league contract after he was released by the Mariners with $8 million still owed to him this coming season. The two players share much in common. Each is 35. Both were born and raised in the South, Pierre in Louisiana and Figgins in Georgia. Both … [Read more...]