Pitchers and Catchers Report; Spring Training Underway


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...]

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


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: Kyle Skipworth Gets His Chance


It came on a bad break. Jeff Mathis, acquired in the trade with the Blue Jays, was supposed to be the veteran backup catching option this summer for Rob Brantly heading into the season. Yesterday, against the Cardinals in the preseason opener, Mathis broke his collarbone in the 4th inning. "When I went to throw I felt it," Mathis said. "It wasn't right. Right now, it's non-displaced, which is … [Read more...]

Catching the Future: Rob Brantly or Kyle Skipworth?


Remember in 2008 when Kyle Skipworth was drafted #6 overall and was being touted as the Marlins backstop of the future? Well, that day is here and still, Skipworth is trying to prove himself to be a serviceable catcher for the team that drafted him and signed him with a $2.3M bonus. Meanwhile, Rob Brantly has been firing his way through the Tigers farm system, and upon his arrival in a trade … [Read more...]

Re-evaluating the Marlins and Blue Jays Trade


The Marlins recently signed Chone Figgins to a minor league contract. This guy, back in 2009, was an MVP candidate for the Angels as he was a one-man wrecking crew getting on base, stealing bases, and scoring runs. His stint in Seattle, however, was a disaster. One of the heavy criticisms this offseason has been that the Marlins had a fire sale and shipped off their best players for nothing in … [Read more...]

Mike Redmond Finds His Voice In Rob Brantly


One of the important things for a new manager is to find guys who will vocalize their support for their program on the field. In practice, you need players who will respond and set the tone, who will study and follow through and execute. In short, you need players who believe in the system that is being implemented. When Mike Redmond was a player, he came up as a scrappy backstop with a … [Read more...]

5 Bold Predictions for the 2013 Miami Marlins

MLB: All Star Futures Game

Well, 2012 is history and 2013 is here. So, as we pause to take stock of our lives at this time of year, let's consider what the new year will bring for the Fish. 2012 was an utter, and total, disappointment. Spending over $100M a year ago in the offseason only netted 69 wins for a team that never seemed to get its footing and establish itself. Their bombastic manager, Ozzie Guillen, was fired. … [Read more...]

Free Agent Options for Marlins Heading Into 2013 Are Slight

Let's pretend for a second that the Marlins had loads of money to spend on free agency this 2012-2013 offseason. Who would they target? What would their game plan be? What assets would fit? Keep in mind, the stated goal of the front office is to improve on last season's win total and NOT to finish in last place in their division. The 69 wins from last year, despite a $111M payroll, was deemed … [Read more...]