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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly opens spring training with uplifting speech | Miami Herald

Now get out there and do your pitchers’ fielding practice!

But in his closed-clubhouse address Tuesday before the first full-squad workout of spring training, new manager Don Mattingly fired up the Marlins with a passionate address that inspired players, coaches and even owner Jeffrey Loria.

“I went out to practice [Tuesday] like I wanted to eat the world,” Marlins ace Jose Fernandez said.

Said Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler: “I got chills. I don’t think I was alone.”

One coach called it “the best speech I’ve heard in 40 years of baseball.”

Even Loria offered high praise for Mattingly’s 15-minute talk.

“It was the best I’ve ever heard, the best talk to a group of players that I’ve heard in a long time, since Jack [McKeon],” Loria said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, managers, marlins

Monday, February 22, 2016

Marlins Adopt Policy of No Facial Hair Under Mattingly - The New York Times

“Initially not too many guys were happy about it,” said reliever Mike Dunn, who shaved off his goatee before reporting to spring training. “You can fight it, or you don’t. Obviously I shaved, so it’s OK.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2016 at 06:00 AM | 35 comment(s)
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