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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Jeter noncommittal on Mattingly’s future as manager

MIAMI (AP) — His club seemingly headed to a second consecutive last-place finish in the NL East, Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter isn’t ready to disclose whether manager Don Mattingly will return next season.

“There hasn’t been a decision yet,” Jeter said before Miami hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. “To be honest with you, we’ve been so focused on the trade deadline and see what we could do with it.”

“At the end of every year, we sit down and evaluate all members of the organization, whether it’s the manager, coaches, player development, scouting, front office,” he said.

Mattingly is in the final year of a four-year contract. The former Dodgers manager was hired by ex-owner Jeffrey Loria prior to the 2016 season.

On the one hand, Jeter clearly isn’t the loyal sort- but, on the other hand, he seems to be running out of people willing to serve as henchmen….

 


Thursday, May 16, 2019

MLB roundup: 7 Rays pitchers shut out Marlins 1-0

Anthony Bemboom, a 29-year-old rookie catcher, recorded his first major league hit and RBI on the same play, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 win over the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Bemboom drove a run-scoring double to right field in the second inning, and the Rays used seven pitchers to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard. Reliever Jalen Beeks (3-0) earned the win, pitching three innings. Diego Castillo worked the ninth for his fifth save.

The Rays swept the two-game series against their in-state rival. Miami has lost seven games in a row and scored just eight runs during that stretch. The Marlins have not scored since the third inning Saturday — a drought of 24 innings.

Jose Urena (1-6) took the hard-luck loss despite making a quality start for the fifth time in his past six outings. He allowed six hits, one walk and one run in six innings. He has lasted at least six innings in six straight starts.

Wait- it takes seven pitchers to shut out the Marlins? It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard….

 


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

At 9-24, Marlins could be headed for worst season yet

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter says the Miami Marlins are better than this.

If he’s wrong, the woebegone franchise is headed for its worst season yet.

The Marlins began the week with the worst record in the majors at 9-24 (.274), which put them on pace to finish 44-118. That’s bad, even for a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2009 and hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003.

Manager Don Mattingly said he tells his players to stay positive, but “it’s hard to say everything is great when you’re 9-and-whatever,” he said. “I don’t even know what we are. I know it’s not very good. It’s not a great feeling.”

An article considering just how low the Marlins can go….

 


LEADING OFF: Ohtani nears Angels return, biding Bumgarner

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:

OHTANI ON DECK

AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani will join the Angels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his season debut. The two-way star has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected to pitch this year. But his swing is fine and Los Angeles intends to use Ohtani as its designated hitter.

The Angels say Ohtani will wear an arm guard when he bats and runs the bases. The 24-year-old hit .285 with 22 home runs last season.

Briefly wondered where Bumgarner ranked relative to clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades- then I realized it said “biding”, not “bidding”....

 


Saturday, May 04, 2019

Marlins CEO Jeter says he’s unhappy with team’s awful start

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter says the Miami Marlins’ performance, attendance and business operations have been a problem.

Shadows at Marlins Park don’t bother him, however.

Speaking to the media Friday for the first time since the season began, Jeter said he’s unhappy with the team’s awful start and confirmed a recent shake-up on the organization’s business side.

However, the Marlins CEO and former New York Yankees shortstop shrugged off complaints by the Washington Nationals that visibility was dangerously poor at a recent 1 p.m. game at Marlins Park with the retractable roof open.

Strange- I always thought narcissists owned lots of mirrors….

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Derek Jeter on trading Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich: ‘We’re fixing something that wasn’t working’

Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter has turned the team over quite a bit since taking over. When Jeter’s group first assumed control, the Marlins were blessed with talented youngsters like Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. A few months later, those players were gone.

Why did Jeter feel it was necessary to make those moves? Because that core wasn’t winning.

Jeter sat down with Harold Reynolds of MLB Network to discuss those initial moves. Jeter tells Reynolds the team was struggling with those players, and that the ownership group was “fixing something that wasn’t working.”

One gets the feeling he spoke with Harold Reynolds because no one else would let him get away with that bulljive and bunkum….

 


Friday, March 15, 2019

Starlin Castro among few veterans on young Marlins

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Starlin Castro remains a veteran on a Miami Marlins’ team that has gone with youth.

“I don’t try to put it in my mind because that’s one thing I can’t control,” Castro said. “The thing that I can control is being here every day and doing my job.”

Acquired in the December 2017 trade that sent Giancarlo Stanton, Castro hit .278 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs last season.

Strange- given that he had one of the best years of his career last year, you’d think they would have traded him for some magic beans by now….

 


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Andy Pettitte Turned Down Derek Jeter’s Offer to Join Marlins and Picked Yankees Instead

​It’s not a surprise when a team decides to a hire an iconic former member of their franchise as a special adviser. That’s exactly what the ​New York Yankees announced on Monday when they ​brought Andy Pettitte aboard.

It didn’t come without some competition, however, as the Derek Jeter-led Miami Marlins tried to hire Pettitte to their own front office. The longtime MLB starter eventually turned him down and went to the Yankees.

On top of having no connection to Miami, it appears that Pettitte has a cushy job with the Yanks to count on. General manager Brian Cashman tried to explain his role as an adviser, but it sounds like a “do what you want, when you want” kind of gig.

And, of course, the side benefit of being able to keep one’s dignity, which employment with the Marlins seems to tend to take away awfully quick….

 


 

 

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