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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Marlins, Pirates players are worried about the Zika virus for upcoming Puerto Rico games

The virus, which can be transmitted via mosquitos, has not been transmitted in that fashion in the continental U.S., but there have been nearly 450 confirmed Zika cases contracted in Puerto Rico. The continental U.S. cases — over 350 of them — have all been tied to people traveling to places where there are outbreaks, such as Puerto Rico.

MLB and the union are talking with the players and are looking at Centers for Disease Control guidelines about how to ensure player safety and the prevention of birth defects to any children of players who may become affected. That includes guidelines about abstaining from reproductive sex for up to six months. But that’s obviously not the greatest comfort to some of the players:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 02:27 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika virus

Monday, March 28, 2016


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Five Marllins to watch as camp winds down | MLB.com

He’s not much of a fielder and he’s not having a great spring but he can hit a little.

INF/OF Derek Dietrich: Also out of options, Dietrich is a left-handed hitter with power. Since joining the organization in 2013, he has moved around from second base to third base to left field, and he’s seeing time at first base. It will come down to if the Marlins feel he is the right bench fit with the potential to be an everyday player. Dietrich also could be a late spring trade piece.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 02:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Barry Bonds defeats Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich in Marlins home run derby

There were 762 of those bad boys during Barry Bonds’ 22-year career. But it was a career that ended nine years ago. Bonds is now 51 years old and the Marlins’ new hitting coach.

Still, it’s hard not to wonder whether the slugger could somehow help the team in some dream emergency scenario off the bench. Can he still hit? Is that don’t-pitch-me-inside-i’ll-obliterate-that-thing-to-the-moon swing still there? Judging from an impromptu home run derby on the back fields of Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday, yes—- yes, it is.

eddieot Posted: March 16, 2016 at 02:36 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Braves, Marlins to play at Fort Bragg on July 3


The Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins will play a first-of-its-kind regular season game in celebration of the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Sunday, July 3rd, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced today. The game will air nationally on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

A new 12,500-capacity ballpark constructed by MLB and the MLBPA will host the “Fort Bragg Game” during the military post’s annual Fourth of July festivities. Following the game, in which the Braves will be the home team, the ballpark will be converted to a permanent softball field and multi-purpose facility for those who serve at Fort Bragg, a gift courtesy of the Major League Clubs and Players. This event will mark the first regular season game of a professional sport ever played on an active military base.

 

Gamingboy Posted: March 08, 2016 at 03:31 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, fort bragg, marlins, mlb

Thursday, March 03, 2016

As Marlins await Carter Capps’ MRI, Kyle Barraclough a viable option | Miami Herald

It’s shocking that a guy with Capps’ mechanics has elbow issues.

Mattingly said Wednesday afternoon he had no update on Capps, who had an MRI to check on soreness he felt in his right elbow, the same one that has caused him to miss significant playing time the past two seasons.

“We’re hoping for the best with Capps, and we’ll see where it goes,” Mattingly said. “Best-case scenario for all of us is he just needs a few days, and he can come back and he’s ready to go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: carter capps, marlins

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)
  Beats: don mattingly, marlins

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Marlins Add Pitcher-Fixer Jim Benedict

tl;dr If Benedict can fix Edwin Jackson, Davo will eat his shoe.

DelPiano: “He can take careers that were positive, that were fallen, and re-establish them again. You can take a chance on buying low on a pitcher because he has the ability to identify the fixes. He’s not going to take a guy who has never had success and make them successful. But someone along the line who had some success at some level, he can go back to that and help them re-establish themselves.”

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: February 20, 2016 at 03:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pirates, pitching coaches

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Marlins Block Prime Spring Training Autograph Spot

Ichiro was the big draw last spring, attracting fans who would gather four deep against the fence. With all-time home run king Barry Bonds joining the team as hitting coach this year, the Marlins decided to restrict access, the sources said.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: February 18, 2016 at 08:02 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: autographs, fandom, marlins, spring training

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jose Fernandez innings limit being discussed by Miami Marlins, agent Scott Boras, and sides are ready to zero in on number as spring training nears | FOX Sports

Hill, for his part, said Monday in an email that the team has formulated a “tentative game plan . . . that we will review with Jose in spring training.” Hill added that the Marlins’ baseball operations department, team medical staff, Dr. Neal ElAttrache (who performed the surgery), and Fernandez himself have had—or will have—voices in the decision-making process.

So, the parties agree a consensus is necessary. That’s good. But the ultimate number—which caused so much controversy for Harvey last fall—remains unknown. Boras and the Marlins sparred early in the offseason about how much influence Boras could have on Fernandez’s workload; they reconciled in time for Chen, a Boras client, to sign a five-year, $80 million deal with the Marlins. Now the Fernandez issue is back.

The Marlins, according to one source, will be reluctant to place a hard cap on Fernandez before the season, preferring to agree on a range that could be scaled based on the number of stressful innings encountered during the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, scott boras

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ramos, Capps to Compete for Closer’s Role

When healthy, Capps is lights-out. His average fastball last year, according to Statcast™, was 98.05 mph. The league average was 92.90 mph. Capps’ perceived fastball from the hitter’s vantage point is 101.73 mph. The league average was 92.54 mph.

Not many can match that overpowering velocity. Making Capps an even more uncomfortable at-bat is his unorthodox delivery, where he propels himself off the rubber toward the batter. There was an issue with the delivery early last season when Capps was pitching for Triple-A New Orleans. MLB reviewed and determined the pitch is legal as long as his back foot drags toward home and he isn’t leaping upward.

There was some discussion that during the offseason MLB might adjust its rules on keeping a foot on the rubber. To my knowledge nothing ever happened, so will the hop-toward-home become more widespread?

Greg Pope Posted: February 15, 2016 at 09:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aj ramos, carter capps, marlins, unorthodox delivery

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

LOOK: The fences are being shortened at Marlins Park - CBSSports.com

Earlier this offseason the Marlins announced they will both lower and move in the fences at Marlins Park in an effort to make the park more hitter friendly. The dimensions down the lines will remain the same, but the walls will be brought in in the power alleys and center field.

Also, the fences will be lowered substantially in some places. The old walls ranged from 11 1/2 feet to 13 feet high. With the new layout, some fences will be as low as 5 1/2 feet. Here’s an update of the construction, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, stadium renovations

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Marlins, Dee Gordon agree to five-year extension

Gordon, 27, is coming off of his first season with the Marlins and it was a good one. The former Dodger played in 145 games for the Marlins, sporting a .333/.359/.418 line with 58 stole bases and 205 hits, both of those marks led the National League. This big season from Gordon earned him All-Star honors, along with a Golden Glove and a Silver Slugger.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 13, 2016 at 09:28 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, marlins

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sources: Wei-Yin Chen, Marlins agree to five-year deal

The Miami Marlins and free agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen have agreed to a five-year deal that includes a sixth-year player option, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The five-year deal is worth $80 million and could be worth up to $96 million with the option, according to the MLB Network.

Chen, 30, was one of the top remaining free agent pitchers available. He went 11-8 with a 3.34 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles last season.

BREAKING: The rumor now is the Marlins might look to trade Wei-Yin Chen in a cost-cutting move.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 01:18 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, wei-yin chen

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

FIVE THINGS LEARNED TALKING HALL OF FAME WITH MIKE LOWELL

“The Tim Raines thing really baffles me. I don’€™t think anybody would argue that Rickey Henderson isn’€™t a Hall of Famer. He’€™s absolultely a Hall of Famer, first ballot. I look at what Tim Raines did for a good 8-10 years in the National League and he’€™s basically Rickey Henderson.

“Schll’€™s another one. If you did something extraordinary in the postseason, you get bonus time. For me Curt was so outstanding, and had some moments, especially in ‘€™04 with the sock. I think those should push you over the edge. It’€™s not like he did it just once. He’€™s a guy who is lower than he should be. Edgar Martinez is another guy who should get more consideration.”

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, red sox

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

mlb.com Barry Bonds discusses becoming a hitting coach

I didn’t ever think this was something I wanted to do. You know me, when [Loria] asked me, it was like I wanted to click on the phone and say, “Hello? Are you serious?” But Jeffrey Loria was very kind about it. He told me, “Barry, when you think about it, you have so much to give the game, you have so much to offer to baseball, and you can teach these kids.”

The more I talked to my mom about it, the more she encouraged me. I told her, “I don’t know if I want to go back and do it every day.” She said, “Why not? You may hate it, but if you don’t try you’ll never know. You might love it and you might be one of the best teachers who ever lived. You don’t know unless you get in the box and find out.”

Yeah, I’m going to have some struggles, being back in the bus every day, riding everywhere. I haven’t done that in a long time. I haven’t lived out of a suitcase for a long time. But it is what it is.

bbmck Posted: December 22, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hitting coaches, marlins

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Rosenthal: Dodgers might not be done with pursuit of Jose Fernandez | FOX Sports

Rosenthal speculates on some dream deals for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jose fernandez, marlins

Friday, December 11, 2015

Peter Gammons: Winter Meetings Over, Holiday Shopping Continues - GammonsDaily.com

Good stuff from Gammons.

Just don’t try to apply analytical logic to all things baseball. Actually, there was logic to the Miami Marlins at least talking to more than a half-dozen teams about Jose Fernandez. “We’d be crazy not to listen,” said Marlins President David Samson.

So word would leak about Fernandez. Team X, Y or Z would be mentioned. Mike Hill would then offer the antiphonal response, “we are not shopping Jose Fernandez.”

One Dodger official said, “if we gave them what they wanted, we wouldn’t have one young pitcher left in our organization,” and they moved on. Before the Diamondbacks made the Shelby Miller deal, they talked to the Marlins about Fernandez, and were told they’d have to trade five of their best young pitchers and third baseman Brandon Drury for three years of Fernandez. Nyet.

“We thought we might be able to piece something together with the Red Sox,” said a Marlins official. “With ERod (Eduardo Rodriguez), Mookie Betts, Christian Vazquez, Yoan Moncada and another pitcher I thought we had something that might work.” Why not?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 11:07 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Unidentified fourth team enters trade talks for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez

Astros?

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees are all known to have spoken about Fernandez with the Marlins, who have said publicly that their ace is unavailable even while they continue to entertain trade talks about the 23-year-old right-hander.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, trade rumors, winter meetings

Monday, November 30, 2015

Barry Bonds is under consideration to be a Marlins hitting coach

Bonds would be the clear choice.

In what promises to be a bombshell move, if executed, all-time great slugger Barry Bonds is under consideration to become Marlins hitting coach.

Team higherups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks.

Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing to move across the country for such a hitting coach job, but he has been working on brandishing his image and has a keen love of coaching.

Frank Menechino is expected back, but the Marlins would employ two hitting coaches to accommodate Bonds.

Juan Nieves also is said to be among the top considerations for hitting coach.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2015 at 06:06 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins, peds

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tommy Hutton out as Miami Marlins TV analyst after 19 years | Miami Herald

The Marlins and Fox Sports Florida dropped TV analyst Tommy Hutton on Monday, a move that elicited a flood of Marlins-bashing on Twitter.

Hutton — whose lively personality, candor and willingness to criticize made him popular with viewers — was the team’s TV analyst for the past 19 seasons. He said the Marlins and Fox gave him no explanation for why they aren’t renewing his contract.

“All I got was, ‘We’ve made a decision to go in another direction,’ ” he said. “They insisted it wasn’t about budget. I was surprised and shocked the way it was handled given the fact it was two months into the offseason and a couple days before Thanksgiving.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, marlins, tommy hutton

Friday, November 20, 2015

Marlins taking offers on Marcell Ozuna because Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand the guy”

I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

For months now there’s been speculation about the Marlins looking to trade 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna, whom they demoted to the minors and then kept there far longer than reasonable.

And now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that “multiple teams” have talked to the Marlins about acquiring Ozuna, quoting one source who says:

I’d be surprised if they keep him. Loria clearly can’t stand the guy and everybody knows it.

With any other team that in itself would be news, but with Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins it’s just business as usual.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marcell ozuna, marlins

Jose Fernandez Demanded Trade

Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ in Miami cites “multiple player sources” within the Marlins organization who claim Fernandez approached Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill multiple times during the 2015 season and asked “when are you going to trade me?”

Would you do Fernandez for Puig?  Would LA?

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, trade demands

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Marlins Feud With Agent Scott Boras Over Ozuna, Fernandez - The New York Times

Shocking!! Click through to the article to read more.

An exchange of barbs began with Boras criticizing the Marlins for demoting Ozuna to Triple-A last season when he was in a 1-for-36 slump. The comments brought an angry response from Samson.

“My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his 5 percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team,” Samson said. “Then he would have the opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to do. Until that time, he is in no position to comment how any Major League Baseball team is operated.”

Boras, speaking at the general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, questioned the Marlins’ motivation for sending Ozuna to the minors. The lost service time prevented Ozuna from becoming eligible for salary arbitration this offseason.

“He’s a lifetime .265 hitter, and I can find you 30 players in the major leagues that went 1 for 36 some time in their career, and they did not get sent to the minor leagues,” Boras said. “When you do those things, it sends a message to players, sends a message to the locker room and sends a message to everyone that looks at the organization that there is a calculus going on that is beyond performance.”

Samson responded: “Every decision we make is based on the best interests of the team, and always has been.”

Ozuna is believed to be on the trading block.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, scott boras

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