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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Giants, Marlins battle for NL’s worst record

The Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants—the two teams with the worst records in the National League—will open a three-game series on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Miami just closed a 4-3 road trip with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over at Washington on Sunday. The Nationals had won the series’ first three games.

The Giants, who have lost five consecutive games, did not play on Monday, using it as a cross-country travel day.

Marlins first baseman Neil Walker, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Sunday, believes his team is in a good place.

Interesting match-up to consider, given the very different directions both teams took to get into this position.

QLE Posted: May 28, 2019 at 05:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: celler-dwellers, giants, marlins, worst team in baseball

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sandy Alcantara pitches first career shutout | Miami Marlins

Nice game by Alcantara.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 10:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sandy alcantara

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Marlins Are Sending Everyone to Spanish Class. Even Derek Jeter.

¿Pero conseguirán una cesta de frutas?

Teaching English to minor league players from Latin America has understandably become commonplace. Nearly 30 percent of players in the major leagues — and even more in the minors — were born in that part of the world. The Marlins, however, are among the few teams also doing the inverse: conducting Spanish classes for English speakers throughout the organization, from players to coaches to top executives.

Even Jeter. He has been going to class, too.

“If you don’t speak Spanish in Miami, there are certain places you go and can’t even order food,” he said. “And if we’re going to preach it to our players, we should preach it to the front office.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2019 at 12:09 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Rosenthal: Derek Jeter’s right-hand man is tearing up a franchise and creating enemies along the way – The Athletic

He wanted the dogs out of the clubhouse. No, it was worse than that. Gary Denbo, the Marlins’ vice president of player development and scouting, could not tolerate the dogs, who had been a popular part of the Greensboro Grasshoppers’ scene since August 2006, fetching bats, carrying buckets of balls to the plate umpire, running the bases after every game.

The dogs are such a phenomenon that the bucket of the late Miss Babe Ruth, a Labrador Retriever who once worked 638 consecutive home games, is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But Denbo, making an unannounced visit to the Marlins’ Low-A affiliate in June 2018, was not interested in upholding tradition. He took one look at the two dog kennels in the clubhouse and demanded that they be removed, berating a clubhouse attendant, a longtime employee of the team who is in his 50s.

The exchange was the breaking point in the Marlins’ 16-year relationship with Greensboro, according to the team’s president and general manager, Donald Moore, who said he simply could not work with Denbo. Moore subsequently made a deal with the Pirates’ organization, and the Marlins settled for a much less advantageous affiliation in Clinton, Iowa, where the ballpark is considered outdated and remote.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, pay site

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Marlins option struggling Lewis Brinson to Triple-A

The Marlins announced on Tuesday that struggling outfielder Lewis Brinson has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and outfielder Garrett Cooper has been activated from the 10-day injured list.

Wondering what it says when the Marlins feel the need to option you to Triple-A….

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: lewis brinson, marlins

Friday, April 26, 2019

Starlin Castro homers in 10th, lifts Miami over Phillies 3-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starlin Castro nearly knocked himself out of the game before he knocked one out of the park.

Castro hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning after fouling a pitch off his foot, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

“I just wanted an opportunity that inning,” Castro said. “That guy (Hector Neris) is really good. I kept a good approach, looked for a fastball I can drive.”

So, when does Starlin Castro become a Yankee?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, phillies, starlin castro

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Reds break losing streak, Harper cannot stop Nationals

It’s not often a two-win team is one of the highlights of Major League Baseball action but, on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds pulled off an impressive victory using a seven-run sixth inning to top the Miami Marlins, 14-0.

Cincinnati was already up 4-0 before a Jesse Winker single to right field led to a Miami error, which plated two runs. Next came the home runs.

First, Matt Kemp. Then, Eugenio Suárez. Finally, Scott Schebler, who extended the lead to 11-0.

Kyle Farmer added a three-run homer in the seventh. All in all, it was a very good night for the previously struggling Reds.

Pondering what it means when the Reds are able to beat up the Marlins so….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: losing streak, marlins, reds

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

With Marlins lacking power, Mattingly preaching small ball

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — At a time when home runs dominate baseball’s offensive strategy, the Miami Marlins are zigging to the long ball’s zag.

Manager Don Mattingly realizes that if his Marlins are going to score runs, most often they’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way — one at a time rather than in bunches.

“We’ll have to be a little more creative and a little more traditional,” Mattingly said. “Anytime we have a chance to score a run I think we’ve got to look at trying to score a run. I think the trend in the game is, don’t give up outs, don’t give up big innings. That may work for some clubs, not sure that it works for us.”

In case anyone was still wondering why “small ball” has such a terrible reputation around here…..

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, marlins, small ball

Monday, March 11, 2019

Marlins searching for answers to Chen’s road woes

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The “homer” could follow the “opener” into baseball’s lexicon.

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he’d consider rearranging some of pitcher Wei-Yin Chen’s starting dates during the regular season should last year’s atrocious home/road splits continue.

“If we’re seeing the same type trend then I think if you have a chance to schedule it — if you have an off-day and you can skip a guy and it lines him up for two home starts instead of one and back in Philly, or wherever it would be — I think you look at it,” Mattingly said.

It beats having to face the team’s real problems….

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pitching, wei-yin chen

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Derek Jeter wants Marlins fans to focus on the experience, not wins and losses

Derek Jeter knows the Miami Marlins aren’t going to be a good team in 2019. Instead of trying to go out and add talented players who are still sitting on the market, Jeter is opting for a bold, new strategy: Act like you’re a minor-league team.

Attending Marlins games shouldn’t be about who wins or who losses the game this season. It should be about whether you had a good experience, Jeter told WPLG in Miami.

“This is professional sports, and I feel bad for even saying this, but it’s impossible to win every single game. But one thing you always remember is the experience you had while you were at the park. We want it to be a positive experience. We want people to enjoy themselves, and look, a lot of times people come [and] they don’t know who won or lost, sometimes they don’t even know who was playing, but they do know if they had a good experience and that’s what we’re focusing on.”


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Marlins take leadership role in teaching players Spanish

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro showed up for the team’s first full-squad spring training workout wearing a T-shirt that read, “I talk (trash) about you in Spanish,” with a word more pungent and less publishable than “trash.”

The Marlins’ English speakers are onto him.

At the behest of CEO Derek Jeter, the Marlins last year began Spanish language classes for coaches, and the program has since been expanded throughout the organization, from media relations to analytics to the front office. Now minor league players who speak English are being taught Spanish, while Spanish-speakers learn English — part of a trend in Major League Baseball toward more bilingual teams.

So, what is the proper Spanish for “I want to be traded!”, “What did I do to deserve this?”, and “Captain Intangibles is a Yankee stooge”?

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: language training, marlins, spanish

Monday, February 25, 2019

Baseball Game Delayed Due to Falling Fish After Osprey-Eagle Fight

Mickey Mantle said, “It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.” He was talking about baseball’s many nuances, but he could have easily been referring to Saturday’s game between Jacksonville State and Jacksonville University. The contest was briefly delayed in the eighth inning when a fish fell onto the field after two birds got into a tussle above the stadium. Gosh, if only Mickey were around to see it.

This would be a suitable replacement for Miami’s departed homerun sculpture.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 25, 2019 at 03:23 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Marlins rookie Victor Victor Mesa strains hamstring

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins outfield prospect Victor Victor Mesa strained his right hamstring Sunday in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mesa pulled up and grabbed his hamstring after beating out a groundball and avoiding a double play in the sixth inning. He was removed from the game.

Mesa was to return to the Marlins’ camp in Jupiter on Sunday rather than accompany the team to Port Charlotte for a game Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ouch ouch!

QLE Posted: February 25, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: great name, hamstring, marlins, victor victor mesa

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jorge Posada on joining Marlins: ‘Perfect timing’

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A black cap with the Miami Marlins’ new neon logo sat atop Jorge Posada’s graying hair Monday, a jarring sight for fans who recall he spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees.

But Posada switched allegiances to return to the majors, and he’s at spring training as a special adviser to his close friend and former teammate, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.

“Perfect timing,” Posada said Monday. “Derek approached me sometime in January and said, ‘Do you want to get back in the game?’ I said, ‘Yeah!’”

Based on this, it would appear that Jorge Posada can out-deadpan Steven Wright.

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, detectives believe alcohol was involved, jorge posada, marlins

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Peter O’Brien to play right field for Marlins

This is an odd shuffle.

Peter O’Brien impressed as a September callup in 2018, playing mostly first base while belting four home runs with 10 RBIs in 66 at-bats.

Speculation has been that O’Brien will compete for the starting first-base job. The plan is actually to give him a shot in right field.

Because of his power potential, the Marlins are trying to find the best fit for O’Brien. And with Brian Anderson moving to third base, that frees up right field.

The front-runners at first base are the left-handed-hitting Neil Walker sharing time with the right-handed-hitting Martin Prado.

The Marlins already have stated that Anderson is their third baseman, even if Prado is healthy. So Prado will move around and play some first base and still be available, if needed, at third.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Orioles Radio Voice Joe Angel Is Retiring

In the 1970s Angel broadcast for the San Francisco Giants (1977–78), as well as Stanford University football and University of San Francisco basketball. Stints with the Minnesota Twins (1984–86), Baltimore Orioles (1988–90, 1992) and New York Yankees (1991) followed. In 1993, he left the Orioles to become the Florida Marlins’ first radio voice, and was behind the microphone for the Marlins’ first world championship in 1997.

Bote Man Posted: February 12, 2019 at 06:01 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, radio

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Marlins coach has had an accomplished MLB career, but something was missing from his life

He was having Thanksgiving dinner when, as looked around the table, it suddenly dawned on him that everyone — everyone except himself, Fredi Gonzalez — was attending college or held a degree from one.

The family gathering included his wife and her daughters.

“I’m sitting there thinking that I’ve been pretty successful,” said Gonzalez, who managed the Marlins and Braves at one time and is now a Marlins coach. “But I don’t have a degree.”

 

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college, fredi gonzalez, marlins

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Miami Marlins, Neil Walker agree to one-year contract

The Miami Marlins and veteran infielder Neil Walker have agreed to a one-year contract.

Miami announced the move Tuesday, adding a 33-year-old switch-hitter who could give the team some infield flexibility and another good bat in the lineup in 2019.

The deal is worth $2 million, The Athletic reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2019 at 07:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, neil walker

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Ex-Marlins president’s reaction to boos from Miami fans: ‘$1.2 billion, f—- you’

In case you you aren’t aware of former Miami Marlins president David Samson’s resume, it currently goes a little something like this:

becoming ex-Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s stepson
fighting off a RICO lawsuit over his mismanagement of the Expos
presiding over the laughingstock of Major League Baseball (the Marlins)
fleecing Miami taxpayers in a stadium deal that later triggered an SEC investigation
threatening to fire employees for letting an octopus win a mascot race
being the first person voted out on a season of Survivor

Nowadays, Samson is out of baseball and apparently trying his hardest to add “becoming the most hated person in Miami sports” to his list.

The really sad thing is, all this unpleasantness from David Samson- and I still think that Jeter is worse for the game as a whole….

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: david samson, how rude, marlins

 

 

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