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Saturday, June 25, 2016

SABR 46 Convention in Miami

Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players, including Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and ESPN’s Eduardo Perez. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees.

This is going to be one of the best conventions yet.  Much of the change of the conventions to focus on panels, as well as research presentations, has been incredibly well received and has been some of the most entertaining aspects of the conventions of late.  The speakers SABR has been nothing short of incredible.

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: June 25, 2016 at 04:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sabr

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marlins, Rockies Set Curious Home Run Record

The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of history Monday.

They and the Rockies combined for eight home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory, making it the most runs ever scored in a major-league game in which solo homers accounted for all of the scoring.

Eight solo home runs is still ten short of the entertainment record held jointly by Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Giancarlo Stanton mired in career-worst slump | MLB.com

Stanton is having a hard time making contact on pitches in the zone, particularly those up and in. If he’d actually moved off the plate, he’d in theory be in a better position to hit those, but that’s not what’s happened. In fact, since Stanton’s mechanics starting his swing look the same, a reasonable assertion would be that if the side was an issue, not only would he struggle to make contact, but he’d have a hard time being on time with his swing. That’s exactly what’s happened. Over the past few years, Stanton has always pulled between 42 and 47 percent of his batted balls. Through May 7, he pulled 45 percent this year. Since May 8? Only 38 percent.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Monday, June 06, 2016

Miami Marlins say Josh Naylor injures Greensboro Grasshoppers teammate Stone Garrett in prank involving knife | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

I guess nobody told him he shouldn’t play with knives.

“Naylor has a reputation of being a bit of a prankster, but this one obviously went a little too far,” Hill told the Sun-Sentinel. “Obviously, he’s torn up about it. This is a good friend, his roommate. They came into pro ball together, so they’re good friends.

“Hopefully, it’ll just be ... short term and [Garrett] can get back healthy and return to form and continue on his career.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: josh naylor, marlins

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Can New York Mets’ Matt Harvey make it two good starts in a row? - Mets Blog- ESPN

I know what I’ll be watching on this rainy day.

Harvey returns to the mound Sunday as the New York Mets aim to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins. He has a tough matchup. Harvey (4-7, 5.37 ERA) opposes ace Jose Fernandez (8-2, 2.53) in the 1:10 p.m. ET finale.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Marlins Sue Season Ticketholders, Vendors Bankrupted by Small Crowds

Then last year the Marlins sued Axelband, alleging he had illegally backed out of a two-year season ticket deal. He might have reacted angrily, but that’s just not the kind of guy he is. “I wasn’t shocked, just disappointed,” he says. “After all these years, I wondered, why now?”

Axelband isn’t alone. In fact, the Marlins have sued at least nine season ticketholders and luxury suite owners since 2013. That virtually never happens in sports, experts say. Two stadium vendors are also locked in court battles with the team, both alleging the Marlins promised robust crowds and then didn’t deliver.

All this from a team that has gone from world champion to perennial also-ran, hustled taxpayers on a Little Havana stadium, and just lost its best hitter and last year’s National League batting champion Dee Gordon to an 80-game drug suspension.

“You bamboozled us for this ballpark and now you have the audacity to sue a small businessman?” says Rene Prats, who went into bankruptcy after his Sir Pizza franchises failed at the ballpark. “I lost it all. I lost my business. And you’re coming after me?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, lawsuit, marlins, season ticket holders

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The two bad trades of Mike Piazza

According to then Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, the Piazza swap was negotiated by Fox television executives without his knowledge. Their intention was not to improve the Dodgers but to incentivize Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga to sell Fox a Florida regional sports network he owned. As Claire later pointed out, there was nothing typical about the trade. It happened in May, not at the trading deadline. Piazza didn’t go to a contender but to a team bent on losing 100 games. It wasn’t about baseball.

Now it was Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski’s turn to play pass the Piazza, and to make a deal that would spark the Marlins’ rebuild. Mets owner Fred Wilpon had publicly denied interest in Piazza, and GM Steve Phillips had cracked, “I’d have the best platoon catching tandem in the history of baseball,’’ with both Piazza and Hundley, “but I don’t see a fit for us.”

Nevertheless, on May 22, Piazza was headed to Shea Stadium.

“This town is ready and waiting for Mike,’’ Wilpon said, as if the whole thing was his idea. Piazza just sounded tired: “I have gone from a player who thought he would spend his whole career with one organization to a player who’s been with three organizations in a week,” he said. “I’ll be with three teams in a week. Isn’t that bizarre? It’s like rotisserie baseball.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2016 at 02:13 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, marlins, mets, mike piazza

Monday, May 09, 2016

Baseball is a funny game

Baseball is magical. Also, “Realmuto is real gone” deserves to get Realmuto called out regardless of whether he passed the runner on the basepaths.


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Giancarlo Stanton hits longest homer of 2016 | MLB.com

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton once again stands alone when it comes to pure home run distance. The three-time All-Star connected on a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning on Friday that lifted Miami to a 6-4 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2016 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, statcast

Thursday, May 05, 2016


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Baseball close to canceling Puerto Rico trip because of Zika concerns

Players from the Pirates and Marlins banded together in recent days to let Major League Baseball know they want to move the two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium to Miami instead, sources said, a view shared by some club officials and staff members as well. Despite the widespread implications – including a possible effect on league relations with Puerto Rico as well as opening a Pandora’s box for athletes leading up to the Summer Olympics in Brazil, another Zika-affected country – MLB is not expected to oppose the players’ choice, sources told Yahoo Sports….

It’s a lot to ask, certainly. After the players met with CDC officials in recent days and were told nobody could guarantee they would leave the island Zika-free, the concerns grew. Players answer to their families before anyone else, and the fear of birth defects among babies born to Zika-infected mothers rightfully scares those who plan on getting pregnant in the near future – particularly considering the disease can be transmitted sexually, and doctors believe it stays in men for months at a time. A study from French Polynesia’s outbreak of Zika in 2013 linking the virus to cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves, further clouds a virus still shrouded in mystery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: international, marlins, pirates, puerto rico, zika

Friday, April 29, 2016

Miami Herald: MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, the National League’s reigning batting champion, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension is effective immediately.

An email with the news was sent out at 1:17 a.m. by the commissioner’s office – not long after the Marlins completed a four-game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles with a 5-3 win Thursday.

The statement said Gordon, who signed a five-year, $50 million extension in January, tested positive for “for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

Tike Redman's Shattered Dreams Posted: April 29, 2016 at 02:02 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, oops, peds, suspension

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

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