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Friday, August 21, 2015

Marlins open to Ichiro returning to pursue milestones in 2016

The next target is 3,000 hits in MLB, which is within reach next season. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said Saturday there have been internal discussions about offering Ichiro the chance to continue chasing milestones at 42 in Miami.

“Just watching him play and his contribution night after night. Certainly achieving some of the milestones, and the way he’s respected in that clubhouse by his teammates and what he does and what he brings on the field, there is still plenty left in the tank,” Jennings said.

Keep in mind, if Ichiro gets to 3,000, he’ll have passed Rose in total hits. You bet that bugs the Hit King. Rose has made the point that if Ichiro’s hits in Japan are to be considered part of his total as a professional, Rose’s own 427 hits in the minor leagues should be factored in too.

Meanwhile, the shame is that Ichiro’s efforts aren’t contributing to a pennant race in the super-sub role that was envisioned with the Marlins.

He was signed to be the primary backup in the outfield this season. He has appeared in more games (111) than any of the three projected starters, as Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich have missed significant time due to injuries and Marcell Ozuna slumped and was sent back to the minors — Ozuna returned when Yelich went on the DL for the second time.

Ichiro has given no indication if he wants to return to the Marlins in 2016. That will depend on other opportunities, such as whether he will be courted to finish his career in Seattle with the Mariners, whose cap will one day be on his bust in Cooperstown.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 21, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, marlins

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Miami Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna called up, compares Triple A to jail | Miami Herald

Yes, it’s just like that.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marcell ozuna, marlins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez headed to 15-day disabled list | Miami Herald

The Marlins intend to place Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list but were relieved to learn the pitcher has a right biceps strain and not a major injury that would require surgery.

As a result, it’s possible Fernandez could pitch again this season.

“I’d like to see him pitch. I think he wants to pitch, in talking with him [Sunday] morning,” manager Dan Jennings said of the likelihood Fernandez could take the mound before the end of the season.

Fernandez returned Saturday to Miami, where he was diagnosed with a biceps strain after undergoing a MRI. No structural damage to his shoulder was detected.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Jose Fernandez Dealing With Shoulder Stiffness - MLB Trade Rumors

This isn’t good.

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is dealing with stiffness in his right shoulder and has returned to Miami to see a doctor, the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer reports (Twitter links). The nature and severity of the injury are unclear. “Let’s see what it is before we speculate on something,” says Marlins manager Dan Jennings.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, jose fernandez, marlins

Saturday, August 01, 2015

With baseball’s 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins

Master plan?

Hill said he’s hoping Marlins fans realize that the core of the team is still intact, and that trading Haren, Latos and Morse — as well as closer Steve Cishek, sent off to St. Louis last week — doesn’t represent a total reset of Miami’s master plan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Friday, July 24, 2015

Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek traded to Cardinals for prospect - MLB - SI.com

[Kyle] Barraclough, 25, was the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick in 2012. He had a 0.60 ERA in 11 games at A-ball this season before being promoted to Double A, where he has posted a 3.28 ERA in 23 games with eight saves.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marlins, trades

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Marlins Lose Gordon to Thumb Injury in 14-3 Win Over Reds - The New York Times

Gordon was hurt leading off the seventh inning when he slid headfirst into first base for an infield single, the first of a record nine consecutive hits as Miami won 14-3.

Gordon will miss the All-Star Game but might be sidelined only a week or two. X-rays were negative, and there was no apparent ligament damage, the Marlins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, marlins

Friday, July 10, 2015

Miami Marlins shopping Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Brad Hand and Jeff Baker | Fish Bytes

I don’t know how much they will get from this lot.

With the second-worst record in the majors, the Marlins have finally reached the jumping off point on the season and are telling teams they’ll listen to offers for pitchers Mat Latos, Dan Haren and Brad Hand, and backup infielder Jeff Baker.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, trade rumors

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Marlins’ Jose Fernandez Returns Following 13-Month Layoff - The New York Times

It’s Jose Fernandez is back day!

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.

Now he’s back, saying he’s a better person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He’ll pitch for the first time since May 9, 2014, when he faces the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

“I’ve been waiting 13 months,” said the 22-year-old Fernandez. “If I’ve learned something, it’s how to be patient at my age.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Video: Statcast: Gordon’s speedy homer | MLB.com

Dee Gordon is fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, marlins

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Marlins slugger Stanton out 4-6 weeks with broken bone in hand | FOX Sports

The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will meet with a hand specialist.

Stanton, who grimaced as he swung and missed for strike three Friday night in the ninth inning of the Marlins’ 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, said the injury became worse as the game progressed.

“We’re hoping that it will be the quickest course possible, but certainly not great news when you lose a guy that means what he’s meant to this ballclub and to baseball,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said before Saturday’s game.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injuries, marlins

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Video: Statcast: Stanton’s 26th homer | MLB.com

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2015 at 08:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, video

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Video: Benches clear after Lake homers | MLB.com

The Marlins didn’t like Lake’s showboating.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, marlins, video

Monday, June 01, 2015

Marlins not thinking about selling « The Fish Pond

Obviously, June is going to be a crucial month for the Marlins, who put themselves in a big hole at 20-31. Already, some in the New York media are speculating that the Mets may be able to pry Martin Prado away from Miami to provide insurance in case David Wright doesn’t return.

From what I’m told, the Marlins have not quit on the season. They aren’t thinking about trading away core pieces. Dealing Prado doesn’t make much sense for Miami, especially since he is under contract through 2016. The Yankees are picking up $3 million of the $11 million Prado is making this year and next.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, martin prado

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Marlins should explore possibility of A-Rod being their next manager

Centaurs fulfill the diversity requirements of the “Selig Rule”, right?

Eventually, Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will grow tired of the Dan Jennings experiment, of having a manager who hadn’t managed before last week. Maybe that’ll happen after more losses—Miami has dropped seven of nine since the managerial change, including a tough loss Tuesday—or after more changes in the coaching staff. Maybe the Marlins will turn it around, and Loria will still switch managers. As the old saying goes, the only sure things in life are death, taxes and a new Miami manager.

The next time Loria considers a change, assuming that conversation doesn’t take place until after the 2015 season, here’s a name he ought to seriously think about: Alex Rodriguez.

Yes, of course there are a lot of reasons why you wouldn’t hire Rodriguez, but before we delve into those, think about the qualifications that Rodriguez would bring to the table for the Marlins. (And let’s be clear about this: Rodriguez would be a good fit for the Marlins and perhaps only the Marlins, and perhaps no other team.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, centaur managers, marlins

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The 10 Cheapest Teams of the Last 10 Years

5. 2007 Florida Marlins: 71-91

Actual salary: $30.5 million / Translated salary: $35.4 million
Highest-paid player: Miguel Cabrera / $7.5 million
Players over $1 million: four
Best position player: Ramirez / 5.3 WAR / $0.4 million
Best pitcher: Sergio Mitre / 2.3 WAR / $0.38 million
It’s hard to think of a more quintessentially Marlins team. Okay, actually, it’s not—you’ll see a few Marlins teams that are even more Marlin-y down below. This team, though, certainly looked like it had the young core of a perennial contender: Ramirez, Cabrera, Johnson, Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez, all 24-and-under. It’s hard to imagine a core this great getting away from any team other than the doggone Marlins.

Also only 25 at the time, with a ceiling as high as the sky and 16.2 career WAR under his belt before this season started was Dontrelle Willis. Oh Dontrelle, how we miss you. This would be the last season that Willis would throw 100 major league innings — plus he was fifth on the whole team in wRC+.

4. 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays: 66-96

Actual salary: $24.1 million / Translated Salary: $28 million
Highest-paid player: Crawford / $4.12 million
Players over $1 million: six
Best position player: Carlos Pena / 5.5 WAR / $0.8 million
Best Pitcher: Kazmir / 5.1 WAR / $0.42 million
This isn’t the only year this is the case, but in 2007, Florida’s two teams barely combined to create the salary of a single mid-market team. In Tampa, this was the last year that the team was called the Devil Rays and it was also the last time they weren’t the coolest doggone team around, what with their storming into the 2008 World Series the next year.

In case you forget why that 2008 team was so surprising, things were still pretty rowdy with this 2007 version. Breakout contenders do not, for instance, tend to have players like Elijah Dukes taking hundreds of plate appearance. They tend to not have 5.53 staff ERAs. But, doggone it, that’s what happened. By 2008 Opening Day the Rays’ payroll nearly doubled, up to $43.7 million, with the team paying (comparatively) big bucks for Troy Percival and Cliff Floyd in free agency.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marlins, padres, payrolls, rays, royals

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fans angry after Miami Marlins players skip charity event | Miami Herald Miami Herald

When I read the headline, I didn’t think it was a big deal. Committing to the event and not showing up, however, is weak.

Caught up in the disappointment of a seven-game losing streak, the handful of Marlins players who had committed to attending the event skipped out, bringing ire from fans Friday who paid between $100 and $175 to be there.

Although the event was optional for players to attend, team president David Samson said he was disappointed that none of the ones who had committed showed and promised there would be a follow-up in the clubhouse.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bill Parcells offers advice to Marlins’ new skipper Dan Jennings

The Tuna offers advice to the guy who Jeffrey Loria hopes isn’t another real zero.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

Jeffrey Loria’s message after odd hire: ‘A Marlin isn’t a flounder’

It isn’t?

“We’re supposed to be the Fish. The Marlins. We shouldn’t be the Flounders.

“A Marlin isn’t a flounder. We’ve got to get it going.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria sucks, marlins

Monday, May 18, 2015

Latest move leaves Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria with plenty to explain | FOX Sports

The Dan Jenning move to the dugout has Ken Rosenthal even more worked up about the Marlins.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has some explaining to do | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal with a strong opinion on the Redmond firing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins, mike redmond

Friday, May 15, 2015

Here’s to Dee Gordon, Inefficient Old-School Beauty «

What are the break-even points in the current run-scoring environment? I recall reading a good article on the topic fairly recently but a quick Google search turned up empty.

Well, Dee Gordon runs the bases like a teenager drives: aggressively, quickly, and with no regard for his or anyone else’s safety. He’s attempted 19 stolen bases in 32 games this season, which is awesome, even if his 12-for-19 success rate is well below the accepted break-even point.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, marlins

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dilbeck: Sorry, Giancarlo Stanton homer was not hit out of Dodger Stadium

But let’s be clear about something – Stanton’s 467-foot homer did not clear the ballpark. He hit the awning or the canopy or whatever you want to call that corrugated metal roof covering the left-field pavilion and then it bounced over.

It’s where it hits, not where it ultimately comes to rest.

Now not everyone agrees with this viewpoint, including my colleague Dylan Hernandez, who never lets the facts get in the way of an easy story. Not my immediate supervisor. Not several veteran scribes in the press box.

Which doesn’t mean they’re not wrong.

If a ball bounces once, twice, eight times, and then goes out of the ballpark, that’s not hitting it out of the ballpark. If it rolls 80 feet and then ends up out of the ballpark, that’s not the same as hitting it out.

Also, Santa Claus isn’t real.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 05:53 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, home runs, marlins, steve dilbeck

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