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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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mets, Yankees, Marlins In Talks On Three-Team Deal - MLB Trade Rumors

11:04pm: The Yankees are “pushing hard” to swing a deal with the Mets, and are interested in Mets pitchers other than only Syndergaard, according to Andy Martino (Twitter links).

10:02pm: The Mets, Yankees, and Marlins have discussed a three-team trade that would see J.T. Realmuto end up on the Mets’ roster, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Making the deal into a true blockbuster, Noah Syndergaard may also be part of the negotiations, according to both the New York Post’s Mike Puma and SNY.tv’s Andy Martino.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets, yankees

Friday, December 07, 2018

Former Miami Marlins president gives his take on A-Rod, Bonds, Girardi and much more

On the Marlins’ decision to fire Joe Girardi after a 78-84 season in 2005 that earned him National League manager of the year, Samson told Le Batard: “Five minutes before we fired him, Joe in front of the 1,200 fans who were at the game [at what’s now Hard Rock Stadium], said, ‘Sit the bleep down’ to the owner. That’s the biggest act of insubordination you could ever do.

“We had to fire him. It was the craziest day of all time. We fired him and then we had to re-hire him two hours later because we told the clubhouse we fired our manager and the clubhouse revolted. We went up to talk to Jeffrey to say please, let’s just keep him until the end of the year, let him win manager of the year and then we’ll fire him.

“I never wanted to hire Girardi. I knew at the opening press conference for Girardi that he was going to be a nightmare because he was much more focused on making sure all his demands were being met. We had no choice but to meet them because Jeffrey said we had to hire Girardi. We had to do nothing but say yes to everything he wanted, so we created this monster.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: david samson, marlins

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Marlins get rid of orange, cite South Florida cultures with new look

The Miami Marlins have unveiled new colors and a new logo in a rebranding effort under Derek Jeter’s year-old ownership regime, and the old orange is out.

Blue, black, red and gray are the new colors. The logo features a darting marlin above baseball seams and “Miami” in script.

Eh. I do like the cityscape background, but I preferred the old angular font.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 15, 2018 at 08:04 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Former Marlin Justin Wayne Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Con Involving Drug Addicts’ Urine

Justin Wayne was a bust. The fifth overall pick in the 2000 MLB draft, Wayne appeared in just 26 games over three seasons with the Florida Marlins, putting up an ERA over 6 (but earning a World Series ring along the way). Wayne’s post-baseball career was more successful, and more lucrative, at least right until he got busted for a bizarre insurance fraud which involved purchasing the urine of drug addicts.

Thursday in federal court West Palm Beach, Fla., Wayne was sentenced to 46 months in prison, ordered to repay $3.8 million defrauded from insurers, and fined $20,000, after pleading guilty to health care fraud. His brother, Hawkeye Wayne, who never made it past the minor leagues, was apparently the brains behind the operation, and his sentence was more severe.

A Baseball Fan Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Agent Jeff Berry expects J.T. Realmuto to be traded by spring training

So, what third-rate prospects will the Yankees give up for Realmuto?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, marlins, trade rumors

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Derek Jeter gets his wish: The Marlins home run sculpture is outta there

The Miami Marlins won county permission on Tuesday to move its home run sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside, giving Derek Jeter a key win in his efforts to erase the legacy of former owner Jeffrey Loria.

The sculptor behind “Homer,” New York’s Red Grooms, opposed moving the seven-story piece of public art, saying he designed it under a $2.5 million contract with Miami-Dade County specifically for its perch in center field. The sculpture whirs to life whenever the Marlins hit a home run, sending mechanical marlins spinning and fountains spraying during a 29-second cycle timed to end once the typical base runner makes it to home plate.

Grooms proved a significant obstacle for Jeter, who personally pitched the 81-year-old artist last month when the former Yankee visited Grooms at a Chelsea gallery exhibiting his work. A county board populated by artists and art supporters must approve changes involving Miami-Dade’s Art in Public Places collection, and this week Grooms urged members to reject Jeter’s plan.

Given his decisions with players since taking control of the team, I can see why Jeter wouldn’t want to keep around something that reminds people of home runs….

QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, no shame, public art

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A college baseball team outdrew the Marlins in 2018

It wasn’t a great year for the Miami Marlins. The team traded away some of its best assets in the offseason, went 63-98 in the regular season and will watch likely National League MVP Christian Yelich mash for the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason.

While all of that is bad, one thing stands out as much more embarrassing. A college baseball team actually drew more fans per game than the Marlins in 2018.

That team would be LSU. The university’s baseball team averaged 10,786 fans per game in 2018. The Marlins averaged just 10,013 fans per game.

Ahh, the Marlins- just when you think they’ve hit bottom, they dig deeper…..

QLE Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, college baseball, lsu, marlins

Sunday, September 30, 2018

J.T. Realmuto draws managing assignment for what could be final game as a Marlin

NEW YORK- J.T. Realmuto’s final game in a Marlins uniform could be as their manager.

As is his end-of-season custom, manager Don Mattingly ceded his role to one of his players—Realmuto, in this case—to call the shots from the dugout in Sunday’s season finale.

Whether it proves to be Realmuto’s final game as a Marlin remains to be seen. The Marlins are expected to offer their All-Star catcher a contract extension. If he doesn’t accept, they could decide to trade him.

There’s no chance Realmuto will spend the day dressed like Connie Mack, is there?

 

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, manager for a day, marlins

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Marlins Finish With Lowest Home Draw Since 2004 Expos

Glenn Geffner @GlennGeffner

A little unfair that this is a narrative. Buried in story then essentially overlooked, Jeter said in Spring team would announce lower tix sold number. Had club used tix distributed as in past & like many clubs, total would have been much higher. Apples and Oranges. No doubt attendance is an issue and needs to get better. But with the enhancements this front office is making to the ballpark and to the fan experience, and as the team improves in the years ahead, it will get better.

Glenn Geffner is a radio play-by-play voice of the Marlins. I guess he should be glad they don’t report the turnstile counts, huh?

Bote Man Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins, tickets

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tickets available as Marlins host Reds

MIAMI—The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.

Miami’s 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.

Mind you, I would be far more shocked if this game was a sell-out….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, nobody shows up, reds, tickets

Friday, September 21, 2018

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter: Don Mattingly ‘under contract’ for 2019

MIAMI—Derek Jeter signaled Thursday that Don Mattingly is expected to return next year as manager of the Miami Marlins, providing some dugout continuity for a last-place team in transition.

Mattingly has one season to go on a four-year contract he signed when he joined the Marlins for the 2016 season.

“Is he going to be back in 2019?” Jeter said. “He’s under contract. Yeah.”

So, what do we suppose Mattingly did that is leading to him being punished so?

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, don mattingly, marlins

Friday, September 07, 2018

Marlins Man prepares epic return to Marlins Park

It’s hard to make jokes when almost every line is its own punchline…..

The best-known fan in sports, Marlins Man, is planning an unforgettable return to Marlins Park. You can be part of it and eat/drink for free.

Laurence Leavy, a lawyer-turned-superfan, will attend his first game of the season at Marlins Park on Monday Sept. 17 against the Washington Nationals.

But Marlins Man is doing it up huge.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: and they even alienated him, fans, marlins, the one fan the marlins have left

 

 

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