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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christian Yelich starting to hit for power | MLB.com

Yelich hits the ball hard. Everybody has just been waiting for him to start putting a little more loft into his swing. Maybe he’s starting to do that.

Yelich has long been considered a “pure hitter” who works the gaps, and he’s living up to that reputation. With two hits on Friday, his slash line is now .320/.396/.499.
The past couple of years, Yelich has ranked at the top of all players in ground-ball percentage. Last year, for instance, his ground-ball percentage was 62.5 percent, compared to his fly-ball percentage of 15, according to FanGraphs.

This year, his ground-ball percentage has lowered to 58.9 percent, with a fly-ball increase to 16.7 percent.
“I know he’s working on some things,” Mattingly said. “If that continues, he turns into a really, really, scary guy from the standpoint of if he starts hitting for that kind of power, then the RBIs will start piling up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ichiro Suzuki records 2 hits, 4 shy of 3,000 | MLB.com

It can happen any day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ichiro Suzuki, still connecting

Long article on ESPN, worth a read.

Kendrick sees a kinship between Ichiro and the black players who integrated the major leagues. It’s not apples to apples. No one fought to keep Ichiro out of the majors. But Kendrick believes he faced similar hurdles.

So many people were skeptical that his skill set would transfer from Japan. People thought he wasn’t as good,” Kendrick says. “I always understood the parallels between the guys coming out of the Negro Leagues and what Ichiro had to deal with. They were always trying to erase that doubt.”

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 20, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ichiro Suzuki 6 away from 3,000 hits | MLB.com

Ichiro is not limping toward the record.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins, records

Thursday, July 14, 2016

D-Train Derailed: Don’t feel sorry for Dontrelle Willis

And by that spring, at 33 years old, it had sent him to a part of Phoenix called Maryvale, to a last-chance spring training with the Brewers, where his neck hurt and his shoulder ached but another group of young players was finding out what it means to be a Dontrelle friend, a Dontrelle teammate.

“Awesome,” said Will Smith, who turned 14 the summer Willis won the rookie of the year award for the Marlins and now found himself Willis’ locker mate and throwing partner. “If you had to pick one word to describe him, you’d say fun.”

This isn’t a sad story.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dontrelle willis, marlins, pitchers

Monday, July 04, 2016

Yelich, Realmuto make mark on historic night | marlins.com

The clubs came to Fort Bragg for just one game, which lasted two hours and 59 minutes. They left with the experience of a lifetime.

“Nothing but goosebumps,” Realmuto said. “I got goosebumps multiple times tonight. The flyover for the anthem, and when they were chanting [‘U.S.A.!’].”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, j.t. realmuto, marlins

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Report: Marlins trade for Fernando Rodney

The Miami Marlins have been a somewhat surprising contender this season, and now, they are trying to improve their chances. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post,  the Marlins have struck a deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire reliever Fernando Rodney.

The 39-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular this season, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28.2 innings of work. He has recorded 33 strikeouts and boasts a minuscule 0.872 WHIP. Rodney strengthens what is an already solid Miami bullpen that features power arms such as A.J. Ramos, Kyle Barraclough and David Phelps.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2016 at 03:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando rodney, marlins, trade

Wednesday, June 29, 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 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sabr

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Marcell Ozuna having breakout season for Miami | MLB.com

If Marcell Ozuna’s breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn’t terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we’d named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ “five-tool players.”

Okay, we’ll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, because tenths of a point of partial-season WAR aren’t really significant) for the most valuable position player in the National League. Using park-adjusted offensive stats, Ozuna’s .322/.373/.578 makes him one of the dozen best hitters in the game, as effective as Mike Trout or Paul Goldschmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: marcell ozuna, marlins, statcast

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

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