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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Don Mattingly couldn’t take Barry Bonds anymore | New York Post

I guess Mattingly didn’t like him.

The 52-year-old Bonds publicly said he wanted to return in August, but apparently the Marlins didn’t want him back. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reported that Bonds’ “commitment level dwindled” during the summer, and manager Don Mattingly called him out for the lack of effort.

According to The Post’s Kevin Kernan, who spoke with an MLB coach, Mattingly would have gone so far as to step down as manager if Bonds returned for another season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 07:37 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins

Barry Bonds Fired As Marlins Hitting Coach

Third base coach Lenny Harris also not retained. Barry’s La-Z-Boy has never looked more comfy.

Bote Man Posted: October 04, 2016 at 02:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hitting coaches, marlins

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Marlins sign Martin Prado to 3-year, $40 million extension

he Marlins have agreed to a 3-year, $40 million contract extension with third baseman Martin Prado, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Prado was slated to become a free agent after the season.

The signing of Prado represents a small bright spot in an impossibly tough week for the Marlins, who lost ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident early Sunday. Prado has been one of the club’s leaders since news broke of Fernandez’s death, and was the only player to speak at the team’s first press conference Sunday afternoon.

On the field, Prado has performed well in his second season with the Marlins, posting a .305/.360/.415 line with seven home runs in 149 games. The 32-year old will now stay with the Marlins through the end of his age-35 season in 2019.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, martin prado

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lee Smith: Farewell to Jose Fernandez, the Kid Who ‘Loved the Baseball’


I watched the game on TV and saw Bonds and Fernandez embrace each other in the dugout and laugh. As the AP reported, Bonds shouted, “I love you.”

“That goes way back, it’s a long story,” Fernandez said with a smile about his connection with Bonds. “It’s impressive. Everybody knows who he is and what he has done in this game. When I was walking in here now he told me, ‘It was the best that I have seen you pitch. I’m impressed.’ To get that from probably one of the best hitters in the history of the game means the world.”

Yes, one of the best hitters ever, but also one of the game’s notorious sourpusses. And yet Fernandez clearly brought the best out of him, joy. Here’s Fernandez photo-bombing Bonds during an interview in June. When the broadcast team alerted Bonds that Fernandez was making fun of him, Bonds turns and grabs him. “He’s like my kid,” says a laughing Bonds.

That sounds right. Critics called the Cuban-born Fernandez a hot dog—he admired his first big-league homer too avidly for the taste of the opposing Atlanta Braves, who cleared the bench after Fernandez touched home—but I think Bonds got it right: Fernandez was a kid, who rightfully enjoyed his own abilities. He also made the most of the opportunities fate put in his way.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jose Fernandez’s death is especially heartbreaking for Cubans and Cuban Americans - LA Times

I generally don’t get impacted by the deaths of people I don’t personally know. I could feel Jose Fernandez’s joy for life, though. People with such joy are a treasure. He’ll be missed. The world is a worse place today.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 06:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Jose Fernandez Dies In Boating Accident - MLB Trade Rumors

This is horrific news.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Marlins activate Giancarlo Stanton from DL |

Mattingly said that for now, Stanton is strictly a pinch-hitting option. However, trainer Dustin Luepker and the medical staff said the power-hitting right fielder could also run the bases.

“He’s basically a bat off the bench right now, and he will continue to rehab,” Mattingly said before the game. “We feel like he will continue to get better and better. We’ll see if he will be able to get back on the field or not to play the outfield and things like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Yankees could deal for Jose Fernandez this offseason — here’s how - NY Daily News

They will also be dealing for Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Corey Saeger, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Christian Yelich, and Jose Altuve.

What a team they will have!!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, yankees

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Marlins acquire Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-way deal

Delta has non-stop flights to Miami daily!

The Marlins have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur in a three-way deal with the Braves and Rangers, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal will send shortstop Dylan Moore (from Texas) and catcher/first baseman Matt Foley (from Marlins) to the Braves and three international bonus slots (two from Miami and one from Atlanta) to the Rangers.

Francoeur, 32, recently cleared revocable trade waivers, making him eligible to be traded to any team. Miami has been looking for outfield help in the wake of Giancarlo Stanton’s potentially season-ending injury, and was linked to Carlos Gomez before Gomez signed with the Rangers.

Francoeur has hit .249/.290/.381 with seven home runs in 99 games with the Braves this season after signing a minor-league deal to return to Atlanta in late February


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2016 at 10:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jeff francoeur, marlins, rangers

Jose Fernandez pitches Marlins past Royals |

I watched a Baseball Tonight clip of Fernandez in a few ABs. I was surprised by the number of sliders he was throwing. Checking out Brooks Baseball’s game breakdown shows that he threw 55 *curveballs*, 7 change ups, and 49 fastballs. I put asterisks around curveballs because it appears PitchFx classifies the giant break on his slider as a curveball. Anyway, for the year, Fangraphs PitchFx totals breaks down his season totals as 1189 four-seam fastballs 50%, 817 curves 34%, 296 changes 12%, and 71 two-seam fastballs 3%.

I don’t have the time right now to determine whether his breakdown last night is an aberration or a trend. If it’s just one game, it’s probably not a big deal. If it’s a trend I wonder how long his repaired elbow will be able to handle the stress of so many sliders.

- Jose Fernandez put an end to his slump in record fashion on Wednesday night, tossing seven dominant innings while striking out nine in the Marlins’ 3-0 victory over the Royals, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

With his nine strikeouts, Fernandez became Miami’s single-season strikeout leader, now with 213, eclipsing Ryan Dempster’s mark of 209 in 2000. But Fernandez’s 111-pitch outing ended with some caution as he limped off the mound with a cramp after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mike Hill talks key issues for Marlins |

Marlins info.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mike hill

Monday, August 15, 2016

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton likely out for year |

Really bad news for the Marlins.

“It’s a Grade 3 strain of his groin,” Hill said. “We’re going to rehab it, and best-case scenario is a six-week return. Obviously, there is still opportunity for G to be back this season’s end. But obviously, it was a significant injury and we’ll see how rehab goes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Marlins’ Stanton, Conley heading for DL stints |

The Marlins suffered a costly 8-7 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night, as right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (groin) and left-hander Adam Conley (hand) sustained injuries that will put them on the disabled list.

Stanton was injured on the final play of the game, attempting to stretch a single to a double. Conley, who started and gave up five runs in four innings, revealed postgame that he has been dealing with a hand injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:39 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adam conley, giancarlo stanton, injuries, marlins

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Brandon Crawford’s seven hits powers Giants |

Brandon Crawford tied an all-time single-game National League record with a franchise-record seven hits, including the go-ahead single off Andrew Cashner in the 14th inning, to power the Giants to an 8-7 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon crawford, giants, marlins

Monday, August 08, 2016

Celebrating The Singularity Of Ichiro -

But he didn’t. He has 3000 hits, which is a great accomplishment for a great player.

Ichiro clearly didn’t let a late introduction to Major League Baseball slow him. He collected at least 200 hits for 10 straight seasons—a major league record—and accumulated more hits in his 30s—2,080 of them—than any player in history. Additionally, the 10-time all-star won two AL batting titles, 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers—which is remarkable when you realize he never hit more than 15 home runs in a season.

These facts are unassailable, but a more esoteric distinction made headlines on June 15, when Ichiro collected his 4,257th career major league hit—if you count his 25 combined seasons in the Japanese and American majors. Rose, who retired at age 45 with 4,256 major league hits, accumulated his total over 24 seasons in the National League.

What Might Have Been

Major League Baseball does not recognize Ichiro as its all-time hits leader, and it’s hard to build a convincing case that it should.

However, it is accurate to say that Ichiro has amassed more hits in the top professional leagues for which he was eligible to play than any player in history.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:38 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, mariners, marlins

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Ichiro Joins 3,000 hit club with triple

Ichiro Suzuki, the true “Hit King”, joined Paul Molitor as the only member of the 3,000 Hit Club to do so with a triple when he did so in the top of the seventh inning in Denver.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:54 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hof, ichiro, marlins, pete rose

Giancarlo Stanton sets Statcast homer record |

This is a home run. (Sorry, can’t embed.)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, home runs, marlins, statcast

Saturday, August 06, 2016

MLB investigating Padres for medical disclosures at trade deadline

Major League Baseball is reviewing the Padres’ process of disclosing medical information to other teams before last week’s trade deadline, according to Buster Olney of The league is looking into San Diego’s deal with Miami involving Colin Rea, as well as the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for Anderson Espinoza.

Rea was originally traded from the Padres to the Marlins as part of a 7-player deal on July 29, but lasted only 3.1 innings in his first start with Miami before coming out due to elbow discomfort. Miami then sent Rea back to the Padres on deadline day in exchange for pitching prospect Luis Castillo, and San Diego announced today that Rea will indeed undergo Tommy John surgery.

Olney reports that Rea had ongoing elbow troubles dating back to his time with San Diego, and that the Marlins were unaware of those issues when they swung the deal for the right-hander. The Marlins were understandably upset when Rea’s injury surfaced, and worked to remedy the issue by re-acquiring Castillo within 48 hours.

Olney’s most interesting revelation is that Boston has “become aware of medical information with Pomeranz that they believe was not properly disclosed in trade talks.” Pomeranz has made four starts for Boston, and despite posting a 6.20 ERA over 20.1 innings, has not shown any signs of injury to this point. The lefty dealt with some shoulder trouble last season with the Athletics, but has been healthy to this point this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: colin rea, drew pomeranz, injuries, investigations, marlins, padres, red sox

Monday, August 01, 2016

Injured pitcher Colin Rea returns to Padres |


Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, padres, trades

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki on hitting 3,000, the ‘real’ Hit King and Lou Piniella

Was there anything that bothered you about coverage when you passed Pete Rose?
I was actually happy to see the Hit King get defensive. I kind of felt I was accepted. I heard that about five years ago Pete Rose did an interview, and he said that he wished that I could break that record. Obviously, this time around it was a different vibe. In the 16 years that I have been here, what I’ve noticed is that in America, when people feel like a person is below them, not just in numbers but in general, they will kind of talk you up. But then when you get up to the same level or maybe even higher, they get in attack mode; they are maybe not as supportive. I kind of felt that this time.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2016 at 07:48 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Friday, July 29, 2016

Marlins to acquire Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea |

The Marlins and Padres continue to be a match when it comes to trades. The clubs are on the verge of swinging another major deal that will have right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea heading to Miami for first baseman Josh Naylor—ranked as Miami’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline—a source told on Friday, and right-hander Luis Castillo—who is the team’s No. 6 prospect—according to Yahoo! Sports.

Neither team has commented on nor confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew cashner, colin rea, josh naylor, marlins, padres, trades

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Christian Yelich starting to hit for power |

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 | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

Friday, July 22, 2016

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

It can happen any day now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 62 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 Posted: July 20, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, ichiro suzuki, marlins

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