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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Marlins acquire Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-way deal

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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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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 - BaseballAmerica.com

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 | MLB.com

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 ESPN.com. 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 | MLB.com

Nevermind.

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 | MLB.com

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 MLB.com 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 | 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 | 8 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 | 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 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 | 50 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


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