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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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Marlins making change in closer role | marlins.com

Maybe last season’s success gave him a big head.

“Shrek [Cishek] has done a tremendous job for us, but at the end of the day, it’s about winning games,” Redmond said.

A year ago, Cishek converted 39 of 43 chances. The sidearm-throwing right-hander has already blown as many as he did last season.

“It’s tough to win in the big leagues, and when you get late leads, you’ve got to be able to lock them down,” Redmond said. “Against a team like the Dodgers, they have so many weapons, great pitching. You know you’re not going to get a lot off those guys. To have a lead in the ninth, you’ve got to be able to finish them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, steve cisheks

Monday, May 04, 2015

PBA.com: John Burkett Looking Forward to Career as PBA50 Tour Player

Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.

On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players 50 years of age and older in the Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

George Plimpton observed that the smaller the ball, the better the writing about a sport.  There is no great literature of bowling, but maybe this thread can be a start.

BDC Posted: May 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, braves, giants, marlins, rangers, red sox

Monday, April 27, 2015

Marlins designate Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment

The Miami Marlins’ free-agent deal with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be remembered as a bust. They are optimistic that his rookie replacement will fare much better.

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment Monday, even though he has nearly two seasons left on the $21 million, three-year contract he signed before the 2014 season. He played poorly last year and lost his starting job early this season to top prospect J.T. Realmuto….

The Marlins will try to trade Saltalamacchia but likely will wind up releasing the South Florida native. Either way, they probably will be responsible for the bulk of the nearly $14.2 million remaining on his contract: $6,158,470 this year and $8 million next season.

If he clears waivers, any team could sign him for a prorated share of the $507,500 major league minimum, and what the Marlins owe him would be reduced by that amount.

Saltalamacchia batted .222 last season with a slugging percentage of .357, worst among regular catchers. He also committed 15 errors, the most by a catcher since 2003. This year he is 2 for 29 (.069) with 12 strikeouts….

Saltalamacchia played his final game for Miami on Thursday, and then went on paternity leave

At least he can spend more time with his kid now.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Yelich dealing with bulging disk in back | MLB.com

Not good news for the Marlins or Yelich.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 05:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, marlins

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cuban-born Jose Fernandez becomes U.S. citizen

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.

“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”

The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….

“This is one of my important accomplishments,” Fernandez said. “I’m an American citizen now—I’m one of them. I consider myself now to be free.”

The new citizens sworn in represented 22 different countries. They heard taped presentations from President Barack Obama and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was born in Czechoslovakia and became a U.S. citizen in 1957.

Picture of the ceremony here.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ichiro Suzuki’s Hitting Remains Constant Amid Changes - NYTimes.com

He has 2,849 hits in the majors and is closing in on 3,000. He probably needs another season to do it, but Suzuki is exceptionally fit, and motivated. Asked how badly he wants to reach 3,000, he responded this way:

“That question is really similar to ‘Do you want to get a hit this at-bat?’ or ‘Do you want to go to the World Series?’ ” said Suzuki, who is 5 for 21 this season. “You want to get a hit every time you get up there, and everybody would love to go to the World Series. And I also know in one at-bat, you can’t get two hits. Of course that’s something I would want to do; that’s a given.”

The team, the league and the bats have changed. The pursuit rolls on.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, marlins, michael morse

Friday, April 17, 2015

Giancarlo Stanton becomes Marlins all-time HR leader

Longoria is also the franchise leader in HR.  Braun and Wright need 21 to catch Yount and Strawberry.

bbmck Posted: April 17, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, marlins

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Carter Capps receives clarification on pitching motion - Sun Sentinel

How is this delivery legal? He jumps ahead, regains balance, then releases the pitch.It’s the middle step which looks illegal to me. Does MLB really want to encourage more pitchers to try this delivery? 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: carter capps, marlins

Friday, April 03, 2015

MLB clears Jarred Cosart of betting on baseball

After concluding its investigation, Major League Baseball has determined Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart never bet on baseball.

Cosart was fined for his involvement with illegal bookmakers, but it was determined that he placed bets on other sports. Shortly after MLB’s statement was released, Cosart responded with his own, via the Houston Chronicle.

“I have never, nor would I ever, bet on the great game of baseball. Major League Baseball conducted a thorough investigation and I cooperated fully with them and their investigators throughout that process. I’m sorry for any distractions this may have caused the Marlins, my teammates, coaches, and our incredible fans. I’m glad to bring closure to this situation before Opening Day and I look forward to a great season.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gamblor, jarred cosart, marlins

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.

These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.

Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher

You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!”—American League outfielder

Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“C.J. Wilson. He’s into racing cars, he travels everywhere. and he’s [married to] a supermodel.”—American League outfielder

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.”—American League pitcher

“Didn’t Madison Bumgarner bus down his cattle for spring training? And he bought his wife a baby bull as a wedding gift. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to watch that?”—American League pitcher

“Wade Miley. It’d be like Duck Dynasty.”—American League pitcher

 


Keri: 2015 NL East Preview

New York Mets

Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one of the worst defensive outfielders in the game, and (6) the Mets gave up what would have been the no. 15 pick in the draft to sign him.

Honestly, the conspiracy theory suggesting the Mets were throwing Colorado a free compensation pick as part of a wink-wink agreement before an eventual Tulo trade still seems more plausible than New York thinking signing Cuddyer was a good idea.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins, mets, nationals, phillies

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL East Preview

The good, the mediocre and the ugly from the NL East.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 31, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, expos, marlins, mets, nl east, phillies

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MLB invetigating claims tying Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart to gambling

I still think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Cosart’s troubles started last night with a gambling expert on Twitter alleging he’d direct messaged a colleague asking for betting advice. Cosart later deleted his own account as tweets piled up accusing him of gambling and speculating whether he’d ever bet on baseball, which would be a serious violation of the game’s rules.

Before jumping into the tale, it’s worth noting: The entire firestorm stems from essentially anonymous Tweets from so-called gambling experts on Twitter. In other words, these are not the most reliable or transparent sources on the Internet. So take every allegation with a Marlins Park-sized grain of salt.

The claims originated with a Twitter user named @GhostFadeKillah, who Tweets regular betting advice (and, it’s worth noting, includes among his activities “also troll a bit here and there.”) New Times has messaged @GhostFadeKillah for more background on the story, but we haven’t heard back yet.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2015 at 11:16 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, jarred cosart, marlins

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Marlins announce seven-year deal with Yelich

VIERA, Fla.—The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Christian Yelich agreed to a seven-year contract. MLB.com has learned the deal is worth $49.570 million.

Swedish Chef Posted: March 22, 2015 at 12:18 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, marlins, signings

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