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Monday, November 30, 2015

Barry Bonds is under consideration to be a Marlins hitting coach

Bonds would be the clear choice.

In what promises to be a bombshell move, if executed, all-time great slugger Barry Bonds is under consideration to become Marlins hitting coach.

Team higherups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks.

Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing to move across the country for such a hitting coach job, but he has been working on brandishing his image and has a keen love of coaching.

Frank Menechino is expected back, but the Marlins would employ two hitting coaches to accommodate Bonds.

Juan Nieves also is said to be among the top considerations for hitting coach.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2015 at 06:06 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, don mattingly, marlins, peds

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tommy Hutton out as Miami Marlins TV analyst after 19 years | Miami Herald

The Marlins and Fox Sports Florida dropped TV analyst Tommy Hutton on Monday, a move that elicited a flood of Marlins-bashing on Twitter.

Hutton — whose lively personality, candor and willingness to criticize made him popular with viewers — was the team’s TV analyst for the past 19 seasons. He said the Marlins and Fox gave him no explanation for why they aren’t renewing his contract.

“All I got was, ‘We’ve made a decision to go in another direction,’ ” he said. “They insisted it wasn’t about budget. I was surprised and shocked the way it was handled given the fact it was two months into the offseason and a couple days before Thanksgiving.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, marlins, tommy hutton

Friday, November 20, 2015

Marlins taking offers on Marcell Ozuna because Jeffrey Loria “can’t stand the guy”

I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

For months now there’s been speculation about the Marlins looking to trade 24-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna, whom they demoted to the minors and then kept there far longer than reasonable.

And now Jerry Crasnick of reports that “multiple teams” have talked to the Marlins about acquiring Ozuna, quoting one source who says:

I’d be surprised if they keep him. Loria clearly can’t stand the guy and everybody knows it.

With any other team that in itself would be news, but with Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins it’s just business as usual.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marcell ozuna, marlins

Jose Fernandez Demanded Trade

Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ in Miami cites “multiple player sources” within the Marlins organization who claim Fernandez approached Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill multiple times during the 2015 season and asked “when are you going to trade me?”

Would you do Fernandez for Puig?  Would LA?

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, trade demands

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Marlins Feud With Agent Scott Boras Over Ozuna, Fernandez - The New York Times

Shocking!! Click through to the article to read more.

An exchange of barbs began with Boras criticizing the Marlins for demoting Ozuna to Triple-A last season when he was in a 1-for-36 slump. The comments brought an angry response from Samson.

“My strong suggestion to Mr. Boras is that instead of resting on his 5 percent that he collects from his stable of players, he write a check and buy a team,” Samson said. “Then he would have the opportunity to run a team that he claims to be so able to do. Until that time, he is in no position to comment how any Major League Baseball team is operated.”

Boras, speaking at the general managers’ meetings in Boca Raton, questioned the Marlins’ motivation for sending Ozuna to the minors. The lost service time prevented Ozuna from becoming eligible for salary arbitration this offseason.

“He’s a lifetime .265 hitter, and I can find you 30 players in the major leagues that went 1 for 36 some time in their career, and they did not get sent to the minor leagues,” Boras said. “When you do those things, it sends a message to players, sends a message to the locker room and sends a message to everyone that looks at the organization that there is a calculus going on that is beyond performance.”

Samson responded: “Every decision we make is based on the best interests of the team, and always has been.”

Ozuna is believed to be on the trading block.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, scott boras

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Sullivan: The Worst Division in a Decade

The NL East vexes me … I’m terribly vexed.

If you look at winning percentage outside of the same division, then the NL East slides into fourth-worst. At .428, it’s no match for the 2002 AL Central’s .412, but it does dip past the 1999 AL Central’s .439. I feel like I don’t need to keep hammering this. The division was bad. It was probably the worst in 10 years. In the season ahead, it’s likely the Phillies and Braves will once again struggle. The Nationals will lose some personnel, and the Mets could lose both Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes. It’s way too soon to try to forecast how the division will play in 2016, but the probability is that the best team in it will benefit from a relatively soft schedule.

In case you’re curious about the other side, the NL Central was strong, but it ranks tied for 11th in the interleague era. It was the strongest division in two years, since the 2013 AL East. The No. 1 strongest division was the 2002 AL West, with a very slim lead over the previous season’s AL West. (In third place: a different season’s AL West.) In fact, the top nine divisions all come from the American League, but that’s not a total surprise, given the AL’s run of league superiority. This is of little consolation to the Reds and the Brewers, who are looking up at their rivals and wondering what hope they have. If there are two teams in baseball that could stand to try to start over, it would be those. The Brewers have arguably already begun.

Just for the sake of a few closing thoughts: Over the 19 years, the AL Central has never once been baseball’s strongest division. This past year was the first time in the window that the NL Central ranked No. 1. And this was the first time that the NL East ranked No. 6. A year ago, we saw more parity between divisions than we had since at least 1996. There was very little spread in divisional quality. This year was a bounce-back in that regard. Or an anti-bounce-back, depending on your perspective on parity. There was less parity, basically. That’s all.

So, we’re coming off a recent first for the NL Central. And we’re coming off a recent first for the NL East, which was just the worst overall division baseball has seen in a decade. This has all been a reflection, but in the process of writing this, I saw that the Mariners and Rays completed a six-player trade, so now it’s officially time to look ahead. Contained within is information about the 2015 baseball season. That season won’t be bothering you anymore.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 07, 2015 at 09:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, marlins, mets, nationals, nl east, phillies

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Marlins dismiss general manager Dan Jennings |

Take one for the team. Now get out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 07:44 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, general managers, managers, marlins

Marlins, manager Don Mattingly agree to four-year deal -

Don Mattingly, long eyed as the choice of owner Jeffrey Loria to revive the Marlins, has agreed to take the Miami managing job, sources confirm.

Mattingly has seemd to be a fait accompli in Miami since he and the Dodgers parted ways late last week. Loria has been targeting him as the replacement for Dan Jennings since late summer, and the sides made it happen after what was described as a very positive meeting Monday.

Mattingly, the Dodgers manager the past five years, agreed to a four-year deal, according to Dodgers author Molly Knight, who first reported the agreement. It was reported on Wednesday that there was every expectation for a deal.

Mattingly, one of two managers to win division crowns the past three years, has known Loria, a part-time New York resident for years.

Mattingly could not be reached, and the Marlins haven’t confirmed yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, manager, marlins

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Heyman Baseball Insider: Mattingly deserves to stay in LA, but will he? Plus MLB notes

JH ♡ DM.

Mattingly, it is said, has been quite cooperative on the lineup input he receives from above, and word is, it’s substantial. The club is blessed with terrific positional depth at full strength, giving them options galore, though Mattingly doesn’t always make the call. (That might explain why he answers questions about lineup decisions with “We thought it gave us the best chance to win.”

Under normal circumstances, Mattingly should easily be safe. But he also knows his job comes with no guarantees, and the one year to go on his three-year contract brings no certainties, either (if anyone’s shown they’re wiling to eat money, it’s the Dodgers).

Dodgers people haven’t said much, if anything, about his situation, and they may just keep him after weighing all these factors. But if they aren’t sure he’s their guy long-term, it’s possible they could allow him to talk to other interested teams, and there is at least one that’s interested, maybe more. ...

In the event of the Dodgers move on—and it’s hard to say how likely that is—the new regime could look close to home. First year director of player development Gabe Kapler is one who’s been speculated on by the Los Angeles press, and he makes some sense. And the new regime does love Kapler, a very smart man who has a sabremetric bent. But that’s just a guess.

Mattingly is a big boy. Even with the consistently strong regular seasons, he’d probably understand if the Dodgers made a change, at least to a degree. And at this point, he himself probably wouldn’t be shocked.

But that doesn’t mean it would be the right things to do. And it wouldn’t be.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 17, 2015 at 02:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, jon heyman, manager, managerial openings, marlins, nationals

Back to the Future Calls Cubs Win

In “Back to the Future II” the character Terry, played by Charles Fleischer, tells McFly that he wishes he could go back in time and bet on the Cubs to win the World Series at 100-to-1 odds. In reality, Gale said the movie’s associate producer, Steve Starkey, inquired before this season in Las Vegas about making a future bet on the Cubs to win it all—only to find out the odds were a mere 8-1.

He should’ve tried DraftKings. There’s no season-long commitment to injured players; huge prizes awarded to thousands of “fantasy” baseball winners…

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: October 17, 2015 at 11:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bttf, cubs, great scott, marlins, movies

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Ichiro Suzuki signs with Miami Marlins |

Will Ichiro get the the 300 AB he’ll need to reach the milestone?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chasing 3000, ichiro suzuki, marlins

Marlins’ president Samson regrets unorthodox move of GM as manager - Sun Sentinel

Who could have predicted this result?

“Do I regret doing what we did? I think it’s hard to say that I don’t because it did not have the desired result on the field, it did not accomplish what we expected it to accomplish,” Samson said. “So, do I regret coming to that conclusion? Yes, I do. I regret everything that doesn’t work.

“I think he did the best he could given the fact that he was put in a less than ideal situation.”

As to why Jennings didn’t succeed in turning the season around, Samson said: “I think there were a lot of factors. I think the fact he was coming from the front office, the fact it had never been done, the fact that he came in the middle of the season, the fact he was responsible for both putting players on the field and then what he did with them on the field — it’s why you don’t see a general manager/manager combination because that’s very difficult.

“The reason we put Dan in there was we thought it was the right move. It wasn’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, managers, marlins

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Marlins express interest in Bowa as Phils make coaching changes

Break out the Bushmills!

Bench coach Larry Bowa, hitting coach Steve Henderson, first base coach Juan Samuel and pitching coach Bob McClure were all offered contracts for 2016. Henderson and McClure are expected to accept the offers, but Bowa and Samuel could move on for other opportunities.

According to sources, the Phillies have granted the Miami Marlins permission to speak with Bowa about their manager’s job. The Marlins have already interviewed Bo Porter and Manny Acta for that job.

Bowa managed the Phillies and Padres earlier in his career.

Samuel interviewed for the Phillies’ manager job when Pete Mackanin was hired full-time last month. Samuel has managerial aspirations and hopes to interview with other clubs this fall (see story).

At the very least, the Phillies will have two openings on their staff. It’s possible that Dusty Wathan could move up from his post as Double A manager and serve as bullpen/catching coach. Wathan was the Eastern League manager of the year in 2015 and is a former catcher.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2015 at 10:01 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: bushmills, larry bowa, managerial openings, marlins, phillies

Mark Buehrle to throw two innings on Sunday, then retire

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle will pitch two innings on Sunday, then retire. He is not expected to be included on the Blue Jays’ post-season roster.

Two more innings would bring Buehrle to 200 innings for a 15th consecutive season. The 36-year-old has vastly outpaced the competition in this category, as his closest competitor since 2001 is James Shields, with nine 200-inning seasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2015 at 03:06 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mark buehrle, marlins, retirement, white sox

Yelich, Gordon Have Special Days as Marlins Sweep Phillies - The New York Times

Dee Gordon got his 200th hit of the season in the opener, and Christian Yelich tied a club record with hits in eight straight at-bats as the Miami Marlins won the nightcap 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday.

Yelich was 5 for 5 in the first game, a 7-6 victory, then hit safely in his first three at-bats in the second. In the first game, Gordon became the first Marlins player since Hanley Ramirez in 2007 to record 200 hits with a sixth-inning single.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, dee gordon, marlins

Ichiro Suzuki Aiming at Age 50

Considering that this season he’ll end up with negative WAR for the first time in his career, 50 seems pretty unlikely, but someone will probably offer him a job as a fourth outfielder next year.

Hank G. Posted: October 04, 2015 at 02:24 AM | 165 comment(s)
  Beats: fantasy, ichiro, marlins

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Baker, Acta candidates to be Marlins manager in ‘16

As the Marlins enter their final homestand of the season, the organization already is weighing its managerial candidates for 2016. Miami is seeking an experienced manager, and a source told that Dusty Baker is a very strong candidate.

Swedish Chef Posted: September 23, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, managerial search, managers, marlins

Saturday, September 19, 2015

One surprise (and one money) reason Marlins want Ichiro back | New York Post

With the healthy return of Giancarlo Stanton, will Ichiro be able to get enough AB to reach 3000 hits? He has 89 hits in 368 AB this year. Although he should get a few more in the last couple of weeks, he’ll probably need about 60 hits next year. If he hits .250, he’ll need 240 at bats to get there.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, marlins

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Pirates, Marlins reportedly will play in Puerto Rico in 2016

Would be to honor Roberto Clemente.

Gamingboy Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:38 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, pirates, puerto rico

Friday, September 11, 2015

Marlins farm teams also struggling and have few MLB-ready prospects | Miami Herald

The Marlins aren’t a model franchise?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 12:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, prospects

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Someone Appears To Be Trying To Hoax The Marlins President Out Of His Job

About halfway through Ozuna’s stint in minor-league “jail,” rumors began circulating that there was a recording of some sort involving Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson saying something awful about a player. The rumors were maddeningly vague. They also eerily predicted the contents of a brief audio file that was later emailed to us….

Then, out of the blue on Aug. 31, our tips email account received a 22-second audio file with the brief explanation that “it was recorded on a phone in someone’s pocket.”...

Female voice: “Scott Boras is on the line.”

Male voice: “Let me tell ya, tell Boras that his client is getting demoted, and that his client is a fat, [unintelligible] lazy, Dominican ####.”...

Samson surprised me by volunteering that he had heard the tape already. And he told me unequivocally that the voice was not his.

“It is absolutely not me,” Samson said. “It is a complete fake ... If I had said that, I would tell [Loria] and I would resign.”

Samson said he wasn’t even in Miami when Ozuna was sent down, but was rather in St. Louis for a funeral; that the female voice on the tape “is not anyone who works for me”; and that he wouldn’t have spoken with Scott Boras anyway. He and Boras, Samson said, have been on bad terms for a decade.

Samson really has a short fuse.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: david samson, hoax, marlins

The Race for Last Place

Who will win “The Biggest Loser”?

Miami (54-79, one game out). Other than Oakland and maybe Milwaukee, this was the team on this list that had the highest hopes for 2015 coming in, though, then again, this is Miami, so you never know. Regardless, once Giancarlo Stanton got hurt, this team became impossible to watch. I love Ichiro as much as anyone else, but seeing him play every day in an empty building with a fish statue would make anyone sad. The Marlins might have a little push left in them the rest of the year. Stanton could be back this weekend, and Jose Fernandez should return in mid-September. That’s a positive for Fish fans desperate for a reason to go to the ballpark … but it won’t do their Drive For Last efforts any favors.

Colorado (53-78, one game out). Everyone jumped ship when Troy Tulowitzki was traded, and with good reason. Maybe the saddest thing about this Rockies team that has the second-worst record is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from every other Rockies team of the past six years. It’s only missing Tulo. And they don’t even have LaTroy Hawkins anymore.

Philadelphia (53-80, “first” place). For all the frustrations with Ruben Amaro—and the fact that he’s likely going to be out of a job pretty soon—one must admit: He ended up doing rather well for himself and the franchise with that Cole Hamels trade. There’s some nice young talent in Philadelphia’s system right now. But most of it isn’t on the big league roster—and Aaron Nola is still figuring out how the bigs work—which means there are going to be a lot of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf at-bats over the next month. This is as bad as it’s going to get for the Phillies. But have no doubt: It’s going to be very bad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 06:09 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, draft, marlins, phillies, reds, rockies

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The plan appears simple enough: The Miami Marlins this week will ask Dan Jennings to step down as manager and resume his role as GM, according to major-league sources. | FOX Sports

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night that the team plans, “sweeping changes to its baseball operation, from player development and scouting, all the way up to the front office.” Spencer wrote that Jennings could return to the front office, but not necessarily as GM.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dan jennings, marlins

Friday, August 21, 2015

Marlins open to Ichiro returning to pursue milestones in 2016

The next target is 3,000 hits in MLB, which is within reach next season. Marlins manager Dan Jennings said Saturday there have been internal discussions about offering Ichiro the chance to continue chasing milestones at 42 in Miami.

“Just watching him play and his contribution night after night. Certainly achieving some of the milestones, and the way he’s respected in that clubhouse by his teammates and what he does and what he brings on the field, there is still plenty left in the tank,” Jennings said.

Keep in mind, if Ichiro gets to 3,000, he’ll have passed Rose in total hits. You bet that bugs the Hit King. Rose has made the point that if Ichiro’s hits in Japan are to be considered part of his total as a professional, Rose’s own 427 hits in the minor leagues should be factored in too.

Meanwhile, the shame is that Ichiro’s efforts aren’t contributing to a pennant race in the super-sub role that was envisioned with the Marlins.

He was signed to be the primary backup in the outfield this season. He has appeared in more games (111) than any of the three projected starters, as Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich have missed significant time due to injuries and Marcell Ozuna slumped and was sent back to the minors — Ozuna returned when Yelich went on the DL for the second time.

Ichiro has given no indication if he wants to return to the Marlins in 2016. That will depend on other opportunities, such as whether he will be courted to finish his career in Seattle with the Mariners, whose cap will one day be on his bust in Cooperstown.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 21, 2015 at 12:02 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, ichiro, marlins

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