Thursday, December 12, 2013
Possibly the most letters used in a two-person trade?
On Thursday, the Cubs send outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs announced the move on Twitter.
Bogusevic, 29, is a career .236/.313/.370 hitter (86 OPS+) with 17 home runs in 773 career plate appearances in the majors. He’s capable of manning all three outfield positions, though he’s a bit of a stretch in center.
As for Ruggiano, age 31, he owns a career slash line of .251/.315/.432 (102 OPS+), and he’s also capable of manning center and the corners. This offseason, Ruggiano is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Update: Jarrod Saltalamacchia and #Marlins have agreed in principle to three-year, $21 millon contract
Dock Ellis on Acid
Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
Saturday, November 30, 2013
HECH!...“According to Baseball Info Solutions, part of the reason the athletically-gifted Adeiny Hechavarria grades out poorly in some defensive metrics is he doesn’t cheat to the hole enough.”
If numbers don’t lie, anyone who hasn’t seen Adeiny Hechavarria play shortstop might think he uses a milk carton for a glove. The eyes say Hechavarria was worthy of Gold Glove consideration. His defensive metrics suggest otherwise.
“I know zone rating,” President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said. “I know range factor, and I know an above average defensive shortstop when I see one with my eyes and the numbers don’t match. I wouldn’t even say we’re slanted because we see him every day. Ask anybody who played against us if they would take Hechavarria at shortstop.”
Hill was befuddled as to how Hechavarria wasn’t among the three finalists for the Gold Glove award, a prize that went to Braves’ counterpart Andrelton Simmons over Ian Desmond and Troy Tulowitzki.
Managers and coaches determine Gold Glove winners in their respective leagues. Hechavarria’s defensive skills weren’t recognized in The 2013 Fielding Bible Awards either. A panel of 12 experts, including defensive metrics guru John Dewan, ranks the top 10 players at every position. Not surprisingly, Simmons received 12 first-place votes. He was one of 19 shortstops named on ballots.
Hechavarria wasn’t among them.
...“When it comes to where he sets up versus right-handed batters, he doesn’t cheat over toward the hole as much as most shortstops do,” Rosales said. “He’s just not making those plays as much as other shortstops are on balls hit toward the hole. If he could focus on that one area of how he positions himself against right-handed batters, [objectively] he could be just as good as anybody else.”
Added Marlins infield coach Perry Hill: “I guess the numbers don’t lie. I need to do a better job getting him in the right place, bottom line. I saw a lot of good shortstops. I didn’t see anyone that was any better than him.”
Posted: November 30, 2013 at 08:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
Monday, November 11, 2013
Miami Marlins righthander Jose Fernandez, who emerged into a staff ace in his first major-league season, was the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in balloting by the BBWAA announced on MLB Network.
Fernandez (12-6, 2.19 ERA) placed first on 26 of 30 ballots cast by two writers representing each league city and second on the other four for a total of 142 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. He was the only player listed on every ballot and became the first Cuban-born player to win this award in the NL. The only other Cuban-born Rookie of the Year was the 1964 winner in the American League, right fielder Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins.
Another Cuban-born player, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (.319, 19 HR, 42 RBI), was the runner-up in the balloting. He received the other four first-place votes and was second on 25 ballots to total 95 points.
Posted: November 11, 2013 at 07:05 PM | 13 comment(s)
Friday, November 01, 2013
Marisnick? Dr. Sidney Gaynor just rolled over and reached for his medical bag!
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Andrew Heaney, lhp
2. Colin Moran, 3b
3. Jake Marisnick, of
4. Justin Nicolino, lhp
5. Anthony DeSclafani, rhp
6. Brian Flynn, lhp
7. Jose Urena, rhp
8. Adam Conley
9. Avery Romero, 2b
10. J.T. Realmuto, c
While the organization now feels that the future looks bright, longtime president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest won’t be around to oversee it. Hired in 2002 as general manager, Beinfest was fired in the last week of the season. General manager Mike Hill was promoted to team president, with vice president of player personnel Dan Jennings sliding into Hill’s old job title. They and their staff will have the second pick in the 2014 draft, the upside of their dismal finish in 2013.
The team’s top 2013 pick, third baseman Colin Moran, made an immediate impact, homering in his first professional at-bat for low Class A Greensboro. However, the Marlins failed to sign supplemental first-rounder Matt Krook, a high school lefty from San Francisco, and third-rounder Ben DeLuzio, a prep shortstop from Orlando. Still, the farm system is deeper than it was a couple of years ago, with plenty of young talent already entrenched in Miami.
Posted: November 01, 2013 at 12:34 PM | 5 comment(s)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Two Major League Baseball clubs – the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins – are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for possible federal wage law violations. The investigations come amid wider concern about questionable pay practices throughout professional baseball, according to interviews and records obtained by FairWarning under the Freedom of Information Act.
Officials with the department’s Wage and Hour Division announced in August that the Giants had resolved the prior case by agreeing to pay $544,715 in back wages and damages to 74 employees. Many were clubhouse workers the agency said were paid at a daily rate of $55 but who sometimes worked so many hours that they got less than minimum wage and no overtime. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Marlins Pitcher Henderson Alvarez made history on Sunday by tossing the fifth no-hitter in franchise history and the first no-hitter at Marlins Park. The Marlins are offering fans who were unable to attend the game the opportunity to purchase the remaining unsold tickets from yesterday’s game.
According to this article, you only get a PDF of the ticket, not an actual ticket. Oh, and also they seem to have sent out some PDF’s with the wrong date.
Class organization all the way around.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
It was a crazy ending to an abysmal season.
Henderson Alvarez pitched the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, but didn’t know it until a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth scored the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Alvarez became the first pitcher since Virgil Trucks in 1952 to pitch a complete game no-hitter that was decided on a walk-off play. He also became the first pitcher since Mike Witt in 1984 to toss a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season.
That’s one way to handle Fan Appreciation Day…
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The Miami Marlins fired Larry Beinfest as president of their baseball operations and will promote Dan Jennings to replace him, a high-ranking official told USA TODAY Sports.
Beinfest, who has been in charge of the Marlins’ front office since 2002, nearly was fired a year ago until owner Jeffrey Loria changed his mind. Yet, afar their dismal 59-100 season, Loria decided he had no choice.
“The Marlins organization has decided to make some changes at the helm of our baseball operations,” Loria said in a statement. “Effective immediately, I have relieved Larry Beinfest of his duties so that he may pursue other opportunities.
“Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process. I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands.”
Beinfest was the Marlins general manager when they won the 2003 World Series, but the team has had four consecutive losing seasons.
Friday, September 27, 2013
The Miami Marlins fired Larry Beinfest as president on Friday and are expected to replace him with Dan Jennings, the first step of their front office upheaval.
...“Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process,” Loria said in a statement released by the club. “I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands.”
Beinfest sent a text message to news outlets shortly after the Marlins announced the firing.
“I was just fired by Jeffrey Loria,” he said. “I want to thank the Marlins for the opportunity. I look back positively at tackling numerous challenges, opening a new ballpark and enjoying a World Series championship. I worked with some tremendous players and staff in Miami and appreciate their friendship and professional respect.
“I look forward to continuing my 24-year MLB career in the near future.”
Thanks to BillyS.
Posted: September 27, 2013 at 04:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
Monday, September 16, 2013
It’s not Larry
Loria…It’s not Larry
If Loria wants to fire Larry Beinfest as president of baseball operations, then he should fire him. Instead, Loria is staying ominously silent while reports circulate, for the second straight September, that Beinfest could be gone.
Loria’s refusal to address the topic is unfair to Beinfest, who has served the owner for 14 years, both with the Expos and Marlins. The lingering tension within the Marlins’ front office, meanwhile, is damaging to the organization.
Beinfest is miserable, major league sources say. You would be miserable, too, if your owner over the past four years had gone from merely meddlesome to completely hands-on, even vetoing minor league call-ups for reasons unrelated to performance.
The Marlins’ power structure, according to sources, essentially consists of Loria and VP of player personnel Dan Jennings on one side and Beinfest and general manager Mike Hill on the other. Loria’s stepson, team president David Samson, has been all but invisible this season and also is on the outs with Loria, sources say.
... So, if you’re still keeping score, Loria has no problem punishing journeymen, no problem dumping salaries, no problem reneging on free agents he promised not to trade (as shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle attested last offseason). But the owner will not address the divisions in his front office, divisions that he mostly created.
Loria should thank Beinfest for delivering so much cheap talent over the years, then replace him with Jennings to bring more cohesion to the Marlins’ front office.
Of course, that’s assuming Loria wants cohesion.
He seems to prefer chaos.
Posted: September 16, 2013 at 04:47 AM | 35 comment(s)
Friday, September 13, 2013
Nice article about one of the game’s budding stars.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, in the course of another strong outing, managed to clout his first major-league home run. And that’s where things between the Fish and the visiting Braves got even more interesting ...
So, lots to unpack here.
Obviously, the initial temptation is going to be to lay all of the blame on the 21-year-old Fernandez, who absolutely violated all manner of rules of decorum by admiring that home run for so long. You can’t do that, at least to such an extent, and expect the other team to ignore it.
With that said, Chris Johnson is also a main offender here. Here’s what happened earlier in the game when Johnson flew out against Fernandez ...
Thanks to Butch.
Posted: September 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM | 61 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Why aren’t we talking more about this guy?
Even among prodigies, Fernandez has separated himself. It wasn’t just the back-to-back 13- and 14-strikeout games. Only Kerry Wood and Hideo Nomo had more of those in their rookie seasons. Nor was it the way he keeps getting better, when the rookie narrative says he’s supposed to be tiring in these dog days. It’s the names he’s passing with every shutout inning, the century of history he’s blowing by with impunity.
Among 20-year-olds who qualified for the ERA title, Gooden is the unquestioned king. He went 24-4, and his ERA+ – 100 is league average – was 229, more than twice as good as the rest of baseball. Since 1910, the rest of the top 5 in ERA+ are as follows: Jose Fernandez, Bob Feller, Don Drysdale, Smoky Joe Wood. That’s Fernandez, Hall of Famer, Hall of Famer and woulda-been Hall of Famer had arm trouble not intervened.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
With outfielder Justin Ruggiano locked in an 0-for-42 slump and approaching a Major League record involving a hitless streak for a position player, Marlins manager Mike Redmond continues to offer support and encouragement.
“There isn’t much you can say except hang in there and keep fighting,” Redmond said. “Anytime a guy struggles for that long, you feel for him because you know what he’s going through. I used to beat myself up when I took an 0-for-4.”
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This fascinating interview of Tino Martinez by Kenny Rosenthal reminds me again that I planned years ago to write a book called “Moneyball.” Obviously it was going to be nothing at all like Michael Lewis’ classic. The idea was to write about the late 1990s Kansas City Royals and their, um, rather awkward efforts to win.
The name Moneyball in my title came from a game that George Brett introduced at training camp one year.Players would take batting practice with no fielders. Then, at the end of the session, players would run to the outfield and collect the baseballs. One of the baseballs were specially marked by Brett—and whoever found it would get 100 bucks of Brett’s money.
It was awesome and hilarious to watch those players race to the outfield to find the Moneyball—moreso because there in the group, running as hard as anyone, was George Brett himself. “I’m going pay myself!” he yelled as he ran to the outfield.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Tino Martinez…still trying to prove he’s a True Yankee©®a℗.
Martinez, who had no prior coaching experience at the professional level, expressed wonder that young and inexperienced players would act, in his view, less professionally than some of his former New York Yankees teammates, players such as Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill.
Martinez said he decided to speak out after talking with friends and asking them, “Do you realize I’m out of baseball basically because a couple of players didn’t pick up balls in the cage when I asked them to? As a coach, when I asked them to pick up the balls, why didn’t they just say, ‘Absolutely, no problem, I’ll do it right now.’ ”
Added Martinez: “I started thinking about it, thinking I’ve got to say something, not just let it go away. I’ve had a great reputation in this game for years. I walked away from the game with integrity. But now, to have a couple of kids try to ruin my name, I felt I had to say something and fight back.”
... Dietrich, a rookie, joined the Marlins after Valaika was injured. About a week later, Martinez said he was soft-tossing to another Marlins player when Dietrich, the next hitter, declined to help pick up balls.
“I go, ‘Derek, help us pick the balls up,’” Martinez recalled. “He goes, ‘Why, I didn’t hit ‘em.’ I said, ‘I don’t give a s—- if you didn’t hit ‘em, help us pick the balls up.’ He walked toward me, not angrily, and said, ‘Hey, I didn’t hit the balls, why should I pick ‘em up?’
“I grabbed his jersey and said, ‘Because you’re f———- part of this team, pick the f———balls up right now. Pick the f———balls up. I’m tired of your s—-.’ I probably pushed him backwards. That was it.”
... “If Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neill and Derek Jeter can pick balls up for everyone else, so can this guy here who has no time in the big leagues — that’s what was in my mind,” Martinez said. “That’s what burned me up a little bit on the days they didn’t do that. And it went on for days before I even said something.
“It was one day, it was one outburst (with each player). I had just bottled it up for so long.
“I had to say something. And that was it.”
Posted: July 30, 2013 at 08:56 AM | 217 comment(s)
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Heard this during the Mets broadcast, because with the Yankees rolling out a Tino Yankeeography thingee shortly…
Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez has resigned after a player notified the team Martinez erupted in anger unjustly and grabbed him by his neck and neck chain, according to multiple sources.
Earlier Sunday sources said team owner Jeffrey Loria, who made the decision to hire Martinez, had nixed the idea of accepting Martinez’s resignation, at least for now.
According to two sources, the agent for rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich, who was demoted last week to the minors, contacted team officials about the alleged incident, which occurred several months ago.
Dietrich’s agent, David Meter, would neither confirm nor deny that the incident took place.
“I’d rather not address it,” Meter said. “I think it’s a team issue.”
A team official refused to say whether the club is looking into the matter.
“I’m sure if there is an issue, it will be addressed,” said Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello.
...One Marlins player, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said Martinez has been verbally abusive to players on a number of occasions since the start of spring training in February. A few players have complained to Redmond about Martinez’s behavior.
“It’s all shocked everybody,” the player said. “He uses intimidation. It’s been a problem since day one.”
According to sources who have witnessed Martinez’s profanity-laced eruptions, other players who have been attacked verbally by Martinez include outfielder Justin Ruggiano, infielder Chris Valaika and minor-league infielder Matt Downs. Another source said the list of players is much larger than that.
Posted: July 28, 2013 at 03:19 PM | 87 comment(s)
Catchers on both clubs will ice sore hands this afternoon, as Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole squares off against Miami’s Jose Fernandez. Cole is tied with the Mets’ Matt Harvey for the highest average fastball velocity (95.4 MPH) among starting pitchers, while Fernandez (94.6 MPH) also ranks in the top 10. You might think such premium gas would lead to lots of swings and misses, but you’d be wrong. Both hard-throwing rookies are attacking hitters with their fastballs, posting modest whiff totals with the pitch but beating batters nonetheless.
Cole (14.5% fastball miss rate) and Fernandez (14.4%) have nearly identical fastball whiff rates that are below the major league average for starters (15.1%). Yet, Cole and Fernandez sit near the top of the charts when it comes to limiting hard fastball contact.
The article includes Cole and Fernandez fastball location maps and 2013 split of lowest opponent fastball SLG among SPs.
Posted: July 28, 2013 at 09:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Caleb Gindl, his first career homer.
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Miami has gone a club-record 37 innings without a run, the longest drought by a major league team in 28 years. The Houston Astros were held scoreless for 42 consecutive innings in July 1985, according to STATS.
The Marlins haven’t scored since Derek Dietrich drove in two runs in the fourth inning of a 5-2 loss in 10 innings to the Washington Nationals on July 14.
Sunday’s game was the longest scoreless game in the majors since Boston won 1-0 in 16 innings at Tampa Bay on July 17, 2011.
Axford (4-3), the fourth reliever for the Brewers, pitched the 12th and 13th for the win. He helped the Brewers pitching staff set a franchise record with 35 scoreless innings. The previous record of 31 was set April 18-22, 1990.
That’s not quite right; the Brewers actually had a 32-inning scoreless streak earlier this year. Interesting season, interesting game. It ended on a walkoff shot by Caleb Gindl, his first career homer.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
23. Toronto Blue Jays 1977-2013
49.6 W%, 2 World Championships, 2 Pennants, 5 Playoff Appearances; 451.6 WAR
C – Ernie Whitt 21.9
1B – Carlos Delgado 34.3
2B – Roberto Alomar 20.3
3B – Jose Bautista 22
SS – Tony Fernandez 35.2
OF – Jesse Barfield 29.7
OF – Lloyd Moseby 24.7
OF – Vernon Wells 24.7
OF – Devon White 20.9
Util – John Olerud 23
Thursday, June 20, 2013
From the Pirates’ perspective, the best thing is that Stanton is making only $537,000 this season, so he fits into their budget. Sure, he’ll get expensive starting next year when he first becomes arbitration-eligible, but that’s the thing about acquiring him: You get him for three more seasons after this one. This isn’t renting Zack Greinke for two months. And if Stanton gets too expensive for your tastes by 2016, you can always trade him then.
All the Pirates have to do is cough up some prospects. Premium prospects, of course. But I say: Take the plunge. Heck, acquire Stanton to play in the most beautiful ballpark in America, and I may move to Pittsburgh.
Here’s what it will cost: Double-A starter Jameson Taillon, Keith Law’s No. 20 prospect entering the season who has pitched well at Altoona; outfielder Gregory Polanco, the No. 55 prospect who has shot up in value after a strong showing that recently got him promoted to Double-A; catcher Tony Sanchez, the former No. 1 pick who is hitting .303 with nine home runs at Triple-A Indianapolis; plus a decent C-grade lefty.
Two premium prospects, a catcher who could pan out (and who happens to be from Miami) and the party favor left-hander. That’s a similar package to what the Marlins acquired back in the day when they traded Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers, with the two premium prospects then being Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. That deal didn’t work out, as Miller and Maybin weren’t the polished, high-end players most believed, but the Marlins are in a position that they have to take risks.
The Marlins, of course, would probably ask for Gerrit Cole and minor league shortstop Alen Hanson. The Pirates aren’t going to trade Cole, but Taillon/Polanco/Hanson may be one premium prospect too many.
Thanks to Vance.
Posted: June 20, 2013 at 04:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
Saturday, June 15, 2013
To waste my baseball life
Would be a sin
And let me play again #humpdink
The Marlins placed Miguel Olivo on the restricted list after the team refused his request to be released and he walked out on the club during Friday’s game.
“I told them I wanted to be released and they wouldn’t give it to me,” said Olivo, who has been unhappy with his lack of playing time, in a phone interview with the Miami Herald. “I don’t understand why they don’t release me. I told them I wanted to be released because I have 30 days of not playing. I need to play.”
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said on Saturday that if Olivo had waited until after the game, perhaps the team’s reaction would have been different. As it was, it made a team already dealing with back injuries to Logan Morrison and Placido Polanco even more shorthanded.
Olivo’s playing time dried up after Jeff Mathis returned from the disabled list on May 14, leaving the Marlins with three catchers on the roster. With Mathis and Rob Brantly sharing the catching duties, Olivo had started just once since May 12.
Olivo said he has asked to be released three separate times, but his request was always refused.
“They say we need you for pinch-hitting,” Olivo said. “I said I’ve never been a pinch-hitter in my life. That’s not my game.”
Posted: June 15, 2013 at 02:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
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