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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to blame for fatal boating crash, investigation concludes

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, drunk and speeding, was behind the wheel and to blame when his boat plowed into a jetty off South Beach, killing two others, police concluded in a report released Thursday.

Had Fernandez lived, he would likely have been charged with a host of crimes including manslaughter, according to the final report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Investigators made the conclusion because the physical damage to Fernandez’s body matched the damage on the boat’s center console. His DNA was also found on the throttle and steering wheel.

The boat, investigators concluded, was traveling at more than 65 miles per hour — just over the top speed of the vessel.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

To grieve Jose Fernandez’s death, Giancarlo Stanton took life-changing journey

And now, nearly six months after the tragic passing of his Miami Marlins teammate, Jose Fernandez, Stanton admits that he looks at baseball through different eyes.

He has learned to “enjoy the moment,” he says, forcefully, “and understand this is the best time of my life—and have joy with it.”

How did he get to this place? Where did he turn to find the solace and healing he needed after Fernandez’s shocking death last September?

On the streets of Barcelona and the beaches of Brazil. At the foot of the pyramids in Egypt and in the alluring smell of bakeries in Paris. It was a trip that took him to eight countries on three continents last fall.

“It’s the longest trip I’ve ever done,” Stanton says, “and the most meaningful.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 03:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, jose fernandez, marlins

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Miami Marlins engaged in serious sale talks | Miami Herald

The question is no longer if Jeffrey Loria will sell the Marlins. It’s how quickly.

According to people briefed on the situation in the past week, Loria is fully expected to sell the team sometime this year, barring an unforeseen change of heart. He has decided it’s time to move on from baseball.

The Marlins are actively engaged in discussions with four groups and have had additional conversations with two others. MLB is aware of the identity of the Marlins suitors, which include both local and out-of-town investors.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Monday, February 27, 2017

Here’s what scouts say about the Marlins’ six key newcomers | Miami Herald

Read the whole thing.

How did Dan Straily go from winning one major league game combined in 2014 and 2015 and being waived by the Padres 11 months ago to finishing 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA with the Reds last season?

Credit Straily’s diligence and – no joke – some guy who specializes in banking analytics.

Straily prefers to identify the banking analytics man only by his first name (Michael), but he had a key role in helping Straily get back on track, three years after he went 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA for Oakland and was fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

Michael is “a good friend, a distant relative of sorts,” Straily said. “He does banking analytics but he loves baseball. He helped me behind the scenes, helped give me more game notes.”

With Michael’s help, Straily dove into analytics more than any pro athlete I’ve interviewed in 30 years. Determined to find out “which are the best pitches to throw against certain hitters,” Straily had Michael help produce tons of data, and Straily studied other pitchers such as Matt Cain – one from each division – “who throw my speed and with my spin rate and my spin angles.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article135087564.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, marlins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Marlins’ Michael Hill excited about new arms | MLB.com

It’s spring training!!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Why Martin Prado skipped free agency to sign extension with Marlins - Sun Sentinel

There were personal reasons for Prado, too. His wife, Valeria, is a doctor completing her residency in Miami. Their daughter, Martina, was born last April. Prado wasn’t keen on the idea of leaving them for most of the year or having to uproot them. Miami has become home.

“I started with nada. I was not a prospect. I was a utility guy coming up,” Prado said of his second his second $40 million deal, the first coming with Arizona in 2013. “At the end of the day, I might look back and say, ‘OK, what if?’ But I’m very happy with my decision and my family is happy. That’s all that matters.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, martin prado

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Report: Jeffrey Loria being considered as U.S. Ambassador to France

France is rumored to be offering the Eiffel Tower to other countries in return for prospects.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly being considered as the U.S. ambassador to France.

According to the New York Post, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Preibus has recommended Loria for the position. 

However, there is reportedly internal discussions between Preibus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about who should get the ambassador positiions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2017 at 05:52 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins

Miami Marlins players allowed to facial hair following a one-year ban | Miami Herald

Grow ‘em if you can!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins


Friday, February 10, 2017

The Disconnect Between Franchise Values and Player Salaries

Specifically, MLBAM and their BAMTech spin-off unit have created an enormous technological powerhouse by moving early into streaming technology, and BAMTech is now one of the world’s dominant players for hosting and providing over-the-top content…..

While nothing in life is guaranteed, that money is pretty likely to be distributed at some point in the not-too-distant future, so anyone buying the Marlins (or any other MLB team) is likely to get a pretty significant rebate on the purchase price if or when Disney buys out the league’s interest in BAMTech. And the sale of BAMTech does nothing to affect the league’s ownership of MLBAM, which remains a significantly valuable operation itself, and is still entirely owned by the 30 teams.

In other words, if you buy the Marlins, you’re buying a baseball team, but you’re also buying a 3% stake in a very valuable tech company, and you’re buying about a 2% stake in an even more valuable tech company that already has a purchase agreement in place. And it’s not really clear that the players have much in the way of a legitimate claim to any of the money that baseball owners are generating from the investments in these tech companies.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, franchise valuation, marlins, mlbam

The glorious exit of Jeffrey Loria, the worst owner in sports

Jeff Passan on the potential sale of the Marlins.

Mercy was not the exclusive domain of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday. Early in the day, simultaneous feelings of joy and fury accompanied the Forbes report that Loria had agreed to sell the Miami Marlins to an unnamed buyer for $1.6 billion. Joy because the owner who played arsonist to his own franchise was relinquishing his Zippo. And fury because one of the worst owners in sports had turned a $158.5 million investment into something worth 10 times as much, an example other owners with similarly feeble consciences may be tempted to copy.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:25 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins, ownership

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Miami Marlins Claim To Have $1.6 Billion Handshake Agreement For Team

Two sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Miami Marlins president David Samson has said that there is a $1.6 billion “handshake agreement” for the MLB team. Jeffrey Loria paid $158 million for the baseball team in 2002.
...
My sources would not say who the $1.6 billion handshake agreement was with other than he is a real estate developer based in New York City. The problem, according to these sources, is the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning he does not have the cash to buy the Marlins because his net worth is tied up in real estate. Thus, for the real estate developer to purchase the Marlins would likely require more debt than MLB would be comfortable with.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 01:54 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: franchise sale, marlins

Report: Marlins have ‘handshake agreement’to sell team

The Miami Marlins have a “handshake agreement” to sell the team for $1.6 billion, according to Forbes.

The publication, citing two unnamed sources, said Marlins president David Samson has said the team has an agreement to sell the franchise….

Loria paid $158 million when he bought the team in 2002.

According to Forbes, the $1.6 million handshake agreement is with a real estate developer based in New York. But the article went on to say that “the potential buyer is not liquid, meaning he does not have the cash to buy the Marlins because his net worth is tied up in real estate. Thus, for the real estate developer to purchase the Marlins would likely require more debt than MLB would be comfortable with.”

A real estate developer based in New York? MAKE THE MARLINS GREAT AGAIN!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Marlins’ Stanton looks to regain All-Star form | MLB.com

It’s tough to be an all-star player when you can’t stay on the field.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Sunday, January 29, 2017

OTP 30 Jan. 2017: From big-league baseball to small-town politics

As a pitcher for the Florida Marlins more than a decade ago, Chuck Smith was the one in charge every time he took the mound. These days, he’s running the show as mayor of a small, inner-city town in Ohio.

Smith was a 30-year-old journeyman, rising from obscurity when he reached the majors with the Marlins in 2000. But he became one of the team’s top starters, winning the club’s rookie of the year award after going 6-6.

In 2009, he was elected mayor of the suburban Cleveland town of Woodmere, close to where Smith was raised and learned to play baseball.

Eight years seems like a long time for this news to filter down to Miami, but then again, Woodmere has a population of 884 and an area of less than a square mile.  Metropolis or not, Smith is still mayor there today.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

BDC Posted: January 29, 2017 at 07:48 PM | 2396 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, politics

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria continues to outfox us all

Best regards.

Meanwhile, a clause in the contract struck between the Marlins and local government in 2009 would have forced the Marlins to share a massive 70 percent of the proceeds from a franchise sale the next year; that figure dropped all the way to 5 percent by 2014, and would amount to a fraction of that now, according to last week’s report by the Miami Herald. In essence, Loria engineered a deal that handcuffed Miami into supporting him at all costs for five years, followed by him being able to sell the team thereafter with the city and county deriving almost nothing from the sale.

The stage is now set. The Marlins will host the MLB All-Star Game in July 2017. Loria will be 76 years old. He will have owned controlling stakes in major league franchises in four different presidencies. He has a World Series ring. He has a shiny, new stadium in a large market, and the untouchable status that comes with owning one of 30 franchises in MLB’s cartel, one protected by an antitrust exemption, with revenue streams and franchise values surging, year after year. He will have thrust himself in position to make more money than even the sharpest business minds could ever dream of reaping from one series of transactions—let alone while doing so in professional sports.

For nearly two decades, Jeffrey Loria has outfoxed everyone in his path, en route to gargantuan riches. Maybe the next time a benevolent sports owner comes along, we won’t be so easily duped.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, marlins

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Marlins agree with Brad Ziegler on 2-year deal | MLB.com

Reliever Brad Ziegler and the Marlins have reached an agreement on a two-year deal valued at $16 million plus incentives, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 02:38 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ziegler, free agents, marlins

Marlins’ David Samson: ‘Truly no response’ to report Jeffrey Loria open to selling team - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins are thinking about selling. Their free agent signs make a little more sense now.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Friday, December 16, 2016

Jeff Loria Open to Considering Selling the Marlins

Rob Manfred would consider being open to Jeff Loria being open to considering a sale of the Marlins…IFF the price is right.

Now all they need is Bob Barker. And a new ballpark.

Bote Man Posted: December 16, 2016 at 10:37 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, sucks

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself | FOX Sports

Five years and over $80 million for a reliever? No thank you.

It’s a bizarre baseball reality that the low-revenue Marlins could outbid the high-revenue Dodgers for a player whom the Dodgers signed out of Curacao in 2004, converted from a catcher to a pitcher and developed into an elite closer.

But don’t be surprised if it happens.

The Dodgers’ value-driven front office is not the type to pump $80 million into a pitcher who works 70 innings a season — particularly when the lack of state income tax in Florida, as opposed to the high state income tax in California, will make it that much more difficult for them to beat the Marlins’ offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, free agents, kenley jansen, marlins, yankees

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Miami Marlins agree to terms with pitcher Edinson Volquez | Miami Herald

The Marlins shored up their starting rotation Monday by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.

The 33-year-old veteran was the Marlins’ top pitching target.

According to sources, Volquez will receive a deal worth $22 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, free agents, marlins

Monday, November 28, 2016

Marlins may add pitching at Winter Meetings | MLB.com

Rather than trying to find the next Fernandez at the Winter Meetings, the more realistic options are finding starters with track records of durability, as well as other pitchers who could be on the rebound.

Free agents such as Doug Fister, Ivan Nova, Travis Wood, Jonathon Niese, Justin Masterson and Edinson Volquez could be fits. So are pitchers coming back from injuries, such as lefty C.J. Wilson.

Another strategy the Marlins are considering is finding starters capable of going five or six innings a game, and supporting them with a lock-down bullpen.

Miami already is connected to free-agent closer Kenley Jansen, whose stock is on the rise after a strong season and postseason with the Dodgers. Commanding plenty of attention on the market, Jansen previously pitched for Marlins manager Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Mike Pagliarulo Is Marlins New Hitting Coach

He’s no Jeter.

He started plotting his next move, getting back to his research roots: Now what? Instead of a high school kid looking for a college, Pagliarulo was the middle-aged father of two grown children and looking for another direction….

A year later, with the Marlins moving on from Barry Bonds after one season as hitting coach, Pagliarulo got the job. As he works with assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino, Pagliarulo will be tasked with helping Marlins hitters digest the occasionally intimidating library of information available to them — including video, an aspect of the club’s offensive game that Mattingly stressed needed to get better as Miami’s season petered out to a disappointing end in September.

Pagliarulo is confident he can do that. The skill set he has developed over the course of decades is one of a modern major league hitting coach.

“I’m so glad the technology is as advanced as it is,” Pagliarulo said. “From my lived experience, with that technology, I can expand on what I’ve learned and what [players] need to learn.”

Bote Man Posted: November 09, 2016 at 07:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting coaches, marlins, yankees

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