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Friday, April 03, 2020

Living in Sim: What if Derek Jeter never broke up the Marlins?

Miami Marlins fans cried out with joy when a Derek Jeter-fronted ownership group purchased the team in 2017. Not only were the Marlins hiring a perennial winner, but the team was also getting one of the greatest players of his era. On top of that, Jeter’s purchase meant Jeffrey Loria was out. Surely, anybody would be better than that guy.

Jeter immediately put that theory to the test by doing his best imitation of Loria, engaging in a massive fire sale. Marcell Ozuna? Gone. Giancarlo Stanton? Gone. Christian Yelich? Also gone. The new boss suddenly looked a lot like the old one.

Just like that, whatever promise the Marlins had for the near future evaporated. While the rebuild is producing in some strong prospects, it will be years before the Marlins are competitive again.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if Jeter suddenly had second thoughts and completely reversed course prior to the 2020 season? What if he traded to get back every single player he traded away during the fire sale in an attempt to see what could have been?

A consideration of how difficult it is to undo a string of terrible, terrible decisions.

 


Sunday, March 08, 2020

Miami’s Mattingly unconcerned about Corey Dickerson’s swing

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami manager Don Mattingly isn’t concerned that free-agent acquisition Corey Dickerson’s is currently flirting with .150.

In fact, Mattingly’s barely noticed.

“Corey’s a guy I haven’t really paid, to be honest with you, a ton of attention to because I just know he’s always hit,” Mattingly said.

Dickerson appreciates the trust.

It don’t mean a thing that he ain’t got that swing!

 


Friday, March 06, 2020

No more swimming at Marlins games: Nightclub closes

MIAMI (AP) — The Clevelander nightclub at Marlins Park didn’t make the team this year.

The club beyond the left field wall at field level has closed. It included a swimming pool, dancers and DJs, and had been a staple at the ballpark since it opened in 2012.

The space will still be accessible to fans with different seating and without the pool, but the bar remains.

“We are excited about the future use and potential of the field-level space as a fan destination within Marlins Park for a wide variety of audiences,” Marlins chief revenue officer Adam Jones said in a statement Thursday.

What the Marlins lose in color, they don’t gain by being a better team!

 


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Getting the Marlins to 94 Wins

My girlfriend is a Marlins fan…sort of. She doesn’t really follow baseball, but she’s from Miami and has a custom Marlins jersey, so the trappings are there at least. And she knows I love baseball, so she calls herself the “Beisbol Girl in Training,” BBGIT for short.

I mention her because not long ago I was fumbling around for a Valentine’s gift, hopelessly looking for something original and special and affordable to no avail. And then, in my darkest hour, the Cupid of FanGraphs floated down to shoot me with an arrow of inspiration: Ben Clemens published his piece, Let’s Get the Rockies to 94 Wins.

That’s it! That’s the gift! Screw 94 wins, let’s just get the Marlins into the playoffs! That shouldn’t be too hard. I mean how bad could they really be? And no one signs free agents until spring training anymore, right? Right?

Okay, apparently teams decided to sign free agents this time around. And the Marlins are really quite terrible. But the lengths we’ll go to for love, I guess.

Pardon me- there are flying pigs around, and I’m worried one will land on me…...

 


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Marlins believe throwing more strikes will lead to more wins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Midway through Ryne Stanek’s first throwing session of spring training with the Miami Marlins, he was interrupted by pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.

Stanek’s fastball kept sailing inside.

“If you find yourself missing consistently in the same area ...” Stottlemyre said, embarking on a discourse about arm angles, eye focus and release points —that is, how to throw strikes.

Strikes were a problem for the Marlins last year. They led the majors with 615 walks and led the National League with 105 losses, which is not a coincidence.

That Marlins management thinks this is news probably explains a lot about much of that team’s history.

 


Saturday, February 08, 2020

Lots of prospects for Marlins to sort out in spring training

MIAMI (AP) — There’s only one direction to go for the Miami Marlins, who have endured 10 consecutive losing seasons and stumbled last year to 105 defeats, their highest total since 1998.

So yes, they should be better in 2020.

That might not mean much in the short term, and a .500 finish might still be a year or more away. But the Derek Jeter regime begins Year 3 optimistic the long-suffering franchise is finally trending upward.

The job in spring training will be to sort through a roster much deeper in young prospects than a year ago, and to identify building blocks for the future.

Feels like its own punchline, doesn’t it?

 


Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Eric Duncan promoted to hitting coach by Miami Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — Eric Duncan has been promoted to hitting coach by the Miami Marlins, who also announced five additions to their coaching staff Tuesday.

Newcomers joining manager Don Mattingly will be bench coach James Rowson, first base-outfield coach Billy Hatcher, bullpen coach Wellington Cepeda, catching coach Eddy Rodriguez, and assistant hitting coach Robert Rodriguez.

The Marlins also finalized a $17.5 million, two-year contract with left fielder Corey Dickerson that was agreed to last month. He gets a $2 million signing bonus, half payable on Nov. 30 and half on Nov. 30, 2021, and salaries of $7 million this year and $8.5 million in 2021.

 

 


 

 

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