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Monday, September 13, 2021

Who will be the first to wear a Rays, Marlins, or Nationals cap to Cooperstown?

The Montreal Expos had three players enter the Hall wearing their cap, but no one has gone in wearing the curly W since the franchise relocated and rebranded in 2005. There are a few former and current Nationals on track for Cooperstown, though. Bryce Harper is well on his way with 38.4 bWAR through his age-28 season, but at this point, it seems unlikely Harper would choose to wear a Nationals hat on his plaque. Two injury-marred seasons have derailed Stephen Strasburg’s chances, but he still has time to correct course.

Neither is as likely as Max Scherzer, though. Scherzer has already amassed 66.8 bWAR, and he’ll more than likely reach 3,000 strikeouts in his next start. He has three Cy Young Awards, eight All-Star appearances, and a World Series ring. He also shares the record for most strikeouts in a single game. The question isn’t whether Scherzer is a Hall of Famer. He most certainly is. It’s whether he’ll choose Washington.

Most of Scherzer’s best moments came with the Nationals, but he’s been with three other teams. He won one of his Cy Youngs with Detroit, and he also helped them to an American League pennant in 2012. His career isn’t close to over either. We don’t know what he’ll do with the Dodgers or whichever team signs him this winter. Spreading his rings and his accolades around could cause him to not choose any team like Greg Maddux.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2021 at 11:02 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, nationals, rays

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Milwaukee Brewers acquire John Curtiss, Daniel Norris in trades with Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers

The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers made two more moves Friday to boost their roster for a playoff push, acquiring relievers John Curtiss from the Miami Marlins and Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers.

Milwaukee sent minor league catcher Payton Henry to Miami and minor league pitcher Reese Olson to Detroit. Both moves were completed Friday, two days after the Brewers added All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Curtiss, 28, is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 35 games for Miami. The right-hander has made three starts and 35 relief appearances. He has struck out 40 and walked nine in 40 innings.

The 28-year-old Norris is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA in 38 relief appearances this season, but he’s pitched much better lately. He hasn’t allowed a run or a hit over his last five outings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, daniel norris, marlins, tigers

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Houston Astros bolster pen, deal for Miami Marlins closer Yimi Garcia

The Houston Astros continued to fortify their bullpen before the trade deadline, acquiring right-hander Yimi Garcia from the Miami Marlins on Wednesday for two players.

In exchange for Garcia, the Astros sent outfielder Bryan De La Cruz and right-hander Austin Pruitt to the Marlins.

It’s the second straight day the AL West-leading Astros have swung a trade to add bullpen help. On Tuesday, Houston acquired Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero from the Mariners.

Garcia, 30, has 15 saves for the Marlins this season and is 3-7 with a 3.47 ERA. He has struck out 35 and walked just five batters in 36⅓ innings pitched. He has a 3.41 ERA over seven major league seasons.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 11:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marlins, yimi garcia

Oakland Athletics finalizing trade for Miami Marlins’ Starling Marte

The Oakland Athletics are finalizing a deal to acquire center fielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander Jesus Luzardo, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Marlins will cover the remainder of Marte’s contract, sending more than $4 million to Oakland, sources said.

Marte, 32, is hitting .306 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs for the Marlins this season. He missed time earlier this season with a fractured rib.

Luzardo, 23, is 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA in 38 innings pitched. He has made 13 appearances, including six starts.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jesus luzardo, marlins, starling marte

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Blue Jays acquire Dickerson, Cimber from Marlins for Panik, prospect

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired left-handed slugger Corey Dickerson and right-handed reliever Adam Cimber from the Miami Marlins, multiple sources confirmed to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

In exchange, the Blue Jays are sending infielder Joe Panik and pitching prospect Andrew McInvale back to Miami.

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired left-handed slugger Corey Dickerson and right-handed reliever Adam Cimber from the Miami Marlins, multiple sources confirmed to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

In exchange, the Blue Jays are sending infielder Joe Panik and pitching prospect Andrew McInvale back to Miami.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and Craig Mish were first to report the trade.

This move gives the Blue Jays two things its roster has been lacking this season: depth power from the left-side and a solid relief option.

Dickerson, a former all-star and Gold Glove outfielder, is hitting slightly below his career averages this season, posting a line of .260/.321/.377 with two home runs and 12 doubles. He is currently on the injured list with a foot injury and on June 22 Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Dickerson would be in a walking boot for a minimum of three weeks. The 32-year-old is in the final year of a two-year, $17.5-million contract and will be a free agent after this season.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 11:20 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, corey dickerson, marlins

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Phillies president Dave Dombrowski considers the late Darren Daulton one of his all-time great deadline deals

Dave Dombrowski has an impressive trade-deadline track record and there’s a deal he made with the Phillies that remains near and dear to his heart.

On July 21, 1997, as the 40-year-old general manager of the Florida Marlins, he persuaded Phillies general manager Lee Thomas to part with Darren Daulton in exchange for outfielder Billy McMillon.

“It’s one of the best moves for me personally and for the Florida organization because it helped us win a world championship,” Dombrowski said. “I’ve been in the postseason a number of times, but I’ve only won the world championship twice.”

And that was the first one.

“We liked Billy McMillon, but I remember at the time when I talked to Lee, he said to me, ‘I’m telling you, when you get Darren Daulton, you’re going to win the championship,’ ” Dombrowski said. “He said, ‘This guy is that kind of difference maker.’ And he was absolutely right, so for me it was one of the biggest trade-deadline deals of my career.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 12, 2021 at 12:02 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: darren daulton, marlins

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Controversial Michael Conforto hit by pitch gives Mets comeback win over Marlins in home opener

When a lethargic Mets team needed it most, Jeff McNeil provided a shot in the arm.

McNeil’s game-tying home run to lead off the ninth and Michael Conforto’s walk-off hit by pitch minutes later lifted the Mets to a 3-2 win against the Marlins in their home opener on Thursday.

The win came with controversy. Conforto stuck his elbow out over the plate, and the pitch nicked his elbow and went into the catcher Chad Wallach’s mitt. The umpires reviewed the play but let the call stand, leaving the Marlins furious and the Mets with a win.

The late excitement capped a quintessential day at the ballpark for the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:54 PM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

loanDepot Park is the new home of the Marlins

The Miami Marlins have tapped into another revenue stream. Fish Stripes can confirm Andy Slater’s report that the Marlins have sold the naming rights to their home ballpark to loanDepot. The change officially takes effect on Wednesday morning. Specifics about the length and value of the agreement are not yet known, though Man On Second Baseball’s Joe Frisaro describes the terms as “pretty lucrative.”

Ever since the venue opened in 2012, it had been called Marlins Park. Under both old and current ownership, the franchise sought a naming rights sponsor to no avail. Finally, they found a match.

From the loanDepot website:

Founded in 2010 by mortgage industry innovator Anthony Hsieh, our company is focused on creating a straightforward mortgage experience that meets—and exceeds—your expectations.

Our company’s growth reflects the success of our customer-centric approach. In our first decade alone, we’ve grown to become the nation’s fifth largest retail mortgage lender and the second largest nonbank retail originator, funding more than $275 billion since inception. Today, our nationwide team of 10,000-plus members assists more than 27,000 customers each month.

CEO Anthony Hsieh is a self-proclaimed “lifelong baseball fan.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2021 at 04:42 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, naming rights

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Gio Gonzalez announces retirement

Gio Gonzalez’s tenure with his hometown Miami Marlins lasted less than one month. The two-time MLB All-Star announced Thursday on Instagram that his playing career is over:

Since the age of 4, my father and my mother introduced me and my younger brother to this sport called baseball, 31 years later, still played baseball, so many people I wanna thank from the bottom of my heart starting with the White Sox who took a chance with me, a young kid from HIALEAH, FL! The Oakland A’s who gave me my first career win, who showed me unconditionally love from the clubhouse, the staff who worked at the stadium and most important the incredible fans that stood by us in our good and bad seasons,the reporters who took the time to get to know me! THANK YOU!

Washington nationals, what an incredible 7 years you gave me and my family, because of you I will forever be thankful, you helped me become the man/ father I am today, the most unbelievable love I could ever ask for! So happy for the World Series title your team and fans WELL DESERVED! So many incredible people I have met in my time there, that helped with me and my family, THANK YOU!

Milwaukee, OMG MILWAUKEE, in a year and some change, TWO PLAYoff runs, with guys till this day I consider my brothers, btw best travel in baseball hands down!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:44 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, marlins



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