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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Artificial Turf Strikes Back in Baseball

Hall relented last year, agreeing to replace the grass at the Diamondbacks’ downtown ballpark with artificial turf. He changed his mind after finding a synthetic grass technology that he believes genuinely mimics the real thing in terms of how it plays and affects players’ bodies: the B1K—which stands for “Batting 1.000”—system from Georgia-based Shaw Sports Turf.

Artificial turf nearly disappeared from Major League Baseball. Now it’s suddenly back. After eight years with grass at their home in Little Havana, the Miami Marlins have switched to Shaw’s turf in 2020. The Texas Rangers will also use it at Globe Life Field, their newly constructed stadium in Arlington scheduled to open later this month.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 10, 2020 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, rangers, stadiums, turf

A Brighter Future in Miami?

This isn’t a bad time for Marlins fans. There aren’t many organizations you could credibly make that claim about following a 105-loss campaign and consecutive last place finishes, but this is Miami, where the standards are comparatively low.

Much of the positivity stems from an absence of negatives: Jeffrey Loria isn’t the owner, there’s no fire sale in progress or on the horizon, no scam contract extension on the books, no stars desperate for greener pastures, no silly stories about management bilking fans out of their premium parking spaces. This franchise usually trades in disappointment, and there are comparatively few sources of it right now.

There are also a few actively good signs. The club has cobbled together a functional pitching staff from spare parts, and have turned Brian Anderson and Sandy Alcantara into, if not building blocks, then at least the kind of productive players who wouldn’t look out of place in a contender’s lineup. The farm system itself seems rejuvenated: The Fish landed seven prospects on our most recent Top 100 list, most of whom already have Double-A experience. The organization as a whole is teeming with depth for the first time in ages, and they’ll add more impact talent in June’s draft.

If this described the state of the Royals, Mariners, Orioles, Tigers, or some other rebuilder, you could look at the club and say that while things may not look great yet, you don’t have to squint too hard to see how this could work. Develop a few impact players, make a trade or two, spend some money here and there and you can outline a route to competence, if not contention, sooner rather than later.

“It’s not different at all, is it, Steve?”

 

QLE Posted: March 10, 2020 at 01:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sources: Marlins, OF Corey Dickerson reach 2-year, $17.5 million deal

The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Corey Dickerson on a $17.5 million, two-year contract, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

MLB Network first reported on the deal between the sides.

The 30-year-old Dickerson hit .304 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, who acquired him on July 31. Dickerson had 42 extra-base hits and a .565 slugging percentage.

So, how long before they trade him for nothing much?

 

QLE Posted: December 29, 2019 at 12:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: corey dickerson, hot stove, marlins

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Marlins agree to minor league deal with former Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp

Still looking for answers offensively, the Miami Marlins are hoping they’ve found a reclamation project who can help contribute in the outfield.

The Marlins have agreed to a minor league contract with former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. A three-time All-Star, Kemp will receive an invitation to major league spring training and have an opportunity to make the team.

Kemp met with team officials last week during the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.

The deal reunites Kemp, 35, with former manager Don Mattingly. The Marlins skipper coached Kemp for four seasons (2011-14) in Los Angeles during his previous stint as the Dodgers manager.

Mind you, the Marlins being the Marlins, promotion to the majors might not be particularly difficult…..

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, matt kemp

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Marlins are talking to Yasiel Puig

A few years ago the notion of Yasiel Puig‘s free agency seemed kinda fun and exciting. You could picture people arguing about whether giving him big bucks was a good idea. Whether the great production was worth the circus.

These days he’s nowhere near a first-tier free agent, his 2019 season was — with the exception of one early-season bit of chaos — kind of quiet, and his lack of production has rendered this offseason almost completely devoid of Puig chatter.

Jon Heyman breaks that silence today by reporting that the Miami Marlins met with Puig this week. Heyman says the club has also talked to Avisaíl García, Corey Dickerson and Kole Calhoun. Again, not the kind of company you would’ve figured Puig would be keeping in his eventual free agent market, but a lot has happened over the years.

Will he take any of us along as he slides on down?

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, marlins, yasiel puig

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Marlins to install artificial turf, move in fences for 2020 season

The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball’s trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they’ll move in the fences for the second time in four years.

CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had growing grass in the retractable-roof stadium since it opened in 2012. They’ll install the same turf used by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers.

Five of the 30 teams in the majors now will have artificial turf. Arizona added it this year, joining Toronto and Tampa Bay. Texas’ new ballpark opens in 2020.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

 

 

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