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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

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Miami-Dade commissioners approve Marlins settlement after Loria agrees to pay more

Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday accepted a $5.5 million profit-sharing settlement from a suit the county filed over Jeffrey Loria’s $1.2 billion sale of the Miami Marlins — a vote that revived the political drama that tends to follow government dealings with the former franchise owner.

Two commissioners who opposed the original 2009 subsidy deal for Marlins Park argued against the settlement, calling it another win for Loria at taxpayers’ expense. But the deal passed by a 9-4 vote after a commissioner who backed the stadium agreement interrupted Wednesday’s meeting to announce he was in touch with the Loria legal team and wanted clearance to negotiate directly with them, bypassing the administration of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

When the commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, returned to the chambers more than an hour later, he announced Loria was willing to put an extra $1 million on the table to settle the case Miami and Miami-Dade filed in 2018 to collect on the profit-sharing provision of the original ballpark agreement.

“I just hope the money is used to be helpful to the people of Miami-Dade,” said Samson, now host of a sports podcast, Nothing Personal. “That is what Jeffrey wanted. That is what I wanted. That is what we always wanted. And I appreciate having had the chance to work with so many of you over so many years.”

That’s a short statement. Best regards!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2021 at 11:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Adam Duvall, Miami Marlins agree to deal

Outfielder Adam Duvall agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

At 32, Duvall will provide power and a veteran bat to a team that is expected to rely heavily on developing youngsters. Duvall hit 16 home runs last year for Atlanta, which would have led the Marlins.

Miami finished ahead of only four other teams in homers in 2020, and Brian Anderson led them with 11.

Duvall had an OPS of .833 in 57 games last year. He has hit 105 homers since 2016.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2021 at 07:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam duvall, marlins

Monday, November 30, 2020

Marlins trade for Cimber, designate Ureña

The Miami Marlins today acquired RHP Adam Cimber from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

In his third Major League season, Cimber made 14 appearances for Cleveland in 2020, going 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings with only one home run allowed.

He pitched in a team-high 68 games for the Indians in 2019, going 6-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 56.2 innings….

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Jose Ureña was designated for assignment. Miami’s Opening Day starter in 2018 and 2019, Ureña pitched in six seasons with the Marlins and is 12th in franchise history with 406 strikeouts and 13th with 98 starts.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 05:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam cimber, jose urena, marlins

Friday, November 13, 2020

Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as MLB’s first female general manager

The Miami Marlins are hiring Kim Ng as their new general manager, making her Major League Baseball’s first female and first Asian American GM, the team announced Friday.

Ng has most recently served as MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations. She has also served as assistant general manager for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

“On behalf of Principal Owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement. “Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community.”

Ng, who also spent time in the Chicago White Sox front office, will be the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the league’s 30 teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2020 at 11:07 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: kim ng, marlins

 

 

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