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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Marlins part ways with president of baseball operations Michael Hill. Here’s what’s next

Michael Hill, the Miami Marlins president of baseball operations for the last eight years, maneuvered through 174 roster roster moves and a COVID-19 outbreak to help the Marlins achieve one of their most successful season in franchise history. They had a winning record and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2003 one season after losing 105 games.

It turned out to be his final act in nearly two decades as part of the Marlins’ front office.

The Marlins are not retaining Hill, CEO Derek Jeter announced Sunday. Hill’s contract was set to expire, and Jeter’s plan was to wait until after the Marlins’ playoffs run ended to address his future. The two met over the past week to discuss Hill potentially returning but ultimately Jeter decided the best move was to part ways.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2020 at 02:02 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, michael hill

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

As Marlins prepare for postseason, is the franchise turning a corner under Derek Jeter?

And, three years into the regime of owner Bruce Sherman and CEO Derek Jeter, they’re actually pretty good. Thirty-one wins isn’t a juggernaut, but what about 31 wins when 18 roster spots were changed out between games three and four? What about 31 wins when the Philadelphia Phillies had 28, and the New York Mets and Washington Nationals had 26? There’s something about showing up and playing hard, about finding a few wins where others are finding alibis, about taking the first wobbly steps toward turning the course — and reputation — of a franchise that only recently became deserving of that sort of effort.

So, on the sixth anniversary of a day he was the designated hitter in Boston and did not play shortstop and legged out an infield single and was pinch run for by a catcher and then never played again, Derek Jeter was on a Zoom call — audio only — explaining that it has been a long road, that there might be something good out there, that this alone — a best-of-three in Chicago starting Wednesday afternoon — ain’t it. Then, after the first two years of his CEO-ship ended in last place (by a lot), there’d be nothing awfully wrong with second place either.

“When we first got here, look, from the outside looking in, and I lived on the other side of Florida for 20-plus years, you heard stories about the fanbase here and the lack of trust,” he said. “When I got here, I said, listen, we’re here to listen to you. I can’t tell you I’m going to make your experience better if I don’t know what your experience has been. I can’t expect you to trust me if you don’t know me. We have to earn your trust. And I think slowly but surely we’re starting to earn the trust. But we still have a long way to go.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 09:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Braves’ 29 runs against Marlins second most in MLB since 1900

The Atlanta Braves scored 29 runs against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, falling one short of tying the major league record for most runs in a game.

Adam Duvall’s seventh-inning grand slam gave host Atlanta a 29-9 lead, which ended up being the final score.

The 29 runs are tied for the second most in a game in the modern era (since 1900), just shy of the Texas Rangers’ 30 against the Baltimore Orioles in 2007. The 1950 Red Sox and 1955 White Sox also scored 29 runs in a game.

“Pretty amazing,” said Freddie Freeman, who drove in six runs with three hits, including a two-run homer. “Hard to put into words, really, when you look up and see 29 runs on the board.”

A day after being shut out by the Marlins on four hits, the Braves broke loose. They had 23 hits, including seven homers, to score the most runs in Braves franchise history (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta) since 1900. They topped the old record by six runs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2020 at 09:18 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The next great pitching star is in Miami

Sixto Sánchez has the “It” factor—when you watch him on the mound, you can’t help but get the feeling this kid is going to be the face of baseball in Miami for seasons to come.

With his stuff and his flair, Sánchez is the most electric pitcher the Marlins have had since the irreplaceable José Fernández. Fernández took baseball by storm as a 20-year-old; Sánchez is doing it at 22. The rookie right-hander has a 2.37 ERA and 19 strikeouts, and even three starts into his big league career, he has all the makings of the franchise’s next great pitching star.

Just to give you a taste of how overpowering Sánchez has been so far, here’s where he places on Statcast’s expected ERA leaderboard. xERA tells you what a pitcher’s ERA should look like based on his quality of contact allowed, strikeouts and walks. Sánchez currently ranks in the top five among starters.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 09:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sixto sanchez

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Marlins’ Isan Diaz cleared to return for 2020 MLB season after initially opting opt during COVID-19 outbreak

Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz will be returning to play the remainder of the 2020 Major League Baseball season after he originally opted out of the shortened campaign. MLB and the MLB Players Association reportedly came to an agreement to allow Diaz to rejoin the Marlins, according to Craig Mish of SportsGrid.

After the Marlins suffered a team-wide coronavirus outbreak within the first week of the 2020 season that saw 18 players test positive, Diaz announced Aug. 1 on Instagram that he would be opting out of the season’s final two months. “This has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with the virus, and see how quickly it spreads,” Diaz wrote at the time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2020 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, isan diaz, marlins

Monday, August 31, 2020

Blue Jays Acquire Jonathan Villar

The Blue Jays have acquired infielder Jonathan Villar from the Marlins, tweets Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.  The move comes on the heels of the Marlins acquiring Starling Marte from the Diamondbacks.  Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have already stocked up with trades for Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker, and Dan Vogelbach.

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette was placed on the IL on August 16th with a knee sprain, which is expected to keep him out until at least mid-September.  Rosenthal had previously reported the Jays’ interest in the versatile Villar, and Toronto was also said to have checked in on the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2020 at 03:14 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jonathan villar, marlins

Marlins acquire Starling Marte from D-Backs in surprising move at MLB trade deadline, per report

In one of the more surprising moves of Major League Baseball’s 2020 trade deadline, the Miami Marlins have agreed to acquire outfielder Starling Marte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Marte, 31, played well during his brief stay in the desert. He hit .311/.384/.443 (123 OPS+) with two home runs and five stolen bases (on seven tries) in 33 games. He figures to be a big upgrade for the Fish, who have just one healthy outfielder (Matt Joyce) with an OPS+ higher than 100.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2020 at 03:13 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, starling marte

Monday, August 17, 2020

Some Marlins sidelined by COVID-19 get clearance to return. What’s next in the process?

The Miami Marlins might have some reinforcements on the way in the near future.

Exactly when, though, is still to be determined.

A majority of the 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19 during their season-opening road trip have received clearance from the MLB and MLB Players Association joint COVID-19 committee to resume on-field activities.

However, that doesn’t mean they’ll immediately come back to the active roster.

The group will spend time at the team’s alternate training site in Jupiter prior to playing. They will remain on the COVID-19 injured list until they are brought back to the active roster. No corresponding roster moves have to be made until they are taken off the IL.

“I think in general, we knew when we got off the road trip ... you had a chance that you felt like you were going to get guys back,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We know those guys are working on clearance. They have to get ready.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2020 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Evaluating how Marlins did in Ozuna trade

Three years after moving All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, the Marlins are liking their return in what was at the time a criticized deal.

In December 2017, Miami acquired right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, plus left-hander Daniel Castano and outfielder Magneuris Sierra for Ozuna, who is now with the Braves….

The headliner of the Ozuna trade obviously is Alcantara, an All-Star last year and Miami’s Opening Day starter this year.

Alcantara is on the injured list, but in the opener, he was magnificent in a win at the Phillies, giving up one earned run with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

The Marlins have repeatedly said they feel Alcantara’s pure stuff is on par with the best pitchers in the National League. It’s a matter of consistency. The 24-year-old is showing that he can be a legitimate front-of-the-rotation starter.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2020 at 09:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marcell ozuna, marlins

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

An Olympic speedskater now plays for Miami

Due to a breakout of COVID-19, the Marlins had to make some roster adjustments to return to play this week. They called up a swath of Minor Leaguers—one of those being infielder Eddy Alvarez. Once he gets into a game, it’ll be his first taste of big league action.

The 30-year-old infielder isn’t unlike many of his Minor League peers—spending time in multiple leagues at multiple levels in multiple cities during the last six seasons. But he does have one thing that’s a little bit different about him: He’s a former Olympic speedskater.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2020 at 04:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Isan Díaz placed on restricted list, opting out of 2020 MLB season

The Marlins are going to be without second baseman Isan Díaz for the remainder of their 2020 season. The club placed him on the restricted list late Friday night, according to the official MLB transactions page. Opting out of the season was first mentioned as a possibility for him earlier on Friday by Jon Heyman, who confirms Saturday morning that Díaz is indeed leaving.

Per league rules, the window has closed for players on the restricted list for COVID-19 related issues to appeal for reinstatement. That is the case for Díaz, who has seen 18 of his teammates test positive for the virus during the last week. He will not account against Miami’s 60-man player pool moving forward.

Díaz is the only Marlin thus far to opt out. However, 15 total MLB players—ranging from rookies to accomplished veterans—have done so.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:26 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, marlins

Orioles trade reliever Richard Bleier to Marlins for player to be named

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier sat in the bullpen during Friday’s 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t one of the five men called on to help protect his team’s lead.

After the game, executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias told him why: He was traded to the Miami Marlins for a player to be named later.

“Definitely surprised,” Bleier said. “Extremely thankful for Baltimore, the organization and everything they’ve done for the last few years for me. They gave me an extended opportunity in the big leagues and really gave me another opportunity coming off a down year to kind of get back to the status I was at before. It’s been a really enjoyable ride here in Baltimore, and I’m very, very thankful for that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2020 at 09:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, orioles, richard bleier

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Marlins’ Season “Paused” As MLB Plots Scheduling Modifications

The Marlins’ 2020 campaign has been “paused,” according to Craig Mish of Sports Grid (Twitter link). That development is part of an apparent effort on the part of Major League Baseball to tweak its schedule to account for the breakout of COVID-19 cases within the Miami organization.

With the Phillies also sidelined, at least for the short term, the league is left with two teams out of action. It’s considering a plan to match up those two organizations’ previously scheduled opponents — the Yankees and Orioles — in order to keep logging as many games as possible, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link).

While the Philadelphia organization doesn’t have any new positive tests to worry about, it recently took the field against the Marlins. The Phils will also be held back for at least some time as a result, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (Twitter links).

The idea, it seems, would be to get the Marlins and Phillies caught up on total contests later in the season. If they don’t quite make it to 60 total games, postseason qualification could still be determined by winning percentage. It isn’t clear exactly what standards the league will apply to determine when to resume action for these teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 02:14 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, marlins



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