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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

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

 

 

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