Don Mattingly’s solution to speeding up baseball: Draft guys who don’t strikeout

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was one of the best contact hitters during his 14-year career with the New York Yankees. The former first baseman never struck out more than 43 times in a single season. Now, as a manger on the bench, Mattingly decided he wanted to chime in on the whole debate about speeding up the game he loves so much. He had a somewhat interesting take, one...
Via Sportsnaut
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ozuna trained with star players in offseason

Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna trained in the offseason with big league talent at Robinson Cano's baseball academy in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.
8 hours ago

Jose Fernandez was divorced, death certificate reveals

Jose Fernandez was married at one point in his life, according to the former Miami Marlins pitcher’s official death certificate.TMZ obtained a copy of the document this week, and it lists Hernandez’s marital status as “divorced.” It is unclear when he was married, but Fernandez never spoke about having been married publicly.Fernandez was 24 at the time he died in a fatal...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marlins get mixed news on injury front

Ichiro Suzuki is making strides to getting back onto the field, but the Marlins are taking a more cautious approach with Jeff Locke, who is dealing with left biceps tendinitis.
10 hours ago

Five reasons to feel good about the 2017 Marlins

A little fish friday optimism Many Marlins fans are not too optimistic about the upcoming 2017 season, and that is understandable. The team hasn’t been to the playoffs since they won the World Series back in 2003. The team is without a true number one starter, as they haven’t filled the void left by José Fernàndez. But there is always a reason to be optimistic, and there are...
Via Fish Stripes
10 hours ago

Several Marlins regulars to get nod in spring opener

After 11 straight days of working on fundamentals, the Marlins are ready for some game action. They'll get their first test on Saturday against the club they share the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
12 hours ago

All-Time Top 100 Marlins: #32 Josh Willingham

Josh Willingham smacked 63 of his 195 career homers while with Florida. Throughout the 2016-17 offseason, Fish Stripes is counting down the top 100 Marlins of all-time. For comparison’s sake, we are using the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric as a measuring device. The top 100 WAR ratings are being featured. Today’s Marlin, Joshua David Willingham, earned 6.1 over his three...
Via Fish Stripes
14 hours ago

Miami Marlins bullpen packs some heat

With the onset of Spring Training, the Miami Marlins face the unenviable situation of having to replace Jose Fernandez’s production on the baseball diamond. As reductive as it sounds to view him solely as a commodity whose value has been lost, Fernandez was the unquestioned ace in Miami and one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. The Marlins need someone to step up and help...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Let’s not forget about the time a Marlins intentional walk resulted in a loss

Steve Cishek was on the mound. Commissioner Rob Manfred is exploring different ways to shorten baseball games, and it seems taking away the four-pitch aspect of an intentional walk is one of those ways. A signal to the dugout will now do the trick, taking away an interesting possibility that once plagued the Marlins. Miguel Cabrera turned a lazy pitch during an intentional walk...
Via Fish Stripes
1 day ago

Don Mattingly says reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed play

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play. "Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way," Mattingly said. "Well, as soon as we start causing that to be a bad value -- the strikeouts ...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mattingly: Reversing the tolerance for Ks would speed play

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play. ''Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way,'' Mattingly said. ''Well, as soon as we start causing that to be a bad value - the strikeouts...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins' Ichiro held out of workouts following collision

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The Marlins held Ichiro Suzuki out of workouts following an outfield collision during what officials termed a ''communications drill.'' Ichiro was kneed in the quadriceps on Tuesday by fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes, sending the 43-year-old Ichiro tumbling to the ground. Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he believes Ichiro will ''be OK.'' Barnes was not...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Ichiro Suzuki has been a pinnacle of health during his career in Major League Baseball, logging at least 700 plate appearances in 10 of his first 11 seasons in the majors before transitioning into more of a part-time role. Now entering his third season with the Miami Marlins, Suzuki has seemingly embraced his role as a fourth outfielder and veteran mentor.During a Spring Training...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kushners backing out of Marlins purchase over ambassador issue

The Kushner family issued a statement on Wednesday night in which they said they were backing out of their pursuit of the Miami Marlins over an ambassador issue.The Kushners were reported to be close to purchasing the Miami Marlins from owner Jeffrey Loria. That news came out last week. Then on Wednesday, a report circulated saying Loria is going to become an ambassador for the US...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins will allow players to grow facial hair following ban last season

When Don Mattingly took over as manager of the Miami Marlins before last season, a ban on facial hair was put in place.But so many players complained about it that Mattingly decided to lift the ban, and so beards and mustaches will be permitted this season.“It was a constant fight last year, honestly, with guys,” Mattingly said, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.“It just...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins: Jose Fernandez locker to remain intact

According to Jessica Blaylock of Fox Sports Florida, the Marlins announced they will keep late Jose Fernandez’s locker intact, months after his passing.Blaylock also added the locker has remained untouched since he passed away in September of last year.The two-time All-Star and 2013 National League Rookie of the Year was with two friends when they were all killed in a boating...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 13 Prospects: Miami Marlins

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Miami Marlins farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which all...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins: A new chapter

Call me crazy, but Jeffrey Loria can brag about how he won a World Series championship as the owner of the Miami Marlins. Seriously! Yet any baseball fan will mention how poor the Marlins did during Loria’s 15 years in South Florida. The Marlins made another unbelievable run as a wild card in 2003 for their second Commissioner’s Trophy in their young history, but it was the only...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Fernandez estate being sued by families of two men killed in tragic boat accident

The families of two men killed in the same boating accident in Miami that claimed the life of young Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez are suing Fernandez’s estate.Attorney Christopher Royer is heading up the lawsuit on behalf of the families of both men, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Jesus Macias. The lawsuit is seeking $2 million each from the Fernandez estate.“The Rivero and...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins players to wear patch honoring Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez was one of the brightest young stars in the game of baseball. A dominating pitcher and a charasmatic figure, Fernandez’s life was tragically cut short when he died in a boating accident in Miami back in September.It was a reminder that life itself is precious. That no matter how successful and positive you are, it can come to an end in the matter of seconds.In the...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Yelich Is an Under-the-Radar NL MVP Candidate in 2017

Making a name for yourself in the Miami Marlins outfield in recent years hasn’t been all that easy, but Christian Yelich has found a way to carve out some attention for himself in South Beach. Probably not enough yet, though. It’s tough when Giancarlo Stanton grabs headlines every time he punishes a baseball, or when Marcell Ozuna‘s name is either swirling in trade rumors or...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ivanka Trump’s father-in-law would not be approved as MLB owner

Charles Kushner, the father-in-law of President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, reportedly is not involved in the bidding on the Miami Marlins, disputing a previous report. He also reportedly would not be approved as an MLB owner due to his criminal past.Earlier on Thursday, we shared a report saying that current team owner Jeffrey Loria had a handshake agreement in place to sell...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins owner reportedly has 'handshake agreement' to sell team for over $1 billion

The Miami Marlins reportedly have a "handshake agreement" in place to sell the MLB franchise for $1.6 billion, according to Mike Ozanian of Forbes.Ozanian cited two anonymous sources, who told him that the potential buyer is a New York City real estate developer who does not currently have the liquid assets to purchase the team."The problem, according to these sources, is the potential...
Via FOX Sports
15 days ago

Watch radio host literally eat crow after losing bet to Christian Yelich

Brendan Tobin, a host on Miami’s 790-AM The Ticket, can breathe a big sigh of relief after making good on his bet with Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. And what Tobin was forced to do after losing said bet was tough to swallow, to say the least.The wager between Tobin and Yelich was made last August. The radio host proclaimed he would eat crow if Yelich hit 20 home runs by...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Marlins and the Future of Starting Rotations

Last week, the Marlins rounded out their starting rotation by acquiring Dan Straily from the Reds. Straily will join Edinson Volquez, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler, and Adam Conley in likely making up the Marlins five-man rotation to start the year, and let’s be honest, that’s a pretty uninspiring group. Our projections currently rate Miami’s group of starters as the 27th best...
Via Fangraphs
January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

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