Now that the Marlins have ended a season in which they lost 100 or more games for just the second time in franchise history, it's time to see how much money Loria has in his wallet to stop the organization from hemorrhaging on the field. After all, this is the fourth consecutive season the Marlins have lost more games than the previous season, as the chart below shows.
With Baseball America revealing their top prospect lists for all leagues across baseball, it is not surprising to see quite a few Marlins sprinkled throughout. 8 Marlins players were tabbed on the list, which is a testament to the young talent that Miami has assembled in the last couple of years.
The off-season long question for the Miami Marlins franchise and their fans will surround their superstar right fielder, Giancarlo Stanton. Is he the face of the Marlins franchise and will the team make this official by signing him to a long-term extension.
When the Miami Marlins built their new stadium, the thought of having to make changes just two years after it was completed probably never even crossed their minds. However, after two seasons of play at the new ballpark, there is a very large part of the fanbase that would love to see the fences moved in.
OF Alfredo Silverio, who had two Tommy John surgeries the past two years, was outrighted off the Marlins' 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A New Orleans. Silverio missed each of the past two years, as his elbow was reconstructed in May 2012, then again in June 2013. The Marlins acquired him as a Rule 5 draft pick from the Dodgers last December.
Baseball America on Tuesday completed its roundup of top 20 prospects throughout every league in affiliate baseball. Several Marlins made their rankings. In the short season Class-A New York-Penn League, Batavia second baseman Avery Romero came in at No. 8 and right-hander Trevor Williams was No. 14. Greensboro third baseman Colin Moran, the club's first-round pick last June, was tabbed the seventh-best prospect in the South Atlantic League.
Being the best of the worst may not be much of a consolation, but the 2013 foundation-setting Miami Marlins will take it. Since the advent of the 162-game schedule (1961 in the American League and 1962 in the National League), 69 teams have lost 100 or more games. With few exceptions they all had at least one thing in common: Horrific defense. The 100-loss Marlins were among the outliers. They fell short in several areas, but their ability to catch and throw the ball didn’t cost them many games. The aforementioned 69 triple digit-loss teams averaged 144 errors per season and a fielding percentage well under .980. The Marlins finished with 88 errors and a .986 fielding percentage, tied for fourth-best in the NL.
The right-hander who threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season for the Miami Marlins might be only the third- or fourth-best young arm in their rotation. That's how good the Marlins' pitching is. Henderson Alvarez no-hit the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, and the Marlins scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to win 1-0. The victory provided an exhilarating finish to a dismal season for the Marlins, who lost 100 games and had the worst offense in the majors by far. Their shortcomings overshadowed a talented pitching staff that won raves, if not a lot of games, stirring hope for a quick turnaround. "They're not going to be far away, with the pitching I've seen," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm sure they're probably looking for a little more offense, but I'm really impressed with their pitching. And one thing about it, if you've got pitching, you've always got a chance."
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The Cardinals' World Series matchup vs. the Red Sox marks the first time since 1999 that the two teams with the best regular-season records in their leagues will meet to decide it all. But this is how Major League Baseball once operated on a routine basis.
In opposition of the warped significance of regular-season standings wrought by the Wild Card era, this 2013 World Series matchup is a reminder of what once was. The St. Louis Cardinals won 97 games this season, the best team in the National League. The Boston Red Sox won 97 games, the best team in the American League. This sort of thing never seems to happen anymore.
Nine of the last 10 World Series have seen the final out recorded by a closer. Koji Uehara, Joaquin Benoit, Kenley Jansen and Trevor Rosenthal are this year's likely suspects. Here's a look at how each earned the right to close for a championship-caliber team.
At some point during his surreal odyssey that wound up with the Red Sox getting to the World Series, their heroics went from the surprising to the expected. As in, even when doubts began to creep in elsewhere, the belief from field level never wavered.
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Here are my three key reasons why the Marlins should not sign Jose Abreu.
The Miami Marlins got a great return from Nathan Eovaldi in 2013, as the right-hander put up a promising second season on the mound.
The Miami Marlins missed an opportunity to bring in a potential Cuban star in Jose Abreu, and it was likely due to the team's budget constraints.
Miami Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, hoping to see an offensive improvement, believes his hitters will adopt an approach similar to that of recently hired hitting coach Frank Menechino, who was previously in the Yankees organization.
On this day in team history, Florida opened what ended up being one of the best World Series ever with a 7-4 win in Game 1. Moises Alou provided the biggest offense for the Marlins, smashing a three-run-homer off Cleveland starter Orel Hershiser.