Fish Bites: Marlins using 'build from within' approach

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With a farm system full of young players with high expectations, the Miami Marlins have reverted to a "build from within" approach as they head into the offseason. Plus links on Colin Moran, Rob Brantly, and the Miami Beach Bowl.

-Miami Marlins Season Review: Catcher Grades - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Last season, the Marlins netted young catcher Rob Brantly in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. Many felt that Brantly was the future for the Marlins at the catcher position, and since the future is now for the Marlins, the job was Brantly’s to lose coming out of spring training. The Marlins also acquired catcher Jeff Mathis in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays during the offseason, with the expectation of Mathis tutoring the young Brantly as his backup. Unfortunately for the Marlins, neither player was able to cement themselves as a bona fide starter for years to come.

-Jim Leyland steps down as Detroit Tigers manager | www.palmbeachpost.com

Jim Leyland has experienced some of the highest highs the game has to offer, but also endured difficult rebuilding periods in both Pittsburgh and Florida.

-Miami Beach Bowl to make debut next year at Marlins Park - Colleges - MiamiHerald.com

Six years after the Orange Bowl was demolished and replaced by a new baseball home for the Miami Marlins, college football is coming back to the same site in Little Havana. The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl will be played in 2014 (likely Dec. 22 or 23) and will feature a team from the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) and Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference or Sun Belt Conference, with preference likely given to FIU if the Panthers are bowl-eligible and available.

-Marlins GM Dan Jennings sees build-from-within model as blueprint for future | marlins.com: News

The model teams are playing in October. The postseason has given us the heavy-spending, star-filled Dodgers, Red Sox, Tigers and Cardinals, and it has given us the scrappy, spend-wisely Pirates, A's, Rays and Indians. The model the Marlins are identifying most closely with is that of the grinders. "When I see Pittsburgh, when I see Oakland, when I see Tampa Bay, when I see Cleveland, those clubs are kind of the blue-collar teams who have to go out and create their own mindset," Miami's new general manager Dan Jennings said. "They almost have a chip on their shoulders with the way they play."

-Josh Beckett and Marlins stun Yankees in 2003 World Series | marlins.com: News

Without the risk, the Marlins may not have experienced the ultimate reward. To Jack McKeon, going with Josh Beckett on three days' rest was not a gamble. It was the smart move, a no-brainer when a World Series championship was on the line. A decade ago, the then-72-year-old manager entrusted the 23-year-old kid pitcher to pull off the unimaginable at the most storied shrine in American sports. It worked. Destiny defeated a dynasty on a chilly 56-degree night on Oct. 25, 2003.

-Inbox: How can the Marlins upgrade their roster? | marlins.com: News

Fernandez is a true ace, an All-Star and a building block. Nathan Eovaldi has to get more consistent. If he does, he is a legitimate No. 2 starter. Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter in the final game of the season, so we saw what he is capable of. Jacob Turner was up and down, and he still needs to polish up his mechanics. Tom Koehler, when he throws strikes, is a strong option as either a fifth starter or reliever. Brad Hand and Brian Flynn, two lefties, each gained some experience as September callups. And Kevin Slowey has agreed to return.

-Marlins No. 1 Draft pick Colin Moran gaining seasoning in Arizona Fall League | marlins.com: News

The Marlins showed this season that they aren't afraid to accelerate top young talent to the Major Leagues. Jose Fernandez made the Opening Day roster and never looked back. Several of Miami's top hitting prospects, including Derek Dietrich, Jake Marisnick, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, also arrived at Marlins Park earlier than anticipated. Colin Moran, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, appears to be on the fast track as well. The Marlins sent him straight to low Class A Greensboro after he signed for $3,516,500, the second-highest bonus in franchise history behind Josh Beckett's $3,625,000 (part of a $7 million big league contract in 1999). After Moran acquitted himself well in his pro debut, batting .299/.354/.442, Miami challenged him again by sending him to the Arizona Fall League.

-Marlins announce new Miami Beach Bowl | marlins.com: News

College football is returning to the grounds of the historic Orange Bowl site. The Marlins on Thursday, in partnership with the American Athletic Conference, officially introduced the creation of the Miami Beach Bowl, which will be played at Marlins Park in December 2014. The annoucement brings a bowl game back to the Little Havana section of Miami, where college football as well as Super Bowls were once played for decades.

Around The League

-Game 1 looked like 2004 all over again for St. Louis. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article

Just about everything that could go wrong for the Cardinals went wrong in Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox. The Cardinals desperately need short memories, because otherwise this could continue looking a lot like 2004 all over again.

-Kelly to start Game 3; Wainwright option for Game 4 | cardinals.com: News

As expected, the Cardinals will start Joe Kelly against the Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series, which will be played at Busch Stadium on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 first pitch).

-Jon Lester, St. Louis Cardinals address rosin on lefty's glove | MLB.com: News

Following speculation that Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester had a foreign substance in his glove during Game 1 of the World Series, Major League Baseball said in a statement that there is no conclusive video evidence of Lester violating MLB rules. The Cardinals consider the matter a "dead issue," with Lester saying it was only rosin, the same stuff that is available behind every pitcher's mound in baseball.

-Yankees' Mariano Rivera honored to receive Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award | MLB.com: News

Mariano Rivera has received countless tributes since he announced this would be his last season. The Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, which he received from Bud Selig before World Series Game 2 at Fenway Park on Thursday night, has added significance, baseball's all-time saves leader said.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins' path to redemption is daunting but possible - Fish Stripes

Working off of an SB Nation piece, Dakota Schmidt attempts to bring some optimism back to an otherwise depressing scenario.

-One fan's take on the "Bartman Game" - Fish Stripes

Fish Striper Jeremy Hulme's take on an alternative history of the infamous Bartman game.

-2013 Marlins Season Review: Hitters report card - Fish Stripes

Here at Fish Stripes, we have reviewed each and every important name from the 2013 Miami Marlins. Now, we will hand out the final report card, starting with Giancarlo Stanton and the team's position players.

-2013 Marlins Season Review: Pitcher report cards - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins got enough solid pitching performances and one transcendent season from a rookie phenom to earn positive grades for their pitching staff.

-Reactions to Jose Fernandez being named Sporting News Rookie of The Year - Fish Stripes

Although official regular season awards are not given until November, Sporting News announced Jose Fernandez as their 2013 Rookie of The Year on Wednesday. Here are some reactions from around the league.

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