The Miami Marlins first round pick from 2012 is having a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. Heaney has made three starts so far and owns a 2.94 ERA, with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .231 off of him.
Adeiny Hechavarria came to the Marlins in the massive Blue Jays trade from last year and he was thought as a defensive upgrade to Jose Reyes. By the end of the season, he had a negative WAR of -2.1 which came in dead last amongst all shortstops.
According to Myron Levin and Stuart Silverstein of FairWarning.org, the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor for possible federal wage violations. There is concern about widespread questionable pay practices throughout baseball.
Another bowl game is coming to South Florida. This one will be played in a baseball stadium but on a very familiar site for college football.
Marlins' bullpen coach Reid Cornelius will interview for the Philadelphia Phillies' pitching coach job next week, a source familiar with the club's candidates said. The Marlins recently announced Cornelius would return to manager Mike Redmond' staff in the same capacity next season.
The passion to manage still fuels Ozzie Guillen. But Guillen said he would be willing to return as a coach — only with the Cubs — if asked. "I just make it very clear if they want me as a coach, the only team I will coach is the Cubs," said Guillen, who is working at the World Series as an analyst for ESPN Deportes. "The reason is I live there. I don't have to move my family in and out. As (for) a manager opening, if anyone is interested in me, at least give me an opportunity to express myself.
Nick Carparelli didn't have a reason to doubt Claude Delorme. The Marlins' executive vice president of operations and events, Delorme told Carparelli Marlins Park could accommodate a regulation football field. When the Marlins cordoned off the dimensions to prove it, Carparelli — the American Athletic Conference's (AAC) senior associate commissioner — was sold. The result was a six-year agreement for Marlins Park to host the Miami Beach Bowl starting December 2014. "We measured it out and his people did a great job of coning it off so we could see how it laid out, and it fit very nicely," Carparelli said, during a press conference at Marlins Park Thursday.
Getting calls on the field correct is vital, but so is the pace of game, says Marlins president David Samson. Major League Baseball is planning to adopt expanded replay review next season, which raises concerns that games will be lengthened. The way Samson sees it, there are positives and negatives to an increased number of replays under a challenge system. "Instant replay is very complicated," Samson said. "It's very costly, and you can see it delays the game. There is no doubt about it. The most important thing is to get plays right, but you want to get them right in a timely fashion. Our focus in Miami here is pace of game. The games are going too long."
The Marlins have brought in another addition to their front office. The team on Friday announced the hiring of Craig Weissmann as vice president of player personnel. Weissmann is assuming the role previously designated to Dan Jennings, who was promoted to general manager. Weissmann, 52, spent the past seven seasons with the A's, where he handled a variety of assignments. The past two years he served as a special assignment scout, and he was previously an area scout and a professional scout for Oakland.
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Justice triumphed. And so did the St. Louis Cardinals. There will be much written and said about the "controversy" that ended Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. Where is the controversy when the umpires made the absolute correct call, immediately, in real time and with precise reasoning? It is time to give the umpires credit for being right the first time. This one ended with the umpires making a correct call and the Cards doing enough to deserve a victory.
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran was honored before Game 3 of the World Series for his involvement within St. Louis and Puerto Rico with Major League Baseball's prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez made their major league debuts this season and pitched a total of 36 games between them. Trevor Rosenthal was already great last postseason. Teams would give up a lot to get just one of these guys. The Cardinals have three.
What happened in the ninth inning of World Series Game 3 on Saturday night was one of the oddest endings in the long history of the Fall Classic, an obstruction call on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks that gave a hobbled Allen Craig the winning run in the Cardinals' crazy 5-4 victory. It's a call that will be met by decades-long dispute from Bostonians and somewhat sheepish-yet-satisfied glee from St. Louisans, whose Cards are now up 2-1 in this wacky World Series.
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On October 22, 1992, the Florida Marlins made their first managerial hire, as they chose the experienced Rene Lachemann to run the expansion franchise.
The Miami Marlins had a number of other options in their bullpen for much of 2013, but their work was hit-or-miss for the team.
The Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants are currently being investigated for federal wage violations by the U.S. Department of Labor.
On Thursday, Miami Marlins President David Samson discussed how the organization will approach the offseason. Samson also discussed the future of Marlins Park, including the first AAC bowl game which is expected to be held in 2014.
Miami Marlins president David Samson said in an interview with the Miami Herald that the Marlins would not lose 100 games next season. How can the team avoid the century mark again?