The long-time leader of Miami's hot corner has been promoted (demoted?) to be the new manager of the Triple A affiliate in Jupiter for the 2014 season.
Starting in 2014, success will start to appear at Marlins Stadium. No, Adeiny Hechavarria won't turn into the second coming of Ozzie Smith and lead the Marlins to multiple titles but the stadium will play host to a new series of bowl games between six conferences (American Athletic Conference (son of the now departed Big East), Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference).
While you continue to harken back to the old days of the '97 or '03 seasons, take your head out of the gutter and take a glance at some of the more notable Marlins alumni who are currently trying to lead their current team to World Series gold.
While the great Michael Jong is recapping the season of each individual Marlins player, the less insane folks over at Marlin Maniac are reviewing the 2013 season position-by-position. In their first installment, they recap the right field which is probably one of the more interesting positions for Miami this season because of Giancarlo Stanton's mediocre (to his standars) campaign and the relatively breakout season by Marcell Ozuna.
Continuation of their position-by-position preview, the folks over at Marlin Maniac review the extremely depressing center field.
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Mediocre journeyman reliever Jamey Wright had a moment of glory in an otherwise miserable Game 4 Rays defeat. While his less than stellar career may be coming to an end, Wright will always be able to look back at the 2nd inning against the Red Sox and remember that he did succeed in a playoff game.
The MLB Playoffs always showcase an incredible variety of pitching talent, but what have been the best individual pitches so far in the postseason? I set out to answer this question, picking the five best offerings we have witnessed in the 2013 playoffs.
After a full Monday slate of Playoff baseball games that featured highly questionable managerial decisions by Braves skipper Freddi Gonzales and Tampa Bay head honcho Joe Madden, SportsonEarth's Will Leitch investigates the reasoning behind why managers take the blame more than the players who are controlling the on-field actions.
In one of the more ridiculous stories of the 2013 offseason, veteran broadcaster and former big leaguer Steve Lyons sent out a tweet during a weekend between the Braves and Dodgers in which he stated that a solo shot by former Marlin Hanley Ramirez was detrimental to his team. While Lyons tried to give a solid reasoning behind his statement, Baseball Nation editor Rob Neyer basically shoots down those statements in this piece.
While he hasn't officially said the above statement, Dave Cameron uses reasoning and some pretty cool and colorful graphs to prove his point of Wacha's inability to throw on the inside.
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Already working on improving the team, Miami Marlins executives are discussing the possibility of employing two hitting coaches. Several major league teams have turned to the tactic to improve their offenses.
The Miami Marlins did not rely on too many other players at first base in 2013, but the ones whom they did play did not perform well either.
The 2013 season was an important year for Miami Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison, and he failed to perform up to par for a second straight year.
The Miami Marlins may be more interested in Cuban free agent Jose Abreu than initially thought, as news has come out that the team may expand its limited payroll to fit the slugger on the roster.
On this day in team history, third baseman Mike Lowell shook off his month-long rust and hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the 11th inning, sending the Marlins to a 9-8 win in Game 1 of the 2003 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.