World famous soccer player, David Beckham, has chosen Miami as the destination of the newest MLS soccer franchise. With South Florida’s massive Hispanic population, Beckham believes that Miami could be a strong area for a soccer franchise to flourish. Beckham is hoping to have a soccer only stadium built very soon, but in the mean time could even play their home games at Marlins Park, the home of our Miami Marlins.
This past week we learned that the Miami Marlins would be resurrecting the red-orange caps worn on occasion during the 2012 season. This alternate cap is the team’s best seller and the move appears to be an attempt to capitalize on the fans’ merchandising preferences
Chad Qualls, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Austin Kearns and Matt Diaz were among the 147 players putting their names in the free agent hopper on Thursday. With the exception of Qualls, it's doubtful the Marlins will attempt to re-sign any of them.
Third base prospect Colin Moran, last season's first-round draft pick out of North Carolina, is the lone Miami Marlins representative in Saturday's Fall Stars Game. Moran is on the West Division roster in what amounts to the Arizona Fall League All-Star game. MLB Network will televise the game nationally and it also will stream online at MLB.com.
Baseball America on Thursday announced its top 10 Miami Marlins prospects heading into 2014. Topping the list is left-hander and 2012 first-round pick Andrew Heaney. The rest of the top five: third baseman and 2013 first-rounder Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, left-hander Justin Nicolino and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.
Jensen hit 16 homers with Jacksonville and 12 more after he was brought up to New Orleans, finishing with 28 home runs and 78 RBIs. Making consistent contact is an issue. Jensen combined to bat .235 with a .328 on-base percentage, and he struck out 144 times in 447 at-bats. It appears he projects more as a bench player. There was some talk before Spring Training about possibly switching Jensen, listed at 6-foot-3, 247-pounds, to first base. But that didn't happen, either. Jensen plays the corner outfield spots, and Miami already is deep in those areas.
The 2013 season certainly wasn't the greatest in Marlins history, but that doesn't mean the campaign lacked some memorable moments and accomplishments. A number of Miami's achievements are being recognized by MLB.com in the annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBY). The Marlins may have finished with 100 losses, but they also had their share of headline performances.
On Thursday, Miami exercised the $1 million club option on Jacob Turner's contract, locking up the right-hander for next season. The Marlins also reinstated outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the 60-day disabled list. Miami's 40-man roster is now at 32. With the completion of the World Series, free agency is set to begin. On Thursday, the MLB Players Association released its list of 147 free agents who qualify under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement.
Hill and Jennings have long been part of Miami's front office, but now they have increased say in the roster moves necessary to build a contender. Their work is about to begin. Free agency gets underway five days after the conclusion of the World Series. In the five-day span, teams have exclusive rights to sign their pending free agents. No signings are expected in that time frame. The basic plan in '14 is to build from around the nucleus of players who endured more than their share of growing pains in a trying 2013.
Around The League
After the 2011 World Series, all Cardinals fans, deep down, secretly have assumed that their team is going to win every postseason game. Now that they've lost the 2013 World Series to the Red Sox, that era seems to be gone for good.
The 2014 season starts now, as teams begin to reshape their rosters in hopes of enjoying their own late-October parties this time next year. Over the course of the days and weeks that will lead us to February and Spring Training, deals will be struck and contracts will be signed.
The World Series parade will launch from Fenway Park at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as the freshly-minted champions keep in line with a recent Boston tradition and gather into duck boats for a tour around what is sure to be a joyous city.
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins scored one major win in the 2013 first-year draft, but they also let a few potential prospects get away thanks to signing and health problems.
Colin Moran is the Miami Marlins' lone representative on the 2013 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game that pits the best and brightest in top prospects.
On this date in Marlins history, back in 1987, U.S. Senators from eight states formed a task force to investigate baseball expansion that eventually led to the formation of the Marlins.
Today, we start off answering questions from MLB.com's Joe Frisaro's weekly inbox. What kind of discussions will we have this week?