Fish Bites: Are the Marlins historically bad?

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The Miami Marlins are on a historically bad pace so far, but will they remain that way? Plus links on Marlins prospects, Jeffrey Loria, Juan Pierre, and more.

Are The 2013 Miami Marlins As Bad As The 1962 New York Mets? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Miami Marlins may be bad, but are they on the same pace as the 1962 expansion New York Mets or the 2003 Detroit Tigers?

Miami Marlins: Big Business, Bad Baseball - Yahoo! Sports
Now that the outrage over Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's roster fire sale has subsided, fans and the media have met the team with a sort of disappointed indifference.

Strip Club With Stanton: PUNCH ME IN THE ****: A MARLINS HAIKU
SCWS is not happy about the Marlins' season thus far and has a poetic way of telling us.

Miami Marlins: Catcher Rob Brantly making strides with his throws - Sun Sentinel
On the positive side, through Tuesday, Rob Brantly's 57.1 caught-stealing percentage (four of seven) ranked second among National League catchers behind only the Rockies' Wilin Rosario at 66.7 percent (four of six).

Marlins' Josh Hodges Making Noise Early in Season - Grading on the Curve - A Minor League Baseball Site - Draft and Prospect News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Miami Marlins have a bevy of elite prospects within their system thanks, in large part, to the overhaul of their major league roster this past off-season. One such young man is right hander Josh Hodges, who has begun the season with two strong performances for High-A Jupiter. We mentioned Hodges in an update on High-A Jupiter's fantastic pitching staff thus far this season.

MIAMI: Marlins claim LHP Below, send him to minors - Sports Breaking News - MiamiHerald.com
The Miami Marlins have claimed left-hander Duane Below off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans. Below is an unspectacular lefty reliever who could provide some assistance in case of bullpen injury or ineffectiveness.

Around the League

Stealing minor-league nicknames for current players - Baseball Nation
It's easy to lament the death of obligatory nicknames. That is, the time when every single player on a team had to have a nickname. Skeeter would throw it to Red, who would throw it to Mabel for...

Can Anyone Explain Why the A's Are Good? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The 2011 Oakland A's offense was, in a word, inept. As a team, the Athletics hit .244/.311/.369. Which is what makes what's happened since a minor miracle. The 2012 A's hit 195 home runs, the seventh-highest total in the majors last year and a 71 percent jump from the year before.

Small Sample Size Alert: Matt Dominguez’s No-Offense Policy - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Former Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez is the starting third baseman for the Houston Astros, but he is facing the same problems he always faced: he has a brilliant glove but cannot hit at all.

The fascinating experiment of the Atlantic League - Baseball Nation
If you think baseball games are going too long, you'll probably want to pay attention to the Atlantic League for the next couple months. Their extremely interesting experiment should yield fascinating results.

The Coolest Baseball GIF of All Time | FanGraphs Baseball
Here's an awesome GIF by a reader at SB Nation's Lone Star Ball showing the movement of various Yu Darvish pitches. Amazing.

At Fish Stripes

The 2013 Miami Marlins All-Star ballot is terrible - Fish Stripes
Major League Baseball released its All-Star ballots today, and the Miami Marlins on the list look terrible.

Jose Fernandez: The Defector, a true Hollywood blockbuster - Fish Stripes
Jose Fernandez only has four major league starts to his name, but his life could already be the next great baseball movie.

Miami Marlins history: The history of Marlins All-Stars, Part 1 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have the potential to dole out the worst All-Star bid in team history in 2013. Let's take a look back in this two-part series and see just how bad some other Marlins All-Star selections were.

Miami Marlins prospects: Nicolino, Urena, and Josh Hodges on fire in Jupiter - Fish Stripes
Three Miami Marlins prospect arms have gotten off to equally impressive starts playing for High-A Jupiter in the Florida State League.

Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs: Cishek allows late run, Marlins fail in ninth, lose 4-3 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs played a close contest, but Luis Valbuena's ninth-inning home run off of Steve Cishek held up, as the Marlins failed to capitalize in the ninth inning.

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