Three eateries negotiating with the city of Miami to operate at the garages at Marlins Park backed out after the team tanked its roster. Not a single business has opened since the ballpark was inaugurated.
Defense is something Marlins manager Mike Redmond takes seriously. Marlins players and coaches have worn black T-shirts with that word on the front of it since the start of spring training. But so far, the Marlins (10-23) have done about as poor a job with their gloves as they have done with their bats. In Monday night’s 5-0 loss to the Padres at Petco Park, the lowest-scoring team in the majors and the most error-prone team in the game produced five hits and two errors — including one that is sure to end up on this week’s blooper reels.
Had it not been for veteran catcher Miguel Olivo’s persistence, Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia said he probably would have tried to keep pitching through the tightness he experienced in his right groin Tuesday, potentially worsening the Marlins’ already dire injury situation.
SAN DIEGO -- Nick Green knows life as a utility infielder can be wacky, filled with trips up and down from the minors and to the free agency wire. So what he endured this past week -- getting designated for assignment last Thursday because shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was returning from the disabled list, clearing waivers, and then returning to the Marlins Tuesday because second baseman Donovan Solano was heading to the DL -- wasn't anything he hasn't seen before.
On a night the Marlins were hoping would be a special homecoming for starter Alex Sanabia, injuries continued to pile up in a 5-1 loss to the Padres, a game played in front of 16,263 fans at Petco Park. The Marlins -- already with 10 players on the disabled list -- lost Sanabia in the fifth inning to a tight right groin, and then utility infielder Chris Valaika to a small fracture on the tip of his left wrist.
The Marlins have had to call up top prospects early because of injuries – a move that could cause roster upheaval when players return. "I don’t even know who is here anymore,"President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said after the Marlins scored just one run during a three-game sweep this week by the Padres in San Diego. "It’s been a bad run. It kind of started first day of spring training when [catcher Jeff] Mathis broke his collarbone and it hasn’t really stopped since. It’s been anything from hamstrings to whatever freak injuries – getting slid into. It’s been a little bit of everything."
Already on the road trip, Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre reached a milestone by stealing his 600th career base. He continues to be on the run at age 35. "It's impressive," Redmond said. "JP deserves everything he gets in this game. He's earned it. I didn't think he could ever keep that work ethic up. He's a special player, and a special guy."
All Derek Dietrich's hard work and dedication was done with the hope of getting that call to someday play in the big leagues. That call came about 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
The mother of Marlins manager Mike Redmond, Patti, has been there every step of the way in her son's baseball career. From Little League through high school, college and the professional ranks, she has been Mike's biggest supporter.
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Roy Halladay's career no longer appears to be in jeopardy. He might even come back and pitch this season. But it won't be anytime soon. The Philadelphia Phillies ace told news reporters he needs arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur and to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and a frayed labrum. He figures to be out at least three months.
Miguel Cabrera can create a highlight every time he takes a swing. He can also create a panic every time he takes a funny step. Wednesday night was a case for the latter.
One day after umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew failed to reverse an obvious game-tying home run by A's infielder Adam Rosales in the ninth inning following a video review, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an "improper call" was made in Wednesday's game between the Indians and Athletics.
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The Miami Marlins have, by necessity and by rashness, brought up a number of top prospects much earlier than expected. Should the team continue promoting its top minor league talent?
The Miami Marlins have only one top prospect left to promote. Christian Yelich may take a similar approach to what Giancarlo Stanton did in 2010, but will he have room in the majors to play?