It’s also the absence from the playing field that is unlike the "J.P." Marlins fans grew to love during the 2003 World Series run. From 2003 to 2005, Pierre played in 162 games for three seasons in a row. He became the first Marlin to record 200 hits in a season, and batted .333 against the Yankees in the World Series. In 2012, Pierre has been used sparingly, with the Marlins focused on grooming their young prospects. His .242 batting average in 87 games is by far the lowest of his career. "It’s been totally different," Pierre said of his second tour. "Everybody knows I’d still love to be out there, but I know the role has changed. I embrace it and try to help out."
Though he's not technically a rookie, Matt Harvey is the pitcher that is most often compared to Jose Fernandez -- a young talent with a bright future ahead of him. The Mets' Harvey and the Marlins' Fernandez were even on the All-Star team together in July. And it's the reason why, when the news broke that Harvey has a torn ulnar collateral ligament that could result in Tommy John surgery and cause him to miss the entire 2014 season, thoughts turned to Fernandez and the Marlins' plans to protect their best arm from a like fate.
Just about every lineup manager Mike Redmond has tried this season has failed to produce. So why not another one? "What do we have to lose?" Redmond said of the new lineup he'll throw at Stephen Strasburg tonight at Nationals Park, where the weather is overcast but -- for the moment at least -- rain-free.
Logan Morrison is the main subject in a pair of videos from last night's game that have gone viral, one involving a crazy play at third when he was caught in a rundown and the other when he bailed out on a foul ball, which dropped to the ground untouched.
Wednesday's lineup card featured Justin Ruggiano and Ed Lucas in front of Christian Yelich, who made his first Major League start in the No. 3 spot. Redmond said that he wanted to get more runners on base for slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the cleanup spot. "Yelich has put together some good at-bats, and hopefully he'll continue that," Redmond said. "[Ruggiano] gave us a little spark the last time he led off, and hopefully he can do that again. But really, it's just mixing guys up."
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The month of August has been all about the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League, where the biggest story isn't Yasiel Puig -- it's ace Clayton Kershaw. With the Dodgers and Braves in control, attention is on a three-team battle in the Central.
The last gasps of summer give way to the homestretch of a baseball season with so much still unresolved. This is what we'll be paying particular attention to in the American League.
Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the 2014 Draft will begin on Thursday, June 5. The typical format for the Draft would have the opening two rounds on that Thursday, rounds 3-10 on Friday and the remaining 30 rounds coming on Saturday.
Capped with an unpredictable 7-6 walk-off win for Detroit, the A's-Tigers four-game series this week in Motown was a compelling showcase for the drama Major League Baseball can provide as summer turns to fall.
The five-game spurt immediately follows a seven-game swoon in this streaky, up-and-down season for Kansas City. "It's a young club. They're going to be inconsistent at times," manager Ned Yost said. "They never quit, they keep battling back. It was a nice series here for us. We did everything really well -- swung the bats well, pitched well, solid defense." The Royals gained a game on Oakland, the team they're chasing in the race for the American League's second Wild Card spot, and now trail the A's, who lost to Detroit, by six games.
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Miami Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi has a blazing fastball and oodles of potential, but how much does potential matter in the face of questionable numbers?
The Miami Marlins have loads of potential in Nathan Eovaldi, but they need to fix one problem with him before he can reach his potential: his ugly platoon split.
The Miami Marlins will send seven players to the Arizona Fall League's Glendale Desert Dogs, including top prospects Andrew Heaney and Colin Moran.
The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays made a deal in November of 2012 that was meant to shed salary and restock Miami's farm system while reloading Toronto for a playoff run. Only Miami's half of the bargain has happened.
On this day in team history, the Marlins set the all-time record for most losses by a defending world champion. Thanks to the infamous firesale by owner Wayne Huizenga, the 1998 Marlins were a shell of the team that won it all in 1997.