Fish Bites: Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria among most durable Marlins

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Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has been durable despite a DL stint, making an appearance in a team-high 183 games and approaching 500 at-bats. Plus links on Nathan Eovaldi, Brad Hand, and Jose Fernandez.

-Marlins Way: Philadelphia Phillies Tried Trading for Giancarlo Stanton 10 Times? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro was talking about trying to trade for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who went deep for the 20th time last night in the Marlins win.

-Miami Marlins: Top 5 Moments from Jose Fernandez's Rookie Season - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With Jose Fernandez’ season now over, it is time to look at what I think are Jose’s top 5 moments of his masterful rookie season. This list was tough because Jose had so many great moments this year, but these are the 5 moments in my eyes that are Jose’s best. So without any further ado, here are El Bebe’s Top 5 Moments.

-Miami Marlins to open 2014 season at home vs. Rockies - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

For those who are already in "next year’’ mode with the Marlins, here’s a little something to whet your appetite. The Marlins will host the Colorado Rockies in the 2014 season opener at Marlins Park on March 31. It will mark the first time the two 1993 expansion clubs square off in a season opener.

-For Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, September 11th "still hits home pretty good" a dozen years later | Fish Bytes

Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler was only a sophomore in high school when the attacks of September 11th took place at the World Trade Center, but the day's events remain fresh in his mind a dozen years later. Koehler's father, Rolf, a 21-year veteran with the New York Police Department, was one of the first responders on the scene. Rolf is alive today even though he was close by when the second tower came crashing down, Koehler said, taking the lives of many of his friends and colleagues among the thousands who perished.

-Redmond says it's time to move on and focus should be on Jose Fernandez's bid for Rookie of the Year | Fish Bytes

A day after saying his young ace "ruined the night" for hot-dogging his first career home run in his last start of the season, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Thursday it's time to move on and the focus should be on Jose Fernandez's bid to earn National League Rookie of the Year honors.  "He's a young kid and he's going to be one of the top pitchers in this league for a long time. You want your pitchers and players to be judged for the way they pitch and the way they compete, not the theatrics," Redmond said.

-Miami Marlins: Jeff Mathis' impact behind the plate can't be understated - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Sam Miller at Baseball Prospectus did a nice job breaking down catcher Jeff Mathis’ impact behind the dish in a piece titled "The Jeff Mathis Effect on Jose Fernandez." As Miller points out, for seven consecutive seasons pitchers have given up fewer runs with Mathis catching than with the club’s other catchers. Entering the week, Marlins’ pitchers were allowing 3.05 runs per nine innings with Mathis and 4.82 runs per game with the Rob Brantly, Koyie Hill and Miguel Olivo combination.

-Marlins' Fernandez finishes rookie season without catcher Mathis - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Jose Fernandez saw an unfamiliar sight when he threw the first pitch of his final 2013 start Wednesday night against the Braves: Someone other than Jeff Mathis behind the plate. Mathis had caught each of Fernandez's last 12 starts, but a bruised right thumb precluded him from forming Wednesday's battery. Mathis in Monday's game suffered the injury on a wild pitch. X-rays were negative, but the thumb on Wednesday remained swollen. "I'm pretty frustrated," Mathis said. "I don't feel like it's too bad, but it's still lingering on. I tried to swing the bat earlier and it didn't feel that great. ... I can't really put any pressure on the end of my finger."

-Hyde5: Five reasons Jose Fernandez is Rookie of Year - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Jose Fernandez finished his rookie season on Wednesday and you can put it with the greatest rookie years by a South Florida athlete ever. Dan Marino. Dwyane Wade. Dontrelle Willis. The only thing left is handing him the National League Rookie of the Year Award, and here are five reasons he'll win it.

-Hechavarria displays durability in rookie campaign | marlins.com: News

The most durable Marlin all season has been shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. The 24-year-old rookie entered Thursday with a team-high 130 games and 483 at-bats, making him the lone Miami player who will likely reach 500. "I think it's important that he gets every single at-bat," manager Mike Redmond said. "He may be the only guy on our team who gets 500 at-bats this year. Usually you have multiple guys with 500 at-bats, and he's probably going to be the only guy. He truly has played every day and has done a great job."

-Eovaldi's tight back forces Miami to shuffle starters | marlins.com: News

Still feeling tightness in his back, Nathan Eovaldi was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Braves and replaced by Brian Flynn. The move was expected after Eovaldi complained of discomfort Wednesday afternoon. The Marlins held out hope Eovaldi would be better, but when there was little improvement, the club went to their backup plan. Flynn, a September callup, was lined up to go on Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.

Around The League

-Winning Septembers can forecast how MLB teams fare in postseason | MLB.com: News

It really is about how you close out a season, and now that we're in the final three weeks, it's time to look at who might be the best at doing just that.

-Pulse of the Postseason: Sept. 12, 2013 | MLB.com: News

It's a bit late to wonder if the Royals are going to contend for a postseason spot, because they already are doing just that. And they just might also have the most traction, winning eight of 11 September games after taking two of three at Cleveland.

-Richard Justice: Marlins' Jose Fernandez is a big deal, but what he did vs. Braves isn't | MLB.com: News

Jose Fernandez is everything that is good in baseball, no matter what happened on Wednesday night. So he showed a little youthful exuberance after hitting his first career home run. If that's the worst thing he does on baseball field, big deal.

-Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are generational talents. | SportsonEarth.com : Marc Normandin Article

Rosters have expanded, and a new crop of youngsters have arrived in the majors. But none can match last year's star rookies for excitement as of yet. Let's face it, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are both pretty amazing, generational talents.

-Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are generational talents. | SportsonEarth.com : Marc Normandin Article

Rosters have expanded, and a new crop of youngsters have arrived in the majors. But none can match last year's star rookies for excitement as of yet. Let's face it, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are both pretty amazing, generational talents.

At Fish Stripes

-2014 MLB Schedule: Miami Marlins to open versus Colorado Rockies, face AL West in interleague play - Fish Stripes

The 2014 MLB Schedule has been released, and the Miami Marlins will open at home against their expansion brethren Colorado Rockies. The Fish will also face the AL West in interleague play.

-NL Rookie of the Year: Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, and the popularity contest - Fish Stripes

Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins may be the most deserving Rookie of the Year candidate, but is Yasiel Puig's legend to great to overcome?

-This Day In Marlins History: Marlins win wild one in 2007 against Nationals - Fish Stripes

On this day in team history, the Marlins topped the Washington Nationals, 13-8, in an up-and-down affair. The game featured two ties and five lead changes, 13 pitchers used and five home runs, including two by Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

-Miami Marlins video: Jose Fernandez's first career home run and the Marlins-Braves brawl - Fish Stripes

Watch Jose Fernandez's first home run and you be the judge about who is in the right or wrong in the subsequent Miami Marlins - Atlanta Braves benches-clearing scuffle.

-Marlins vs. Braves: Jose Fernandez home run scuffle ruined a great moment - Fish Stripes

Who was right and who was wrong in the Miami Marlins / Atlanta Braves benches-clearing situation following Jose Fernandez's home run? More importantly, should we care?

-NL Rookie of the Year Power Rankings: Final Jose Fernandez edition - Fish Stripes

Jose Fernandez finished his 2013 season for the Miami Marlins last night, so where does that leave him in the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Power Rankings?

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