Fish Bites: The end is near

Doug Pensinger

Nearly two weeks until the end of the 2013 Marlins season, this edition of Fish Bytes talks about heart-warming topics like: the potential for a 100-loss season, retirement of Mark Kotsay and Miami's interest in Jose Abreu.

Fast turnarounds not the norm for 100-loss teams | Fish Bytes

You know that feeling of getting a big ole' knife through your heart? Most likely if you've been watching the 2013 Miami Marlins, but Clark Spencer starts to twist that knife a little bit more as he gives Miami fans a little slice of depressing history.

Dwight "Doc" Gooden: "Sky's the limit" for Jose Fernandez | Fish Bytes

Former teen phenom and World Series victor Doc Gooden gives his personal review on the young Marlins superstar while giving some solid advice for the 21 year old Cuban stud.

Manager Redmond salutes retiring ex-Marlins' teammate Kotsay - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

While the impending retirements of Mariano Rivera take over the baseball world, manager Mike Redmond hones his eyes on former Marlin outfielder Mark Kotsay who has announced that he is ending his 17 year career.

Marlins Way: Miami Marlins Scouts Go See Cuban Slugger Jose Abreu Live - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion, and More

ROY candidate Jose Fernandez may not be the only Cuban defector who will be putting on a Marlins uniform during the 2014 season with the team being interested in the highly coveted Jose Abreu.

Philly fans move Polanco with warm reception - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Veteran shortstop Placido Polanco was choking up during this weekend in Philadelphia after the Phillies crowd cheered on their former All-Star. That trip could be Polanco's final moments at Citizens Bank Ballpark as he's considering retirement after a solid but yet less than stellar 2013 campaign.

The 2013 Marlins are the worst offensive team since... - Baseball Nation

Hey! Do you like reading pieces about how bad Miami's offense really is? You do? Then check out Grant Brisbee's latest piece.

Around the League

Why so many damned bunts? - Baseball Nation

Rob Neyer takes a snippet from any extremely solid piece from BuzzFeed to investigate the reasoning behind the large amount of sacrifice bunts.

The A's are Moneyballing Again | FanGraphs Baseball

Deja vu is hanging over Oakland as the successful A's are look eerily similar to the Moneyball teams of the early 2000's. FanGraphs genius Dave Cameron has caught on to those similarities as he compares the current iteration of the A's to those teams from the early part of the 21st century.

Andrew McCutchen is a multi-talented human being. | SportonEarth.com : John Perotto Article

On the field, Andrew McCutchen is one of the most exciting players in the MLB. But off the field, McCutchen is a man of many different talents which is touched on in John Perrotto's latest piece.

Will Mariano Rivera's season rank among the best swan songs? | SportsonEarth.com : Shaun Powell Article

The days are winding down for the 2013 season which also coincides with the bittersweet end for Mariano Rivera's career with the Yankees. With his farewell season almost complete, Shaun Powell examines the best of the best when it comes to farewell campaigns in the world of sports.

Jonah Keri ranks the MLB teams - Grantland

In his latest piece for Grantland, Jonah Keri examines the pesky Washington Nationals while bidding farewell to the severely underrated Todd Helton

At Fish Stripes

This Day in Marlins History: Rapp hurls one-hitter against Rockies in 1995 rout - Fish Stripes

On this day in history, Pat Rapp tamed the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field, hurling a complete-game, one-hit shutout against the Rockies. The Marlins' bats were just as impressive in the 17-0 win, their most lopsided victory of the season.

Miami Marlins rumors: Larry Beinfest and what has changed since 2012 - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are contemplating firing Larry Beinfest at the end of this season, but they were in the same boat last year and did not release him. What has changed since 2012?

Miami Marlins need to pay more attention to international talent - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have difficulty acquiring talent via traditional means, meaning they have to be more vigilant and aggressive in the international markets. Why are they still passing up talent there?

Miami Marlins news: Larry Beinfest's job in jeopardy after this season - Fish Stripes

For the second straight year, vice president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest is having his job threatened thanks in part to a poor campaign.

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