Members of the 2003 Marlins have vivid recollections of Steve Bartman, an eight-run inning and their dramatic win over the Cubs.
Chris Coghlan looked like a natural on Tuesday in what was his first major league game at third base, fielding a ball off the leg of pitcher Tom Koehler before making a diving stop to save a run on a hard one-hopper by the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo. "I had a blast," Coghlan said. "I felt like I was in college again. It was fun."
With a pinch-hit single and pair of steals on Tuesday, Juan Pierre continued his march up the ladder on a couple of baseball's all-time lists. Pierre tied Willie Randolph and Carlos Beltran with 2,210 hits -- one behind Willie McCovey and four in back of Joe DiMaggio -- while inching closer to Otis Nixon on on the stolen base leaderboard. Pierre, the majors' active leader with 613 steals, ranks 13th all-time, seven steals behind Nixon.
Through all the slumps and struggles, Marlins manager Mike Redmond has been a voice of reason. Upbeat by nature, Redmond is skilled at offering advice and optimism to his youthful squad. But when it comes to preparing his team for the rigors of getting through the month of September in the big leagues, even Redmond is at a loss for words. "There is no way I can tell them what to expect," the first-year manager said. "You've got to go through it. You've got to fight through it. That's how you learn in this game, to get into the fire and finish. You've got to finish the season. Then you'll know next year what you've got to do to prepare for that extra month."
The Miami Marlins are coming off one of their worst offensive calendar months in franchise history. In going 8-20 in August, the Marlins hit .221 (204-for-924) with 86 runs in 28 games. That’s 3.1 runs per contest on average. In addition, the club’s .606 on-base plus slugging percentage by far was its worst ever in August.
Considering how difficult it is to watch the Marlins’ struggles this season, imagine the unenviable task of describing dismal performances night after night. The cumulative effect added fuel to the intensity of broadcaster Tommy Hutton’s admonishment of Giancarlo Stanton for getting thrown out at second base because he failed to slide while trying to advance on a fly out in Friday’s loss to the Braves. "If you’re tagging and it’s going to be a close play, you’ve got to slide," Hutton shouted during the telecast on Fox Sports Florida. "That’s how you lose close games."
Outfielder Justin Ruggiano loves the bleach bums at Wrigley Field. One way he expresses his affection is tossing a baseball into the crowd every inning after his warm up throws. Ruggiano did just that before the start of the bottom of the seventh Monday, only on that instance his aim was amiss. The baseball struck a young girl named Josie.
Around The League
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At Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner is suffering from an elemental problem that his rotation peers have seemingly resolved. That alone seems to separate him from the rest of the team in their success on the mound.
Miami Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez has won the NL Rookie of the Month award for the second consecutive month after dominating hitters again.
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Miami Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez sat down with MLB.com reporter Jesse Sanchez to talk about his experiences in the majors so far, what it would mean to win the Rookie of the Year award, and his life in Cuba before all his success.
After recovering from a back injury that kept him out since early June, veteran Chris Coghlan is primed to have a solid last month of the season. Will he leave the outfield to move to 3rd base? And what would that move mean for the future of Miami?
Josh Johnson earns his 14th win as the Marlins climb to four games back the National League Wild Card leading Rockies.