Fish Bites: Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! To open up 2014, take a look at some of the most notable pieces related to the Marlins or just the MLB in general.

Miami Marlins: Will Receive Big Production From Marcell Ozuna

As move into 2014 and prepare for Spring Training, Marcell Ozuna will most likely become of the more interesting prospects of that period of time. While we're a little less than two months away before the beginning of Spring Training, Rant Sports decided to take a closer look at how Marcell Ozuna could work into the Marlins roster in 2014.

Dave Hyde's Top 20 Moments in South Florida sports in 2013 - Sun Sentinel

While the NBA title champion Miami Heat were the main focus in the South Florida sports world, our beloved Miami Marlins were able to grab multiple spots on this list behind the likes of Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #90 Hanley's Title - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Nearly five years prior to the present day, then Florida Marlin Hanley Ramirez was electrifying the National League as he hit his way to an NL Batting Title and Silver Slugger award.

Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #91 Hanley's Star is Born - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More - Three years prior to his offensive explosion in 2009, Hanley Ramirez lead a stunning Marlins rookie class as he rolled his way to one of the most efficient rookie seasons in the 21st century. A line split of .292/.353/.480 that included 51 stolen bases was good enough to help lead Ramirez past fellow Marlin rookies Josh Johnson and Dan Uggla.

Marlins Way: Marlins Have A Scouting Report on Mashiro Tanaka - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Newly acquired corner infielder Casey McGehee spent the 2013 season over in Japan playing with highly touted free agent Mashiro Tanaka. While the Marlins clearly don't have the funds to acquire Tanaka, that doesn't mean that McGehee can't give a positive scouting report on his old teammate.

Around the League

A Decade After Moneyball, Have The A's Found A New Market Inefficiency?

In an extremely deep 3,000+ word piece,  Baseball Reference's Andrew Koo takes a look at how Oakland acquiring fly-ball minded hitters helped push the team to being the best offense in 2013.

Bill James on Baseball in 2015 (in 2001) - Baseball Nation

As we head into 2014, Baseball Nation's Rob Neyer takes a look at Beyond the Box Score's Scott Lindholm's examinations at how a Bill James 2001 essay on how the game will look in 2015 stacks up.

Best Baseball GIFs of 2013, Part V: Baseball players being bad at their jobs - Baseball Nation

Fans of the MLB are extremely luck as they get to watch and root for the best baseball players in the entire world. While these players are mostly excellent what they do, they can also be bad. Very bad. Which is captured in this piece.

Yasiel Puig busted for driving real fast. Again. - Baseball Nation

With Yasiel Puig in the news because of another off-the-field incident surrounding his need for speed, Rob Neyer tells us why we really shouldn't worry about the antics of the 23 year old stud outfielder.

See the contract that made Babe Ruth a Yankee | For the Win

Just an extremely cool look at the contract that basically changed the face of baseball.

Fish Stripes

Giancarlo Stanton's performance and lineup protection - Fish Stripes

If Giancarlo Stanton needed lineup protection so much, how did he do well in 2012?

Miami Marlins should pursue Andrew Bailey to shore up bullpen - Fish Stripes

Andrew Bailey isn't the top reliever on the free agency market because he suffered a season-ending injury in 2013, but he is a veteran pitcher who, if healthy, could add pride and promise to the back of the Marlins bullpen.

Marlins 2014 Key Questions: What to expect from Jose Fernandez? - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are banking on a follow-up to Jose Fernandez's Rookie of the Year performance. What can the team expect in 2014?

Miami Marlins face questions months before Spring Training - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins addressed several areas of concern this offseason, however the way in which they have done it is questionable. Veteran additions to the squad may be placed in positions they are unfamiliar with.

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