There is no denying that Miami Heat president Pat Riley is a genius when it comes to putting together a roster. However, with different payroll structures being in place for the two sports, and the size of the Heat market compared to the Marlins market.
According to WPLG Local 10, Marlins President David Samson will be one of the contestants for the upcoming season of Survivor, which will debut next month. According to the report, Samson will be one of 18 contestants. The latest season will take place in the Philippines.
Others already in the organization who will be on the Marlins' spring roster: Anthony DeSciafani, Bryan Evans, Colby Suggs, Rett Varner, Nick Wittgren, Adam Conley, James Leverton, Greg Nappo, Austin Barnes, Kyle Skipworth, Danny Black, Mark Canha and Austin Nola. As of today's announcement, the Marlins now have 62 players assigned to major league camp this spring. That number will likely grow as the Marlins look to sign a veteran reliever or two to add to the bullpen
Other nonroster players receiving invitations included left-hander Andrew Heaney, a top prospect, and right-hander Jesus Sanchez, who has a career record of 23-34. Also invited were left-hander Josh Spence, infielder Juan Diaz, and outfielders Matt Angle and Joe Benson. Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout Feb. 16 in Jupiter, Fla.
Marlins President David Samson made his silver screen debut in a non-speaking role in "The Three Stooges." This March he will appear on stage at the New Theater playing producer Lorne Michaels in "Not Ready For Primetime," a play about the NBC hit series "Saturday Night Live." Samson, according to WPLG Local 10, will complete the media triumvirate on the small screen in the upcoming season of "Survivor." South Florida’s ABC affiliate reported Samson will be among 18 contestants on the long-running hit reality TV show, in which individuals of all walks of life are brought together in a remote location to, as the title suggests, survive. Contestants are eliminated throughout the season until one remains to claim a $1 million prize. Reached Thursday afternoon, Samson said he could neither confirm or deny his participation.
The 2014 Hall of Fame class will be revealed Wednesday at 2 p.m. For most of the ex-Marlins on the crowded ballot, the question is whether this will be their lone appearance. Players must receive at least 5 percent of the vote to remain eligible the following year. That’s unlikely for guys like Moises Alou, Armando Benitez, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones and Paul Lo Duca. Two players who wore Marlins’ teal – Mike Piazza and Tim Raines – if they don’t receive the 75 percent necessary for induction should easily garner enough support to stay on the ballot.
Before striking a Heisman Trophy-winning pose and winning a national championship with Florida State University, quarterback Jameis Winston drew the attention of professional baseball scouts. The Marlins were among the teams that explored selecting Winston in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft -- he ended up going in the 15th round, to the Rangers -- but they backed off because they knew of his commitment to FSU.
Kevin Slowey was one of the surprise stories for the Marlins last Spring Training, and the veteran right-hander will have the chance to see if he can do it again. Slowey, 29, has agreed to a Minor League contract with Miami that includes an invitation to Spring Training. It's basically the same situation he found himself in last spring, except now he is familiar with the club.
The 2015 ballot of candidates for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame will deliver another brushback pitch of reality that an era marked by home runs and slugging really was one flush with great pitching. In the wake of legendary starters Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine becoming first-year inductees in 2014, next year's ballot will include another trio of transcendent pitchers who achieved greatness over two decades of play in the Majors -- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.
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Of the steroid-tainted hitters with otherwise unimpeachable cases for enshrinement, only one will fall off completely by appearing on fewer than five percent of ballots cast: Rafael Palmeiro. He'll be the first -- but likely not the last -- 500 home run hitter that this has happened to. Mike Piazza cleared the 60 percent threshold in his second season of eligibility as well, and while he's not as clear a lock for next year's class as Biggio is, chances are good he'll making his way into the Hall within the next two to five years.
Fans can expect to see a lot of the Dodgers right away at the beginning of the 2014 season. There is so much excitement surrounding that club right now, it is about to be featured in three Opening Day extravaganzas, including ESPN's Sunday night opener, March 30, in San Diego against the Padres.
Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday and could meet with as many as a dozen interested big league clubs by Friday.
Durability has been a keystone for Justin Verlander's success on the mound, but even the Tigers ace has his limits. A preexisting abdominal injury finally resulted in surgery on Thursday, shelving the pitcher for at least the next six weeks.
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According to MLB,com, outfielder Jake Marisnick's offseason recovery plan after a knee surgery will have him ready for Spring Training. Marisnick is expected to compete with Brian Bogusevic and Joe Benson for a backup outfield spot.
With the Hall of Fame announcements coming up soon, this edition of Fish Bites takes you through some of the latest Marlins news while previewing the upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Miami Marlins have two center fielders in the running for the Opening Day job, and Marcell Ozuna is the current frontrunner. How will he handle the position in his second year?
The Marlins had one prominent former Fish on the Hall of Fame ballot, and he fell away just as quickly as he arrived. Fish Stripes would like to reflect on Moises Alou and his rich history with the team.