Clearly, Samson is not an elephant. An elephant would have remembered the hundreds of scathing articles excoriating him for expressing his opinion about the Miami voters that approved what has become the poster case for bad municipal stadium deals. Moving deeper into the biography, he actually makes it through the next two questions without stepping on his external reproductive organs with his golf shoes on.
Miami has added two new head coaches to their minor league staff. Joe Frisaro, blogger for MLB.com, is reporting that the Miami Marlins have assigned Andy Haines to manage the triple A New Orleans Zephyrs and Brian Schneider to manage the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Miami Marlins President David Samson is among 18 castaways on the new season of "Survivor," which begins Feb. 26 on CBS. The cast also includes a high-stakes poker player, an ex-NFL cheerleader, a nuclear engineer and former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson.
Baseball-reference.com through its MLB Play Index Twitter account (@BRefPlayIndex) on Wednesday revealed no starting staff in the majors over the last three seasons totaled more losses in quality starts (six or more innings, three earned runs or fewer). The Marlins topped the list with 65, three more than the Mets, seven more than the Cubs and eight more than the Padres.
Expanded instant replay is now official, and in the near future, so could be a rule change that bans home-plate collisions. At last week's quarterly Owners Meetings in Arizona, Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred said: "We fully expect we're going to make an agreement." Any new rule must also have the approval of the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association. Protecting players is a high priority. But like any change, there are varying opinions. Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, for instance, favors the status quo.
In recent years, Marlins president David Samson has competed in triathlons and several marathons. As a tribute to the workers who built Marlins Park, he ran 52 miles to raise money for various charities. An accomplished runner, Samson now has another interesting distinction. The 45-year-old is a contestant on the hit reality TV show, "Survivor."
Masahiro Tanaka's agreement with the Yankees hit home with Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee. McGehee previously played for the Yanks, and in 2013, the 31-year-old was a teammate of Tanaka on the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.
A prime candidate is a 2013 teammate of Qualls. Kevin Slowey, you may recall, also was in Spring Training on a Minor League contract with a big league invite. A forearm injury caused the right-hander to miss the second half, but he again will be in camp in a similar situation. If healthy, Slowey could seize the moment and win an Opening Day roster spot, either as a fifth starter or a long reliever.
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Max Schezer has a chance to cash in on free agency next winter, but he hopes to remain a Tiger, frigid Michigan weather and all. Moreover, and maybe somewhat surprisingly, he sounded optimistic that he and the Tigers can make it happen, whether in Spring Training or next offseason.
Grant Balfour has signed a two-year, $12 million deal to return to the Rays, the club announced Thursday.
Among all the suitors and offers to come play baseball in the United States, the opportunity to win a World Series with the Yankees was what reportedly stood out to Masahiro Tanaka as he made his decision.
Before Thursday, the Brewers were the only team in baseball that had not signed a single Major League free agent. But the club has ended its silence with a big surprise. The Brewers agreed to a four-year contract with right-hander Matt Garza, bolstering a starting rotation that was among the best in baseball during the second half of 2013. The club has not confirmed the deal.
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The Miami Marlins have another difficult season ahead of them in 2014. Just like last year, success will be defined not necessarily by wins, but by player development. This year, there is a new set of players who will represent keys to success.
The Miami Marlins were depending on a number of players to turn in strong seasons, in the hopes that just a few became long-term contributors in Miami. Did they accomplish their task in 2013? Let us review the 2013 keys one year later.
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