Fish Bites: Miami Marlins top list of losses in quality starts

Jason Arnold

Since 2011, no starting rotation in the majors has totaled more losses in quality starts than the Marlins, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Plus links on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Slowey.

-Miami Marlins President David Samson: Epic Self-Awareness Fail - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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.

-Marlins Continue to Fill Out Coaching Staff - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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.

-Marlins president a castaway on new 'Survivor' | www.palmbeachpost.com

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.

-Miami Marlins: Starters' record in quality starts reflective of poor offense - Sun Sentinel

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.

-Salty not a fan of new potential collision rule | marlins.com: News

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.

-Marlins president David Samson to be on TV show 'Survivor' | marlins.com: News

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."

-Marlins' Casey McGehee weighs in on Masahiro Tanaka to Yankees | marlins.com: News

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.

-Marlins Inbox: Which non-roster invitee could surprise in Spring Training? | marlins.com: News

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.

Around The League

-2014 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer seeking long-term deal with Tigers | MLB.com: News

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.

-Closer Grant Balfour agrees to two-year deal with Rays | MLB.com: News

Grant Balfour has signed a two-year, $12 million deal to return to the Rays, the club announced Thursday.

-Masahiro Tanaka coming to Yankees 'to win World Series' | MLB.com: News

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.

-After biding time, Brewers sign pitcher Matt Garza to four-year contract | MLB.com: News

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.

At Fish Stripes

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-2014 Miami Marlins Keys to Success: Grading the 2013 keys - Fish Stripes

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-2014 Miami Marlins Keys to Success: Christian Yelich - Fish Stripes

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-Fish Stripes 2014 Top 20 Miami Marlins Prospects - Fish Stripes

Fish Stripes ranks the top 20 prospects in the Marlins organization, headlined by left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney.

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