Fish Bites: New Rules and Tainted Numbers

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As Spring Training continues, this edition of Fish Bites gives you the latest news surrounding the Miami Marlins, the MLB and the site itself.

Miami Marlins: Hard-throwing prospect Colby Suggs can make major league history - Sun Sentinel

Standing at 5'11, 230 pounds, Marlins prospect Colby Suggs is in Spring Training looking to set history as the 2nd player in MLB history to be under 6 feet while being 230+ pounds.

Marlins catchers to approach new rule on collisions same way -- giving lane to back of plate | Fish Bytes

With the MLB implementing a new rule surrounding at-the-plate collisions, Marlins manager and former catcher Mike Redmond comments on he's trying to prepare his players to the new ruling.

Marlins Nick Wittgren turns injury to his advantage - Sun Sentinel

In the following piece from the Sun-Sentinel, top Marlins minor-league reliever Nick Wittgren describes how an Ulnar nerve transfer surgery during his stint at Purdue has helped lead him to become a top-notch player.

What's in a number? For CF Marcell Ozuna he's hoping 13 turns out to be the right fit | Fish Bytes

While the number 13 has long been considered to be tainted, it's history has been even worse for the Marlins over the last few seasons. Before Ozuna, former Marlins infielder Chris Valaika and manager Ozzie Guillen has held the number before leaving the organization after separate incidents with Jeffrey Loria.

Miami Marlins Season Preview: Worst Case Scenario for Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The folks at Marlin Maniac breaks away from the typical optimism associated with Spring Training to try to guess the worst case scenario surrounding Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Around the League

Buck Showalter demands report from Orioles prospect who didn't know who Frank Robinson was | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Top Orioles prospect Josh Hart was recently scolded by manager Buck Showalter for a strange reason. After legendary Orioles great Frank Robinson visited the team's spring training home in Florida, Showalter asked Hart if he knew who the Hall of Famer was. The 19 year old prospect did not. Because of that, the manager made the centerfielder write a one page report on the importance of Robinson to the game of baseball.

AL East starting lineups and rotations, as described by Google autocorrect | SBNation.com

The folks at SBNation MLB have been doing a terrific job in terms of putting a different twist on the upcoming 2014 season. This series is probably the biggest and best example.

Preseason Predictions: What are they good for? (absolutely nothing) - SBNation.com

SBNation's Cee Angi tells the world about how silly preseason predictions actually are. Reminder: Fish Stripes will be continuing our preseason predictions until the start of the season in April.

The Worst Transactions of the 2014 Off-Season | FanGraphs Baseball

With Spring Training now underway, FanGraphs takes a look at some of the worst moves of the 2014 MLB offseason. Spoiler: Miami does not appear in this piece.

Budweiser has no concept of baseball, geography, possibly reality - SBNation.com

MLB's official beer sponsor, Budweiser, are working on a petition to make the league's opening day into a national holiday. To help promote it, they tweeted out a map on the company's official account. And the results are humorously bad.

At Fish Stripes

Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: Jeff Baker, Greg Dobbs - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins know that first baseman Garrett Jones will need assistance in manning the position in 2014. How well will Jeff Baker fare as his platoon partner, and what role will Greg Dobbs play next season?

Fish Stripes: 2014 Marlins Season Preview: Garrett Jones - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins opted to replace their incumbent first baseman with some new talent. They chose Garrett Jones, whose talents are best served in a platoon and away from the outfield. How will he manage in Miami?

Miami Marlins unlikely to follow Atlanta style by quickly signing Stanton, Fernandez long-term | Fish Stripes

The Atlanta Braves have attributed their recent success to their young talent, and for that reason, the organization signed two of its standout players to extensions this offseason. The Miami Marlins are unlikely to follow the same style.

Fish Stripes 2014 Top Marlins Prospects: #7 Anthony DeSclafani - Fish Stripes

Anthony DeSclafani, a right-handed pitcher who split 2013 between Jupiter and Jacksonville, comes in at #7 on Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Top Prospects list.

Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: The other catchers - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have two other catchers on their roster, but none should be featured significantly this season thanks to the arrival of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. What will happen to Jeff Mathis and Rob Brantly in 2014?

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