With the start of spring training, teams all over the Major Leagues are in the final stages of building the rosters that they think will take them to October and beyond. That may well be the case in Boston, Detroit, St. Louis and in Los Angeles, but in Miami things are different. Mike Redmond, Mike Hill and Dan Jennings are just trying to find a way to make a 62 win team into a slightly more competitive product.
Earlier today, we took a look at the best case scenario for the upcoming season for the Miami Marlins new first baseman, Garrett Jones. Even the most optimistic of projections didn’t paint a great picture on what we should expect from Jones in the coming season.
This wasn't the way Justin Nicolino wanted to start the spring. Unbeaten FIU -- using wooden bats as opposed to the aluminum ones they are used to -- jumped all over one of the Marlins' top prospects Thursday afternoon. The Panthers scored five earned runs on seven hits off Nicolino and chased him after only 1 2/3 innings.
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez will miss several days of spring training because of an infection in his right shin.
In the literal sense, Carlos Marmol always gets back in the saddle. He owns a ranch in his native Dominican Republic and spends much of his offseason riding horses. "That's my hobby," said Marmol, who currently has about 60 horses back home in Bonao. "I breed them. I sell them. One of my passions I've had since I was a kid."
Tough to fault Derek Dietrich for not wanting to re-hash certain parts of his 2013 rookie season. He was a protagonist in a clubhouse culture fiasco that ultimately cost first-year hitting coach Tino Martinez his job.
David Samson has run marathons, participated in triathlons and served as the Marlins' president since 2002. There is enough of a track record to show that Samson tends to finish what he starts, which is exactly why some of the Marlins were stunned that his stint on "Survivor: Cagayan" lasted just one episode.
In his first Spring Training exhibition on Wednesday afternoon, Colin Moran faced a familiar opponent in the Miami Hurricanes. Moran, taken sixth overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft, played his college ball at the University of North Carolina.
The season may have changed, but Jose Fernandez is planning on keeping things basically the same. Why fix something that isn't broken? That's the mindset Fernandez is taking into the Marlins' Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Fernandez, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, is eager to face a different opponent for the first time since he beat the Braves in his final start last Sept. 11.
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, initially scheduled to start on Sunday, will miss several days due to a right shin infection. The infection had been bothering Alvarez for a couple of days, and when he wasn't seeing improvement, he went to the hospital to have it treated and drained.
Around The League
Going from humble origins in Cuba to having the world at his feet as a Dodgers rookie star, Yasiel Puig has been living life to the max. Hopefully he'll be able to slow things down a bit in his second year.
It had been nearly 900 days since Grady Sizemore had played in any kind of baseball game, which made Thursday's exhibition game against Northeastern University "exciting" for the veteran outfielder on the comeback trail.
Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke left Thursday's Spring Training game while facing the second batter of the first inning because of an apparent injury to his right calf.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter returned to game action on Thursday, playing five innings at shortstop and going 0-for-2 in New York's 8-2 Grapefruit League loss against the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
At 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?
As Spring Training continues, this edition of Fish Stripes gives you the latest news surrounding the Miami Marlins, the MLB and the site itself.
The Miami Marlins will turn to Rafael Furcal, one year removed from Tommy John surgery, to bounce back and deliver a solid age-36 season.
With the signing of Rafael Furcal, the Miami Marlins have relegated Donovan Solano to the bench in 2014, while sending Derek Dietrich to develop further in the minors.
As Spring Training continues on, top-notch relief prospect Nick Wittgren sits on the verge of a possible spot in the Marlins rotation. Does Wittgren have the skills to break into Miami's bullpen? Or does he have to continue to work in the MILB?