We have come a long way since November 1, 2013. Together we have counted down the days and moments until Opening Day. From All-Star moments, to pitching feats, World Series wins, awards, and rookie sensations (sorry had to get that phase in here one last time). We have laughed, cried, and cheered the past 149 greatest moments. With Opening Day tomorrow I am proud to bring you The Greatest Moment in Marlins History Moment #1: The first pitch in Florida Marlins History.
As another regular season dawns, some of the writers and editors here at Marlin Maniac will be submitting some predictions for the upcoming season. Some predictions will be about records, statistics, finishes, and even individual performances. Today I wanted to give a brief overview on how I see the season playing out for the Marlins.
When the 18th Century English poet Alexander Pope first penned the phrase "Hope springs eternal …" little could he have imagined that some 280 years later the concept would find such stubborn resistance with Miami Marlins fans.
Jose Fernandez received a bit of sage baseball advice during a chance encounter with Derek Jeter on Friday, and the words from the Yankees legend stuck with the Marlins' 21-year-old pitching ace. "He told me, 'You can never be satisfied,'" Fernandez said. "Sometimes I think you feel like, 'OK, I'm in the big leagues.' And sometimes I think you sit back a little bit (and take things for granted)."
Finishing dead last for a third consecutive season in 2013 was bad enough for the Marlins. But it was the extra tarnish of 100 losses that gave it gravity in a way that made it seem even more dismal. That unsightly triple-digit numeral stung like the dickens.
The Marlins almost made it through spring training without a rainout. Almost. The final game of the spring Saturday against the Yankees was canceled before the first pitch was thrown and after the Yankees kept the fans around for a brief ceremony for Derek Jeter. Otherwise, the Marlins had one game shortened all spring because of rain, March 6 against Boston, and that was called in the eighth inning.
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A dejected Donovan Solano departed the Marlins' minor league complex in street clothes Thursday morning. Team officials had just informed him he would be opening the season at Triple-A New Orleans. About six hours later, Solano learned his season-opening assignment had changed.
Second baseman and leadoff man Rafael Furcal opening the season on the disabled list has manager Mike Redmond re-thinking his batting order. Christian Yelich was to be the regular No. 2 hitter, but he'll likely slide up to the top spot until Furcal returns. Last season, Yelich logged 121 of 273 major league plate appearances as a leadoff man.
A year ago, Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee and Yankees pitching import Masahiro Tanaka were teammates on the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. McGehee was impressed with Tanaka then, and he was impressed again when he faced him at George A. Steinbrenner Field on Friday night.
Simply throwing the first pitch of the season on Monday will be thrilling enough for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Add to that the fact that his grandmother, Olga, will be at Marlins Park for the occasion makes Opening Day yet another dream come true for the 21-year-old right-hander.
With Rafael Furcal, who was acquired to be the Marlins' starting second baseman and their leadoff hitter, on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Mike Redmond has had to rethink his batting order.
Around The League
The Mariners announced today that three right-handers -- Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor -- were placed on the 15-day DL. All three moves were retroactive to March 21.
The Indians will start the season without Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi and carry 13 pitchers and 12 position players on their 25-man roster.
Mike Trout and the Angels celebrated the superstar's record contract extension before thousands of fans on Saturday, each elated with the six-year, $144.5 million deal. "We met in the middle," team owner Arte Moreno said.
Instant replay is here to stay. It'll be a strategic tool for managers and a safety net for umpires. It's about getting the calls right. Sure, that's part of it. That's the part everyone understands. But it's going to end up being way more than that, too. It's going to enhance the fan experience -- and not in a small way.
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Miami Marlins infielder Ed Lucas, who battled for a roster spot this spring, was injured in Thursday afternoon's game against the Cardinals and will open the season on the disabled list.
The Miami Marlins have oddly avoided the significant injury bug for most of the 2014 Spring Training season. How does that bode for the team's most important players?
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On Opening Day, everyone can dream a little... or a lot.