Patience is a word that Miami Marlins’ fans frankly are tired of hearing. Too many times in the last 10 years have we seen the club acquire players, only to blow up the roster and hit the reset button within a couple of years, so I understand your hesitation when I use a word like patience for the 2014 Miami Marlins. That being said, this Marlins team may be moving toward an aspect of patience that is going to help them win more ball games.
To some players, Spring Training is just a process to get ready for the regular season. Jose Fernandez is not one of those players. He takes joy in each and every day he gets to spend as a major league player, even if his day is a short spring training start.
Nobody can predict with any degree of certainty whether Jose Fernandez will be as successful in his second major-league season as he was in his first. But, so far, he looks no less enthusiastic.
A self-described born-again Christian who has survived a stroke and beaten throat and prostate cancer, new Marlins third-base coach Brett Butler strongly believes in divine guidance.
The Miami Marlins' power-hitting struggles in 2013 weren't limited to the big-league club. The dearth of long-ball hitters is organization-wide. Their best power-hitting prospect is in big league camp this spring. Kyle Jensen split his 2013 season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans, and led the organization with 28 homers.
Advanced defensive metrics continue to grow throughout the Major Leagues, and some teams rely so heavily on the data that they are constantly adjusting infielders all over the diamond. The Marlins saw a heavy shifting team on Monday when the Astros were at Roger Dean Stadium. Repeatedly, Houston shifted its second baseman over second whenever the right-handed-hitting Ty Wigginton stepped into the box. Once, Wigginton found the hole on a ground ball to the second-base side, in a spot that had the second baseman been in his normal spot, he could have made a play.
A bit of frustration set in after Rafael Furcal's second straight hard liner was caught on Wednesday afternoon in the Marlins' 5-2 win over the Mets.
When you're a buff 6-foot-6, 250-pounder and belt a baseball as far as anyone on the planet, people take notice. On a youthful Marlins squad, Giancarlo Stanton clearly stands out. Not just because of his massive stature and his threat at the plate, but because he is looked upon to be an example. The word "leader" to Stanton is empty if it is not backed by action.
Before taking the field on Thursday, Jarrod Saltalamacchia reunited with old friends and former Red Sox teammates. But once it was time for business, the 28-year-old was squarely focused on his new beginning. After spending parts of the past four seasons with the Red Sox, Saltalamacchia is now a core piece in the Marlins' rebuilding process. The Red Sox represent the catcher's past, and the Marlins his future. On Thursday, the two sides played to a scoreless tie in a game that was stopped with two outs in the eighth inning due to rain at Roger Dean Stadium.
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Things always change fast in baseball, even for the champions. And sometimes, especially for the champions. That's the case for the Red Sox. Just look at Xander Bogaerts.
The conditions could not have been anything close to what Masahiro Tanaka envisioned for his first Spring Training start. Rain pelted the covered playing field, various items of debris fluttered through the air, and a tornado warning urged people to find cover.
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Giancarlo Stanton may be on his final tour as a Miami Marlin, but if the team is to find any success now and in future seasons, it is going to need an elite campaign from the 24-year-old slugger.
The Miami Marlins may turn to other outfielders over the course of the 2014 regular season thanks to injury and potential replacement. How well would Brian Bogusevic and Jake Marisnick look in Marlins uniforms this season?
Spring Training 2014: Marlins position battle report, Week 1 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have a few position battles of interest heading into the 2014 season. Two weeks into Spring Training, how much do we know about each battle?