Few stats portended a Miami Marlins loss last season like their starting pitcher giving up five runs. It happened 28 times and the Marlins went 1-27 in those games.
The Marlins were conservative in their assessment of Giancarlo Stanton's shot over the Budweiser bar. The majestic two-run homer Friday off San Diego's Eric Stults was announced as 458 feet. ESPN's Home Run Tracker later calculated a true distance of 484 feet, making it the longest at Marlins Park by a comfortable margin.
With 162 games in a Major League Baseball season, we here at Marlin Maniac are here to help you choose which of those Marlins games are the must watch games of the season. Let’s jump in and see what games we chose.
The first week of the fantasy baseball season wraps up with a full 15-game schedule this Sunday with the West Coast rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers taking center stage on Sunday Night Baseball. Some leagues have extended the first scoring period to cover the first two weeks while others wrap up today, so make sure to check your league to know how much risk you can afford today as you make your moves.
Forget the third-to-second-to-first double play. Pulling this off could be much more difficult. Each time the Marlins want to challenge an umpire’s call, the procession goes like this: video coordinator Cullen McRae to bullpen coach Rob Leary to hitting coach Frank Menechino to manager Mike Redmond. "Most people at this point are getting a feel of how you have to do it," Redmond said.
While sitting inside the Marlins bullpen Wednesday, A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn began pumping their fists the moment they saw Giancarlo Stanton’s long line drive head in their direction. They knew it was a home run the second the ball left his bat. But they had to duck and take cover when the ball caromed off the small scoreboard and nearly hit them in the head. The two relievers aren’t used to that sort of thing out in their neck of the woods. Not even Stanton hits them there that often.
n Miami sports, it’s all about the Heat’s Big 3 and where they will be next season, with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all eligible to opt out of their contracts this summer and be free agents. Interest and speculation are understandable but absurd to a degree that Wade said this week no decision has been discussed — said nothing, in other words — and still the headline "Big Three hasn’t made opt-out call yet" screamed across ESPN.com.
New hitting coach Frank Menechino has tweaked the swings and approaches of several Marlins hitters this spring. But he says the players deserve all the credit for the hot start. "Everyday it's somebody different," Menechino said before Friday night's 8-2 blitz of the Padres. "Stanton's been hitting really well. He had a good spring. McGehee had a really good spring. I just tell them to focus on getting a good pitch to hit, have a good plan against pitchers and these guys are finding out what they can and cannot do.
When the Marlins head out of town on Monday to begin their first road trip of the regular season, Rafael Furcal will be heading to extended spring training at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.
Adapting to a new pitching staff was Jarrod Saltalamacchia's first priority after signing as a free agent with the Marlins. Familiarizing himself to the National League was next. The Marlins catcher is starting to do just that. After a couple of rough days at the plate to open the season, the 28-year-old is finding his stride, evident by his 4-for-8 showings with two doubles in the first two games of the series against the Padres.
A strained hamstring may be keeping Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal out of the lineup, but it hasn't diminished the 36-year-old's importance on the team. Furcal is doing his part to root on his teammates and offer pointers when necessary.
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So know it's going to be a year of this for the Yankees and Derek Jeter: It's another farewell tour. So yeah, sorry Derek: You have to do it, and pretend you aren't eating every bit of it up. It feels good to say goodbye, even if we're not always sure why.
Will Middlebrooks' MRI on Sunday morning confirmed what the Red Sox had thought when he was a late scratch Saturday: He has a strained right calf. As a result of the Grade 1 strain, the third baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Jameson Taillon has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery after repeated examinations of his right elbow confirmed injury to the ulnar collateral ligament.
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Miami Marlins' offseason additions fuel Opening Series success - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins sought to add offense throughout the offseason, and it was the offense that helped the Marlins win their first series of 2014. Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Miami's bullpen were solid in victories over the Colorado Rockies.
According to the Fan Cost Index released each year, the Miami Marlins reside in the top third of cost for fans to go to a baseball game.
Avery Romero homered as part of a three-hit night in an otherwise disastrous day for the Miami farm system.