Since joining the Marlins this week, I am sure that life has been a whirlwind for Matt Ramsey. New team, new coaches, new city, everything is just new. Yet he was still willing to take the time to answer some questions for us so that we can get to know the young right-hander better.
As the first half comes to an end Marlins fans have to be happy. A team that lost 100 games last year and struggled mightily to score runs has turned things around. Giancarlo Stanton is making a legitimate case for league MVP and Casey McGehee has been unbelievably productive.
Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t sure how to approach Mike Redmond. Stanton wanted to give his manager the option of pitching to him in next week’s the Home Run Derby but understood that Redmond might want the time off to recharge.
Ozzie Guillen was only a couple months into his managerial career with the Marlins in 2012 when he told reporters he worried Giancarlo Stanton might actually kill somebody one day -- a pitcher or third baseman -- with one of the laser-shots that come flying off his bat. Guillen, now working for ESPN and set to broadcast Monday night's Home Run Derby at Target Field in Spanish for ESPNDeportes, upgraded his prediction on Thursday to include shortstops, too.
The Marlins and their media relations staff hit the social network scene hard Thursday afternoon begging fans to help third baseman Casey McGehee rally and win the fan vote for the final spot on the National League All-Star team.
The dubious achievement is known as the golden sombrero. Giancarlo Stanton donned it inauspiciously in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks, and it was no use in warding off the desert heat. Unfortunately for Stanton, his bat was of no use either.
Even though Marlins hitters had generated no offense all night, Marcell Ozuna felt optimistic as he watched Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed warm up for the ninth inning Tuesday. "I told [Adeiny Hechavarria,] 'He's going to lose,' and he called the home run," Ozuna said after he drove a 2-2 fastball from Reed to straightaway center with Ed Lucas aboard. "He left the ball in the middle [of the plate] and I hit it."
Steve Cishek has been synonymous with game over for nearly two seasons since taking over as the Miami Marlins' closer. Lately, the lanky sidearmer's touch has been fleeting with blown saves in two of his past four outings.
Down a run going to the top of the ninth, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria asked how hard D-backs closer Addison Reed threw. Marcell Ozuna told him, "I don't know, but he's going to lose anyway."
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was officially named to the National League lineup for the Gillette Home Run Derby lineup on Tuesday. The announcement came as no surprise, as Stanton confirmed he would participate on June 29. The Home Run Derby is Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Every time Henderson Alvarez takes the mound for the Marlins, good things are bound to happen. The Mets, whom the Marlins will visit at Citi Field for a three-game series starting Friday, haven't been able to figure Alvarez out. He has posted a 0.84 ERA and a 2-0 record in three starts against them this year. Last time he faced the Mets on June 20, Alvarez kept them off the board despite scattering seven hits in 6 1/3 innings on the way to his fourth win of the season.
In the eyes of the Marlins, Casey McGehee is an All-Star. Unfortunately for the Miami third baseman, the voters saw it differently.
Around The League
In San Diego, the Padres have an actual building integrated into the ballpark, and it's become Petco's best-known feature. Since that was so successful, why stop there? Why couldn't the White House, or the Great Wall of China, or even Niagara Falls work as baseball fields?
American League All-Star manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox announced today, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shortstop Erick Aybar will replace outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals on the AL's active roster for the 85th All-Star Game.
White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made Chicago proud on Thursday with a Windy City sweep, winning the 13th annual All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian after 92 hours of relentless fan balloting.
Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman, who revealed the news on a conference call with reporters Thursday night.
At Fish Stripes
Jorgan Cavanerio turned in an impressive start for Batavia, Sean Townsley continued to dominate the Sally League, Viosergy Rosa went deep in Charlotte, and Kyle Jensen continued his 7-game hitting streak with New Orleans.
The 2014 MLB trade deadline approaches at the end of the month, and the Miami Marlins have to answer the question as to whether they are buyers or sellers soon.
Brad Penny was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans after a successful outing with the Marlins' Single-A affiliate on Tuesday night. Penny will make a pair of starts before the Marlins make a decision on whether to promote him.
Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna just keeps getting better.
The Miami Marlins have certain team needs they could address during the trade deadline season this month. What are the Fish looking to fix on their squad, and what should they be looking to fix?