n fact, the team is feeling so good at this point, they are not considering themselves buyers at the July 31st trade deadline.
The Miami Marlins have played well of late, winning six of their seven games on their road trip. The strong showing in Atlanta and Houston put the Marlins at 50-53, 7.5 games behind the division leading Washington Nationals for first in the NL East race.
When it comes to overturning calls using baseball's new replay rules, no team is doing it better than the Marlins. The Marlins have been successful on 17 of their 21 challenges this season, giving them an 80 percent success rate that is tops in the majors.
HOUSTON -- Players generally aren't grilled after they've gone three games without a hit. Three-game drought? No big deal. It's not uncommon and happens to the best of them. But Casey McGehee opened up about his first such "slump" as...
Off the field, Jarrod Salatalamacchia couldn't be more comfortable. He's playing half his games within driving distance of his Palm Beach County residence. On the field, Saltalamacchia still is trying to find a comfort zone, particularly on defense. In Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Braves, Saltalamacchia committed his 12th error. All but one of those, including the one that led to an eighth-inning, unearned run Wednesday, have come on errant throws.
It took four months, but it finally happened. Casey McGehee is in a "slump." McGehee, who opened play Friday second in the National League with 121 hits, went 1-for-15 and finished the four-game set in Atlanta with 12 hitless at-bats. Tuesday through Thursday marked the first time all season McGehee has not tallied at least one hit over a three-game stretch. Before that, he had hit safely in eight straight (11-for-30).
The numbers go on manager Mike Redmond's record, but he has Pat Shine to thank for them. Shine, the Marlins' administrative coach in charge of video replays, has led club to the best rate of successful challenges in the majors. In Friday's 2-0 win over the Astros, the Marlins challenged a safe call on Jose Altuve's sixth-inning stolen base attempt. It went down as their 15th successful challenge in 19 tries.
The Marlins won six of seven games during their most recent road trip behind strong starting pitching. Nathan Eovaldi turned in the lone rough outing of the stint for Miami when he surrendered five runs in the first two frames of an eventual 6-1 defeat at Atlanta. The bulk of the scoring came on a three-run homer from Freddie Freeman in the second inning, and the performance resulted in Eovaldi's sixth loss of the season.
If possible, Giancarlo Stanton wants to go the distance. The Marlins' All-Star right fielder is determined to play every day. With that in mind, the Marlins are finding ways to best keep Stanton fresh. Being used a couple of days as the designated hitter has been an option this weekend against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Considering how far the Marlins have come in a year, they are hoping to avoid taking any steps backward. If things play out the way the organization hopes, Miami will make some sort of splash by Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. How much or little will depend on how the team is trending over the next few days.
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, we've updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams. To be on a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.
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Reflecting on Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine's inductions into the Hall of Fame this weekend alongside managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, it seems that longevity for both pitchers and managers may be a thing of the past.
The big day finally arrived on Sunday for a memorable Hall of Fame Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. The Big Six were inducted during the annual ceremony held on a stage behind the Clark Sports Center before a crowd of approximately 48,000.
The fact that injured Troy Tulowitzki attended the Yankees-Blue Jays game in New York on Sunday led to all sorts of Internet speculation. Tulowitzki, who has been reported as saying he wouldn't mind playing for a contender, didn't appear too concerned about the situation and told The Denver Post that it was much ado about nothing.
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Not only are the Miami Marlins uninterested in trading third baseman Casey McGehee, but they might also be interested in signing him to a two- or three-year extension beyond this season.
Both Miami Marlins second baseman, Donovan Solano and Jordany Valdespin, have been solid of late as the Marlins look for replacement options. Plus links on Brad Hand, Tyler Kolek, and Henderson Alvarez.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Miami Marlins are not shopping any of their veteran players and are instead looking to add talent that can help them this year and next.
FOX Sports's Ken Rosenthal opines that the Miami Marlins have a nonexistent chance of re-signing Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term contract. If that is the case, why not trade him right now?
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports recently noted that there is no better time to trade outfielder Giancarlo Stanton since Miami doesn't have a great chance of singing him long tern. Miami is expected to begin extension talks this offseason.