Michael Jong


Michael Jong has been a Marlins fan since its first World Series victory in 1997. He freely admits to having jumped on the World Series bandwagon the first time, but is proud to say that he never left since then. Michael withstood the lean times in the post-fire sale era of the Marlins, which made experiencing the Fish throughout their 2003 World Series season all the more satisfying. Since 2003, Michael has kept following the team on and off but was intrigued by sabermetrics and advanced analysis of the game in 2008. After a year of familiarizing himself with some of the basics of sabermetrics, Michael began the Marlin Maniac blog over at FanSided and spent two and a half years blogging for Marlin Maniac. In November, Michael took over Fish Stripes and has been here for a year, providing quality Marlins analysis and insight on his favorite team. Michael has also written for Baseball Prospectus and Beyond the Box Score in the past.


Tom Koehler's fastball in 2014

Tom Koehler's success thus far in 2014 is due to his fastball. But just what is so different about it that is fueling him, and can it continue?

Butler, Kimbrel, and sending home the winning run

The Miami Marlins had a golden chance to send home the potential game-winning run with no one out against dominant closer Craig Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves, but passed up the opportunity. Were they right to do so?

On Mike Redmond's ninth inning bunt decisions

Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond made some questionable decisions in bunting runners over with two of his hottest hitters in the bottom of the ninth inning in a tied game versus the Seattle Mariners. Were they "right" moves?

MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 2, Atlanta Braves 3 (10)

The Miami Marlins came back to tie the game against Craig Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves. But despite a valiant effort by Tom Koehler, the bullpen faltered again, this time in extra innings against Evan Gattis as the Braves beat Miami 3-2.

Marlins vs. Braves: Game 20 Thread and Ichthy

The Miami Marlins will send out Tom Koehler in an attempt to keep the good times rolling in the team's three-game winning streak, as the Fish face down the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

The Miami Marlins' early season power surge

The Miami Marlins are a surprising third in the majors in runs scored, and a big reason for that is the team's surprising surge in power. But should we have expected this kind of performance from the team's offense?


Marlins vs. Mariners: Game 19 Thread and Ichthy

The Miami Marlins are looking for the sweep versus the Seattle Mariners. Kevin Slowey will start his first game for the 2014 Marlins versus the debuting Brandon Maurer.

MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 7, Seattle Mariners 0

The Miami Marlins got a complete game shutout performance from Henderson Alvarez and put up more than enough offense to beat the Seattle Mariners. Miami takes the second game of the series 7-0.

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