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Fish Bites: Spring Training Under Way!

Jose Reyes is just one of the new faces on the Miami Marlins as the team heads into its inaugural Spring Training under new...well, everything. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
Jose Reyes is just one of the new faces on the Miami Marlins as the team heads into its inaugural Spring Training under new...well, everything. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Fish Stripers, I know you're enjoying the Miami Marlins Season Previews so far, and Fish Stripes is more than happy to be providing them to you. This week, we finally got a chance to look at a little of what the new-look Miami Marlins are like. These Fish Bites will show you a bit of the new Marlins world in action.

- One of the new things about the Marlins is their new stadium, and the Fish are prepared for the unknown of the new park.

- It may be mostly unknown for now, but because we know the dimensions at least, we should have an idea of how the park may play. Marc Normandin of Baseball Nation gives us an overview.

- The Marlins are not just looking forward to this season with the stadium. The team is looking to snag the 2015 All-Star Game. That would be quite a catch, and it would be a lot of fun to attend.

- If you were interested in catching how some of the new Marlins would play, take a look at this clip of Jose Reyes blasting a Ricky Nolasco pitch over the fence. It comes complete with your traditional overly-complicated handshake from players of the same country, as Reyes and Hanley Ramirez have already designed a special handshake. Who said they weren't going to get along?

- Speaking of newcomers to the Marlins, new manager Ozzie Guillen has his sights on the NL East division crown. I think it's a bit ambitious given the team's talent, but it is not completely out of the realm of possibility. By the way, this guy seems to think that if the Marlins don't make the playoffs, the season is a failure. I can't say I agree, but with the addition of the second Wild Card and the presence of a play-in game into the playoffs, anything can happen.

- We can talk about the new guys all we want, but the old guard in south Florida is going to be critical to bringing the team to the playoffs. ESPN's Stephania Bell reports on the health of one of the team's important cogs, Josh Johnson. Bell reports that while the changes Johnson made to his regimen in the offseason are positive, we cannot be sure of a successful comeback from shoulder troubles until we reach the All-Star break.

- FanGraphs has introduced the Positional Power Rankings, ranking each team by position in the league. Places where the Marlins have a nice advantage? First base (9th) and shortstop (2nd). You also suspect the Marlins will rank highly at third base with Hanley Ramirez and right field with Giancarlo Stanton.

- You know, Marlins fans are excited about Spring Training, but you can't blame Logan Morrison and Bryan Peteresen for being occasionally bored during this time of year. After all, the games don't count right now. Luckily for them, they've been combating boredom with the LoMo and Petey Show on SB Nation's very own YouTube channel (subscribe now!). Here's the second episode of the show with the two bath buddies over at Arti Gras.

Around the League

- Over at Talking Chop, I love this Making the Team Meter feature that gondee is running. I won't blatantly rip him off this offseason, but I may have to do so next year.

- If I had to suggest anything Mets-related to listen to, it would be Toby Hyde, Ted Berg, and Patrick Flood of the Mostly Mets podcast. Here's the latest episode from the 23rd of February.

- Apparently, the Philadelphia Phillies don't care much for sabermetrics (H/T The Good Phight). No surprise, but it hasn't stopped them yet, which is all the more reason the Marlins should start getting into that in order to gain the slightest advantage over the current class of the division.

At Fish Stripes

- The Miami Marlins Season Preview series continues on. Since we last spoke, we've previewed third base, shortstop, and left field.

- We've also discussed the most recent of Marlins-related name changes: Mike Stanton is now Giancarlo Stanton. Awesome.

- In case you ever doubted that Jose Reyes would be worth his weight in money, you should read this Moneyball-inspired piece.

- And as always, make sure you check out our weekend features on Fish Stripes, including Wild Pitch! and the latest poll: when did you become a Marlins fan? For me, it was the bandwagon 1997 season, I'll freely admit that. But I've stuck through it all since.