Here’s the 2013 All ex-Marlins Playoff Lineup plus a 3 man rotation and closer with their 2013 season stats:
Left field was interesting due to the massive dichotomy between the two players that we are going to give grades to. One was a veteran who has had a solid career that is winding down. The other a rookie who has a promising career in front of him. Of course I am talking about Juan Pierre and Christian Yelich.
Making bold predictions prior to the beginning of the Major League Baseball series has always been something I enjoyed. I am hardly right when it comes to these predictions, but they are fun to make either way.
The National League nominees are Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs, Freddie Freeman of the Braves, Nate Schierholtz of the Cubs, Jay Bruce of the Reds, Michael Cuddyer of the Rockies, Hanley Ramirez of the Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, Carlos Gomez of the Brewers, David Wright of the Mets, Domonic Brown of the Phillies, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, Will Venable of the Padres, Hunter Pence of the Giants and Jayson Werth of the Nationals.
Oakland's Addison Russell (No. 17), the Cubs' Albert Almora (No. 21), the Dodgers' Corey Seager (No. 47), Miami's Colin Moran (No. 71), Boston's Garin Cecchini (No. 82) and Kansas City's Jorge Bonifacio (No. 89) also will participate. Hitters taking part in the event will receive two minutes to hit against live pitching and be rewarded for points between 100-500. Hitters also can earn points by hitting a wide array of targets on the field and their final swing will come off a tee and be worth double points.
Along with Slowey, the Marlins also outrighted right-handers Jose Ceda and Steven Ames, first baseman Joe Mahoney, catcher Koyie Hill, infielder Gil Velazquez and lefty Zach Phillips. Before the season ended, Slowey threw two bullpen sessions in Miami. He said both went well. "The first one, you're always a little tentative, a little hesitant," Slowey said. "The first one felt great. The second one, it felt awesome."
Skeptics may have questioned Don Mattingly's decision to go with Clayton Kershaw on short rest Tuesday in the National League Division Series. Jack McKeon, however, applauded it. "I loved it," McKeon said. "He pitched pretty good, didn't he?" Yes he did. Mattingly, the Dodgers manager, opened himself up to second-guessing by turning to his ace on three days' rest. Rolling the dice worked.
With family recently, Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison watched a highlight DVD of his 2010 rookie season. An unforgettable moment in the clip was Tom Morrison being in attendance at Citi Field watching the Marlins face the Mets. It was the first time Tom, battling lung cancer, saw his son play in person in the big leagues. Tom Morrison passed away in December of 2010. Logan Morrison doesn't go a day without thinking about his father. "He's definitely a great influence in my life still," the 26-year-old said.
Around The League
Matt Adams lifting St. Louis to the NLCS with one swing of his bat was more than just another postseason highlight. The man they call Big Mayo is proof that the presence of the super-sized player continues to make America's game special.
If the regular season is any indication, this year's NL Championship Series should be an absolute thriller, as the Dodgers took four of seven from the Cardinals this year.
The Tigers have stayed alive in this American League Division Series in no small part by getting Jhonny Peralta back into their lineup, putting their Opening Day shortstop in left field. For Thursday's winner-take-all Game 5, manager Jim Leyland took his chances with Peralta back at short.
Joe Kelly's understanding of the team concept -- taking his lumps and working hard at whatever role the club asked of him -- and his knack for pouncing on the opportunity to shine once it was presented to him embodies what this Cardinals team has done in reaching the postseason and advancing to a third consecutive NLCS.
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Prospect Derek Dietrich took over second base early in the 2013 season, but a hidden injury and an unfortunate happenstance involving deposed hitting coach Tino Martinez forced him off the Major League roster.
A potentially huge asset could be making his way to Miami as the Marlins have expressed a serious amount of interest into Cuban defector Jose Daniel Abreu. The only question that still remains is whether or not that Miami will be willing to exceed th
The Miami Marlins signed Placido Polanco to serve as a stopgap at third base. Instead, the team received the corpse that once was Polanco, as his entire game collapsed in 2013.
Ed Lucas found his way into the majors and became the latest minor league journeyman project for a desperate Miami Marlins team. In the end, he played well enough to earn a roster spot, but not a starting job.
On this day in team history, Florida catcher Charles Johnson laced a three-run double against Atlanta in Game 3 of the 1997 NLCS. That gave the Marlins their eventual winning margin, 5-2, as they took the game and the lead in the series, 2-1.