Mike Redmond walked into the postgame interview after Tuesday’s loss to the Braves and wondered if he could take the five-foot tall podium he was about to stand behind and "throw this through the wall." "We’re not able to execute," Redmond said. "We get a guy on second base and couldn’t get him over. We didn’t execute a bunt. Right now it’s just snowballing on us a little bit. I know the guys are frustrated. We got to stay with it and keep battling. The off day will be a nice breather to regroup and came back Friday and try to win a series."
In a span of eight pitches, the Miami Marlins’ season went from frustrating to ugly.The Marlins, who at least clung to the notion they were in every game despite losing seven of their first eight, finally saw their pitching crack Wednesday.
The definitive test of patience plays out across the long haul.Giancarlo Stanton – the lone Marlins hitter with a consequential reputation – will learn as much from now to the end of September as Miami slogs through a season already earmarked for misery, Nobody is going to pitch to him.
John Maine spent the better part of three years on the comeback trail to the major leagues with one number on his mind: five. Valaika finally put the glove to work Wednesday, getting his first career start at first base after manager Mike Redmond decided to give Greg Dobbs a day off against a left-handed pitcher. It wasn’t just the first time Valaika played first base in the big leagues — it was the first ever in a game, Little League included. "It wasn’t pretty, but I got through it. I needed to get the first one out of the way regardless," said Maine, who said he had not faced a hitter in 12 days dating to spring training before Monday.
As a utility infielder, Chris Valaika said he has carried a first baseman’s glove in his travel bag in case of an emergency. Valaika finally put the glove to work Wednesday, getting his first career start at first base after manager Mike Redmond decided to give Greg Dobbs a day off against a left-handed pitcher. It wasn’t just the first time Valaika played first base in the big leagues — it was the first ever in a game, Little League included.
In his first season as Marlins skipper, Mike Redmond is looking to instill a winning mentality in his clubhouse -- the same type of winning mentality that was so prevalent for the past half decade in Philadelphia. Know who else is trying to establish that mindset early this season? The Phillies, themselves.
The Marlins have used nine lineups in nine games, and though it's not the formula Marlins manager Mike Redmond expected to be using, he is scrambling to find a combination that can score some runs. "We're going to keep mixing and matching until we find a lineup that we can score some runs with," Redmond said. "I don't think we've had the same lineup out there twice yet."
Tino Martinez, a two-time Major League All-Star and four-time World Series champion, headlines a set of seven players and coaches who will represent the 2013 class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. "This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, '60s and early '70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions," said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. "We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame."
The Marlins are searching for depth at first base, and Joe Mahoney is an option. But the earliest he would be reinstated is a matter of days as he recovers from an intercostal strain. "He's progressing," manager Mike Redmond said. "There is some help. None of us expected Kotchman to get hurt. To have a guy over there who played first base every day in the big leagues, it was comforting to have."
Although the Marlins right now are experiencing growing pains, a number of high-end prospects are currently developing at the Minor Leagues. "I think pitching is one of our strong suits," vice president of player development Marty Scott said. "If you had asked me that question last year, there were just a couple of guys. Fernandez is now in the big leagues, and we have Conley, Flynn and Dyson."
Around The League
What was thought to be simple nerve irritation for White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham turned out to be a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, which will require surgery and sideline him for about six weeks.
In an attempt to get the offense going, Angels manager Mike Scioscia made a rather drastic change for Thursday's series finale against the A's, moving Mike Trout to the No. 2 spot of the batting order.
Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, honoring the legacy of the Hall of Famer who broke baseball's color barrier when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have bad attendance and a bad 1-8 record in 2013. The Marlins have tried to compensate with affordable pricing, but that can only go so far.
The Miami Marlins are 1-8 and have played ugly from most of those nine games. Is this the worst nine-game start in Marlins history?
The Miami Marlins may be playing poorly, and star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is chief among their struggles. But Stanton is not panicking about the 2013 season yet because he recognizes the meaning of "regression to the mean."