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Fish Bites: Impending Miami Marlins roster decisions

With players set to come off the DL, the Marlins will likely face a few big decisions in the coming days. Also, is the Miami Marlin's often ridiculed attendance really not the worst in the league?


Miami Marlins’ offense on pace for historic lows |
Back in 1908, the St. Louis Cardinals scored just 372 runs in 154 games, an average of 2.41 runs per game. The 2013 Miami Marlins are ahead of that pace — but that’s about the best thing you can say about their offense.

What? The Miami Marlins Are NOT Last In Attendance? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Miami Marlins are not last in attendance...somehow.

Marlins prospect Marcell Ozuna | News
An injury to All-Star Giancarlo Stanton landed Marcell Ozuna in the big leagues. All-out hustle will go a long way in keeping the 22-year-old outfielder around for a long time.

Skipworth sent back down Triple A New Orleans in anticipation of Mathis' arrival Tuesday | Fish Bytes
Barring a freak injury or step back, catcher Jeff Mathis will probably make his Marlins debut Tuesday when the team returns back to Miami to open a nine-game homestand against the Reds.

Around the League

The "luckiest" and "unluckiest" hitters of 2013 - Beyond the Box Score
The word luck is often thrown around when we talk about hitter's BABIP numbers. By looking at expected BABIP, though, we hopefully can identify which hitters have actually had the best and worst fortunes to this point in the 2013 season.

Money on the Bench - Interactive Graphic -
How much money are Major League teams paying to players on the disabled list? A running calculation found that as of May 13, 148 players accounted for $588 million. Updated daily.

Cubs Get A Steal With Anthony Rizzo Again | FanGraphs Baseball
The Chicago Cubs signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a seven year, $41 million extension with two team options. Rizzo will be a Cub for a long time and it looks like the Cubs will be fortunate to have him.

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leaves game with injury | News
An injury to second baseman Jose Altuve was about the worst thing an already-reeling Astros team needed. But that's what it got in the second inning of Monday's game against Detroit, as the second baseman suffered a partially dislocated right jaw on a collision with right fielder Jimmy Paredes.

Bryce Harper leaves game after nasty collision with Dodgers Stadium fence
Bryce Harper of the Nationals ran into a wall at Dodger Stadium. Apparently Bryce has a "history with the Dodgers Stadium wall" and in the future Umpires will probably be notified of the bad blood before games in LA. Bryce walked off the field under his own power, the wall was out cold.

At Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins face tough decisions once players get healthy - Fish Stripes
Once several players on the disabled list begin to get healthy, the Miami Marlins will have several tough decisions to make as a result of promoting young prospects to take the place of injured players.

Figuring out the Marlins' future roster crunch - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins do indeed have some decisions to make when a number of their players return from injury, but just who should stay and who should go?

Justin Ruggiano: The same as ever - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are going through a lot of changes, but one eerily consistent part of their team remains Justin Rugggiano, who is some good luck away from turning a very similar season to last year's.

2013 MLB Draft: Five more players the Miami Marlins might take sixth overall - Fish Stripes

The First-Year Player Draft fast approaches, and the Miami Marlins are in excellent position to select a top-tier prospect.