Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he received a few texts from friends and players congratulating him on his first managerial ejection. But Redmond admits he could’ve been more animated while arguing with first base umpire Mark Wegner on Saturday after Barry Zito was allowed to score from first base on a ball that bounced into the stands. "I think we’re all learning out here. There are probably some things I could have done differently. I’ll analyze the video a little bit,’’ he said, laughing with reporters this morning.
Justin Ruggiano was having trouble making sense of the logic to the point where he finally gave up trying to understand. Ruggiano was the Marlins’ leading home run hitter and top RBI man on a team that ranked dead last in the majors in scoring and home runs. And he wasn’t playing. "That’s why this game is confusing sometimes," Ruggiano said.
Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar accidentally hit Mathis on his catching hand on the follow through of his swing in the eighth inning — not long after Mathis blasted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot off Twins starter Scott Diamond. "The X-rays were negative,’’ Mathis said. "Everything is OK. It’s just tight and sore right now. It’s a bruise.’’
Fifty games into his big-league career, Ozuna definitely has given the Marlins some eye-opening numbers to chew on. When it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position, Ozuna isn’t just among the best rookies in baseball. He’s among the best in the game. Of players with at least 50 at-bats with runners in scoring position, he ranks fifth with a .420 average. Only Miguel Cabrera (.461), Carlos Beltran (.455), Allen Craig (.455) and Paul Goldschmidt (.420) are better.
Derek Dietrich ended an 0-for-17 slump at the plate when he crushed a 415-foot solo home to right field in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Twins. The Marlins' rookie second baseman is hoping its a sign he's come out of the prolonged slump he's been in over the past three weeks. Since his last two-hit game June 9th against the Mets, Dietrich has gone just 5 for 41 at the plate (.122). He's reached base just three other times (two walks, one error) and struckout 16 times. His batting average is now at .200 through 40 games.
These are the fans who come out night after night to cheer on a team in a new home that most have abandoned after only a year. And they do it for one reason: Loyalty. Most of the star players might be gone but that doesn’t keep fans like Dori Amador away, specially after their current three-game winning streak led by the always present home run threat of Giancarlo Stanton.
Larry Beinfest's first significant trade in his Marlins stewardship involved giving up pitching to obtain pitching. That 2002 deal with the Cubs netted pitchers Julian Tavarez and an obscure (at the time) minor leaguer named Dontrelle Willis in exchange for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement. Beinfest's lust for pitching didn't stop there, and probably won't end when he deals Ricky Nolasco. If Beinfest's trading history is any indication, the Marlins will very likely receive a pitcher -- a mid- to upper-level minor league prospect, several sources say, depending on how much of Nolasco's remaining salary (about $6 million) they're willing to eat.
It's "Back to the Futures" for Marlins prospect Christian Yelich. The left-handed-hitting Double-A Jacksonville Suns outfielder has been selected to represent the Marlins at the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 14 for the second consecutive year. The 21-year-old is rated as the Marlins' top prospect according MLB.com. He opened the season ranked second behind right-hander Jose Fernandez, who made Miami's Opening Day roster and is a candidate to be an All-Star as a rookie.
More details are surfacing regarding Matt Krook's decision to pitch for the University of Oregon rather than sign with the Marlins. A source confirmed reports that the left-hander from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco recently failed his physical. The Marlins chose Krook 35th overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the two sides had agreed to terms, and Krook declined a reduced offer. And the Miami Herald added that Krook is hampered by a left shoulder ailment. Technically, Krook could change his mind and either accept the reduced offer or continue negotiations. Teams have until July 12 to sign their Draft picks. So, the southpaw has until then to reconsider. However, a source added that there is "no chance" of that happening.
Christian Yelich is eager to come off the Minor League disabled list, but the Marlins' top prospect is not rushing anything. The 21-year-old understands that there is a time and place for everything. For now, the left-handed hitting outfielder's place is on the DL as he recovers from an abdominal strain.
Not that Nolasco isn't aware of what is being said and written. He understands that his tenure with the Marlins will likely be over by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Until he is told he is going somewhere else, he is enjoying his time in the organization that gave him his first big league opportunity. "It's been fun working with these young kids in the rotation, getting to know them," Nolasco said. "I'm just blocking all that other stuff out. All of that is out of my control, so I'm just trying to go out there and get my teammates' respect, and just concentrate on what is going on with us every day."
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