Mike Redmond is in favor of expanding instant replay but the Marlins manager has some concerns that center around the pace of the game, the number of challenges available to managers and managers’ ability to see every play that could be questioned. "I think everyone’s in favor of getting the calls right," he said. Redmond said one issue for managers is their vantage point. Not all parts of the field are visible from the dugout, especially down the lines.
Will Privette doesn’t claim to be the biggest Marlins fan. Or the oldest. Or even the loudest. But Privette, who said he "joined forces" with the Marlins in 2003 while growing up in North Carolina, is the only one who can say he made national news eight months ago in a chaotic scene that was replayed over and over on ESPN and elsewhere. Privette was the student in the wheelchair who was thrown to the basketball court after fellow classmates at North Carolina State stormed the floor following the Wolfpack’s upset victory over Duke — the same student who was rescued in the nick of time by N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie, who saw him lying on the court, about to be trampled in the melee.
The Marlins and Giants played a 24-run slugfest Friday night and still have two games left to play, but the focus has already begun to shift to Monday when the red-hot Dodgers come to town. That's the night National League Rookie of the Year candidates and Cuban-born stars Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez will face off against each other here in Little Havana. Puig is being made available to the media before the game Monday and there will be plenty of reporters here to talk to him.
Next time Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound, expect to see the Marlins right-hander more careful with his delivery. After being rocked for 11 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits in three-plus innings on Friday night in a loss to the Giants, the Marlins wondered if Eovaldi was tipping his pitches.
Marlins pitching prospect Ramon Del Orbe underwent successful surgery on Thursday afternoon to eliminate bleeding on the brain. Del Orbe, a 21-year-old at Class A Greensboro, remains in stable condition after being struck on the head by a line drive on Tuesday at West Virginia. The initial hope was the right-hander would avoid surgery. But he sustained two fractures to his skull and sustained swelling and bleeding on the brain. He also has a concussion.
For now, Ruggiano's role is as a reserve, as the Marlins are giving rookie Jake Marisnick regular playing time in center field. Manager Mike Redmond remains committed to the plan of going with young players in what has been a developmental year for the organization.
Aside from being a bit dazed, Placido Polanco appears to have dodged a potentially major injury. Polanco was involved in a scary moment in the eighth inning on Friday night when he was struck on the left side of the helmet by Santiago Casilla's 94 mph fastball
A night after being outslugged, 14-10, by the Giants, the Marlins couldn't keep San Francisco in check again on Saturday. And a couple of plays not executed in the field, combined with four walks in the eighth inning, resulted in a sloppy loss. "We kind of gave that one away," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "I haven't said that too often this year. We didn't execute a fundamental there, and that cost us."
The debutant procession of young talent continued for the Marlins with the arrival Friday of right-hander Arquimedes Caminero. What stands out, aside from the longest first name in franchise history — Giancarlo Stanton and several others shared the distinction at nine letters — is another big arm with an explosive fastball that has reached 100 mph and makes him a candidate for closer of the future.
But a day after taking a 94-mile per hour fastball to the ear hole, Marlins veteran Placido Polanco said he's feeling surprisingly well. Silence fell over Marlins Park when the 0-2 pitch from Santiago Casilla struck Polanco in the eighth inning. His helmet flew off as trainers rushed to his side, but he was smiling just moments later. "Well the trainer asked me a real tough question like what day it was," Polanco said with a grin Saturday. "That's a question I wouldn't even know when I was OK. For a baseball player, that's the worst question you can ask."
Around The League
Ryan Braun has started offering personal apologies, according to major league sources. He is expected to elaborate, in the near future, on why he accepted a 65-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy. And according to people he has spoken with, he is making no excuses, accepting full responsibility and acknowledging the extent of his mistakes.
Charlie Manuel may have been relieved from his position as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, but that doesn’t mean he no longer feels an obligation to his fans. So just one day after Manuel left Citizens Bank Park with his dignity and a Wawa hoagie, there he was, at the Granite Run Mall, signing autographs for fans eager to meet the ex-skipper.
The Braves were merely hoping that Chris Johnson, a throw-in to the Justin Upton trade in the offseason, could be a part-time replacement for Chipper Jones at third. But the throw-in now leads the NL in batting average, and has a lock on the hot corner.
The Rangers have the best record in the American League this month, thanks in large part to ace right-hander Yu Darvish, who is 3-0 and has allowed just four earned runs on 14 hits in 22 innings.
The Dodgers won yet again on Saturday, this time behind eight strong innings from Clayton Kershaw, blanking the Phillies, 5-0. The victory puts the Dodgers in elite company. They are 42-8 since June 22, matching the 1941 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals for the best 50-game stretch since 1900.
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Pitches have pitched differently to Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, and that may be affecting his performance. But what exactly is the problem? Do we even know?
Former Rookie of The Year Chris Coghlan will see time at third base throughout his rehab assignment. Coghlan, out since June 9 with a right calve injury, began the assignment on Wednesday with Class-A Jupiter and played at third.
Sam Dyson pitched well enough to win for New Orleans, Jose Urena turned in yet another quality start for Jupiter, Chad James and Mason Hope combined to throw eight shutout innings in West Virginia, and Trevor Williams pitched three scoreless innings
Greensboro RHP Ramon Del Orbe was struck by a line drive on Tuesday and suffered multiple skull fractures. Although it was rumored it would not be necessary, news has now broke that Del Orbe's injury will require surgery.
Justin Nicolino delivered by far his best performance yet in Double-A, striking out an impressive 13 batters in six innings pitched.
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