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Fish Bites: Christian Yelich reflects on rookie campaign

As his rookie season comes to an end, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is excited to move forward after ending the year on a good note. Plus links on Adeiny Hechavarria, Greg Dobbs and owner Jeffrey Loria.


-Is Jeffrey Loria Looking to Actually Spend Money? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald Blog is reporting that Jeffrey Loria is looking to acquire more offensively minded hitters. Andre Dawson, Marlins special assistant, was told by Loria that he is planning on getting them.

-Marlins lose 100 for second time - Sun Sentinel

Already the subject of double-digit infamy, the additional burden of 100 defeats seemed like piling on the Miami Marlins. The Phillies' 2-1 victory Tuesday at Marlins Park sealed the second 100-loss season in Marlins history. It followed in the wake of being ranked as No. 120 out of 122 franchises in the four major professional leagues in the Ultimate Standings by ESPN the Magazine.

-Marlins' owner Loria brings back Dobbs for 2014 - Sun Sentinel

A source confirmed Marlins' utility man Greg Dobbs earlier this season agreed to one-year, $1.7 million contract to remain with the club in 2014. A member of the Marlins since 2011, Dobbs would have qualified for free agency at season's end. If you don't like the deal, don't blame President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest or General Manager Mike Hill as neither had anything to do with it. Owner Jeffrey Loria, the source said, negotiated the pact unbeknownst to his top baseball officials.

-Greg Dobbs returning to Marlins in 2014 | Fish Bytes

The Marlins are re-signing infielder/pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, who was due to become a free agent. He said a deal was struck between his agent and owner Jeffrey Loria. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports in a follow-up tweet, Dobbs will receive a salary of $1.7 million on the one-year extension that was agreed upon in June. Dobbs, whose two-year, $3 million contract is expiring, is batting .229 this season but hit .275 and .285 in his previous two years with the Marlins.

-First Jose Fernandez. Now Carlos Gomez. Braves offended again. | Fish Bytes

If you thought Jose Fernandez hot-dogged his home run against the Braves, wait til you see how the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez acted on his blast in Atlanta earlier tonight. Not sure what it is, but the Braves are turning into a magnet for this sort of thing. Fernandez apologized after his episode with the Braves. Let's see if Gomez does the same.

-Yelich raking as season draws to close | News

Christian Yelich is finishing his rookie season in a flurry. The 21-year-old, who debuted in the big leagues in late July, is enjoying his finest month. The left-handed-hitting left fielder is batting .318 with two homers and seven RBIs in 24 games in September after going 0-for-3 with a walk in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies, when he hit third. He's also showing plate discipline, posting a .408 on-base and .443 slugging percentage in the month. For the season, the rookie is batting .282, and he's getting steady playing time against lefties and righties alike. "We've talked about the frontline players, the guys who play every day," manager Mike Redmond said. "They play whether it's right-handers or left-handers out there. It doesn't matter. I think his at-bats have been great. He's faced a lot of tough lefties."

-Pipeline Perspective: Jonathan Mayo high on Marlins | News

The young talent already in Miami is just part of the equation. The Marlins have done a good amount of work, both via the Draft and through trades, to build up their farm system. It might be true that the influx of talent came as the result of an unfortunate fire sale, but that shouldn't dampen the outlook for the future. And there's plenty down on the farm to get excited about, with much of the talent just about ready to contribute.

-Catching up with Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond | News

Through all the struggles in a rebuilding season, Mike Redmond strived to remain levelheaded. It wasn't always easy. But in his first season managing the youthful Marlins, Redmond carried over the same qualities he displayed in a 13-year big league career as a player. The 42-year-old demonstrated patience and poise. He kept the atmosphere loose, and the players focused and prepared. Overall, it was a trying year, filled with rookie mistakes, injuries and inconsistencies. For the second time in franchise history, the Marlins reached the 100-loss plateau. Redmond has the distinction of being part of both of those squads. He was a rookie catcher on the 1998 club, which finished 54-108. Now, in his first season as a big league manager, the Marlins are 59-100 with three games to go.

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-Fans get another chance to Beat the Streak in a Day | News

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-Pulse of the Postseason: Tigers win American League Central title | News

With a 1-0 win over the Twins, the Tigers clinched their third consecutive American League Central title on Wednesday. Detroit needed to take matters into its own hands because the Indians beat the White Sox, 7-2.

-Bud Selig will retire as Commissioner of Major League Baseball in January 2015 | News

Commissioner Bud Selig, who changed the face of Major League Baseball while leading the sport into an era of unprecedented popularity and prosperity, will formally step down from the office in January 2015.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins history: Marlins lose 100th game for second time in team history - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins lost their 100th game of the 2013 season last night, suffering the century mark in defeats for only the second time in team history. Fish Stripes takes a look back at the 100-loss season of 1998 and the one now.

-The emergence of A.J Ramos - Fish Stripes

After struggling throughout the majority of the 1st half of the season, right handed reliever AJ Ramos has improved immensely since that time and has developed into one of the more dependable arms in the Marlins bullpen.

-This Day In Marlins History: Brown dominates Braves, clinches 1996 ERA title - Fish Stripes

On this day in team history, Kevin Brown shuts out the first-place Atlanta Braves over seven innings in 1996, lowering his ERA to a major league-best 1.89. It was the right-hander's final start of the year, thus securing him that season's ERA title.

-The Miami Marlins, 100 losses, and me - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have lost 100 games this year, with a few more games to go. How hard has it been to cover a difficult year like the Marlins' 2013 campaign?

-Miami Marlins news: Jeffrey Loria wants to acquire offense at first base, third base, catcher - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is looking to acquire offense this offseason, particularly at catcher and the corner infield positions. How can the Marlins pull that off?

-Miami Marlins news: Marlins sign Greg Dobbs to one-year, $1.7M extension - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have insured that their veteran bench role is filled, signing team favorite Greg Dobbs to a one-year, $1.7M extension for the 2014 season.