A strength of the Miami Marlins roster coming into the 2014 season was supposed to be their starting rotation. All of that changed when Jose Fernandez went down with an elbow injury in May and had to miss the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery.
he Miami Marlins were not pleased with the production they got out first or second base position in 2014. For that reason, the club is looking at different ways to improve on that next season. The team already acquired Kike Hernandez at the trade deadline and he could be the team’s solution at second.
They won more games. They scored more runs. They even attracted more fans. While the Marlins failed to make the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season — the third-longest postseason drought in the majors — they provided clear signs this season that better days might not be far off.
Beckett was the World Series Most Valuable Player for the Florida Marlins as they beat the New York Yankees in the 2003 World Series. He was the MVP of the 2007 American League Championship Series, when the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, and he helped pitch Boston to a World Series title that year. In 14 career postseason appearances (13 starts), Beckett went 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA and three shutouts. lRelated MIAMI MARLINS Photos: Josh Beckett through the years SEE ALL RELATED 8
Building up throwing from 30 feet to 45 feet, and upwards to 60, 90, 120 and beyond are the first steps in Jose Fernandez’s recovery from Tommy John surgery. Getting back to being game-ready will be a slow, deliberate process. From all indications, Fernandez and the Marlins are prepared to be patient. No sense rushng anything, and risking a setback.
After years of uncertainty, the Marlins firmly believe they are entering an era of stability. The product on the field improved by 15 games in 2014, and the perception around the community is changing, reflected by increased season-ticket renewal numbers and more overall interest in the club.
In their history, Marlins pitchers have combined to throw 141 complete games in the regular season, and four more in the postseason. None are more memorable than Josh Beckett's World Series-clinching gem at Yankee Stadium in 2003. At 23, the hard-throwing right-hander cemented his legacy in Marlins history, and became the face of the franchise's second championship team. "There is no question about it, he was the key," said Jack McKeon, who managed the '03 club.
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This year's playoffs have had as many sudden twists and turns as any in recent memory, and we haven't even reached the League Championship Series yet. But which singular plays have had the biggest effect on the postseason so far? We compiled the top 10.
BALTIMORE -- Constructing a roster you believe can get you to the World Series isn't all that different from building your dream house. You can spend years in the planning stages, steal dozens of ideas from your friends and dedicate every weekend to visiting designer showcases. But there comes a time when you have to pick your granite and decide whether that dormer on the second floor will complement the chimney.
BALTIMORE -- Things have gone surprisingly well for the Orioles since Matt Wieters played his last game for them on May 10. Despite the All-Star catcher's season-ending Tommy John surgery, as well as a season-ending injury to star third baseman Manny Machado, the O's rolled to a division title and begin their first American League Championship Series since 1997 on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on TBS. Wieters has had to find ways to keep busy and remain useful. In August, he had the LASIK surgery he'd been meaning to get. Now he spends a huge portion of his down time wheeling and dealing to defend his fantasy football championship.
BALTIMORE -- Perhaps it was an odd timing, on the eve of the Orioles' first American League Championship Series since 1997, to announce a three-year contract extension for shortstop J.J. Hardy. But manager Buck Showalter would have done it in the middle of Friday's Game 1 (8 p.m. ET on TBS) if necessary.
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a less than stellar first season with the Miami Marlins, as a drop in power and a bad season framing pitches lowered his value in 2014.
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The Miami Marlins signed Garrett Jones to a two-year contract, but one year into his deal, the Fish are already concerned thanks to a terrible 2014 season.
MLB.com's Joe Frisaro recently put together a list of five possible position changes to watch this offseason. Here we discuss the future Derek Dietrich at second base.
The Miami Marlins are considering moving Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen because he lacks a tertiary offering against left-handed hitters. But plenty of other successful pitchers have a similar problem, including someone on the Fish right now.