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Fish Bites: Jeffrey Loria confident in offseason strategy

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is confident in the decision making of GM Dan Jennings and President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill. Plus links on Justin Nicolino and position grades.

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-The curious case of the mystery Marlins fan at the World Series -

hen, during Game 1 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, the man was back again. Who was this guy, how did he score the same sweet seats again and why is he still wearing the SAME BRIGHT ORANGE MARLINS JERSEY? So, naturally, I went to find him -- and more importantly, find answers to those questions.

-2014 Marlins Position Review: Right Field

Taking a look back at how Marlins right fielders performed in 2014, specifically Giancarlo Stanton.

-Miami Marlins Position Review: Jose Fernandez - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

We review the 2014 performance of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

-Miami Marlins Position Review: Third Base Grades - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

We break down the performances of Miami Marlins 3rd basemen in 2014.

-Contract issues raising stakes for several Dolphins; Fins, Heat, UM chatter; Loria's thoughts | Sports Buzz

"We feel extremely optimistic about the future and confident this team is beginning to hit its stride," Loria said. "This was a great year in many ways, in that our front office has gelled and really worked well together. "My trust in, and relationship with, our new President Mike Hill, General Manager Dan Jennings and their teams is fantastic. Our coaching staff did a masterful job, and Mike Redmond is deservedly getting credit for continually motivating this team even though Jose was lost for the year and Giancarlo was injured in September.

-Marlins eye in-house left-handers for rotation |

Internally, the organization has some lefty options who promise to battle for rotation spots in Spring Training. Five internal southpaw candidates are:

-Inbox: When will Stanton talks begin? |

McGehee is arbitration-eligible, and the Marlins are planning on retaining the veteran for at least one more year. He is such a big part of the team, impressing with his leadership and clutch hitting. Now 32 years old, he did wear down at the end of the season. Next year, look for McGehee to get some more days off in hopes of keeping him fresh for the entire season.

Around The League

-An oral history of the 2004 NLCS, one of the best ever. | : Alyson Footer Article

The 2004 NLCS between the Astros and Cardinals is among the most exciting postseason series of all time, but it was overshadowed by the Yankees collapse against the Red Sox in the ALCS. We revisited the NLCS with some of the key participants to bring it back to life.

-Banister named manager of Rangers |

ARLINGTON -- By overwhelming a dozen club officials through an extensive interview process, Jeff Banister has won the job as the next Rangers manager. Banister, who was the Pirates bench coach for the past four years, will be introduced as the Rangers' 18th full-time manager at an 11 a.m. CT press conference Friday.

-With trip to World Series, Yost proves detractors wrong |

KANSAS CITY -- Ned Yost slipped through a set of doors and stepped onto the tile floor in front of the hostesses' mahogany desk, waiting to be seated for dinner with his family. But before Yost could be ushered through the bar, those dining at one of the Country Club Plaza's most popular restaurants gave a massive thank you to the Royals' manager.

-Unable to swing, Yadi available as defensive option |

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite his attempts to talk himself into the lineup, catcher Yadier Molina remained on the bench for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series as he continues to nurse a left oblique strain.

At Fish Stripes

-Marlins option Jordany Valdespin, lose Ed Lucas - Fish Stripes

Over the weekend, the Marlins optioned Jordany Valdespin to Triple-A New Orleans and lost Ed Lucas, who was claimed off of waivers by the Rangers.

-2014 Marlins Season Review: Marcell Ozuna - Fish Stripes

Marcell Ozuna proved capable of performing at a high level by retrieving the power he did not show in 2013 on his way to a 20-plus home run season and another great year in center field for the Marlins.

-Kansas City's success proves teams can win with small payrolls - Fish Stripes

Teams such as the Royals support the fact that a high payroll does not automatically ensure success. Owner Jeffrey Loria is reportedly content with the Marlins' plans heading into the offseason.

-Miami Marlins Prospects: AFL Report - Fish Stripes

A look at how Miami Marlins prospects have fared in their last three Arizona Fall League games.

-Justin Nicolino and the concern over prospect strikeouts - Fish Stripes

Justin Nicolino was the Marlins' 2014 Organizational Pitcher of the Year, but his extreme drop in strikeouts in 2014 should be an alarm for his future despite the great year.