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Fish Bites: Christian Yelich wants to remain in left field

While he could move to first base, Christian Yelich reportedly prefers to remain in left field. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, and Tyler Kolek.

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-Christian Yelich Prefers to remain in Left Field - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Christian Yelich is coming off a superb first full major-league season and the Miami Marlins seem more then pleased with the kind of player they expect him to be. His excellent season even had the Marlins considering moving Yelich to first base to take over the declining Garrett Jones, which was a pretty bad idea.

-Miami Marlins MVP Award - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Marlins 2014 MVP was Giancarlo Stanton, and truly it wasn’t even that close. Our staff voting made it unanimous and that is not surprising considering the right fielder is one of the contenders for the National League MVP. It has been no secret that Stanton, 24, has some serious talent. The main question has been if he could stay healthy after two injury plagued seasons. This year was Stanton’s coming out party as he not only stayed healthy, but he led the league in home runs and finished 2nd in runs batted in with 37 and 105 respectively.

-Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez throws for first time since Tommy John surgery | The Miami Herald

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery Wednesday by throwing a baseball for the first time since undergoing the operation in May. Fernandez made 25 "easy" throws from 30 feet while standing on flat ground. Marlins officials said the outing "went well" and that Fernandez said he "felt great."

-Miami Marlins: What went right, what didn't, and where do they go from here? - Sun Sentinel

After losing 100 games in 2013 the Marlins this season shaved 15 off that unsightly figure. Even the worst of teams generally don't see this kind of improvement from one year to the next. Since 1996, NL teams have totaled nine 100-loss seasons. On average, they trimmed 9.6 losses off their total the following year. In the AL, the 13 100-loss teams during that span on average shaved 8.2 losses off their next year's record.

-Next goal for Miami Marlins: 'That next 10 wins' - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins won 77 games, 15 more than they did in 2013. A similar improvement next season and they'll be in the postseason mix. If only it was th

-Stanton wins first NL homer crown in Marlins history |

Missing the final 17 games did not cost Giancarlo Stanton a chance to become the first player in Marlins history to win the National League home run crown. Stanton's 37 homers held up by a sizable margin, as he ended up pacing the league. Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, who homered on Sunday, finished second with 32.

-With superstars returning, '15 looks bright in Miami |

"Wait till next year" is far from an empty saying for the Marlins as they set their sights on 2015. From upper management down to the players, there is legitimate optimism that the club is on the cusp of contending.

-Fernandez begins throwing program |

The first step in Jose Fernandez's throwing program is underway. The 22-year-old Marlins ace made 25 throws from 30 feet on Wednesday at Marlins Park. The light tosses were Fernandez's first throws since he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in mid-May. The projected return to big league action for the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year is around July 2015.

-Prospect Kolek motivated by success of Draft 'mate |

As Brandon Finnegan was dazzling for the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, Tyler Kolek was preparing for his final Instructional League start in the Marlins' system. The two pitchers share a common tie in they were first-round picks in June's First-Year Player Draft. Their current paths also are a reminder that every prospect is on a different time clock. The 21-year-old Finnegan pitched for Texas Christian University a few months ago in the College World Series, while Kolek, 18, was overpowering prep players at Shepherd High School in Texas.

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-2014 Celebrity Postseason Survivor | Events

Celebrity Postseason Survivor 2014

-Cool hand LaRoche a quiet leader on Nationals |

WASHINGTON -- Infielder Kevin Frandsen sits next to Adam LaRoche in the Nationals' clubhouse, and it didn't take long for Frandsen to figure out the type of person LaRoche is. Frandsen called LaRoche a great human being who is always calm.

-Emotional Peavy ready for another postseason start |

WASHINGTON -- Jake Peavy has been here, done that. It took a combination of circumstances -- a midseason trade from Boston to San Francisco, the Giants' use of Madison Bumgarner in the win-or-go-home National League Wild Card Game victory over the Pirates -- but he finds himself getting another shot. Another shot to help a team win. Another shot at rewriting his personal history.

-Trout primed to assume Mr. October mantle |

ANAHEIM -- It wasn't the first time third baseman David Freese had heard the question, but the Mr. October of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship slalom run was still amused. Asked if Angels superstar Mike Trout had gone to him seeking insight on the eve of his postseason debut against the Royals on Thursday night in the American League Division Series, Freese smiled.

At Fish Stripes

-2014 Marlins Season Preview: Giancarlo Stanton's 2014 year - Fish Stripes

The biggest positive to come out of the 2014 Miami Marlins is the fantastic year that Giancarlo Stanton had and the effect that season had on him and the organization going forward.

-2014 Marlins Season Review: Giancarlo Stanton's injury - Fish Stripes

The Giancarlo Stanton injury was a backbreaking injury that hurt the Marlins' slim chances at the playoffs and might have cost Stanton a legitimate chance at the National League MVP award.

-Marlins' Jose Fernandez begins throwing program - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez threw a baseball for the first time since May on Wednesday afternoon. The Marlins are hoping to have Fernandez back by the All-Star break next season.

-Marlins made right move to extend Mike Redmond - Fish Stripes

The Marlins extended Manager Mike Redmond's contract through 2017 before the end of the season. Miami made the right move in an attempt to try and extend Giancarlo Stanton this offseason.