From the first day of Spring Training, when seemingly no one else believed, the Marlins did. A quiet confidence filtered down from upper management into the clubhouse that 2014 was going to be an eventful season for a team coming off 100 losses. President of baseball operations Michael Hill, general manager Dan Jennings and manager Mike Redmond implemented a new clubhouse culture in which everybody would be accountable and pull together.
Broward College baseball coach Bob Deutschman, who coached recent Miami Marlins acquisition Mat Latos
before he entered the majors, doesn’t take any credit for the pitcher Latos has become.
Sure, the name is very familiar with Marlins fans, but no, the team did not re-acquire the one-time second baseman of the Florida Marlins. No, THIS Luis Castillo was the second player minor league prospect involved in the recent trade between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants, that sent National League Comeback Player of the Year, Casey McGehee to the Bay Area, so recently acquired Martin Prado could slide in to the third base spot for the Fish.
It’s obvious that Dan Haren has zero interest in pitching in Miami in 2015. Reportedly, he is holding out hope for the Marlins to send him back to the West Coast, preferably to either to the Padres or Angels.
In December 2011, the Miami Marlins set out to make a splash. After unveiling a new logo, new uniforms and a shiny new ballpark the month before, a new era of baseball in Miami was promised by owner Jeffrey Loria. At the Winter Meetings that offseason, the team made that splash and a flurry of signings and trades soon followed in what turned out to be a significant reshaping of the roster.
Around The League
The Phillies and veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez agreed to a Minor League contract on Saturday, according to CSNPhilly.com. The reported deal is pending a physical, and the Phillies have not commented.
CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer craves information. He enjoys diving head first into data, reading scientific articles and searching for technological advancements that might help him further his own research into enhancing his pitching mechanics, velocity and production. This offseason, Bauer embarked on his annual information-gathering tour armed with nearly a full sample of Major League innings to analyze. The young right-hander spent nearly the entire 2014 season in Cleveland's rotation, experiencing enough ups and downs to provide him with a platform from which to build. Bauer did not want to waste any time in getting started.
Sure, Baltimore is a great baseball town. Been one seemingly forever. Love them Birds, hon. It's a place where the franchise's legends are identified by their first names or maybe their nicknames.
Baseball in the Golden State of California never has been so, well, golden. Coming off a 2014 season that seemingly couldn't get any better -- with four of the state's five teams making the postseason and the amazing Giants winning another World Series -- promise of an even more fascinating 2015 is in the cards. The Padres no longer are the overlooked fifth wheel down by the border. They are most assuredly relevant, thanks to a stunning series of moves by new general manager A.J. Preller surrounding the industry's blockbuster Winter Meetings staged in their glorious city.
At Fish Stripes
The 34-year old outfielder played in Korea and Japan the last teo seasons. Plus links on Preston Claiborne and the Marlins' bench.
Dan Haren may not be a great starting pitcher, but the Miami Marlins' depleted depth at the position means that the fifth rotation spot may be a blank spot for the first half of 2015 if he refuses to play in Miami.
The sculpture was used for the Miami Beach Bowl last Monday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins had a target payroll budget, but they have seemingly gone way past it. Or have they? Let's delve into their books again.