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Fish Bites: Start of Spring Training

While the winter cold continues to strike most of the US, Central Florida stands at center stage as Miami's pitchers and catchers have reported to duty. As baseball is on the horizon, this edition of Fish Bites gets you prepared as we take a look at some of the best pieces surrounding Miami's spring training combined with a glance around baseball.

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Jupiter:Miami Marlins hitting coach Frank Menechino brings blue-collar work ethic - Miami Marlins-

As the new hitting coach of the Miami Marlins, Frank Menechino has his work cut out for him in his debut season with the team. In an attempt to push Miami out of the offensive cellar, Menechino will implement a hard-nosed, New York style approach to the young Marlins offense.

JUPITER: Miami Marlins drop ban on facial hair (on one condition) - Miami Marlins -

Fresh off his stint with the bearded World Series champion Red Sox, newly minted starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was a proponent behind Miami dropping the ban on facial hair.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting to know Miami Marlins pitchers | Fox Sports Florida

As he starts his stint with the Miami Marlins, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is using his time in Spring Training to get acquainted with his new battery mates. Also in the piece, Salty went on about how Jose Fernandez ultimately with his decision to come to the Marlins.

Miami Marlins Spring Training | Mon, Feb. 17, 2014 - Miami Herald

Pitchers, Catchers (and Rafael Furcal) have officially reported to Spring Training so do you know what that means? A glorious Spring Training photo gallary.

Miami Marlins Season Preview: Steve Cishek - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With the pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, you would only seem right to share a solid piece that Marlin Maniac did on closer Steve Cishek.

Around the League

Jeter vs. history: Now that he's announced his retirement plans, where does the Yankees great stack up against the best shortstops in history? - SBNation

With Jeter's retirement now imminent, Pinstripe Alley's Steven Goldman compares the future Hall of Famer with some of the best shortstops in MLB history.

Yu Darvish: Yankees paid 'too much' for Masahiro Tanaka -

Yu Darvish thinks countryman Masahiro Tanaka was rewarded with a bit too much money from the Yankees.

Tim Byrdak tweets ad asking MLB teams to sign him - SBNation

Pitchers and catchers have reported, but no team has called Tim Byrdak. He's trying to change that, but we wouldn't get our hopes up.

The Orioles Bet on the New Ubaldo Jimenez | FanGraphs Baseball

FanGraphs' Eno Sarris digs into Baltimore's newest acquisition, Ubaldo Jimenez, and tries to predict his level of efficiency.

HDWEB: Brian Roberts, starting 2B for the Yankees means panic time - SBNation

In today's HOW DARE WE ENJOY BASEBALL: cuddling with puppies, panicking with the Yankees, trying to make sense of Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello, and more!

Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins face questions heading into Spring Training - Fish Stripes

With Spring Training officially underway, the Miami Marlins have several questions that will have to be answered before Opening Day. The rotation still has holes and reserve roles appear to be subject to competiton.

Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins' fan base - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins will eventually lose Giancarlo Stanton by trade in the next two years. But will this be the straw that breaks the camel's back for the fan base?

Fish Stripes' 2014 Top 20 Miami Marlins Prospects - Fish Stripes

Fish Stripes ranks the top twenty prospects in the Miami Marlins organization, headlined by left-hander Andrew Heaney.