A few weeks ago rapper 50 Cent quite possibly threw one of, if not the worst, first pitch ever. After some ribbing over the past few weeks MTV2 Off The Bat sent Fat Joe to throw out a first pitch. Where did they send him? They sent him to Marlins Park, where he got a lesson on how to pitch from A.J. Ramos. Let’s recap this fun segment.
The Miami Marlins are keeping pace in the National League East division race. They come into the day trailing the Washington Nationals by just 2.5 games for first place in the division and 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot. With the team being within striking distance at this point in the season, the Marlins front office has done its due diligence on trying to upgrade the team. The loss of Jose Fernandez for the season has made the starting pitching go from a strong point to a weakness as of late.
Come the July 31 trading deadline, the Marlins might be more inclined to swing a deal to upgrade their roster if the team is in the division race as opposed to simply being in the larger wild-card fray. And the division title might be the Marlins’ best hope at the moment.
Casey McGehee will put his 16-game road hitting streak on the line tonight when the Marlins face the Phillies and Cole Hamels. McGehee is nowhere close to Luis Castillo's club-record 27-game road hitting streak, set in 2001. But he isn't far behind some of the others on the list.
If Rafael Furcal has played his last game for the Marlins, and the possibility is real considering manager Mike Redmond’s ominous assessment of his baseman’s latest leg (hamstring) injury – "It’s going to be a while for him," – then the broken down second baseman will have earned $388,889 per game or $583,333 for each of his six hits.
Watching A.J. Burnett pitch for the Phillies Wednesday night reminded Marlins’ manager Mike Redmond of another former battery mate: Josh Beckett. Redmond caught both power right-handers during their early days with the Marlins.
Career save number 71 in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies marked a first for closer Steve Cishek. He had never struck out the side in a one-inning outing. Cishek during the 17-pitch outing got Ben Revere, pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez and Jimmy Rollins swinging to close out his 18th save in 19 opportunities. He is the 10th reliever in Marlins history to record a save while striking out the only three batters he faced.
The middle of the Marlins' infield took another hit on Wednesday, as the team placed shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list. Hechavarria, whose right elbow soreness has kept him out of the lineup since Saturday, returned to Miami on Tuesday to have an MRI exam that revealed a right triceps strain.
It has always been a dream of Giancarlo Stanton to participate in the Home Run Derby. When the event would unfold each summer in his youth, the Marlins' star outfielder would find himself on the edge of his seat, wide eyes glued to the television. It became a tradition.
Before Wednesday night's game against the Phillies, Marlins manager Mike Redmond was asked if he was most confident about his team's chances when Henderson Alvarez took the mound. "I would say that's fair," Redmond responded.
When Marlins closer Steve Cishek was summoned in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's game at Citizens Bank Park, it was business as usual for the sidewinding right-hander. Cishek struck out the Phillies' 8-9-1 batters to earn his 18th save, and he may have had his best stuff on display. That's saying something.
Christian Yelich will suit up for Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday and Friday night before taking a day off on Saturday as he continues to rehab from a lower back strain. The 22-year-old outfielder, who has been on the disabled list since June 16, retroactive to June 14, is on pace to return to the Marlins' lineup when he's first eligible on Sunday. "He's going to play eight or nine innings [each game at New Orleans], somewhere around there," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He'll play left and center."
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In the gigantic world out there, Luis Suarez might seem to play the role of the monster. In this tiny universe of Uruguay, the gigantic world out there plays the monster. Suarez plays the victim. Think of Uruguay as the little engine that not only can, but does.
The Nationals activated catcher Wilson Ramos from the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday night's game against the Cubs. To make room on the roster, backup catcher Sandy Leon was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
This is 40, Derek Jeter. How does it feel? "It's like turning any other number," you said Wednesday, on the eve of the big Four-Oh. "I don't really pay much attention to numbers, so it's no different to me." Just the sort of vanilla response we've come to expect from Derek Jeter.
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The Miami Marlins may be seeking a starting pitcher, and the organization reportedly had scouts at David Price's last start. After losing Jose Fernandez, Miami's starting rotation has been inconsistent.
Since the beginning of the season, Nathan Eovaldi's strikeout rate has dropped dramatically. What has been the cause of this, and is it hurting his stock?
Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price is the name at the top of seemingly every contending team's trade deadline target list. At .500, are the Miami Marlins in a position to warrant such a drastic acquisition?
The Miami Marlins love Adeiny Hechavarria despite his significant struggles at the plate and perhaps with the glove. His latest injury, however, may return him too soon for the Fish to consider acquiring a shortstop via trade.