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Fish Bites: Nathan Eovaldi ends season strong

Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi ended his year with a solid seven inning outing on Saturday night. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Giancarlo Stanton, and Andrew Heaney.

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Mitchell Layton

-Giancarlo Stanton: Marlins Will Offer Contract Extension Regardless of Injury - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

hankfully, Stanton appears to be alright, and according to ESPN, the injury isn’t going to stop the Marlins from offering the slugger what could potentially be the biggest contract in Miami Marlins history.

-Derek Jeter: Will the Marlins Ever Have A Player Like Him? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

As I watched Jeter’s last game in front of his hometown crowd last night, a group that has cheered him for years, I can’t help but wish that Miami had a player like that. Gatorade’s latest commercial only highlights the feelings that Yankee fans have for him, and I would venture to say that commercial is not heavy on the embellishment.

-Miami Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto flirts with cycle | The Miami Herald

While the Marlins remain one of only two teams (the Padres are the other) that have never had a player hit for the cycle, rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto lacked only the home run in Friday’s 15-7 blowout victory. Realmuto had a single, double and triple in four at-bats.

-Miami Marlins reach 22-hit mark for eighth time in club history - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins for the eighth time in franchise history totaled 22 or more hits during Friday night’s 15-7 win over the Nationals. Somewhat surprisingly, none of the games in which they’ve reached that plateau has been extra innings.

-Miami Marlins notes: September call-ups come through in 15-7 win over Nationals - Sun Sentinel

Kike Hernandez doesn't consider himself much of a long ball threat, so any time he deposits a pitch over the wall is special. In the ninth inning Friday night, he squared up a Craig Stammen pitch that left the yard. Making it all the more notable: it was his first grand slam — ever.

-Cosart nearly matches single-game club record for walks in Marlins' loss to Nationals - Sun Sentinel

Jarred Cosart Thursday afternoon nearly matched a Marlins' single-game record, and not the good kind. In only five innings he issued eight walks. Though he only allowed three runs (two earned), the Marlins had no answer for Doug Fister, who tossed his first complete-game shutout as a member of the Nationals in the 4-0 win. The victory in the matinee makeup game also extended their winning streak over the Marlins to six.

-Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals - September 27, 2014 | MIA Recap

t was the same pitching matchup as six days ago, and unfortunately for the Marlins and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday, the results were agonizingly similar. Eovaldi was impressive, giving up two runs in seven innings, but paired against Stephen Strasburg, it wasn't enough. Strasburg scattered two hits and struck out seven in six innings, as Washington beat Miami, 5-1, at Nationals Park.

-Alvarez views thrilling no-hitter from different perspective |

History sometimes repeats itself, and entering Sunday, Marlins manager Mike Redmond was thinking Henderson Alvarez might again have a memorable final day of the season. Redmond was certainly right. Alvarez found himself part of history, but this time, it was in reverse. It was Jordan Zimmermann being mobbed by his teammates after no-hitting the Marlins in Washington's 1-0 victory in front of 35,085 at Nationals Park.

-Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals - September 28, 2014 | MIA Recap

Fate came full circle for Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. This time, Alvarez was on the losing end of a season-finale no-hitter.

Around The League

-These players and managers deserve MLB's top awards. | : Anthony Castrovince Article

The arguments about MLB's award races will continue right up until the winners are announced in November. But this is the last time any of the arguments will matter, because this is the weekend the BBWAA voting members cast their ballots.

-Altuve claims first batting crown in Astros history |

NEW YORK -- If you know anything about Jose Altuve, you weren't surprised he wound up wanting to play Sunday after originally being out of the lineup. And if you know anything else about Altuve, you weren't surprised to see him rise to the occasion. Altuve, the Astros' 24-year-old energizing second baseman, capped off one of the greatest offensive seasons in club history Sunday afternoon by going 2-for-4 in an 8-3 season-ending loss to the Mets to win the American League batting crown -- the first time an Astros player has captured a title.

-St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks - September 28, 2014 | STL Recap

The champagne sat chilled in the Chase Field visiting clubhouse, simply awaiting the outcome of a game that had lost all significance by the time the first pitch was thrown. Win or lose in their regular-season finale, the title of National League Central champs could not be plucked away from the Cardinals.

-Season's thrilling final day only the beginning |

It was a great day across baseball on Sunday afternoon, as the final day of the regular season provided plenty of drama involving the postseason picture and beyond. If playoff implications weren't enough, Sunday also saw Yankees captain Derek Jeter play the last game of his remarkable career, culminated with an RBI single against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in his final at-bat.

At Fish Stripes

-Yasmani Tomas and fit on the Marlins - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins were among the many teams interested enough in Cuban import Yasmani Tomas to scout him in advance. Now that we have gotten a look, how would he fit in Miami?

-Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney confident heading into offseason - Fish Stripes

Andrew Heaney has one final opportunity to prove to the Marlins he belongs in a major league rotation on Friday afternoon. Heaney may be a favorite to break camp with Miami in 2015.

-Miami Marlins extend Manager Mike Redmond through 2017 - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins announced they extended Manager Mike Redmond through the 2017 season, according to's Joe Frisaro. Redmond led the Marlins to 77 wins heading into Sunday afternoon.

-The Nathan Eovaldi closer conundrum - Fish Stripes

There have been calls for the Miami Marlins to move Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen on a permanent basis. Those calls would be extremely premature.

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