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Marlins morning news: Marlins will play an 'exciting brand of baseball' this season

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President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill had some promising comments on the upcoming season. Plus links on a motivated Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton's home-run derby odds, the 2017 Baseball Classic, and more.

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Marlins News

In a recent interview with MLB.com, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill had three things that he wanted to tell Marlins fans about this upcoming season, with one being:

"Look for an exciting season. You're going to see manager Mike Redmond and his staff playing an exciting brand of baseball."

Hill is also very eager for the season to start, and he will not have to wait long as the Marlins pitchers and catchers report to camp this Friday.

After being traded to the Marlins from the Dodgers this offseason, Dee Gordon is out to prove his former team made a mistake by letting him go.

It is way too early to know if Giancarlo Stanton will participate in the Home Run Derby, but that does not stop Vegas from releasing their odds for it.  Vegas has Stanton tied with Jose Abreu, of the Chicago White Sox, as the favorite to win the Derby.

It was recently announced that the Marlins would host the All-Star game in 2017.  The Marlins are also hoping to host the World Baseball Classic in the spring of 2017, as well.

Around the League

Jason Giambi ended his twenty-year career after officially announcing his retirement from the game.

The Yankees announced that they will retire Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte's numbers this upcoming season.

After a gruesome knee injury last season, Garrett Richards threw his first bullpen session after six months of recovery.

Sports on Earth took a look at the top five stories around the league heading into Spring Training.  A-Rod, the Padres, and a few others made the list.

At Fish Stripes

-The Marlins' Good, the Bad, and the Utility: Let's Begin! - Fish Stripes

The Marlins made a lot of moves this summer, but which of them will be most important to the teams success this season.

-Francisco Rodriguez may be costly, Phil Coke seeking major league deal - Fish Stripes

The Marlins are looking to upgrade the back end of their bullpen, and looked in Francisco Rodriguez as a possible candidate but his asking price is reportedly too high.

-Marlins Park deserved All-Star bid in 2017 - Fish Stripes

The MLB announced that the Marlins would host the 2017 All-Star Game, and they were definitely a deserving candidate.

-Marlins have no players on Baseball Prospectus top 101 prospects list - Fish Stripes

The Marlins did not have anyone in their farm system make Baseball Prospectus's list of the top 101 prospects.

-Marlins deserve top preseason ranking - Fish Stripes

The Marlins had a very active offseason, but it was not good enough for ESPN to rank them in the top half of the league in their preseason power rankings.