The Miami Marlins are still looking for their first win of the 2015 season after dropping their second straight game to the Braves by a score of 12-2. Mat Latos was charged with seven earned runs over two-thirds of an inning.
After a thrilling off-season and an introduction by the charismatic Michael Buffer, the Marlins failed to live up to the hype on Monday. Apart from the apparent need for the Marlins to employ a meteorologist, what else did we learn from game one of 162?
Despite an underwhelming opening day, Marlins supporters shouldn't panic. The season is 162 games long and the Fish did not lose the World Series on Monday. There is still a promising and exciting summer ahead for this team.
Dee Gordon is not only aiming to steal many bases to help the Marlins win. The speedster is teaming up with a local Parkinson's foundation to help in research of the disease. He will be raising awareness with every swipe this April.
The Jacksonville Suns, AA affiliate of the Marlins, has been an important stop on the ladder for young stars such as Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. The minor league club will soon have a new owner, but the two organizations look set to continue their strong partnership.
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Former Marlins outfielder Cody Ross will reportedly sign with the Oakland A's after being released by the D-Backs and clearing waivers. He will serve as an extra bat while Coco Crisp recovers from elbow surgery.
It does not appear that Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers will miss a significant amount of playing time after injuring his rib cage in the outfield on opening day. In the meantime, Gerardo Parra is replacing him in the lineup.
Joe West created a media frenzy on opening day with his wrong call on a Torii Hunter check-swing. But will this change the way that baseball is officiated?
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The Marlins struggled for the second night in a row and were on the wrong end of a blowout at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.
Monday was an emotional day for baseball in Miami. It's easy to jump to conclusions after the team didn't play up to expectations in game one, but there were some positives to take away from the home opener.
The Marlins added some possible bullpen depth for later in the season by re-signing Nick Masset and sending him to Triple-A. Although he probably won't be the first call-up, he could prove to be a useful asset for the Fish in 2015.
Miami lost 2-1 on opening day, but who were the key players that impacted the game both positively and negatively?