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Marlins Morning News: Bonds out as hitting coach

Miami chose not to renew the home run king’s contract after the Marlins ranked 27th in runs scored in 2016. Plus links on Ichiro and a wrap-up of the season.

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Marlins News

Reports surfaced yesterday afternoon that hitting coach Barry Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius would all not be returning next season. The moves are set to be officially announced on Wednesday.

With Bonds, the decision to part ways seems to have been affected by his relationship with manager Don Mattingly, who may have walked away from the Marlins if Bonds was brought back.

While the 2016 season consisted of 161 games, it will be forever remembered for one tragic September evening where the Marlins lost one of the most talented young pitchers in the history of the game.

The Marlins missed out on the playoffs again this year, so expect roster changes to follow. As it stands, here are the pieces Miami currently has to work with for next year.

It is looking more and more likely that the Marlins will exercise Ichiro Suzuki’s $2 million option for 2017 after the future Hall of Famer hit .291 over 143 games this year.

Around the League

Expect high drama tonight as the the Orioles and the Blue Jays play the first of two winner-takes-all Wild Card games. Looking back, which of the eight elimination games has been the most thrilling thus far?

The full postseason schedule has been released, complete with probable starters for the two Wild Card games.

Who should the Cubs be rooting for in the NL Wild Card game?

The Diamondbacks have fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale after a hugely disappointing season considering the moves they made to strengthen the roster last winter.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has defended David Ortiz by saying that he may have been clean during the 2003 season, when he was cited in the New York Times as failing a performance-enhancing drugs test. The Red Sox legend has strongly denied the claims ever since.

It is prediction time for the MLB playoffs.