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Marlins Morning News: Edinson Volquez’s brother killed in Dominican Republic

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Marlins News:

Newly acquired starting pitcher Edinson Volquez learned yesterday that his brother Brandy Volquez had been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic. Volquez’s younger brother was only 25 years old and is survived by five children. The Fish Stripes staff would like to extend it’s condolences during this tough time for Volquez and his extended family.

Volquez is no stranger to family tragedy unfortunately as you may recall that his father Daniel passed away just prior to his start in Game one of the 2015 World Series.

As USA Today continues it’s tour of the major leagues, they chimed in on the Marlins Monday evening.

A lawsuit involving a mascot stunt gone wrong has a fan suing the Miami Marlins for damages.

Ryan Thibodaux’s BBWAA Ballot Tracker has former Marlins great Ivan Rodriguez presently running at 78% (75% needed for election) in his first year of eligibility for baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Around the League:

Speaking of the Hall of Fame, the 2017 class will be announced today at 6:00 PM Eastern on the MLB Network and streaming live at Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated offers up five things to watch for today.

After a long offseason trying to secure a multi-year mega deal, Jose Bautista eventually settled for a one-year reunion with his old squad.

Alex Rodriguez is still retired, and now he’s a reality tv show host.

Steve Adams of writes in his NL East notes that the recent signings of Jose Bautista by the Blue Jays and Michael Saunders by the Phillies, potential suitors have dwindled for the Mets Jay Bruce.