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Marlins Morning News: Marlins pitchers and catchers report today

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The 2017 season is officially on the horizon

Stanton will be a vocal leader for the Marlins this season.
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Marlins News:

It all begins today for the Marlins. Pitchers and catchers will report to kick off spring training for the Marlins. They will report to Jupiter, where they will have physicals in the morning, and a workout in the afternoon. Manager Don Mattingly sent his players a letter that talked about doing the little things right. However, it isn’t Mattingly’s letter, as the letter was written by former Marlins manager Jim Leyland. He wrote the letter to his Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988.

Mattingly confirmed that Justin Bour will be the Marlins everyday first baseman. Mattingly said that Bour was having a solid season before he got injured. He was hitting .268 with 15 homers and 46 RBI’s. Bour will have to face left-handers regularly, which will be a big change for him. Over his career, he’s hit .223 against southpaws.

In a Bleacher Report feature by Scott Miller, he writes about how the Marlins are handling not having Jose Fernandez around. The story mentions how outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is taking on a leadership role. The article also has poignant quotes from A.J. Ramos, Mattingly and Fernandez’s agent Scott Boras.

The Marlins will likely have a four-man bench this season, and that seems especially likely after Chris Johnson signed with the Orioles. Johnson was the backup to starting first baseman Justin Bour. The bench will likely include Ichiro, Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas, and A.J. Ellis.

MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro looks back at Dontrelle Willis’ 2005 campaign, which was one of the best single-seasons by a pitcher in franchise history.

MLB News:

The MLB has been trying to come up with ways to improve the pace of play, and they’ve come up with a new idea. The MLB wants managers to have 30 seconds at most to request an instant replay challenge. According to the current rule, there is no official time limit, but managers are supposed to make their decision “immediately.”

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports writes about how reality is setting in with Kansas City as they started spring training without young ace Yordano Ventura, who died in a car crash.

Bovada released the odds for the World Series favorites, and the defending champion Cubs have the same odds as the Red Sox (9/2) to win the World Series. Other teams that appear to have a decent shot are the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, and San Francisco Giants.

Derek Jeter, the legendary Yankees shortstop, will be a dad in May. His wife, Hannah Jeter, announced that she was pregnant in an article on The Players Tribune.