With the number 16 tribute patch that will be worn throughout the season already on Marlins jerseys as Spring Training kicks into gear, it is clear that the late José Fernández is still a big part of this club. An enduring theme this season will be to “play like José.”
Arbitrators ruled in favor of David Phelps’ salary request last week, and now that financial matters have been sorted, the versatile right-hander is keen to get 2017 underway.
Beards (of the well-maintained variety) will be allowed to make a comeback in Miami’s clubhouse this season as the facial hair policy has been revised.
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While Spring Training has officially started, some notable players are still looking for a home.
Former Marlins pitcher Brian Flynn will be out through injury for up to eight weeks after falling through the roof of his barn and breaking a rib as well as fracturing three vertebrae.
Matt Harvey has opened up to reporters about the injury problems and surgery which defined his 2016 season.