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Marlins Morning News: Jeffrey Loria, U.S. Ambassador to France

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You can’t make this stuff up.

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Marlins News:

Marlins owner of the moment Jeffrey Loria is said to have been recommended by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to become the United States ambassador to France. You may wonder what would qualify the longtime Fish owner and art dealer to be an ambassador.

Perhaps the bigger news as far as the Marlins are concerned is that Joseph Meyer, son-in-law of Charles Kushner and one of the principals in the group interested in purchasing the Marlins, has issued a statement suggesting that their group would back off of a sale were Loria to be made ambassador. Make what you will of that.

Wei-Yin Chen was the Opening Day starter last season, and Edinson Vólquez is in the running this season, but if Adam Conley had it his way, he’d be the #1 starter for the Marlins, writes Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald spoke with new Marlin Brad Ziegler about his unusual pitching style.

MLB Network is presently running through it’s “Top Ten Right Now” series. Last week, Giancarlo Stanton was ranked fourth among right fielders. This week, J.T. Realmuto was ranked eighth among catchers and Christian Yelich placed second among center fielders, behind only Mike Trout.

MLB News:

Recently acquired Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez is out for the season following surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Rodriguez injured his shoulder in a car accident on January 28th in Miami, when a stolen police cruiser t-boned the suburban Rodriguez and his family were driving in, then burst into flames. The man driving the stolen vehicle died at the scene.

Anticipating the aforementioned medical issues, the Braves moved to acquire veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

Chicago White Sox ace Jose Quintana says he’s not distracted by trade talk, despite reports from earlier in the season that the club was holding daily talks with other teams regarding his services

Jeff Todd of mlbtraderumors.com gives us a round-up of minor MLB transactions.

Michael Clair of MLB.com brings us seven unheralded players we should fall in love with this season.