The Cremo beard company, makers of various beard, skin, and shave products have offered to supply the whole Marlins team with a season's worth of their products following the news that owner Jeffery Loria and manager Don Mattingly had lifted the team's facial hair ban, according to information exclusively provided to this reporter and Fish Stripes. Cremo made a special offer to Mattingly, who was known for his infamous mustache from his days wearing pinstripes in New York. The offer Cremo presented stated that if he brings back his 'stache for the 2016 season, Cremo will make a donation to the charity of Don's choice. Read the official offer letter below:
Cremo told Fish Stripes that the offer letter has made its way to Don, meaning that only time will tell whether he plans on growing back his mustache.
Jose Fernandez's death certificate was obtained by TMZ, and the document shows that he was divorced at one point in his life (according to a Florida Marriage Record). José was originally married to a woman named Alejandra Baleato Marichal. Marichal confirmed the marriage to the Miami Herald. The partnership lasted from December of 2012 until 2014.
Some good news, however, is that Fernandez's girlfriend, Maria Arias, delivered their child on Friday. It has been revealed that the baby is a girl and that her name is Penelope. Jose reportedly picked out the name in August after he found out the sex of his child.
Marlin Maniac's Sean Millerick explores Miami's possible options for a fifth outfielder, and why Spring Training will play a pivotal role in deciding who will fill the role on Opening Day.
Don Mattingly took some time away from his team's Sunday workout to chat with legendary Hall of Fame NFL coach Bill Parcells. Parcells also served as Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins from 2008 until 2010. Mattingly and Parcells were two of the most iconic New York City sports figures of the 1980s and early 1990s, as the pair led their respective teams to prominence. Parcells lead the Giants to three Super Bowls from 1986 to 1990, while Mattingly, despite not winning a World Series crown, guided the Yankees through a turbulent decade as the face of their franchise.
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Josh Hamilton is scheduled to have his left knee examined today by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed surgery on the same knee last June. The Rangers hitter has had major knee issues in the past which is part of the reason for the former slugger's downfall that took him from earning a luxurious contract with the Angels in 2012 to becoming somewhat of an afterthought since re-joining the Rangers in 2015.
It's time for one of the annual silly spring training injuries, and Michael Bourn might already take the crown this year. Bourn broke his finger while playing catch with a football during a team workout on Friday. Bourn will be out for at least four weeks as he heals, which should be enough for him to recover by Opening Day.
Bryce Harper began his spring training in a way that only Bryce Harper would, as the 24-year-old Nationals slugger launched a "tape-measure home run" seemingly into the stratosphere in just his first at-bat. Even the fan who scooped up Harper's dinger, which landed at the top of a distant center field hill misjudged the vast distance of the ball, as he had anticipated the ball to land further down.