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Marlins Morning News: Realmuto in early spotlight

Miami’s catcher has been named NL player of the week after starting the season on a tear. Plus links on the 1997 World Series team and J.T. Riddle.

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Leading the league in batting average (.500), on-base percentage (.542) and slugging percentage (.909) has resulted in J.T. Realmuto being named NL Player of the Week for the first time in his career. The catcher is showing no signs of slowing down after a career year in 2016. Realmuto is improving his defensive game, too, just for good measure.

Heroes from the 1997 World Series-winning squad will be in attendance for Miami’s first home game of the season tonight, and they will collectively throw out the ceremonial first pitch before things get under way.

Trivia and Opening Day go hand-in-hand, and this piece contains many interesting tidbits.

It is very likely that Miami’s rotation will struggle at times this season, but just how uninspiring is the current starting five compared to other (slightly forgettable) rotations in franchise history?

Get to know J.T. Riddle, the latest Marlins prospect to be called-up to the major leagues. He is taking Adeiny Hechavarria’s roster spot while he recovers from an oblique strain.

Around the League

After a 108-year wait, the Cubs raised a championship banner last night.

Noah Syndergaard is wanted in Philadelphia for grand theft auto.

Michael Pineda had a perfect game broken up in the seventh inning yesterday, but it didn’t matter as he still secured the victory for the Yankees in their home opener against the Rays.

Taijuan Walker struck Buster Posey on the side of the head with a 94mph fastball yesterday afternoon, but the catcher was able to walk away under his own power.

The Red Sox have placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the disabled list after he strained a knee ligament while on the bases on Saturday.

It’s always good to see a Marlin being mentioned among the ten best players at his position.