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Marlins Morning News: Marlins lose on another walk-off

Plus news on Perry Hill, Stanton’s quest for 61 HRs and the playoff picture comes into focus.

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Marlins News

The Fish (73-82) lost in walk-off fashion to the Arizona Diamondbacks who clinched a playoff spot and will host the NL Wild Card Game on October 4. The team celebrated with a dip in the pool.

Perry Hill, the Marlins infield and first base coach was honored by MLB network as MLB’s top infield coach of the year. Hill has been with the organization for 10 years and the Marlins infield has committed just 45 errors this season under his coaching.

Today marks the one year anniversary of Jose Fernandez’s death. Greg Cote of the Miami Herald writes about the tragedy and its aftereffects.

Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins head to hitter-friendly Coors Field for three games starting today. Stanton is closing in on Roger Maris’ single-season “clean” 61 home run record and currently stands at 57. Check out Bill Shaikin’s take from the LA Times.

Around the League

The Colorado Rockies, losers of six of their last 10 games, continue to make things interesting for the Brewers and Cardinals. The Rockies hold on the final wild card spot is now just two games. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post lays out what needs to happen to salvage a spot in the post season.

The New York Yankees clinched a playoff berth over the weekend and still have an outside shot of catching the Red Sox for the AL East title.

Check out the hero’s welcome that Andrew Benintendi received returning to his hometown of Madeira, Ohio. It’s hard to believe that just four years ago Benintendi was a high school player himself.

Bryce Harper took batting practice and played in two simulated games this past week and appears close to returning for the Nationals in time for the postseason.

We now have our first MLB player taking a knee during the National Anthem.