The 2018 MLB season will be full of constant reminders that the Marlins spent the winter trading away their brightest stars. All four were featured Friday afternoon in spring training games, and Fish Stripes captured the footage to prove it.
Marcell Ozuna served as the designated hitter for the improved Cardinals. He grounded out, struck out and hit a sacrifice fly to left field before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning with his new squad leading.
But they let their guard down too soon! When Ozuna’s day ended, the Marlins offense revved up. Their five-run rally in the seventh—particularly Scott Van Slyke’s grand slam—made the difference in a 6-4 comeback victory to open Grapefruit League competition.
Starting in right field for the Yankees, reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton debuted by drawing an eight-pitch walk. He later grounded into a double play and exited after four innings of play.
As he did so often in Miami, Dee Gordon ignited the Mariners offense from the leadoff spot. This double to the left-center gap may have gone for three bases if Gordon used his regular-season speed. Regardless, he came around to score moments later on a throwing error by the opposing pitcher.
Gordon’s sacrifice bunt in the second inning set the table for another run to score. He was relieved of his duties by a pinch-hitter in the fourth.
And finally, Christian Yelich took part in a Brewers split-squad game, hosting the Cubs while half of his new teammates went on a Cactus League road trip. After going down meekly with a first-inning strikeout, he lined a single to center field, then once again whiffed.
Overall, Ozuna, Stanton, Gordon and Yelich combined for a .300/.300/.429 batting line with one run batted in. Those mixed results paled in comparison to somebody else who’s now trying to follow in their footsteps.