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Fresh Fish news: Braves still after J.T. Realmuto, Mattingly Charities auction, Brian Anderson’s hitting approach, Fish Stripes merch

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Plus a funny, previously untold story from Peter O’Brien about catching the final out of David Wright’s career.

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First things first: Realmuto news

It’s January 9 and J.T. Realmuto is still a Marlin. However, there have been some recent developments on that front about which Craig Mish tweeted Tuesday.

Mish continues to believe that the Braves are Realmuto’s most likely employer for the 2019 season.

MLB.com has a question regarding each team, and Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro answered the one pertinent to Miami. Scroll down to read the one regarding the Dodgers, too.

A new episode of the Marlins Hot Stove radio show aired Tuesday night. You can find the episode in podcast form here. Beginning around the 25-minute mark, Peter O’Brien reflects on catching the final out of David Wright’s career and their exchange afterwards:

“The thought never crossed my mind to drop the ball. It almost did fall. It was my first time playing in Citi Field, going for a foul ball in foul territory. I don’t know if you saw the video—I did a little hop-jump. I’m thinking, ‘I’m right next to the fence,’ and I look down, and I still have five more feet. It was almost dropped, but not on purpose.

“After the game, I get back to my locker, and there’s a ball sitting on my chair and it says, ‘Haha, you should’ve let it fall,’ and it’s signed David Wright...It didn’t really look like his signature, so I automatically thought it was a joke. It’s one of the clubbies who did it, and he thought it was pretty funny.

“It would be pretty cool if I actually get [Wright] to sign that ball that he wrote on. It’s kind of a little thought and I come to the field the next day. It’s about like the sixth inning and I’m thinking, ‘Should I do this?’ Talk to Jay Bruce and he says, ‘Ah, dude, he’s a great guy.’ So I run in, get the ball, give it to one of the clubbies and he takes it over.

“I get back to my chair after the game and there’s a ball that says, ‘Haha, no really, you should’ve let it drop.’ So I have that now and that’s one of those things I’ll remember forever.”

Find A Way to get special Marlins memorabilia

Manager Don Mattingly is once again hosting an online auction and celebrity dinner to benefit kids in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. You can help by bidding on special Marlins items including bobbleheads, signed balls, hats and jerseys, and a meet-and-greet with Donnie himself.

The auction closes Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

Elsewhere

Baseball America recently released their top 10 prospects in the Marlins’ system, with an accompanying podcast to boot.

FanGraphs interviewed Brian Anderson!

Also, check our post on the new faces in the Marlins’ front office, which now includes a Youtube Q&A with Director of Amateur Scouting D.J. Svihlik.

Just for laughs

Speaking of el Profe, he’s on this list of filthy Fish pitches.

ICYMI

Fish Stripes now has Marlins merch!

Lastly, there will be a live Q&A with The Athletic’s Andre Fernandez today at 1 PM EST. There is still time to send in questions.