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Fish Bites Episode 18: Rock bottom for 2019 Marlins?

Daniel Martinez breaks down the ramifications of this past week’s personnel changes and highlights bright spots in the ugly start to the 2019 Marlins season.

Starlin Castro is in the midst of the longest hitless streak of his career.
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Danny recaps a dynamic week for the Miami Marlins (2:13), most notably the “Loria-esque” firing of president of business operations Chip Bowers and the demotion of outfielder Lewis Brinson to Triple-A. He delves into the struggles that the team has had this season with defensive shifting (19:00) and reminds fans that the historically bad run production is by design (32:10) as the Marlins position themselves for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Enjoy Fish Bites Episode 18!

The Marlins have been shifting on 40.0% of all plate appearances in 2019. Team fielder positioning illustrated below courtesy of Baseball Savant:

Baseball Savant

And here is the tweet referenced at the 33-minute mark drawing comparisons to other MLB rebuilds earlier this decade:

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