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Earning Their Stripes Episode 17: State of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Roger Hoover takes us through all of the talent on the Double-A Jacksonville roster and his memories of the elite Marlins prospects who’ve passed through in previous years.

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In his eighth season as Director of Broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Roger Hoover has had a first-hand look at future Marlins stars. Especially here in 2019, the Shrimp roster is loaded with high-ceiling, high-character talent.

On this podcast episode, Ethan Budowsky chats with Hoover (2:50) about the team’s performance, featuring prospects Sixto Sánchez, Jazz Chisholm and Lewin Díaz, plus memories of Monte Harrison and Isan Díaz who passed through the Double-A level last summer.

Enjoy Episode 17 of ETS!

The Shrimp have overcome a sluggish start to surge to a 58-61 record (despite being out-homered, 98-51). Going 29-20 during the second half of the season has them firmly in the mix for a playoff berth.

Hoover went viral in 2018 when a foul ball destroyed his computer in the press box, while he expertly narrated the moment.

But to sports fans across the southeast, he’s known for leading smooth and clever broadcasts on both television and radio.

The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas. All new episodes are posted to You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods from.

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