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Fish Bites Episode 40: Marlins award winners, attendance analysis

Announcing the fan-selected Fishys award winners for the 2019 season and putting Marlins home attendance in its proper context.

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Miguel Rojas was the runaway winner in our 2019 Fishys polling for “Team Captain,” and that was before winning his “managerial debut” on Sunday.
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Fresh off Sunday’s season finale, it’s time to hand out the hardware for the 2019 Fishys (5:25)! From “most disappointing” to “MVP,” there were 11 award categories, voted on by the fans on and Twitter. As covered in a new article, Marlins Park attendance perked up in the second year of the new rebuild (30:45), and it even compares favorably to 2017 figures when you focus on the paid, in-person turnout. Flawed as he may be, Don Mattingly remains in the manager’s seat heading into 2020. The episode wraps up by identifying areas where he can improve (43:40).

Enjoy Episode 40!

The 2019 Fishys selections are as follows...

Top Starting Pitcher—Sandy Alcantara

Top Relief Pitcher—Jarlin García

Top Hitter—Brian Anderson

Most Improved—Garrett Cooper

Most Disappointing—Lewis Brinson

Biggest Surprise—Jon Berti

Gold Glove—Brian Anderson

Team Captain—Miguel Rojas

Rookie of the Year—Sandy Alcantara

Moment of the Year—Isan Díaz’s first major league home run

MVP—Brian Anderson

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