For many players within the Marlins organization, baseball never stops. Just like last year, Fish Stripes will be consistently updating the whereabouts of your favorite Fish during the offseason. At FishStripes.com/offseason, you can find updates on them, including stats, highlights and (small sample size) analysis.
Left-hander Caleb Smith became the latest Marlins player to tie the knot this offseason with his wedding to Tori Bumpas on Sunday. They already have a young son together, Ryker. (Monte Harrison and now ex-Marlin Austin Dean are also newlyweds.)
Social media has been invaluable to me in keeping track of these personal life milestones and sharing them to Fish Stripes. I encourage fans to follow players for themselves on Twitter and Instagram. These lists will help:
Speaking of KKKKKKKaleb, he is next up in our new YouTube series breaking down the pitch arsenals of Marlins starters:
Dominican Winter League
Peter O’Brien has a contract for 2020! The Braves scooped him up on a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. That means this will be our last time mentioning him as part of Offseason Fish.
O’Brien, Jarlin García and Toros del Este began their series against Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League finals on Monday night. They were blown out, 17-2.
Weeks ago, O’Brien and Lewin Díaz were named the LIDOM MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Those awards were finally presented to them recently.
Venezuelan Winter League
Rough winter ball stint for Miguel Rojas. He played in all four semifinal games for Tiburones de La Guaira, but the team was swept by Caribes de Anzoategui.
Left-hander José Quijada was hopeful about joining Anzoategui for the rest of their playoff run (he pitched for them last year). Ultimately, the Marlins did not grant permission for him to participate.