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Offishial news, 12/16/20: Bullpen help still needed; potential 2021 season delay

With New Years’ fast approaching, the Marlins don’t sound like they’re in any hurry to make impact moves.

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Marlins general manager Kim Ng addressed local media again on Tuesday, echoing Spencer Morris’ analysis about last week’s Rule 5 draft picks and giving outfielder Corey Dickerson a vote of confidence. “We expect that we’ll see a better Corey Dickerson hopefully over the entire length of the season” (h/t Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald).

Ng stated unequivocally that “we anticipate acquiring more arms...whether that’s by a trade or the free agent market.” Although Miami’s 40-man roster is full at the moment, there are some expendable players who I could see departing to make room for competent veteran relievers.

The Athletic has selected Ng’s hiring as one of 16 finalists for The Best Sports Moment of 2020. Vote for it on Twitter.

She is the exception, not the norm, though. Ken Rosenthal expresses frustration about how slowly MLB front offices are evolving in terms of diversity.

“The problem is that minority candidates hardly ever get the same types of breaks,” Rosenthal writes, “and promises of good intentions and programs to promote diversity no longer are enough.”

Ng’s predecessor with the Marlins, Michael Hill (who is Black), still hasn’t found a new home.

Walk-off links

  • MLB owners are floating the possibility of a shortened 2021 regular season whereby the league waits until every player has received the COVID-19 vaccine. But the players’ union is determined to do a full 162 games.
  • Miguel Rojas will be assisting with a holiday gift basket drive-thru distribution being held at the Humana Lot at Marlins Park beginning around 1 p.m. (cars can line up in advance).
  • Did you know Rojas was an original Blue Wahoo?! Pensacola joined Minor League Baseball in 2012 when he was a prospect in the Reds farm system.
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  • Here are some of my favorite highlights of Marlins players competing in international winter leagues.