Spring Training is fully underway as the position players joined the pitchers and catchers in camp Sunday in order for the team to hold its first full-squad workout Monday.
A couple big news nuggets emerged Day 1 as Don Mattingly confirmed that Jonathan Villar will be getting looks in center. You have to laud Villar’s willingness to learn a new position for the team in spite of his stature as a seven-year veteran of the league. Additionally, majority owner Bruce Sherman spoke about spending:
As if it wasn’t clear already, Bruce Sherman continued to distance himself from Jeffrey Loria. He pledges to make the necessary investments in payroll, avoiding the "up-and-downs" that made the Marlins so difficult to root for under previous ownership. https://t.co/SZwZCsquIl— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) February 17, 2020
Fish Bites pod Episode 61 discusses the 10 Marlins under the most pressure in camp.
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New backstop Francisco Cervelli spoke in his native language about what it’s like to be the new guy at Marlins camp and why he joined the organization. The Venezuelan also exhibited quite the sense of humor when asked what he did in the offseason. The soon-to-be 34-year-old replied that he had been modeling and teaching Zumba before he cracked a smile and admitted he took just 10 days off before getting back to work.
I wrote this article on Lewis Brinson and a debate is already raging as to whether he deserves another shot at the major-league level. Give us your yea or nay in the comments. And check out the other Marlins previews here.