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Fish Bites Episode 67: Taking L’s from delayed 2020 season

The Marlins are set to face critical financial losses and new obstacles regarding the acquisition of amateur players.

In these uncertain times, Jonathan Villar may wind up hitting free agency without playing any regular season games for the Marlins.
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MLB owners ratified an agreement Friday that details how to proceed with the 2020 MLB season under these difficult circumstances. Ely explains how the Marlins would be affected by expanded active rosters (12:45), lost revenue from television and sponsors (19:25), service time adjustments (28:00) and much more.

Enjoy Episode 67!

Among the possible scenarios, a cancelled 2020 season would mean that leadoff man Jonathan Villar could hit free agency without playing any meaningful games in a Marlins uniform. Even if there is a window to play an abbreviated schedule, the reduction from 162 contests means fewer opportunities for highly regarded top prospects to make their debuts and prove themselves in impactful roles. No matter what, MiLB affiliates like the Clinton LumberKings and Batavia Muckdogs are on life support due to lost revenue and the owners’ insistence on overhauling the player development system.

In response to a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, our own Tyler Wilson analyzes how the Fish may handle additional active roster spots.


The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites and Earning Their Stripes. All new episodes are posted to FishStripes.com/podcasts. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods from.

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