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Fish Bites Episode 64: Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions

Our special guest on this episode shares his insight on several Marlins fielders and the evolving world of MLB defense.

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With only two weeks until the 2020 Marlins regular season arrives, Ely summarizes the first round of Spring Training cuts (2:35), the consequences of no longer having The Clevelander at the ballpark (5:55) and what to take away from the huge Christian Yelich contract extension (10:10). Our Game of the Week was Friday night’s comeback win over the Nationals (14:40).

Great guest on this episode: Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions (28:45). He describes how Brian Anderson became a valuable fielder at multiple positions (33:45) and where Jorge Alfaro must improve to truly fill J.T. Realmuto’s shoes (43:30). Mark even provides a sneak peek at what to expect from top prospect Jazz Chisholm defensively (53:00).

Enjoy Episode 64!

The population at Marlins major league camp was trimmed down from 65 to 55 players, as illustrated below:

Mark Simon is a co-author of The Fielding Bible, Volume V. The book includes essays on the Marlins and each of the 29 other MLB teams, exclusive interviews with defensive stars and further details on how the PART (Positioning, Air Balls, Range, Throwing) system will allow Sports Info Solutions to evaluate defense more precisely than ever before.

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