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Our Noticias, 4/13/20: Stanek struggles in Players League debut; HOF voting update

The Marlins reliever was throughly outclassed by fellow MLB players on Sunday night, but he took the opportunity to engage with fans.

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Sunday night, Ryne Stanek made his MLB The Show Players League debut, playing three-inning games against Bo Bichette, Lucas Giolito, Fernando Tatís Jr. and Jeff McNeil. The results tell the whole story: 0-4 record while being outscored 19-2.

The right-hander had previously described himself as a “decent” caliber of gamer, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. That’s not gonna cut it in this hyper-competitive situation.

Stanek is scheduled to represent the Marlins throughout the 29-game regular season (matching up once against each of the other MLB team reps). As a silver lining, he is more than willing to share the limelight with his cute puppy, Goose, and he answered nearly every question thrown at him from fans who joined the Twitch stream.

Marlins HOF voting update

Voting for the Fish Stripes Marlins Hall of Fame class of 2020 opened last week. Staff and fan balloting will be averaged together to determine which former Marlins players get elected.

See below for the top vote-getters so far. Players from the “Florida era” require 70% overall support; José Fernández, the lone “Miami era” player who is still in the mix, requires 85% (hence the asterisk).

Please vote here and consider sharing the link with any longtime Marlins fans you know! The voting period ends 11:59 p.m. ET on April 19.

Percentages updated through Sunday night

Walk-off links

  • Left-hander Alex Vesia celebrated his 24th birthday over the weekend. He tells Fish On The Farm about his experiences as a professional pitcher so far and the keys to being so consistent out of the bullpen.
  • At noon on Monday, Marlins manager Don Mattingly will be a guest on Sev & Geff Live, streaming on YouTube and Periscope. The show has previously interviewed Tom Koehler, Cliff Floyd, Dave Van Horne and national baseball writer Jayson Stark.
  • The Locked on Marlins podcast expects big things from free agent acquisition Corey Dickerson.
  • Switch-pitcher and Marlins non-roster invitee Pat Venditte checks in from quarantine, where he has his hands full with a couple young children.
  • The Marlins summarize the steps they’ve taken recently to provide community relief amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Our own Alex Krutchik shares this Marlins video montage to fill the baseball void, if only for a couple minutes.