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Our Noticias, 5/29/20: Minor league releases; FanPosts

The Marlins are expected to say goodbye to numerous prospects in the coming days, which will tragically force some of them to consider giving up on their baseball dreams.

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Bracing for mass wave of releases

The Marlins were deservedly lauded for committing to pay their minor leaguers through the month of August. The $400/week stipend is by no means life-changing money, but it will certainly help them train remotely and maintain a half-decent quality of life.

Inevitably, though, some players will be squeezed out of the organization. Per Baseball America, Minor League Baseball has all but conceded that the number of affiliate clubs is being reduced from 160 to 120 for 2021. As MLB organizations target the best possible amateur talent in the upcoming draft, undrafted free agency and international free agency, there simply won’t be opportunities for everybody to develop in an official game setting.

Hundreds of minor leaguers got canned on Thursday, including right-hander Andrew Church who excoriated the New York Mets culture on his way out the door. The Marlins have not informed any players yet, but it’s a matter of when, not if.

My hope is that Miami puts serious thought into these moves, considering context in addition to potential. Players who have been in the organization for years, who have been coachable and respectful, who are more likely to have a spouse and children depending on them—they should get every opportunity to remain employed and invited to 2021 minor league spring training in order to show what they’re fully capable of.

2003 Marlins virtual reunion

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Coinciding with the replay of 2003 World Series Game 6 on FOX Sports Florida, the Marlins are arranging a Zoom call with the following championship-winning players: Luis Castillo, Jeff Conine, Álex González, Todd Hollandsworth, Derrek Lee, Mike Lowell, Mike Mordecai, Brad Penny and Juan Pierre. That leaves one glaring omission, of course: Josh Beckett, who shut out the Yankees on short rest to clinch the title.

The conversation will debut on the team’s YouTube account Monday at 7 p.m. It’s expected to be a similar format to the 1997 reunion, which ran about 46 minutes long.

Honoring Marlins history

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