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Our Noticias, 5/4/20: R.I.P. Don Shula; KBO broadcast details

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Don Shula passes away

The iconic Dolphins head coach has died at age 90. Shula led the team to an undefeated season in 1972 and became a South Florida institution.

Here is a statement from the Marlins:

The Marlins organization joins the entire South Florida community in mourning the loss of a local icon. Don Shula’s Hall of Fame legacy defined Miami for more than a quarter century, including back-to-back championships, the NFL’s only perfect season, and a variety of thrilling victories at the Orange Bowl. Our thoughts are with the Shula family and the Dolphins organization.

Our condolences go out to his wife, Mary Anne, and the entire Shula family.

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Miggy scouting report

Marlins scout Louie Eljaua first laid eyes on Miguel Cabrera when Cabrera was just 14 years old, according to this scouting report (h/t @XsparkB/Twitter). Eljaua came away feeling extremely bullish about his potential at the plate and in the field, though even then, the Venezuelan shortstop rated as a below-average runner.

The Marlins signed Cabrera the following year to a seven-figure bonus and he developed into a superstar, contributing to the 2003 World Series title and earning perennial NL All-Star selections. However, he became too expensive for the team’s liking, leading to a blockbuster trade to Detroit in December 2007.

He’s bound for Cooperstown and will surely be enshrined wearing a Tigers cap.

Walk-off links

  • Drive-thru food distributions at Marlins Park this Tuesday and Wednesday open at 1 p.m.
  • Just in time for Opening Day, ESPN has struck a deal to become the English-language home of the Korea Baseball Organization and televise six games per week. Former Marlins reliever Drew Rucinski is on the big stage late Monday night/early Tuesday morning as the starter for the NC Dinos. Old friends Dan Straily and Odrisamer Despaigne will also be starting for their respective KBO teams.
  • Ryne Stanek joined Will Manso on Local 10 Sports Sunday for an interview about his health, communication with teammates and expectations for the upcoming season.
  • Speedy utility man Jon Berti will appear on Sev & Geff Live Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, streaming live on Periscope and on the show’s YouTube account.