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Our Noticias, 7/3/20: Summer Camp; “Why not us?” merch; Old Friend updates

The Marlins take an important step on Friday with Opening Day only three weeks ago.

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Marlins set to host first Summer Camp workouts

Hopefully, 60 Marlins players will take the field Friday morning for organized baseball activities, a critical step in ramping up for the 2020 MLB season with Opening Day only three weeks ago. That total may be overly optimistic—it assumes nobody has tested positive for COVID-19 or shown possible symptoms despite there being a recent spike in new cases across the state of Florida.

As a pandemic-related precaution, a portion of the player pool is training in Jupiter while the rest report to Marlins Park. Even then, masks will be worn entering the facilities, individuals will practice social distancing, etc.

Bold names = new to Marlins organization in 2020; highlighted = Fish Stripes Top 30 prospect

Local media members—including Fish Stripes—are invited to attend the Marlins Park workout on Friday and every day for the foreseeable future. Check back on the website and our Twitter account for updates.

Why Not Us?

These three words from Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill have resonated with fans and players alike. In a season of so much volatility where organizational depth could be more important than ever, “Why not us?

Fish Stripes has new t-shirts and posters on sale! Half of the proceeds from Fourth of July weekend will go to the Miami Marlins Foundation Home Plate Relief Fund. Ordering now guarantees your merch will arrive in time for Opening Day.

Old Friend updates

More than two years removed from his last MLB appearance, AJ Ramos has a new opportunity, inking a minor league deal with the Dodgers and joining their player pool, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Ramos ranks third in Marlins history with 325 games pitched and served as the team’s closer for most of the 2015-2017 seasons. But his performance slipped after joining the Mets and he underwent shoulder surgery in June 2018.

After extensive rehab, there’s been a tangible uptick in the quality of his stuff.

Tom Koehler’s comeback attempt ended earlier this year, but he had a career update of his own on Thursday. The 34-year-old is transitioning into an advisory role with Pro Agents Inc.

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