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Offishial news, 9/24/21: Cardiac Shrimp; BBWAA awards; Miggy’s biggest motivation

The latest Miami Marlins coverage at the onset of this season’s final road trip.

Pablo López prepares to throw a pitch while on a minor league rehab assignment with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp MiLB.TV

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  • Making his first minor league rehab appearance in more than a month, Pablo López (right rotator cuff strain) started for Triple-A Jacksonville on Thursday and threw 31 effective pitches (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K). The Jumbo Shrimp scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to complete a comeback win!
  • “On a very limited basis,” some Triple-A games between now and season’s end will be using a pre-tacked baseball, according to Baseball America. The intention is to help pitchers grip the ball without unnaturally manipulating it (as some did prior to the midseason crackdown on foreign substances).
  • FiveThirtyEight gives the Marlins a miniscule 31% chance to win their series opener against the Rays.
  • The Miami chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America presented 2021 season awards to Jesús Aguilar (co-MVP), Sandy Alcantara (co-MVP), Trevor Rogers (Rookie of the Year), Jazz Chisholm Jr. (Charlie Hough Good Guy Award) and Miguel Rojas (Jeff Conine Award for Heart and Professionalism).
  • Nick Pollack of Pitcher List explains how Rogers was so effective in his most recent start.
  • Saturday’s marks the fifth anniversary of José Fernández’s death. The Miami Herald has a heart-wrenching story about how his mother, Maritza, continues to honor his memory every day.
  • The beginning of tonight’s 6:10 p.m. ET Fish Stripes Live show will be dedicated to JDF. Watch on our YouTube, Twitter and Twitch accounts.

  • On this day in 1996, Liván Hernández began his lengthy MLB career.
  • From Miguel Rojas on the latest episode of The Chris Rose Rotation presented by Jomboy Media: “My biggest motivation is to show everybody that I can still prepare for every single game and that I can play the whole year ‘round at shortstop.” As Rojas says at the end of the conversation—and Chris Rose confirmed it to me separately—there will be at least one more Rose Rotation episode with him during the MLB postseason.

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