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Offishial news, 2/7/22: Stallings and Duvall; Marlins Fishtank; Lewis Brinson gets engaged

The latest Miami Marlins coverage to get you through the lockout blues.

Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes a swing during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
  • Coming later today on The Chris Rose Rotation presented by Jomboy Media, Miguel Rojas recorded an episode with Christian Yelich, who he describes as “one of my (favorite) teammates ever.” I will recap the conversation in a separate article if there’s anything juicy in it.
  • As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic details, Jacob Stallings is transitioning to life as a Marlin with the assistance of training partner and fellow Kentucky resident Adam Duvall.
  • Garrett Cooper has suffered injuries year after year and Juan Páez is tired of making excuses for him, describing 2022 as a make-or-break year for the veteran slugger.
  • Walter Villa of Baseball America spoke to coaches at the North Carolina State baseball program to understand why they tried so hard to recruit Kahlil “Kool-Aid” Watson. Watson committed to NC State in the fall of his high school junior year, but emerged as a consensus first-round talent soon after, making it an easy decision to forgo the college experience for a multi-million dollar signing bonus.
  • Louis Addeo-Weiss believes Kevin Brown was the victim of poor timing and would’ve received strong Hall of Fame support had he debuted on the ballot today (instead of in 2011).
  • On Tuesday from 3-7 p.m., the Marlins are hosting a Job Fair at LoanDepot Park to fill positions in various departments.
  • There is a new Discord server for Marlins fans called Marlins Fishtank. Consider joining here.
  • Fish Stripes’ own Noah Berger is celebrating his 22nd birthday today! Noah is our Chief Engagement Officer and the main host of our popular Marlins Jeopardy livestreams.
  • Congrats to Lewis Brinson and Noelle Taddeo on their engagement. My Instagram detective work suggests they had been dating for about a year-and-a-half. Brinson remains a baseball free agent.