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What a Relief: Matt Barnes

Noah sits down with Matt Barnes to open up about the start of his Marlins tenure.

Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish Stripes

What a Relief is back for a second season! Noah Berger kicks it off by speaking to new Miami Marlins right-hander Matt Barnes. Here’s what to expect from this interview with the former All-Star and World Series champion:

  • The process of getting DFA’d and traded to Miami
  • Transition to a new team, city and ballpark
  • The misconception about Fenway Park
  • MLB stadiums that he hasn’t pitched in yet
  • Dealing with different mound conditions and bullpen setups
  • Why he’s throwing a splitter this season
  • Mastering the knuckle curve with help from Craig Kimbrel
  • Rapid fire questions

Enjoy the 2023 debut of What a Relief!

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Barnes had spent his entire professional career in the Boston Red Sox organization prior to being traded to the Fish last offseason in exchange for Richard Bleier. Entering Thursday, he has a 4.15 ERA and 4.36 FIP in 13 appearances (second-most among Marlins pitchers).

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