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Fish Bites Episode 79: My 2021 Marlins Opening Day lineup

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The 10 players you could see starting for the Fish against the Rays on April 1, including one “big” surprise.

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Ely Sussman looks ahead five-and-a-half months to the Marlins’ 2021 season opener. Listen to his breakdown of why you could see Jesús Aguilar, Sandy Alcantara, Brian Anderson, Jazz Chisholm, Garrett Cooper, Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Harold Ramirez, Miguel Rojas and longtime Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez in Miami’s starting lineup.

Enjoy Episode 79!

Here is a side-by-side-by-side comparison of the club’s 2020 Opening Day lineup, the lineup used in Miami’s final postseason game and what I currently expect to see on April 1 at Marlins Park:

I encourage the Marlins to do even more to reinforce their mediocre offense with established veterans. Ultimately, I think the front office will stay the course with their plan to build through the farm system, banking on JJ Bleday, Lewin Díaz, Jesús Sánchez and a variety of other top prospects to break through as impactful regulars as the 2021 season progresses.


The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Marlins Barbecue and Earning Their Stripes. All new episodes are posted to FishStripes.com/podcasts. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods from.

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