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The Offishial Show Episode 90: Season Start Date CONFIRMED

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Ely, Alex, Ethan and Louis discuss the upcoming 2021 season, the Jordan Yamamoto trade and available players still on their Marlins wish list.

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Ely Sussman, Alex Contreras, Ethan Budowsky and Louis Addeo-Weiss hop on Zoom as news breaks (2:10) that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association were unable to agree on updated terms for the 2021 season. As a result, Marlins pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 17, Opening Day will be Apr. 1, the National League won’t use the designated hitter, and the postseason field will include only 10 teams. This pod also covers Jordan Yamamoto being traded to the Mets for infield prospect Federico Polanco (20:00), remaining free agents who would fit well with the Fish (35:00) and exciting career moves for baseball industry veterans Michael Hill and Craig Mish (50:10).

Enjoy Episode 90!

MLB released the following statement Monday night vowing to “work towards playing another safe and entertaining season in 2021”:


Disappointing as it was for the Fish to cut ties with Yamamoto so early into his career, they did receive something in return.

Federico Polanco, who turns 20 in March, is a “compact but twitchy, contact-driven” hitter, per FanGraphs. Signed by the Mets out of the Dominican Republic for a $325,000 bonus, Polanco spent the last two Minor League Baseball seasons with the organization’s rookie-level affiliates. Though listed at 5-foot-10, Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports that he has grown to 6-foot-1.

Through 120 career MiLB games, Polanco has posted a .244/.318/.324 slash line (88 wRC+) with encouraging walk (9.4 BB%) and strikeout (16.8 K%) rates. Defensively, he’s been utilized at second base, third base and shortstop.

Worth noting, Polanco was not among the 60 prospects to attend Mets instructional league this past fall. That presumably made it more difficult for Miami to find meaningful data on how his development has been progressing, and it could possibly suggest that the Mets did not hold him in high regard (instructs traditionally brings together a farm system’s top talent).

Finally, Fish Stripes congratulates Michael Hill (Senior VP, on-field operations at MLB) and Craig Mish (Senior Baseball Contributor at the Miami Herald) on their new positions!

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