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Marlins Barbecue Episode 23: Red’s Return!

Alex and Red reunite on the pod for the first time in 2021.

Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter watches the game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals from a suite during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

So much to catch up on as the original Marlins Barbecue co-hosts, Alex Contreras and Red Garcia, are back together to discuss the state of the Fish midway through 2021 spring training. Topics include reviewing the team’s offseason moves (2:00), the lack of catching depth behind Jorge Alfaro (3:00), MLB’s missed opportunities to properly market the game to fans (9:50), Anthony Rizzo and other potential free agent targets next winter (19:40) and Don Mattingly’s lack of long-term job security despite winning NL Manager of the Year (32:00).

Enjoy Episode 23!

As the guys mentioned on the pod, most of the Marlins’ remaining Grapefruit League games won’t be televised, and even those that are will be produced by opposing teams’ crews. None of the broadcasts are available directly on FOX Sports Florida. Damn you, Rob Manfred.

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