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The Offishial Show Episode 98: Breaking Down Marlins Opening Day Decisions

Explaining how the Marlins will decide who to select for their active roster.

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As the Miami Marlins finalize their 2021 Opening Day roster, Ely Sussman and Ethan Budowsky react to breaking news about the bullpen and predict how the rest of the 26-man group will shake out. They explain Lewis Brinson’s role, Sixto Sánchez’s timeline and spend way too long debating whether Adam Cimber or John Curtiss will claim the final roster spot. Miami’s organizational depth creates some good problems!

Enjoy Episode 98!

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The Miami Herald reported on Monday that Sixto and Anthony Bender are among the players who will begin the Marlins regular season at their alternate training site (aka “Fish Tank”). Later in the day, James Hoyt was traded to the Angels for cash considerations. This comes on the heels of Sunday’s announcement that Jazz Chisholm Jr. secured the second base job, beating out Isan Díaz.

Then on Tuesday, Fish Stripes was first to report that Curtiss has indeed made the team.

At the time of recording, this was Ely’s prediction for the full 26-man roster (Ethan correctly leaned toward Curtiss getting a bullpen spot during our conversation):

Ely’s roster prediction from Mar. 28

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