From Will Carroll at SI Stanton's leg injury doesn't appear too serious, though the conservative nature with which they're handling him does leave some concern. In the longer term, there has to be some effort by the Marlins to get Stanton on some sort of flexibility program. While Stanton isn't visibly "muscle-bound," the recurrent strains should serve as some kind of warning sign. Tight leg muscles can lead to back problems, so maybe someone can catch a Groupon for Pilates classes in Miami or something.
On April 5, 1993 the Marlins played their first Game in franchise history and won: Marlins 6, Dodgers 3 Hopefully you were among the 42,334 who attended the game or if not, saw it on television. But even if you weren't, we all can relive a milestone in Marlins history just by clicking on the link and following along via the game by the numbers. Enjoy!
Barry Larkin isn't discounting the Marlins chances to win the NL East. It would be exciting if the Fish did. No Marlins team has ever done that before.
From Joe Capozzi "Mike Stanton’s name-plate above his locker reads: "Giancarlo STANTON." Giancarlo is his birth name. But he plans to go by "Mike" — for now. Asked if using "Giancarlo" means that he plans to drop Mike, he replied: "Not yet. I just wanted it to be there, no specific reason. It’s my real name." Mike is his middle name. I hope he sticks with it, since I'm not sure I can pronounce his first name. But whatever he decides, we will do.
From Clark Spencer "Edward Mujica insists there is nothing wrong with him physically, even though he's given up five runs in his two outings since slipping and falling on his pitching elbow on Sunday. The Marlins were aware of the previously undisclosed accident when they optioned Burke Badenhop to the minors on Tuesday... --- ...his metal spikes gave way while walking on the hard tile floor in the trainer's room, and he fell. Hard. Mujica said the full weight of his body landed on his right elbow, and his head slammed against the floor, causing some pain near the back of the neck." Oh, that is just fabulous.
Please let me know your playing time forecasts for the Marlins.
You remember Braden Looper, or at least you should. He was an important cog on the 2003 World Series team. Yeah, he was erratic, but still, he was one of the guys who made winning the Marlins second World Series Championship possible. Best of luck Braden.
As you all know, when Mike Stanton finally made his Grapefruit League debut, he decided to hit the cover off the ball. Welcome back Mike. Joe Frisaro has the story