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» Marlins to Celebrate Back to the Future II AL Championship
Apr 01, 2015 - 11:21 AM - by Miamarlin21
This is actually kinda cool:

As the world waits on the invention of a time machine, the Miami Marlins have found a way to creatively turn back the clocks.
The Marlins announced a season-long "#RewriteTheFuture" promotion inspired by the 1989 film "Back to the Future II."
In the sequel starring Michael J. Fox, the Chicago Cubs and a team from Miami — that didn't exist yet — play each other in the 2015 World Series. Despite being a favorite, the Miami ballclub lost to the Cubs in the best-of-nine series.
Well, 2015 has arrived and so has the latest clever marketing campaign with the following initiatives:
1. This Sunday, the Marlins social media team will live tweet the inaugural game in Marlins history from April 5, 1993.
2. During a three-game homestand against the Cubs in June, there will be a special event package with limited edition "Miami: 2015 American League Champions" T-shirts.

3. On Sept. 25, fans will be encouraged to wear their best futuristic 2015 costumes as inspired by the film for "Back to the Future Night." Special-event package buyers will get a Billy McFly bobblehead.
Both social media nights will also raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Other "surprises" are still to be announced, according to the Marlins.
» Aaron Crow Likely Heading for TJ Surgery
Apr 01, 2015 - 7:36 AM - by Big Z
@CDeNicola13: #Marlins Aaron Crow experienced soreness in elbow on Sunday after outing on Saturday. TJ surgery recommended, seeking 2nd opinion. #MLB
» BREAKING: Jose Fernandez to Start Opening Day for Marlins
Apr 01, 2015 - 6:16 AM - by emkayseven

According to multiple unconfirmed sources, Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has seen his rehab from Tommy John surgery go so well that he has been cleared for live games and will start Opening Day on April 6th for the Marlins.

Previously, it had been announced that Henderson Alvarez would receive the ball for the first game of the 2015 campaign. With the most recent revelation, however, Alvarez will be pushed back to the 2 hole in the rotation, a welcome gift given the uncertainty of Jarred Cosart’s blister and fate with regards to MLB’s investigation of his alleged gambling.

Requests for interviews were denied by Fernandez, team owner Jeffrey Loria, and team president David Samson. However, Fernandez teased an announcement on his Twitter account earlier today, posting:

“It’s going to be an even better season than I imagined!!!! Go Fish!!!!”

Losing Fernandez for the second half of the 2014 season did not impact the Marlins as much as pundits expected, as the team hung around in the wild card discussion well into the dog days of summer. Now, the team may benefit greatly by getting him back 2 to 3 months earlier than expected.

For rehab assignments to go this well is extremely rare. Recovery time for pitchers generally takes about one calendar year, though the recovery time is getting shorter and shorter. Position players generally take less time. If he starts on Opening Day, Fernandez will make his return slightly less than 10 months after his surgery.

Only one pitcher has ever returned from Tommy John surgery in 10 months, according to the database maintained by @MLBPlayerAnalys. That was Gabe Speier, an 18-year-old prospect for the Boston Red Sox. Though two position players have done it, the only pitcher to make his return in 9 months was Josh Mueller, a 24-year-old in the Colorado Rockies organization.

One player made his return in just 7 months – catcher Andrew Knapp of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Letting Fernandez return so quickly is a risky move for the Marlins, but one that could pay huge dividends. In a weakened National League East division, every game could have huge consequences. Having Fernandez start games rather than 5th starter Tom Koehler would be a huge win for the club.

Some analysts picked the Marlins to make the playoffs this season, even with Fernandez’s return scheduled for June or July. Now, at the beginning of April, the Marlins may be serious challengers for not just the wild card, but the division crown.
» The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton on Staying Out of the Tabloids & Finding Mrs. Right
Mar 30, 2015 - 6:33 AM - by emkayseven
Read more (and see pictures that will make you question your sexuality) at

People around the world know the names of America’s highest-paid athletes. Names like Kobe Bryant, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Tiger Woods roll off the tongue because these superstars not only dominate their respective sports, they also rule the gossip pages and water cooler chatter. Then, this past November, Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, surpassing Rodriguez’s deal as the largest in both length and value in baseball history, and sports fans were left speechless.

Stanton is not just a man of mystery when it comes to his personal life; it wasn’t too long ago that even the most educated baseball fan was unsure of his actual name. From the fifth grade until 2012, the 25-year-old slugger was known as Mike Stanton because, well, it was just easier. “I always liked Giancarlo better, but when I was a kid, no one pronounced it right,” says Stanton, whose full name for the record is Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton. “So I was like, you know, my middle name is Mike, call me Mike. That was my thought process. People call me everything still. My mom calls me Cruz. My dad calls me Mike. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

In an industry dominated by egos, Stanton’s shrug of the shoulders with regard to his name is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his unusual modesty. The two-time all-star led Major League Baseball’s National League in home runs last year; at the Home Run Derby during All Star Weekend, he hit one so far out of Minneapolis’s Target Field, it seemed like it might go into orbit. Yet, if you ask him if he’s the new face of the “long ball,” he says, “I don’t self-proclaim myself anything, so I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the face of power in baseball. Other people can say that.”

The Los Angeles native won’t even say he was the best athlete at Notre Dame High School, the private school in Sherman Oaks, California, where he transferred to take his career to the next level. “There were a lot of good players there,” he says. “I would say I fit right in pretty well. It was a good challenge for me to step up my own game.”

And step up he has—after being drafted in 2007 in the second round to the Marlins, Stanton has risen in the ranks to warrant a deal worth a third of a billion dollars. And not only did he not pat himself on the back, he barely wanted to celebrate—further proof that unlike many other marquee professional athletes, Stanton won’t be making headlines outside the sports pages. “I can’t tell you a certain tactic, really, but I like it that way,” he says of his low-key lifestyle.

But this is South Beach, and the locals weren’t going to stand for a feat without a fête. That’s why after signing the contract of the century, a party was thrown in his honor at FDR at The Delano with a special-edition bottle of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard Luxury Edition Methuselah. “Like you said about staying out of the gossip pages, that night wasn’t that,” Stanton admits. “I didn’t want that to be a huge night, but I had my friends around me, and they didn’t let it be as chill as I wanted it to be. I look back now and I’m glad that I could at least have fun and enjoy it. I was pressing a little bit. I didn’t know how to react to [the contract]. I’m glad I stepped out and had my fun and got that out of the way.”

He’s modest, but Stanton is certainly not shy. In 2013, he posed in the nude for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, a move that put both his outer muscles and inner strength on display. “I had zero clothes the whole time, so I had to get over that speed bump in the first five minutes,” he says. “I knew if I was going to be worried about it the whole time that it was going to be a long day, so I just let it happen.”

Stanton also recently judged the Miss Universe pageant, a perk of his newfound fame and fortune. But instead of ogling the talent, he observed and studied them. “I enjoyed understanding pageants and learning what you need to look for,” he says. And when Miss Netherlands seemed flustered by his charm, he didn’t flinch. “I would say it was more the language barrier than [being] star-struck,” he says of their interaction.

It’s the kind of attitude that will keep Stanton from ever becoming too “Hollywood.” He’s more likely to be lying
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» 2015 Fan Experience Discussion
Mar 25, 2015 - 8:38 PM - by Party
Thought this would be a good idea.

Biggest thing I've heard about going into 2015 is that the Marlins will no longer print physical tickets for STHs. Every STH will receive a debit card to get into the game which they can also load money onto to purchase stuff around the stadium. But in typical Marlins fashion, they're behind in implementing the system so for the first few weeks everyone will have to print their tickets.
» Ichiro and the Young Marlins Outfielders
Mar 25, 2015 - 11:05 AM - by emkayseven
JUPITER, Fla. -- Miami Marlins coach Brett Butler subjects the team’s outfielders to an intriguing ritual during drills to ensure that bad behavior doesn’t stick. Whenever one of them misfires with a throw, he has to chase down the ball and personally retrieve it.

The rule applies to everyone -- even Ichiro Suzuki.

"If he overthrows the cutoff man, he has to go get the ball like everybody else,’’ Butler said. “He understands the foundation of what we have here.’’

In short, Ichiro is just one of the guys -- or as much of a regular guy that he can be as a cultural icon and future Hall of Fame lock.

In 10 years with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan and 14 more with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, Ichiro has amassed 4,122 hits. He’s a 10-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner who signed a one-year contract with Miami in late January for a couple of reasons: 1) He liked the Marlins’ sales pitch and the attentiveness they showed during the courtship process; and 2) other suitors weren’t exactly wearing out his agent’s cellphone.

Ichiro Suzuki is batting .257 (9-35) with three RBIs, three walks and two runs in 13 games this spring.
His presence in Miami makes for an intriguing baseball chemistry experiment. It begins with one of the most talented young outfield alignments in the game. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, fresh off an MVP-caliber season at age 25, agreed to a record $325 million deal in November. Left fielder Christian Yelich, who hit .284 with a .362 OBP, 30 doubles and a Gold Glove at 22, signed a $49 million contract Sunday. And center fielder Marcell Ozuna, who hit 23 homers and slugged .455 at age 23, might be in line for a multiyear deal if his agent, Scott Boras, weren’t advising him to just be patient.

Ichiro’s $2 million salary reflects his waning production at age 41. But if the kids need a veteran who can constantly remind them of the sacrifice required to enjoy longevity and prolonged success in the game, he will be well worth the investment.

Yelich was nine years old in 2001, when Ichiro banged out 242 hits for a 116-win Seattle team and captured American League MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. So after the news conference to announce his new contract Sunday, Yelich was thrilled to introduce Ichiro to his mom in the parking lot outside the facility at Roger Dean Stadium.

“You just watch how he prepares and gets ready for a season, a game, an at-bat,’’ Yelich said. “Anytime you have a question about anything, you can go pick his brain and he’ll be more than happy to help you. I just see him as one of the guys. We’ve all been having a great time this spring. He’s been awesome.’’

Ichiro-watchers agree that he’s happy in Miami and is shaping up as a good fit, even if the meager South Florida Japanese population won’t do much for gate receipts. The Marlins showed Ichiro the ultimate respect in January when team president David Samson, president of baseball operations Michael Hill and general manager Dan Jennings all flew to Tokyo for the announcement of his signing. In laid-back Jupiter, club officials from owner Jeffrey Loria on down have made sure to drop by to make sure that Ichiro is comfortable and content in his new surroundings.

Last year in New York, Ichiro developed a case of spare part-itis and was reportedly perplexed over the way that Yankees manager Joe Girardi dealt with his situation. The Marlins, in contrast, are going out of their way not to treat him like a complementary player.

“People talk about him being the fourth outfielder,’’ Butler said. “He’s one of four outfielders, and he’s just as valuable as the rest.’’

It’s natural to think that Butler is simply being diplomatic. Ichiro hasn’t logged an OPS above .700 since 2010, and he rarely if ever drives the ball anymore. It’s also tempting to wonder, as Ichiro tries to collect the 156 hits necessary to reach 3,000 in the majors, how content he will be with extended stretches on the bench if Stanton, Yelich and Ozuna are burning it up and consuming all the outfield at-bats.

Nevertheless, several of Ichiro’s natural gifts have aged well enough that he can still contribute in his projected role with the Marlins.

“Absolutely, he can still play,’’ said an American League scout who has seen the Marlins frequently this spring. “He can pinch-hit and still runs above average, and he can play all three outfield positions. There aren’t many fourth outfielders in baseball who can do all of those things.’’

Of the three young Marlins outfielders, Ozuna
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» MLB Investigating Twitter Gambling Allegations Against Jarred Cosart
Mar 25, 2015 - 6:42 AM - by emkayseven
Oh boy. Personally I think this is probably being blown out of proportion and people are reading too much into it, but it could end up being a pretty huge deal. I think a lot is being made of his poor performances when he just has command issues. I mean, there's no betting on spring training games, right? So no explanation as to why he's pitched like shit this spring.

Formatting at the link is better as there are embedded pictures and tweets. I did my best copying it here.

Jarred Cosart, 24-year-old pitcher for the Miami Marlins, may have unintentionally revealed that he bets on sports late Tuesday night.

There is an enormous network of handicappers, pickers and gamblers that use Twitter as a means of communication. Handicappers, and wannabe handicappers, as well as serious pickers and numerous scam artists, tweet out “free picks” to build their Twitter followings. The end game in giving out these “free picks” is to show their followers that they pick winners, oftentimes by providing falsified betting records, and eventually charge those followers money for “premium” picks, building a client base and making serious cash.

Below is a screenshot of an alleged direct message conversation between Cosart and one such Twitter picker that is being passed around like a particularly terrible strain of herpes.

The picker has obviously edited the screenshot to hide his part in the conversation. Why, exactly, is still unclear. However, the implication here, that Cosart messaged this picker to let him know that he put “LARGE” money on one of his free picks, is the opposite of good for Cosart’s career.

Major League Baseball does not like gamblers. Google “Pete Rose gambling” if you need a quick history on how the league handles such things.

Since the above screenshot began circulating, Cosart’s Twitter account went private, and, soon after, was completely deactivated, which certainly makes it seem like this is the real deal, and not just some massive hoax.

As a result of all this, the underground gambling world of Twitter is going bonkers. Some are even drawing the conclusion that Cosart was betting on his own games, and intentionally shaving points.

Now there's no way you can convince me he wasn't shaving runs on that 7ER/4 BB/0.1IP start
24 balls in 39 pitches throwed, 4 walks, a wild pitch and gave up two HR's. Tell me you're not at least intrigued.
Even better: the line for that game moved 40 cents on a -205 favorite early in the season. Not shady. AT. ALL.
The tweet below is from August 1, 2014, stating that Cosart had given up a 1st inning run in 20 of his last 24 starts. That tweet is now being thrown around as evidence that Cosart was intentionally giving up runs.

Now, keep in mind that this could still be a massive misunderstanding.

Cosart could’ve been messing around with the picker. He might not have direct messaged the picker at all. That screenshot could be doctored. His account could’ve been “hacked,” or whatever. I’m sure Major League Baseball will investigate, and we’ll find out what happened, one way or
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» Marlins Upgrade Charter, Hire Executive Chefs, Expand Scouting Department
Mar 21, 2015 - 8:33 AM - by Party
Henderson Alvarez and the rest of the Marlins will travel in style in 2015.
Henderson Alvarez and the rest of the Marlins will travel in style in 2015. (USATSI)
Thanks in part to the two wild-card system, baseball is more competitive than ever before and teams are always for an advantage, no matter how slight it may be. The search for a competitive advantage now extends beyond the field too -- teams have started looking at ways to improve travel to keep their players fresh and rested.

The Marlins, a franchise not historically known for spending big, are the latest club to invest in an upgraded charter plane, according to the Associated Press. In past years, the coaching staff would sit in first class and the players in coach during flights. That isn't the case anymore. From the Associated Press:

The Marlins won't be flying in just any kind of plane. They've upgraded this year, leasing a Boeing 767-200 from a private company and retrofitting the jet to their liking. The cabin will have 84 extra-large first-class seats, couches, a massage table and card tables.

The plane will look different from the outside, too, because it will bear the Marlins' logo.

The days of teams taking commercial flights are long gone. Clubs take charter flights that are way more more convenient than commercial flights but not necessarily more comfortable, especially since the average MLB player is pushing 6-foot-2 and 210 lbs. these days.

Not surprisingly, West Coast teams started the movement towards more luxurious flights because they travel the most miles each year. The Athletics and Mariners had private charters last season, according to the Associated Press, and the Giants are adding one this year as well. As baseball's southeastern most team, the Marlins have a hefty travel schedule and spend a lot of time in the air.

"I'm hopeful the little things we do will make a difference at the end of the year," said team president David Samson to the Associated Press. "There's no way to measure it, but it feels right."

"These guys play 162 games in 183 days," Samson added. "It's nonstop, and it hurts. Our job is to keep the best team we can on the field as long as possible. If you're crumpled up with your legs dangling over your arm rest, that's not the prime way to be ready to play the next day."

The improved charter is not the only way the Marlins have ramped up spending on the team either. Here's more from the Associated Press:

Owner Jeffrey Loria approved a bigger budget in other areas as well. Team president David Samson said the increased spending is possible because the franchise has reached financial stability entering the fourth year in its new ballpark, and revenue growth is projected in the next few years.

With that in mind, the Marlins have expanded their scouting, player development, marketing and sales departments. They've hired executive chefs to prepare meals at home games.

You'd be surprised at how relatively little teams invest in nutrition, especially at the minor league level. Not every club, of course, but most of them.

That's all going to change soon, I'm sure. It's a way to potentially gain a competitive advantage and teams will begin to exploit it before long. Good for the Marlins for getting ahead of the curve.

What is going on around here?
» Going to My First Spring Training Game in About 10 Years.
Mar 20, 2015 - 10:25 PM - by Namaste
This Monday vs the Mets.

I'm bringing my sons who are now 7 and 8 years old (time flys, boysssss).

Any helpful tips? I was given 3 comp vouchers for seats in the Loge (?) box area.

I have zero interest in autographs but I'm sure my boys would love to maybe get a picture with a player(s).

How early do they open the gates?

My boys want to sit in the grassy area.

» Ozuna in No Rush to Sign Extension
Mar 19, 2015 - 2:22 PM - by emkayseven
Stacy Revere/Getty Images
Marcell Ozuna had 23 home runs and 85 RBIs last season for the Miami Marlins.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton? Under contract for the next 13 years. Christian Yelich? About to get locked up for the next seven years. But Marcell Ozuna? Uh, not so fast.

The Miami Marlins might have two-thirds of their dynamic young outfield under control for the rest of the decade. But Ozuna, the third member of this trio, is a Scott Boras client. And Ozuna said Thursday that when he has talked with Boras about the merits of signing an extension, the agent told him: "Don’t hurry."

A day after news filtered through the Marlins’ clubhouse about Yelich’s pending seven-year, $49.5 million deal, Ozuna was asked how much he and Boras talk about the merits of signing a long-term deal to stick around Miami.

"We talk a lot," the Marlins’ 24-year-old center fielder said. "But he says, 'Don’t worry. Don’t worry. Don’t worry. Worry about how you hit and play the game. Don’t worry about your career and your money.'"

Ozuna, who reached the majors in 2013, said he has essentially placed this decision in the hands of Boras, whose younger clients rarely sign long-term contracts that would require them to give away free-agent years on the back end. Ozuna said that if Boras could negotiate "a good deal," he would agree.

"But if he say no, I can wait," he said.

Because Ozuna spent nearly a full season in the majors in 2013, he would qualify for arbitration as a Super-2 player next winter. So his earning power is about to rise considerably. He said he’d "heard from a couple of people" that going to arbitration is "good." So he’s more than happy to see where he stands a year from now.

"Let’s see what happens next year," he said. "I don’t have something in my head about arbitration. Go play the game, and that’s it. If I have a good season and we get a championship, that’s what I want. And see what happens."

Ozuna, Stanton and Yelich are often talked about as being possibly the best outfield in baseball. According to, the three combined for 8.1 Wins Above Replacement last season, the highest total by three starting outfielders for any team in the big leagues.

Yelich turned 23 over the winter, so he will now be under team control through his age-29 season. Stanton is only 25. And his new 13-year, $325 million deal means the Marlins would control his rights through 2028, unless he opts out after 2020.

"That’s good for them," Ozuna said. "I’m so happy for them."

Asked if his two outfield mates will now be paying for a lot of his meals, thanks to their newfound earning power, Ozuna laughed.

"Yeah," he said. "They have to."
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