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» 2/28: Marlins Open ST Vs. Cardinals (MLB Network)
Feb 28, 2014 - 12:09 PM - by emkayseven
Adeiny looks to be the same piece of shit hitter :picard
Jones CRUSHED one to right
» Marlins Spring Training Games on Television
Feb 25, 2014 - 8:08 AM - by Big Z
MLB Network will be broadcasting various Marlins' games this spring. Most of the games are pre-recorded and will air after the actual game has occurred; however, it will still be nice to watch the games. See link below for a list of games being televised. Enjoy.
» Fernandez's Sophomore Campaign Goal? A 1.95 ERA
Feb 24, 2014 - 11:19 PM - by Miamarlin21
JUPITER, Fla. -- He delivered his message quiet matter-of-factly, as if he were discussing the everyday, the mundane, the fully expected. With neither fanfare nor a deep breath to preface his quiet announcement, Jose Fernandez calmly said, "My goal this year is to have a 1.95 ERA." There.

Oh, 1.95? Well, of course? Why not? Why not 1.90?

"I think I can," Fernandez said with an earnestness that is delightful and disarming. His response to his listener's somewhat incredulous reaction was an incredulous reaction of his own, as if to say "What, you don't think I can?"

Clearly, the Marlins' latest wunderkind considers putting up a 1.95 ERA in 2014 -- his second season in the big leagues -- an achievement well within the parameters of plausibility. He said as much -- unsolicited -- twice Sunday and confirmed it Monday. No need to explore it. He said it, he expects to do it. He seemed to think a "Really?" was uncalled for.

And why not? When Fernandez pitched effectively enough to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2013, he produced a 2.19 ERA, a 12-6 record and .667 winning percentage in 28 starts for a team that lost 100 games and produced a .383 percentage. Would an improvement of 24 points in his already low ERA be that much more improbable?

"I expect to be a better pitcher than I was," he said.

Fernandez's ERA was the second lowest in the game, second to a difficult-to-fathom 1.83 mark produced by National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.

"I know it will be hard," Fernandez said. "I like it hard. I don't like easy. ... But I'm going to try. It's my goal."

Hard to do is relative, of course. Fernandez recently disclosed he has been bicycling about 600 miles per week during the offseason. Repeat: Hard to do is relative.

And what if Fernandez falls short, what if he throws another ERA in the low twos, then what? He has no plans for such mediocrity, relative as that might be. Hadn't his rookie ERA compared favorably to what Kershaw produced as a rookie -- 4.26 in 2008? Certainly, Fernandez won't require five seasons in the big leagues to push his ERA lower than 2.00. At least that's the plan -- 1.95 and beyond.

One tactful teammate suggested Fernandez decided on 1.95 because I-95 runs north-south close by the Marlins' complex. "He must have liked the way it sounds," he said. But then he reconsidered. "I wouldn't bet against him. That kid's more than special."

And Wayne Rosenthal, the Marlins' pitching coordinator, had this to say about Fernandez days before the pitcher made public his 1.95 manifesto: "He's confident, he's cocky, but he always backs it up."

But 1.95 is a tough number -- even to approach. No second-year pitcher has produced a sub-2.00 ERA since 1985, when Dwight Gooden produced a 1.53 mark in 276 /2/3 innings. For that matter, since Bob Gibson and Luis Tiant produced "Interstate" ERA's in 1968, the Year of the Pitcher -- Gibson's 1.12 and Tiant's 1.60, ERAs lower than 2.00 by any pitchers have numbered merely 13.

Fernandez was duly impressed when he learned of Gooden's number and borderline amazed when he heard of Gibson's 1.12. That's when he felt obligated to issue his own "Really?" And that's when he became incredulous.

Player Year Age ERA IP W-L
S. Bahnsen 1968 23 2.05 267.1 17-12
J. Koosman 1968 25 2.08 263.2 19-12
J. Beazley 1942 24 2.13 215.1 21-6
Fernandez 2013 20 2.19 172.1 12-6

Gibson's seminal season gives Fernandez something to shoot for in 2025 when he's 32, as Gibson was in '68. Truth be told, Gibson's 13 shutouts and 28 complete games that year impressed Fernandez even more than the 1.12. "How did he do that?" he asked.

The 2.19 ERA Fernandez produced in 172 1/3 innings last season was the fourth lowest by a rookie in modern baseball. He was, by far, the youngest of the four.

Stan Bahnsen pitched 10 complete games, though only one shutout in 1968, but his innings exceeded, by 95, Fernandez's total last season. Such a disparity would be difficult to span, not that Fernandez would have to pitch 200-plus innings to put his ERA in the ones. But one bad start -- say, five earned runs in three innings -- would be difficult to offset unless he were to pitch effectively for 200-something innings.

"I know, I know," Fernandez said. "You can't
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» Sanchez to Face the U, Fernandez to Start Grapefruit Opener
Feb 22, 2014 - 1:10 PM - by Miamarlin21
JUPITER, Fla. -- High-energy Jose Fernandez has shown in his first few bullpen sessions an eagerness to face hitters.

The 21-year-old won't have to wait much longer to see some game action.

Manager Mike Redmond on Saturday named Fernandez the Marlins' starter for their first Grapefruit League game, when they visit the Cardinals on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium. St. Louis is going with Carlos Martinez.

Fernandez is not expected to throw more than two innings.

The reigning National League Rookie of the Year, Fernandez comes off a stellar 12-6 season in which he posted a 2.19 ERA. Due to an innings limit, he was shut down after he beat the Braves on Sept. 11 at Marlins Park. His season came to a halt after 172 2/3 innings.

The Marlins have yet to officially announce Fernandez as their Opening Day starter, but that is considered a formality. The club will likely relax the right-hander's innings limit in his sophomore season. It could approach 200, but the team will remain careful.

"Innings-wise, we'll wait and see how he does, and how that goes as we get further along in the season," Redmond said. "But we treat all our young pitchers the same way. We try to protect those guys and keep them as fresh as we can throughout the course of the year."

Fernandez's pitch counts per game likely will be about the same, in the 110 range.

"It's like with every young guy, we're going to take care of him," Redmond said. "We'll see how things go in spring, as far as how built up he will be. Pitch count-wise, he will stay about the same. We're going to take care of him early."

The Marlins open their exhibition season on Wednesday against the University of Miami in Jupiter. Angel Sanchez, acquired from the Dodgers last July in the Ricky Nolasco trade, will get the nod against the Hurricanes.
» Marlins Authorize Aerial Surveillance of Players, Drone Strikes
Feb 18, 2014 - 8:03 PM - by Party
Marlins going high-tech with drone cameras, helmet-cams

JUPITER -- The Marlins are joining the modern age this spring.

With the help of video coordinator Cullen McRae, some players will begin wearing small cameras affixed to the tops of their caps and helmets in order to gain a brand new perspective that they'll be able to watch and study afterward. And McRae said he also intends to mount a camera on a remote-controlled drone, which will hover above the field and film the routes taken by outfielders on fly balls.

"Just trying to get an edge," McRae said, adding that the camera technology will only be used during drills and not in actual games.

McRae said the idea came out about over the winter while manager Mike Redmond was on a skiing trip. Redmond noticed skiers wearing the cameras on their helmets and asked McRae if it could be done with the Marlins' players.

"I think some teams have dabbled with them," McRae said.

The Nationals, for example, are already using a drone. (In the photograph, Jeff Mathis examines his camera-mounted helmet before catching Jose Fernandez's bullpen on Tuesday).

"It's mostly early on doing drills," McRae said. "It's not going to be anything that interferes with game stuff. I really don't know what to expect. It's just to get a different perspective. I'm just trying to be creative. I've been here 18 years and technology is always evolving. I'm just trying to keep up with technology, and luckily for me, the Marlins have always given me the resources to be able to keep up with the trends in technology."

McRae said the camera are already in widespread use in the X-Game sports.

"The surfers are using them," McRae said. "I saw (surfer) Kelly Slater in a video using it, and (snowboarder) Shaun White."

McRae has ordered a drone and hopes to begin practicing with it by the end of the week.
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What is Gary Johnson's position on this issue? :mischief
» Marlins About to Get Hairy
Feb 18, 2014 - 5:19 PM - by Miamarlin21

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins aren't making any "fear the beard" claims, but the organization no longer is frowning upon them.

Miami has officially relaxed it's facial hair policy, and beards are now allowed.

"This year, we're going to let them have beards, but they have to keep it trimmed up," manager Mike Redmond said.

The same also holds true for slightly longer hair.

"We just don't want it to be sloppy," Redmond said.

For the players, it's a small victory. From the organization's point of view, it's being flexible.

"We're just always adjusting," Redmond said.

For many years, the Marlins have had a pretty tight policy when it came to facial hair and longer hair in general.

In 2006, the policy was even tighter in Joe Girardi's lone season as manager.

In recent years, players have sported goatees, again, as long as they were groomed.

Even last year, Ricky Nolasco sported a mild beard on occasion, but he had to keep it closely trimmed.

The modified rule benefits reliever Chaz Roe, a non-roster invitee who came to camp with a longer beard than most. The beard stays, but it isn't as wild.

Hair on the back of the neck also has to been under control.

Lefty Brian Flynn said he had 3 1/2 inches of hair taken off the back of his neck to adhere to team policy.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who joins the Marlins after being with the Red Sox, is fine to keep his beard. His hair length also is fine.

"Salty is good," Redmond said.

"I've always kind of had one, so it's good for me," Saltalamacchia said. "The game is changing. You're starting to have to adapt to some of the younger guys coming up, and things are changing. ... I'm not against rules. Just don't take advantage of them."

Saltalamacchia noted that owner Jeffrey Loria has agreed to bend the policy a bit, and now it is up to the players to not go too far.

"This has been a rule for a long time, I understand," Saltalamacchia said. "He's allowed us to do it. We need to take advantage of it, and not go too far."

The Marlins have one of the younger teams in the league, which prompted Redmond to say: "We've only got a handful of guys who can grow a beard."
» Fish Lower Ticket Prices
Feb 17, 2014 - 7:09 PM - by Big Z
The Marlins have lowered tickets prices in all sections, team President David Samson said. Depending on the section, the drop in prices ranges from 6 percent to 69 percent for season-ticket plans and 11 percent to 55 percent for individual-game tickets.

The Marlins were promoting a new season-ticket deal for left field bullpen reserved sections dubbed Jose's Heroes in honor of Fernandez, the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year. The 81-game package goes for $499, which is about $6 a game, and includes perks.

$500 for 81 games is insane. I went to Winter warmup on Saturday, and most of the Jose Heroes section was sold out according to the salesman.

By the way, did they already install the new grass? If so, it still looks terrible.
» Marlins and Yankees to Play in Panama
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by Miamarlin21
It will be a two-game series during Spring Training.

The “Legend Series” will be played March 15-16 at Panama City’s Rod Carew Stadium and will honor the legacy of @Yankees icon Mariano Rivera.
» New Numbers 2014 Edition
Feb 11, 2014 - 1:03 AM - by Miamarlin21
It's that time of the year again! Here they are:

New additions:
Micahel Brady, 61
Carter Capps, 22
Grant Dayton, 66
Angel Sanchez, 64
Jose Urena, 62
J.T. Realmuto, 60
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 39
Rafael Furcal, 15
Garrett Jones, 46
Casey McGehee, 9
Brian Bogusevic, 47
Brent Keys, 68

Frank Menechino, 4
Brett Butler, 2

Changed numbers:
Chris Hatcher, 39 to 41
Derek Dietrich, 51 to 32
Marcell Ozuna, 48 to 13

Still not issued, Jeff Baker.
» Stanton Talks Extension
Feb 11, 2014 - 12:47 AM - by Miamarlin21
MIAMI -- Signing a $6.5 million contract for 2014 gave Giancarlo Stanton some financial and personal security. But before the 24-year-old slugger considers a multi-year deal with the Marlins, he wants to see a more defined organizational continuity.

"I want some team security as well," Staton told on Monday night. "I'm very pleased with how things panned out for me. But I would like to see it grow. I have my security, somewhat now. I'd like to see a team full of that, which we are going in the right direction."

Stanton arrived in South Florida a few days ago, and on Monday night he was one of the guest coaches during an RBI youth game at Marlins Park. The event is part of the team's Ayudan caravan week, where players are making various visits throughout South Florida.

One of the faces of the franchise, Stanton's long-term future with the Marlins remains unclear because he doesn't have a multi-year contract.

An encouraging first step was taken when the club and Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe, came to terms recently on his 2014 contract. The deal avoided an arbitration hearing, and both sides came away pleased.

Stanton becomes eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

He said Monday that he does not anticipate any talks regarding an extension until after the season.

"I don't think I'd like during the season to have to play and deal with that," he said.

Miami officials have repeatedly said publicly they would like to sign Stanton to a multi-year deal. But the two sides agreed early in the offseason to hammer out a contract for 2014 and then wait and see.

Stanton clearly wants to see results.

"In order for the team to have security, that doesn't happen in two seconds," he said. "That happens over a season or over two seasons. You show me that, and we can get something going."

Stanton's skepticism is understood.

Since breaking into the big leagues in the middle of 2010, he has played for five different managers and had five hitting coaches.

In 2012, the Marlins made a major financial commitment in preparation for moving into Marlins Park. Ozzie Guillen was hired to manage, and the team signed high-priced free agents like Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.

But after the team disappointed in the first half, Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, Randy Choate, Gaby Sanchez and Edward Mujica were traded in July. After the team finished last in the National League East, Bell, Buehrle, Reyes, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio were dealt. And Guillen was replaced by Mike Redmond.

With a youthful roster, the Marlins finished 62-100 in 2013.

The organization has made a number of significant moves this offseason, including signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rafael Furcal, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee.

Stanton is pleased with the new direction. He also understands the fans' frustrations over the team's history of sweeping moves.

"I feel as a fan, I would want that team security, as well," he said.

Stanton is coming off a down year by his standards, batting .249 with 24 homers and 62 RBIs.

So rather than make big predictions for himself or the team, he wants to see action.

"This is going to be one of those years where we don't need to say much," Stanton said. "We don't need to say, 'This is the year or this is that.' Do it. I've said that the past year and a half or so. This is the time. There is no more that we can say. Pretty soon, it's going to be us crying wolf. We need to come out and do it, and put it together. Be quiet about our business, and do what needs to be done. There is no more, 'Hey, we're going to do this,' and we don't show up. We just need to do it."
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