This is a segment I told you guys that I was going to bring back to Marlin Maniac once I restarted here as the Editor. Up to today, I have not had a great opportunity to break it out, yet. However, now with Spring Training fast approaching the Marlins picking up more headlines, albeit mostly for the wrong reasons, I have decided to get this going again.
In this segment, I want to bring you guys the very best links of the Miami Marlins from around the internet. You can guys expect this every Friday, and Marlins Way: A Look Around the NL East every Saturday. Without any further hesitation, let’s get this kick started:
-The Miami Marlins received a major scare early Wednesday, as during a simulation game, superstar slugger, Giancarlo Stanton took a pitch to the noggin from Marlins top pitching and overall prospect, Jose Fernandez. The good news, Giancarlo seems to be doing well and there were no concussion symptoms.
As Geoff Parkins explained, it did not take long for the crazy conspiracy fanatics to come out and link Fernandez plunking Giancarlo on Marlins owner Jeffery Loria.
-The Marlins have released their starting pitchers for their starting pitchers for the first week of Grapefruit league play, which kicks-off Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Check out here who will be starting for the Marlins and when.
-Logan Morrison took a step towards making his way back to the Marlins, after off-season knee surgery. Morrison was cleared to run on a treadmill on Wednesday and did just that on Thursday. While this is an encouraging step for LoMo, he still as a long uphill battle to be ready for opening day.
-The bad news for the Marlins if Morrison is not ready to start the season, recent free agent signee, Casey Kotchman is still sidelined after cutting his left ring finger running into a pop up machine. Kotchman’s finger is feeling better, but he is unsure about when he will be able to play.
-Even more injury news for the Marlins, the front runner to win the Marlins starting center field job, Justin Ruggiano, was forced out of practice with a sore back. He is listed as day-to-day, as are the rest of us. If Ruggiano is forced to miss any time, look for Gorkys Hernandez and Alfredo Silverio look to capitalize and earn a bigger role on the team.
-How big of a Marlins fan are you? Marlins Diehards would like to test that in a game where you have to name the all the players on the Marlins 40-man roster.
You can also take a look at the results of their game to see how many
cheaters, I mean die hard fans there really are.
-The Miami Marlins placed six prospects on Baseball America’s top 100 list for the 2013 season, which was released earlier this week. That six was tied for the most in baseball this season. But that was not even the most the Marlins have ever placed on that list. Find out here, from Juan C. Rodriguez, about which Marlins team placed the most players on a top 100 BA list.
-Even though one of the Marlins players to make that top 100 list, Marcell Ozuna, was a recent Marlins international signee, the Marlins have not had many of those in the past few seasons, as the team has not been spending as much money internationally.
It should be noted that the team did pursue Cuban outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes, last off-season, but that would not have counted against the international signing bonus pool.