After being swept by the San Diego Padres this week, the promotion of infielder Derek Dietrich and Marlins Park’s new policy dominated Marlin headlines. Miami continued their pattern of sooner-than-expected promotions with the call up of Derek Dietrich from AA-Jacksonville Wednesday. The Marlins would prefer the promotion come at more favorable conditions, as Dietrich was penciled in due to injury to Chris Valaika. After their road trip to Los Angeles this weekend, Dietrich and the Marlins can expect some new park policies when they return home the 14th.
Marlins Park: Upper bowl to close for select midweek games | Sun-Sentinel
When the team returns to Miami for their next home stand, fans at Marlins Park will be treated to a “better fan experience” during the weekdays. Meaning: The upper deck will be closed. Miami has had trouble filling the stadium with fans since the season began, and going 5-25 hasn’t helped. A more cozy setting during the week should improve customer service for the fans at the game.Dietrich becomes latest Marlins prospect to get call-up after injury | Miami Herald
Manny Navarro has the story on Derek Dietrich’s promotion Wednesday. Navarro has everything from Dietrich’s expected chemistry with fellow middle infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, to his whirlwind journey to the Majors.
Dietrich just ‘Letting it fly’ | Fish Pond
Joe Frisaro at the Fish Pond also talked with Dietrich on his MLB debut. Frisaro writes about Dietrich’s utility asset, his first game, and what the tattoo on his wrist means. Also Derek can juggle! Fancy that!THE MARLINS’ MESS | The New Yorker
Ben McGrath for the New Yorker reviews the Marlin’s knack for cutting costs, digging up quotes from President David Samson and the underwhelming outcome from fans’ patience and tax dollars.
I really can’t get enough of these, “fans-are-upset” articles. One reason is because they usually offer some bitter laughs at your favorite baseball team’s expense. The next reason is that when people stop talking about this, the problem won’t go away. The more articles like Mike Oz’s at Yahoo! Sports compiling rightfully frustrated fans, the better.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Staff writer Daniel reviews recent promotions and discusses if this is close to the roster of the future. Daniel also proposes the lineup be shuffled to perhaps remedy a stinky offense.
If you aren’t glued to the prospect rankings and minor league affairs for Miami, don’t fret. Staff writer David has the answer to a question many Marlin faithful had asked: Who is Derek Dietrich? There’s a kickin’ rad video of Derek juggling in there, too.
Say it ain’t so! Everyone’s favorite Marlin is hitting .239/.294/.274 from the leadoff spot! Marlin Maniac editor Ehsan addresses that maybe after 1900 games and counting for Juan Pierre, the best way to utilize the veteran outfielder would be to platoon him against righties. Click here for your in-depth analysis.
Ehsan and Lasordas Lair editor, Scott Andes discuss the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers just in time to kick off a series against Kershaw and company. The two discuss why the Dodgers are off to a disappointing start, the pitchers Miami will face, and whether Clayton Kershaw is worth his future extension (he is.)
Staff writer Geoff shared some news that should brighten any sports fan’s day: congress might just ban television blackouts. This isn’t even an April Fools gag! Want to know how? Want to know who proposed the bill? Click the link.
Before tonight’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, you should check out Ehsan’s preview of the matchups. This is essential reading for every series, plus there’s a bold prediction at the bottom of the page. Might as well click this link too, pal.