Over the last several years Major League Baseball has used the occasion of Mother’s Day to promote breast cancer awareness by having players prominently wear or use assorted pink items on the playing field. It started with players using pink bats and has progressed to wrist bands, shoes and protective gear. This year MLB decided to change the actual baseball by making all of imprinted logos pink and changing the color of the stitching from the usual red to pink. Obviously it is a worthwhile cause, but some of the Marlins think things have gone too far:
Marlins players will swing pink bats and wear pink wristbands and pink shoes at Dodger Stadium as part of an annual Mother’s Day tradition by Major League Baseball to raise awareness of breast cancer. Today, there’s a new item being added on the field during games — baseballs with pink stitching and logos.
Opening Day brought back so many memories for Patti Redmond. The mother of Marlins manager Mike Redmond, Patti has been there every step of the way in her son’s baseball career. From Little League through high school, college and the professional ranks, she has been Mike’s biggest supporter.
Big league players go through their share of ups and downs, but Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre says a constant is the unconditional love of your mother.
Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly compared Marlins’ 20-year-old right-hander Jose Fernandez to Seattle Mariners ace and 2010 American League Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.
Miami Marlins reliever turned starting pitcher Tom Koehler proved that he could handle a spot in the rotation with his dominant performance on Mother’s Day. It was his first start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season and the second of his very young career.
Prospect Charlie Lowell was arrested this week for battery by strangulation. Marlins 2012 first-round pick Andrew Heaney has yet to play a game in the 2013 minor league season due to injury.
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Welcome to another edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Marlins recap. Let’s jump into this with a quick recap. The good: our young hitters are starting to hit; The bad: we lost 5-3; The Ugly: not hitting in the clutch and today’s bullpen. Let’s jump right in to the full recap.
The Miami Marlins will seek to end their three game winning streak and get back on track on their 10-game road trip. The Marlins continue on further west to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight.
Based on my own low expectations for the team coming into the season, continued outrage against the villainous owner and the depressing yet entertaining tone of stories I had seen written recently (here and here), I assumed that the Marlins were last in baseball in attendance. As a matter of fact, I expected that they would be last by a wide margin.