Mar 17, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman (18) connects for an RBI single in the third inning during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Casey Kotchman Released

Slightly before the news that Miami Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez won another player of the week award, the team made a significant roster move. The Marlins recalled from his rehabilitation assignment, activated from the disabled list and released.

Kotchman, who was hitless in 20 at bats with the Marlins, signed a minor league deal with the team prior to the season. He made the team out of Spring Training with an impressive camp and the fact that incumbent first baseman Logan Morrison began the season on the DL after off-season knee surgery. Kotchman continued his career trend of being oft-injured, hitting the DL twice in between six games with the team.

A Strained Analogy Featuring Jose Fernandez and Rick Steves | Fangraphs

For 30 years now, writer and public-broadcasting personality Rick Steves has published Europe Through the Back Door, a series of annual guidebooks designed for travelers interested in moving beyond Europe’s most obvious (and expensive) tourist activities and experiencing the continent more like a native might.

Miami Marlins analysis: Giancarlo Stanton’s 2013 season, perception and reality | Fishstripes

The Miami Marlins have not gotten a lot of good news this season, and Giancarlo Stanton is among the team’s bad news overall. Stanton’s 2013 campaign was nothing like what we expected, and it has to be considered a disappointment.

Marlins’ Juan Pierre embraces his different role | Miami Herald

At first glance, it could be hard to tell that long-time fan favorite Juan Pierre turned 36 on Aug. 14.

Pierre, who signed with Miami in November 2012 for a second stint with the organization, flashes the same youthful smile and charm that he exhibited when he joined the Marlins as a 25-year-old.

Renowned infield coach Hill doing best work in 2013 | Sun-Sentinel

Ed Lucas wasn’t there, but he saw a photo on Twitter. Infield coach Perry Hill before a road game earlier this season had six different players simultaneously working at first base. They shared three gloves, flipping them to one another as they took turns with repetitions.

Stock Up, Stock Down for Top 10 Miami Marlins Prospects for Week of August 19 | Bleacher Report

Christian Yelich recorded his 131st at-bat Sunday.

To the average fan, it probably doesn’t mean anything. But for this Stock Up, Stock Down report, it means Yelich is the sixth Marlin to lose his top 10 prospect status this season. The first five were Jose Fernandez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Rob Brantly, Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich.

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Is David Samson Looking For A Job?

Over at Yahoo! Sports, noted Marlins hater Jeff Passan comments that Marlins president David Samson may soon be pushed out of the organization. Passan mentions that Samson, generally an unstoppable mouthpiece for all things Marlins, has been “noticeably absent” this season, and that team sources say that owner Jeffrey Loria no longer considers him an integral part of the organization.

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