Miami Herald’s Michelle Kaufman channels Billy Joel: “Don’t go changin’.” Exuberance and joy in the game are hallmarks of Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez, and Michelle Kaufman is happy to see it, and passes along her hopes that he retains his energy.
Logan Morrison nominated for the National League Roberto Clemente award. What was called the Commissioner’s award until Clemente’s untimely death while shepherding earthquake relief supplies into Nicaragua in 1973. The award is given annually to the player that best exemplifies the contributions baseball makes, both on and off the field. Congratulations, Mr. Morrison. Not only have your tweets entertained us all season long, we are impressed and grateful for your charitable efforts.
<sigh> Front office woes continue in Little Havana. First discussed here at MarlinManiac in August of last year, the drama continues. First, Ken Rosenthal writes that all is not sweetness and light upstairs in the executive suite. Now, rumors are flying that Larry Beinfest’s tenure could be coming to an end soon. However, here is a look at the pros and cons of a front office shakeup.
Despite all of the bad news this season, and the grip prospect of a 100-loss record, there are a few bright spots. Jose Fernandez is one, as is Juan Pierre’s 2,215th hit. Last night in Philadelphia, the durable outfielder tied Joe DiMaggio for the 175th spot on the all-time hit list.
Speculation about the Marlins making a run at yet another Cuban defector has been running high, as rumors about club interest in Jose Abreu have been circulating. However, the general consensus is that the big slugger would be a benefit to the club, the projected $60m to sign him would be better spent retaining Giancarlo Stanton.
Also last night, Cliff Lee gutted, filleted, skewered, and barbecued the Marlins. The Phillies hurler fanned 14, tallied three hits, and knocked in four runs. Lee is the first pitcher ever to set the bar that high.