Miami Marlins beat reporter Joe Frisaro fielded a question from a Marlins’ fan yesterday that asked why Miami shouldn’t trade for Dan Uggla. The reasoning was that Miami needs a power bat, they can move Solano over to 3rd base until Colin Moran is ready and they could get him relatively cheap. Frisaro seemed to believe that this wouldn’t be a bad move. That maybe a change of scenery would be helpful for Uggla.
LORIA!! DON’T DO IT!!
Uggla, or as I like to call him,”the master of the 8th inning solo home run when your up by 7 runs” (I know, it’s a long name). Is not someone who you want mentoring your young guys. He has virtually no plate discipline, He swings for the fences every time, and he is not good defensively. Look, there was a reason that he was left off the Braves postseason roster. In big moments during games, all that is needed to get him out is elevate a mediocre fastball and he has no chance. This is the worst kept secret in baseball. If we brought him back, I would be ashamed.
I understand Uggla is the franchise leader in home runs and we need power. The problem is, Uggla can’t hit anymore. I live in the heart of Braves country. There is not a lot of things that I can point to, to make Atlanta fans clam up. Sure, the fact that we have two World Series victories in our short history and the Braves only have one works well, but they love to point to their N.L. East Pennants. However, all I need to do is bring up Uggla and you can just see their faces cringe with embarrassment. To say that Braves’ fans regret that trade would be an understatement. They utter the name Omar Infante like he is a long-lost love. They hate the fact that we tricked them into taking Uggla off our hands. Let’s not be even stupider and take him back. Please… On to more Marlins news.
Miami Marlins‘ path to redemption is daunting but possible | Fish Stripes
With the Miami Marlins‘ offseason still in the early stages as they wait for St.Louis and Boston to duke it out in the upcoming World Series, the supply of possible pieces is pretty limited. With that said, I was relatively surprised to be of witness to the new SBNation series entitled Dr. SB Nation which has an individual baseball writer to give an overview on a specific team and also give some advice on what they could do to improve during the offseason. On Tuesday, noted baseball scribe Cee Angi continued the series by examining the Marlins while “trying” to predict what the team could do in the offseason to improve for the 2014 season.
Marlins Park will be adding some college football spirit.
The retractable-roof facility will be the home of the inaugural Miami Bowl, to debut in 2014. More details of the event will be revealed on Thursday at a news conference at Marlins Park.
2013 Marlins Season Review: The bullpen, part 1 | Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins received top-notch work from the back of their bullpen, as closer Steve Cishek put up a strong performance in 2013. But the rest of the bullpen also played a good role in securing would-be victories for the Marlins. The combination of some of the team’s best pen arms produced worthwhile, promising seasons from two or three players this year.
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Miami Marlins Season Review: Catcher Grades | Chris Logel
As we continue with our Marlins season ending grades, we move on to the last remaining position in the field, the catcher. Last season, the Marlins netted young catcher Rob Brantly in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. Many felt that Brantly was the future for the Marlins at the catcher position, and since the future is now for the Marlins, the job was Brantly’s to lose coming out of spring training. The Marlins also acquired catcher Jeff Mathis in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays during the offseason, with the expectation of Mathis tutoring the young Brantly as his backup. Unfortunately for the Marlins, neither player was able to cement themselves as a bona fide starter for years to come.
Here is to 2014!