The Florida Marlins originally wore teal hats and batting helmets before somebody realized how ridiculous they looked and had them permanently locked in a dungeon below Sun Life Stadium. It appeared that the same fate awaited the Miami Marlins red-orange hats after they did not make a single appearance in the 2013 season, until now. Team president David Samson announced this weekend that the red-orange hats have been granted a reprieve and will be used in 2014.
It’s not exactly a throwback fashion statement, but the Marlins will be sporting a slightly more colorful look next season. The “red-orange” hats will be making a comeback.
A ninth-round pick out of Purdue, Nick Wittgren was the 132nd pitcher — and fourth by the Marlins alone — selected in the 2012 Draft. Very few of them have proven as dominant in their brief professional careers as the 22-year-old right-hander, who owns a 0.91 ERA in 75 games.
Getting calls on the field correct is vital, but so is the pace of game, says Marlins president David Samson. Major League Baseball is planning to adopt expanded replay review next season, which raises concerns that games will be lengthened.
Decisions are made every offseason that not only dictate what happens when a season begins, but what path a franchise takes toward its ultimate goal—a World Series title.
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For those who do not know, WAR is an acronym that means Wins Above Replacement. In a nutshell, if a player has a WAR of 1.0 that means that the player brings in one more win than a possible replacement in the minor leagues. It is the kind of stat that encompasses every offensive and defensive metric for a player just to see how many wins this player can bring with him on a season.
The brightest spot of the season for the Miami Marlins was by far their young, talented rotation. Today we will spotlight two more of these promising pitchers. Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi are two pitchers who both showed that they have talent, although their approaches are different from each other. At 22 and 23 year’s old respectively, they both have a lot to learn but are making the steps necessary to have viable futures in the big leagues. If both of these players continue to grow, the Marlins have 2 solid rotation guys for years to come.