As if the play on the field was not bad enough, the 2013 Miami Marlins were also involved in an ugly incident where then hitting coach, Tino Martinez, was accused of verbally and physically abusing players. Martinez was forced to resign days after the complaints became public, but the Marlins were unable to make this story go away. Later in the season reports surfaced of owner Jeffrey Loria vetoing call ups of minor league players who had lobbed accusations against Martinez, Loria’s personal selection for a coaching position. One of those players, Chris Valaika, signed with the Chicago Cubs today and took the opportunity to slyly take a backhanded swipe at Loria and the Marlins.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have made it clear that they want a new shortstop. Now, it appears that they are ready to move third baseman David Freese to open up money to get one. NBC Sports.com’s Drew Silva reports that the Miami Marlins have an interest in the 30-year-old third baseman. Silva quotes MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro as saying, “The Marlins are weighing whether David Freese is a realistic fit at third base.”
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It is no secret that Miami really struggled at the hot corner last year. When you combine the normal production a team would expect to receive from a third baseman, it was that much more detrimental to the team. It is little surprise then, that the last few days have seen more than a few third baseman name’s being thrown around the rumor mill. We can now add Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Juan Uribe to the list.
As part of the deal for the new stadium the Florida Marlins agreed to change their name to the Miami Marlins. Welcome to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are taking a look at moment 134. In February of 2008 the news broke that the Florida Marlins were no longer going to be known as the Florida Marlins after the 2011 season. Instead they will be known as the Miami Marlins. The funny thing about this is early in the Marlins inception the fans originally wanted the Florida Marlins to be called the Miami Marlins, but Wayne Huizenga thought it would be a better name if they were called Florida instead of Miami.
As we move our free agent rankings around the horn, we settle today on second base. Miami used two primary second baseman last year, Donovan Solano and Derek Dietrich. Both players were right around replacement level at the position, something that the Marlins have not been used to, enjoying the services of Omar Infante and Dan Uggla previously. We usually lay out 2 posts for each position, but due to the scarcity of quality players, this post will just be extra long. Without further ado, let’s begin.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are going to take a look at moment 135, which takes place July 18, 2009. On this day the Marlins broke ground for the new Marlins Park. With over thousands of fans showing up to the event, the Marlins created a baseball field on the site of the new park.