Despite fans and even some players best attempts, the Marlins have shown no interest in bringing the fences a little closer in Marlins Park. Until they do, the Marlins are going to need to employ gap hitters with speed who provide good defense.
Joe Frisaro, blogger for the Marlins, writes about the Marlins pursuit of defense in a recent article. He points to the Marlins’ championship run in 2003 as a viable example.
I have to agree. I think that for the Marlins to return to playoff contention, defense will have to play a big part of that. We have a great defensive outfield and up the middle we are pretty solid. Mathis isn’t a long-term answer, but certainly capable at defense.
As the Marlins continue with free agency, watch for them to continue to place a premium on defense in their player evaluations. Don’t expect them to sign any player who provides substandard defense, particularly at third base.
Miami Marlins trade target: Mark Trumbo | Fish Stripes
Everyone knows the Miami Marlins are interested in acquiring position players. While our 2014 Fish Stripes Marlins Offseason Plan had them focus on filling holes without a particular type of player in mind, it seems Miami wants to fill a particular need in power. Miami was last in the league in home runs by a significant margin and were one of six Major League teams since the scoring environment increased in 1993 to hit fewer than 100 home runs in a full season (excludes strike-shortened years).
One year ago today, the 12-player trade that sent All-Stars Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and two others from the Marlins to the Blue Jays for a prospect-heavy seven-player package became official. At the time, there was outrage over Miami gutting its team less than two months after its inaugural season in a taxpayer-funded new stadium, and trading two players, Reyes and Buehrle, whom it had just signed to significant contracts the previous offseason. There was also awe over Toronto’s haul in the trade based on the star power of the three players named above. A year later, however, the blockbuster looks very different for both teams.
Marlins looking for stability around Giancarlo Stanton | Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins‘ top priority this offseason, according to our 2014 Fish Stripes Marlins Offseason Plan, is to secure Giancarlo Stanton for the long haul in Miami. The Fish have a player whom, up until last season, was the first legitimate star the team had developed in-house since Miguel Cabrera. Stanton is entering his first season of arbitration and the Marlins need to secure him with a long-term extension in order to kick off a strong core.
Marlins Park to display more colorful artwork in 2014 | Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins did a lot of different things with the opening of Marlins Park in 2012. One of the things that received almost universal criticism was the unveiling of what is now known here at Fish Stripes as the Monstrosity. The massive center field home run structure that lights up any time a Marlin sends one over the fence has been panned as tacky and gaudy, as most other home runs sculptures are.
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Free Agent Rankings: Third Base | Chris Logel
Today we continue our look into the free agents for the upcoming 2014 season at each position. Third base figures to be an important target for the Marlins front office, and we have seen many rumors already this off-season that confirm that. Some of our other positions that we have spotlighted have seen a boost in rankings just because of their ability to also man the hot corner.
Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #132 Reliving 2003 | Andy Salgado
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are looking at a recent moment that happened in 2013. For moment 132 we take a look at August 4, 2013: 2003 World Series Day. The day started out with the Marlins handing out Mike Lowell bobble heads. After you got into the park, the real ceremony began.
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Here’s to 2014!