The Miami Marlins have announced a group 22 non-roster players who will be invited to spring training. The group is made up of 6 minor league free agents and 16 organizational players not yet on the 40 man roster. Among the minor league free agents, Kevin Slowey may be the most interesting name as he will be vying for a chance to win the #5 spot in the rotation.
On the organizational player side, the top two names to watch are 3B Colin Moran and P Andrew Heaney. Moran was the team’s top draft pick in 2013 and is expected to move quickly through the minor leagues before taking over the hot corner in Miami.
The Marlins’ Spring Training roster is pretty much set. On Thursday afternoon, the club announced the signings of six players to Minor League contracts with invitations to big league camp. Headlining the list are right-handers Kevin Slowey and Jesus Sanchez. Additionally, outfielders Joe Benson and Matt Angle were announced. The team also is bringing in left-hander Josh Spence and infielder Juan Diaz.
The Marlins are confident Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna (who played well in winter ball) will capably handle starting spots alongside Giancarlo Stanton, but they are exploring adding another outfielder for depth and other reasons and are looking at several options, including Delmon Young, 28, who hit .260 with 11 homers and 38 RBI for Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last season.
Marlins president David Samson is rumored to be cast in the upcoming season of the game show “Survivor,” according to Local 10 Miami. The latest season, which was filmed over the summer in the Phillippines, is set to air in February, but the contestants have not officially been announced as of yet.
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The Miami Marlins are ready to enter the 2014 season with an outfield of Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton. The team acquired Brian Bogusevic, from the Cubs for Justin Ruggiano, to be their fourth outfielder.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. We have all heard the saying “Chicks dig the long ball.” Me, I’m old fashioned. I prefer a pitching duel, but every once and a while I do enjoy a good dinger. For moment 78 we are going to take a look at the Marlins player single season home run record set by Gary Sheffield in 1996.
Welcome to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. There is no secret I do not like the DH. I think that if you are on the field you should bat too! Also, if you bat you should play the field. This is one of the big reason I enjoy the National League. For moment 79 we take you to Game 4 of the 2003 NLDS where Dontrelle Willis proved that pitchers can hit.
The previous three Saturday’s, I have attempted to gauge how Marlin Maniac readers feel that the NL East will play out in 2014. You guys have selected the Atlanta Braves to win the division, with the Washington Nationals finishing as the runner ups.
This week former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine became the first pitchers elected to the Hall of Fame to have started a game against the Florida Marlins franchise. The only other Hall of Famer to have pitched against the Marlins was Dennis Eckersley, who did so in relief during a stint with the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of his career.
Welcome to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Last moment we talked about a moment from 2002, the year before the World Series win. How about we handle a moment from the World Series season? Today for moment 80 we are going back to the game between the Marlins and the Braves on July 1, 2003.