The Maimi Marlins made four major free agent signings this offseason in first baseman Garrett Jones, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, second baseman Rafael Furcal and third baseman Casey McGehee. The team is expecting all four of those moves to provide huge upgrades over the anemic production they received from the players manning those spots in 2013.
The Miami Herald had scouts from other organizations evaluate each of those moves to get an outside perspective on the Marlins offseason. The scouts had mostly positive things to say about each of the moves, especially considering the production expected for the modest dollar amounts of the contracts signed.
The Marlins’ offense was so abysmal last season that their 513 runs scored not only were 162 behind the big-league average, but 85 fewer than the next-lowest scoring teams (the White Sox). They’re counting on that changing because of an expected resurgence from Giancarlo Stanton, hoped-for improvement from Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna and the arrival of four new starting position players.
It’s a cold and newsless morning in the big city (although we have positive developments on both fronts: temps will climb back into the 30s by the end of the day, and spring training is creeping closer), so we’ll detour into two quick points I’ve gathered over the past week. 1). There is a fair amount of buzz in scouting circles about the Miami Marlins. One scout went so far as to call them a “trendy” pick to be surprise contenders this year.
Ranking 5th among NL relievers in strikeouts last season, I guess you can say A.J. makes opponents feel like they’ve been “locked out of heaven.” In honor of tonight’s Super Bowl halftime show, we present to you this Instagram video of Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos doing his best impersonation of Bruno Mars.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we talked about the first hit in Miami Marlins history, but what about the first hit for the Florida Marlins? I won’t ever forget that game. Before Marlins baseball was brought to South Florida, I rooted for whichever team my grandfather rooted for (mostly the Cardinals).
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Over the years I personally have witnessed up close and live some great moments, first moments, and record setting moments in Marlins history. I even have piece of Marlins history in my personal collection.
In breaking news, the Associated Press is reporting that minor league pitcher Ronny Fermin has been suspended for 50 games starting in 2014 for breaking Major League Baseball’s substance abuse policy. The commissioner’s office has announced that he tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug on baseball’s banned list.
Ever since the signing of Garrett Jones to be the primary first baseman there has been an ongoing discourse in the Marlins blogosphere regarding the need for a platoon partner. Jones has a well chronicled history of failure when facing left handed pitching. Our own Daniel Z did an outstanding job of breaking down the issue and some of the proposed solutions just today.