Casey McGehee had a great season last year with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. It was good enough to get him not only a major league contract back in the states, but also a starting position on a major league team. The Marlins were desperate for some production out of the third base slot after getting abysmal production there in 2013. It seems like a perfect match between need and opportunity, but will it turn out well. At least one analyst is already predicting McGehee will be one of the worst regulars to get to play a full season in 2014.
I’m a sucker for terrible baseball players. It’s part of my DNA as a fan and analyst to root for exceptionalism — any kind of exceptionalism. And while I don’t root for failure, I do root for performance oddities. One of the most jarring, most interesting types of performance oddities are the players who manage to play close to a whole season, and still put up negative value by any of the big performance metrics like wins above replacement.
Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez had just hit a home run in his final at-bat of 2013. The division rival Braves weren’t happy with how the eventual National League Rookie of the Year reacted to it, and the benches cleared. After the game, Mike Redmond spoke with Fernandez. While addressing the media, he said the 21-year-old showed his youth and some immaturity.
Signing Jeff Baker to a two-year contract fills yet another bench spot on a Marlins’ roster that appears to be filling up quickly. Obviously, much can happen over the course of Spring Training, but heading into camp, reserve roles will be hotly contested.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. There is no secret that myself and some Marlins fans were a little upset about the snub Jose Fernandez received from the announcers at the 2013 All-Star Game (you can read about it here).
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we are going to take a look at the long ball again, but this for the first time on this list we are going to have two moments in one.
With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in 10 days, today we get started with our season preview of our pitching staff. Who better to kick off this preview than the reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez? It is difficult to write something about Fernandez that hasn’t already been written in the last 12 months, but that is not going to stop me from trying.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Yesterday we talked about dingers (and most likely tomorrow we will do the same), but today we are going to talk about another important part of the game- speed. It’s not fun being thrown out at first when you hit the ball into the outfield.