Jose Fernandez came into the first day of spring training as a relative unknown last season with no expectations of even making the big league team and by the end of the season he was the National League Rookie of the Year and the new face of the Miami Marlins. This season he knew things would be different and expectations would be much increased, so Fernandez bought himself an expensive bicycle and ramped up his training regimen. When he reported today, Fernandez was not only 17 pounds lighter, but he says his stamina and endurance are better this season. The Marlins hope it will translate into even better results on the mound.
Being crowned rookie of the year and placing third in the Cy Young voting was not enough. The defining moment, the moment when Jose Fernandez realized last season was not a dream, was when he walked into the Marlins’ clubhouse Sunday, the first day pitchers and catchers worked out.
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez does not really understand the idea of a “sophomore slump.” Nor does he care to. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year returned to Roger Dean Stadium Sunday with his fellow pitchers and catchers, this time focused on producing a spectacular encore for his second major-league season.
The back fields were in full use at Roger Dean Stadium. After undergoing physicals in the morning, there was a brief meeting, and pitchers and catchers began stretching at 1 p.m. ET. Breaking up into groups, the first wave of drills were PFP (pitchers fielding practice). Catchers worked on their techniques and blocking pitches in the dirt.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Moment 43 is probably the most asked about moment I have received from the fans, so without any further ado here it is: Steve Bartman.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Almost every year a team can look back at its season and pick what was the turning point for them that year. The 2003 Marlins could choose from a few. Moment 45 is one of those moments. Today we are bringing you the day the Jack McKeon took over the Marlins on May 11, 2003.
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