Portly former Major League first baseman John Kruk when asked about his less than prototypical athletic body replied, “I’m not an athlete, I’m a baseball player.” Baseball players have come in all shapes and sizes over the years with all sorts of different body types finding success. Marllins prospect Colby Suggs may not possess a classic pitchers build at just 5-11 and 230 pounds, but he certainly has an exemplary high 90’s fastball.
His nickname was “Gob,” which seems apt considering Garland Buckeye on his Baseball Reference page is listed at 6-feet, 260 pounds. During a five-year major league career, Buckeye logged an unspectacular 30-39 record with three different teams.
The group, which included Alvarez and pitchers Jose Fernandez and A.J. Ramos among others, gathered around the Venezuelan flag and held signs with the word “PAZ” or PEACE. With the picture I’m hoping to send a message to Venezuela to have peace and to leave the violence behind,” said Alvarez, a native of Valencia. “As baseball players our message has more of a potential to be reached.”
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Earlier in the week, Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez had to bring his wife and baby daughter to Miami ahead of schedule, due to the political unrest taking place in his native Venezuela. Alvarez has had six people from his hometown die due to the unrest. Briana, his two month old daughter developed respiratory issues as a result of tear gas shot near the family’s Caracas residence.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. It seems every time Gary Sheffield is on this list it has to do with a home run. Well moment 36 is no different. How rare is it for a player to hit two home runs in one game? What if those two home runs were hit in the same inning? Gary accomplished such a feat on July 13, 1997 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. A lot of things have to go into a Grand Slam. It’s hard enough to send the ball over that fence to begin with, but to have all bases filled with runners can put a lot of pressure on a batter. To do it twice in a game is rare.
With spring training now underway, the Miami Marlins have begun to announce what their plans are for their upcoming spring training games. Included in those reports are the first start that Jose Fernandez will make this spring.
The Seattle Mariners made some big ticket moves this winter signing free agent Robinson Cano to the biggest contract of the offseason as well as OF/1B Corey Hart and closer Fernando Rodney. They also made a trade with the Marlins to acquire Logan Morrison in exchange for relief pitcher Carter Capps. The moves definitely signal that the Mariners are in win now mode and might be willing to trade prospects in the right move.