Headed into the 2014 MLB Season, the Miami Marlins are a team that seems to have the right mind-set.
The Marlins duo of stars, in Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, have already made confident statements about the immediate future of the team. Last week, Stanton proclaimed that he is “not a loser.” On Monday, Fernandez proclaimed his goal for the 2014 season would be to post a 1.95 ERA.
“I’m not here to tell guys, ‘This is how you do it. This is how you don’t do it,’” he said. “I’m hoping we all have the same mindset, which is to win.”
“Get that mindset now, ‘We’re going to win this,’” Saltalamacchia said. “If you don’t have that mindset, you’re going to be shooting yourself in the foot.”
Obviously the Marlins are going to need a lot more than the “correct” mindset to make a turnaround akin to the Red Sox from a season ago, but it’s a great start.
Miami Marlins Organization Discussion | Minor League Ball
I am now working on the Chicago White Sox prospect list. The next team in line is the Miami Marlins, to be followed by the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and the San Diego Padres.
Examining the Potential of Nick Wittgren | Fishstripes
As Spring Training continues on, top-notch relief prospect Nick Wittgren sits on the verge of a possible spot in the Marlins rotation. Does Nick Wittgren have the skills to break into Miami’s packed bullpen? Or does he have to continue to work in the minors?
Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: Rafael Furcal | Fishstripes
Miami Marlins’ new approach: Embrace big ball park and hit in the gaps | Palm Beach Post
While the team continues to study the possibility of moving in the fences at Marlins Park, new hitting coach Frank Menechino wants to take advantage of the spacious dimensions to invigorate an anemic offense.
Marmol seeking ideal fastball-slider mix in 2014 | Sun-Sentinel
In the literal sense, Carlos Marmol always gets back in the saddle. He owns a ranch in his native Dominican Republic and spends much of his offseason riding horses.
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With all apologies to the baseball statisticians and their regression models, Jose Fernandez doesn’t anticipate a sophomore slump. As a matter of fact, he is predicting a season even better than the magical one that he had last year. MLB.com is reporting that Fernandez’s goal is an ERA of 1.95 and he believes he can achieve it.
Joe Frisaro, a blogger for MLB.com is reporting that Miami Marlins’ starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez has an infection in his shin that will prevent him from making his scheduled start on Sunday against the Washington Nationals in Viera, Florida. Apparently he required a doctor to drain the infection early today.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. “I Love You Miami!” These were the words Livan Hernandez screamed moments after winning the 1997 World Series with the Marlins.
Thanks to some of the more sabermetrically inclined teams, like the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, infield shifts have become increasingly popular over the last few seasons.
A couple of seasons ago, the Marlins Franchise seemed so deep in first base depth that they decided to move one of their top hitting prospects to left field, just to get his bat into the starting lineup. That prospect was Logan Morrison.
The Miami Marlins opened up their 2014 spring training schedule with an exhibition game against the University of Miami Hurricanes at Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins lineup included several players expected to be in the opening day lineup for the regular season. The outfield included both Christian Yelich and Marcel Ozuna, while new acquisitions Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee made their Marlins debuts.
MLB has announced the return of their ’30 Clubs in 30 Days’ program to begin on Friday, February 28th. For those of you not familiar with the show, the MLB network travels around to all 30 MLB teams and provide viewers with a hour-long special focused entirely on their team. The Miami Marlins episode will air March 22nd at 7:00pm EST.
I have been excited about David Samson playing Survivor for quite a few months now. In honor of Samson’s appearance, I have decided to brush off the old running diary and take this bird for a spin. One thing is for sure. Samson will provide me with no shortage of material.