The Miami Marlins made one highly predictable move this weekend and one completely unforeseeable one. Both moves involve reigning Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. The predictable one is that Fernandez was officially named as the team’s opening day starter. Anyone could have told you that would happen months ago. That was not the end of the good news for Fernandez, though, as they also awarded him with a $145,000 raise. For a team notorious for renewing their young players’ contracts at very close to the minimum salary, this move is a surprising and welcome development. Just last year the Marlins renewed Giancarlo Stanton’s contract at just $47,000 over the minimum.
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Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez is having a weekend every working man and woman dreams about. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the 21-year-old received a $145,000 raise on Saturday, which sounds incredible in the real world, but isn’t too bad in the baseball world either considering his age and experience level.
As a member of a World Series team a season ago, Miami Marlins’ catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia knows what it takes to win. Having earned a ring with the Red Sox in 2013, the West Palm Beach native understands the process of buying into a program and staying focused.
A 21-year-old with one year of big league experience isn’t your typical team leader. Not much is according to the book when it comes to Jose Fernandez. The 21-year-old has established himself as the ace. He has yet to officially be announced as the Opening Day starter, but he is lined up to pitch every five days. Where that plays out is March 31, the season opener against the Rockies at Marlins Park.
When it came to finding pitches to hit — pitches that were thrown in the strike zone, pitches the Marlins’ big man could put his barrel on — it was slim pickings for Giancarlo Stanton a season ago.
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Last season, it took until the last moment before the season started for Jose Fernandez to learn he had made the Miami Marlins major league roster. This season, it took just three Grapefruit League games before manager Mike Redmond named him the Opening Day Starter for the Marlins. The Marlins open their 2014 season at home on March 31st, against the Colorado Rockies
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Joe Robbie Stadium (yes I know it’s not called that anymore, but to me it will always be Joe Robbie) was home to the Marlins from 1993 to 2011. Many great moments happen there, and one of my favorite moments that happened there is moment 29. On September 28, 2011 the Marlins said good bye to Joe Robbie.
The Marlins solid early season continued Saturday with two more victories, as Miami divided up into two different squads and took on the Cardinals and the Mets. Kevin Slowey got the Marlins off to a great start against the Mets, as he was on point with his fastball, locating it well and rolling through New York hitters in his two innings of work. Austin Barnes got the Marlins on the board with a solo home run in the third. Lucas Duda answered with a solo shot of his own an inning later.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Playoffs are always a magical time in the baseball season. The Marlins, in their history, have been to 2 postseasons, and those playoffs were a lot of fun for us fans. Moment 30 takes us back to 1997 when the Marlins won their first ever playoff series against the San Francisco Giants!
The first Grapefruit League game of the 2014 Spring Training season for the Marlins also signifies the start of one of the most futile, but beloved exercises of the baseball year…projections! Just this week, Fangraphs.com published their team WAR projections for 2014. They then compared these projections with the 2013 actual team WAR (wins above replacement) totals to see where to expect improvements or declines in win totals.