To some players, Spring Training is just a process to get ready for the regular season. Jose Fernandez is not one of those players. He takes joy in each and every day he gets to spend as a major league player, even if his day is a short spring training start.
“I went to sleep about 8:30 thinking it was the biggest game of my life,” Fernandez said. “I kept waking up, like, at 4 in the morning, and I looked at the phone. I was like, ‘I still have time to sleep.’ I keep waking up, waiting for the game, excited that I was throwing three innings.”
While this certainly sounds like what most Marlins players will feel come Opening Day 2014, Fernandez is just as enthused about an exhibition game in early March.
Unless you’re someone associated with the Atlanta Braves, Fernandez is a very likable figure. His hard work, dedication, and passion for the game is something that is not seen much among MLB players. He really is a hard player to hate.
That is, like I said, unless you’re associated with the Braves.
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Spring training is always a good time to see young players who you do not normally hear about working hard to make the final cut of a major-league roster. The Miami Marlins have some of those veterans on the spring training roster this year and it is going to be tough for second-year manager Mike Redmond to make some of these final cuts with some positions at a major stake.
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The Marlins won their second straight game on Wednesday afternoon when they defeated the New York Mets split squad 5-2. For the third straight game Miami had issues scoring runs, but another strong performance by the pitching staff saved the day.