Position battles are coming down to the wire at Miami Marlins camp with only a week left until the start of the regular season. While most teams are making announcements regarding the winners and losers of their spring competitions, the Marlins will keep the fights going through the last week of camp. The battles continue for starting centerfielder between Marcell Ozuna and Jake Marisnick, reserve infielder between Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano, and fifth starter between Tom Koehler and Brad Hand.
The battle was back on between potential utility infielders Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano Sunday, when the Miami Marlins beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 at Joker Marchant Stadium. Lucas played for the first time since Miami’s last visit to Lakeland, March 13, when he strained a hamstring that kept him out of the past nine games.
Jake Marisnick has had the best spring in recent Marlins memory. In the process, the 22-year-old has put pressure on manager Mike Redmond to make an increasingly tough decision on whether Marisnick or should fill an open outfield spot.
The new first baseman for the Marlins believes he won’t be able to put up the same numbers as his predecessor. And it probably won’t disappoint Marlins front office executives one bit. Garrett Jones is not in Logan Morrison’s league when it comes to posting on Twitter, both in volume and in content.
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Last April, we pulled a fast one and fooled a lot of people into thinking Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was buying the Marlins. Sadly, that story was a prank – but it looks like we might not have been that far off.
Chris Coghlan was the Rookie of the Year for the Miami Marlins in 2009. His career went south, mainly due to injuries, after that. This off-season, the Marlins had to make the tough decision to non-tender Coghlan, giving him a chance to revive his career elsewhere.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Can it be? Is this the final home run moment of this list? Since we started writing these moments, we have encountered so many great home runs in Marlins history. Marlins fans could never forget Gary Sheffield’s home run at the All-Star Game, Jeff Conine’s home run at the All-Star Game, Jose Fernandez first home run, Mike Lowell’s NLCS home run, and so many more.
Welcome back to the NLCS . In baseball a lot of teams live and die by the long ball. Call me old fashioned, but small ball to me shows the brilliant tactics it takes to win a game. With a bunt to move a runner into scoring position, walking a player to set up a double play, or a sac fly, small ball is great for the game.
62-100, that was the Miami Marlins record last year. More than that record, was the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness that Marlins’ fans felt watching their team being dismantled just one year after bringing in some of the top names in free agency. It appears that Miami may have had a plan in place all along.