I apologize for the lack of posting the past week. Had laptop issues, along with school, work, and dealing with a lack of any sleep. With most of those issues resolved, I will be jumping back into posting a lot more Miami Marlins coverage this upcoming week. We will also be debuting a brand new writer later this week, so it will be an exciting week here on MM.
MIke Redmond will make his Marlins managerial debut in just under a week. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Even better news, baseball season is almost here and I cannot wait much longer for it! Spring training games will be kicking off in just five days, this Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch this and seven other games on the Marlins’ flagship radio station, 790 The Ticket (AM 790 and FM 104.3.) The other games that will be broadcasted on 790 The Ticket include:
"Feb. 24 at Nationals (1:05 p.m.)March 2 at Mets (1:10 p.m.)March 5 vs. Venezula (7:05 p.m.)March 8 vs. Yankees (1:05 p.m.)March 9 vs. Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)March 16 at Mets (1:10 p.m.)March 23 vs. Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)"
If listening to the radio is not going to get you your Marlins fix, you can also catch the four games Fox Sports Florida will broadcast for the team during the the spring (all 1 p.m. starts): :
"Friday, March 8 vs. Yankees.Wednesday, March 13 against the BravesMonday, March 25 against the TigersTuesday, March 26 against the Nationals."
Those four games will hardly be enough baseball for us diehard fans, but the good news is, that MLB Network will be showcasing a few Marlins games on MLB.TV, as well as likely a few games on their network as well:
"Saturday March 2 1:10 PM Miami Marlins vs New York MetsThursday March 7th 1:10 PM Miami Marlins vs New York MetsFriday March 8th 1:05 PM New York Yankees vs Miami MarlinsWednesday March 13th 7:05 PM Atlanta Braves vs Miami MarlinsFriday March 15th 1:05 PM Miami Marlins vs New York YankeesSaturday March 16th 1:10 PM Miami Marlins vs New York MetsSunday March 17th 1:05 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Miami MarlinsTuesday March 19th 1:05 PM Miami Marlins vs St. Louis CardinalsSaturday March 23rd 1:05 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Miami MarlinsSunday March 24th 1:05 PM Miami Marlins vs Houston AstrosMonday March 25th 1:05 PM Detroit Tigers vs Miami MarlinsTuesday March 26th 1:05 PM Washington Nationals vs Miami MarlinsThursday March 28th 1:05 PM Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinalshttp://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info…ring_mlbtv.jsp"
That should be enough games for us to get us through the spring into the regular season, which kicks off April 1st against the defending NL East champions, the Washington Nationals.
Out of Options Players:
As is always, the most interesting players to watch during the Spring are usually the players that are out options. Most of the time, they are playing for their lives with their current MLB organization. If they are valuable enough to the organization, they will make the team out of spring training, not based off of performance, but rather the risk of being exposed to other teams.
According to MLB Trade Rumors out of option players for the Marlins in 2013 include:
"Michael Dunn, LHPWade LeBlanc, LHPJustin Ruggiano, OFGorkys Hernandez, OF"
Wade LeBlanc is all but assured to make the team after a successful 2012 season, either as a starter or as a long reliever out of the bullpen. Ruggiano holds the upper hand in starting the season as the Marlins starting center fielder. Dunn will also likely make the team as one of their primary lefty options out of the pen.
Gorkys Hernandez will be fighting for his Marlins career this spring. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Gorkys Hernandez could be the player facing the biggest uphill battle to make the team. Ruggiano is anticipated to start in center and Juan Pierre in left field. Hernandez could battle with Bryan Petersen, Austin Kearns, Scott Cousins, and Kevin Mattison to make the team as the fourth/fifth outfielder, but Alfredo Silverio has a decent shot to make the team, based on his upside and Rule 5 requirement.
For more Marlins spring training coverage, please stay tuned to Marlin Maniac.