Apr 7, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
At the beginning of each week and month, the MLB usually names a player from each league to be the player of the week or month. Although this is not a huge honor, like winning the season MVP, players do get excited to receive these type of awards.
I thought it would be a fun idea to do a player of the week from our Marlin Maniac site each week. I will give you guys a group of candidates each week, along with their statistics from the week. After I present all the numbers to you guys, I will have a poll for you to vote for player of the week. We will leave the poll open until Thursday night and the player of the week will be named Friday morning.
We will do this every week for the season and tally at the end of the season which player wins the most Marlin Maniac Player of the Week awards. It’s going to be a fun exercise and although the Marlins are in for a rough season, it will be a way to celebrate the #minorvictories, the hash-tag Fishstripes has been promoting, for the team.
Here is a look at the candidates for the first Marlin Maniac Player of the week award:
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Of all the players, Solano has the weakest line, as his lack of power drags down his line, especially the slugging percentage. He has been the best Marlin in terms of getting on base though.
Here is a look at the candidates for the Marlins pitcher of the week:
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I believe that Jose Fernandez‘s start was the most impressive of the three, in what was his MLB debut. He was overpowering hitters with his fastball all day long. LeBlanc had a start that the advanced statistics loved, as evidenced by his excellent FIP. Nolasco out pitched his peripherals, quite the opposite of what he has done since his breakout 2008 campaign.
All the numbers are out there, now is your chance to vote on the Marlins player of the week. Will you go with one of the Marlins hot hitters: Greg Dobbs, Rob Brantly, Justin Ruggiano, or Donovan Solano? Or will you go with one of the three Marlins pitchers: Ricky Nolasco, Wade LeBlanc, or the kid?
As always, if you feel there is another deserving candidate I missed, feel free to vote “other” and write in your vote for that player. We at Marlin Maniac believe in the democratic process. Every vote counts here!