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Last night for the Miami Marlins, second baseman Dee Gordon provided one of the rarer treats to Marlins fans, as he homered for the first time in 2015. Gordon spanked a ball into left center and once it got to the warning track, everyone in the building was thinking home run.
This was a joy to watch, as Dee has been all season. Hopefully he can hit a few more of these with Giancarlo Stanton out until August.
Of course, a few more of these from Bour would be fantastic as well:
Marlins News Around the Web:
Dee Gordon’s inside-the-park homer keys Marlins’ 5-3 win over Giants – Shandel Richardson, Sun-Sentinel
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has never been known for his hitting power.
What he lacks in strength is more than made up for with speed. That was on display Tuesday when Gordon recorded the first inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. He hit the three-run homer in the second inning of the Marlins’ 5-3 victory against the San Francisco Giants.
“A thing of beauty,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. “…It was a beautiful thing to see. He had a great swing on that ball, split the gap perfect. When he gets on base like that and starts to run, it’s really exciting.” (Read More Here
Marlins’ Ramos reflects on his Tommy John experience, empathizes with Fernandez – Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
That’s why Ramos empathizes with the jumbled combination of anticipation and excitement Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will likely experience leading up to Thursday in his return to the big-league mound.
Ramos, who underwent the procedure in late April 2008, during his junior year as a Red Raider, expedited the process in order to give himself a shot at being drafted and pursuing a professional baseball career.
At the time, the 21-year-old righty didn’t know the UCL in his right elbow had torn and kept pitching until two consecutive alarming outings. Ramos allowed nine runs with seven walks and just two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings at Kansas on April 12. Six days later, he issued four walks and gave up four runs in a frame before being pulled against Kansas State. (Read More Here)
Giancarlo Stanton injury: Stanton and the injury-prone label – Michael Jong, Fishstripes
The Miami Marlins will be without Giancarlo Stanton, the team’s undisputed best player, for the next four to six weeks as he recovers from a hamate bone fracture in his left hand. We spent time explaining the injury in more detail, and it sounds as though surgery and rehab should clear Stanton to return to reasonable form. There have been concerns brought up about decreased grip strength in the left hand after such an injury, and while the thought is a possibility, it is far from a guarantee in an otherwise healthy player.
Of course, “otherwise healthy” is something Stanton has had trouble being. The big righty has had a checkered past in terms of injuries, and this one is the latest example of a series of unfortunate sidelinings. (Read More Here)
Do The Miami Marlins Need To Rebuild? – Dillon Murrell, Marlin Maniac
If you’re on this site and reading this article, chances are you’re aware that the Miami Marlins are currently 31-46 with one game left to go in the month of June.
The optimist would say a very strong second half could put them in the race. However, the team would need to go 50-36 the rest of the way (a .581 winning percentage) just to get back to .500.
While much of the media had the Marlins as the trendy pick to compete this season, most projections systems had them as an approximately .500 team. (Read More Here)
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