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With two outs in the top of the ninth and the Marlins losing 6-3, manager Dan Jennings was ejected arguing over a check swing by Adeiny Hechavarria. Brett Butler, Miami’s outfield and baserunning coach took over for the departed Jennings. This triggered reaction from twitter, including…..Miami Heat Beat Reporter Ira Winderman?
Yes, Ira Winderman decided to tweet this. Well, many fans would agree with this. Many fans would also need to ask “Who is Brett Butler?”
Butler played in the MLB for 16 years (1981-1997) for the Braves, Indians, Giants, Mets, and Dodgers. Butler played centerfield, posted a .290 batting average, 2375 hits, 558 stolen bases, and an all-star appearance in 1991.
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As a coach, Butler began in 1998 for youth baseball. He moved on to coach with the Diamondbacks before being hired as the manager of the Lancaster JetHawks (Class-A D-Backs) in 2006.
He moved through the minor league system of the D-Backs and eventually coached the Triple-A Reno Aces to a Pacific League Championship in 2012. Butler was named as the Marlins third base/outfield coach in 2013.
That’s much more coaching experience than Dan Jennings ever had.
ICYMI: Ozuna’s value building up — Sean Millerick, Marlin Maniac
Much has been written about the decision to keep young slugger Marcell Ozuna down at AAA while the big league club is failing to produce runs and win ballgames. With only five wins under Miami’s belt since the All-Star Break, it would seem that the big motivation has ceased to be simply fixing his swing, and has shifted to keeping Ozuna from being arbitration eligible after the season. (Read More Here)
From Around the Web:
Markakis leads Braves to 6-3 win over Marlins — AP
ATLANTA — Nick Markakis had three hits, including a tie-breaking two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling Miami Marlins 6-3 on Friday night.
Markakis extended his hitting streak to 14 games, finishing 3 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs as the Braves erased a 3-2 deficit in the seventh to win for the fourth time in six games.
Barraclough surprised by quick call to Marlins — Craig Davis, Sun Sentinal
Kyle Barraclough received the second surprise in the past two weeks when he got the word late Thursday that he was being called up to make his major league debut with the Marlins.
The right-hander was just settling in with Double-A Jacksonville after the jolt of being traded July 24 by the Cardinals for former Marlins closer Steve Cishek.
“It was just shocking to me,” Barraclough said after joining the Marlins before Friday’s game at Turner Field. “I had read reports that the Cardinals were interested in Cishek, but I never thought it would be me that was going. They’ve got a good minor league system and I thought there’s tons of guys that they’re going to want except for me.” (Read More Here)
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