Good morning, Marlin Maniac readers and welcome to Morning Catch, the daily morning news and notes column from MarlinManiac.com about your Miami Marlins.
In the last three games, the Marlins have scored 21 runs. It seems as if this offense can never get things going, but a recent outburst has shown their potential. This potential, however, hasn’t been displayed in the second half until know, which is a problem.
Last night’s top contributor on offense was the 41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki, who keeps on impressing, even as his career is winding down.
Ichiro has been the center of attention in Miami recently, following his 4,192nd career professional hit to pass Ty Cobb. Now, at 2919 career MLB hits, the veteran slap-hitting sensation stands on track to break 3,000 next season, which would serve as his 16th.
Just last night, Ichiro knocked four hits, helping fuel Miami’s offense in a third consecutive victory. He’s always been one of the most underrated players of all-time, despite his incredible international following.
I’ve been a longtime believer of appreciating the talent players in the MLB have, see my Jose Fernandez appreciation piece, and Ichiro stands as yet another Marlin who continues to amaze, even at his older age.
From Around the Web:
Stanton hits for the first time since suffering broken hand — ESPN
Giancarlo Stanton began the next phase of his comeback from a fractured hand when he resumed hitting Monday.
The Miami Marlins star, who broke the hamate bone in his left hand on a swing and has been on the disabled list since June 27, hit off a machine and live pitching, manager Dan Jennings said. (Read More Here)
Miami Marlins cannot trade Marcell Ozuna — Michael Jong, SB Nation
The Miami Marlins have mixed opinions on the future of outfielder Marcell Ozuna with the team. After the awkward service time demotion situation and Ozuna’s quote about Triple-A New Orleans being a “prison,” the outfielder’s future in Miami is in question. Parties on either side of the debate can be found within the organization.
Unfortunately for the Marlins, their hands are sort of tied on the matter in terms of a value standpoint. The Fish forced the situation by demoting Ozuna and thus gaining a year of service time that was free of arbitration salaries. (Read More Here)
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