TGIT Marlin Maniacs- Thursday is the new Friday after all. With all hands on deck for the past forty-eight hours, all sorts of snippets and stories are pouring in from Miami Marlins camp. From dealing with old issues to looking forward to full seasons, your morning Fish Flash is here to provide you the latest news on your favorite baseball team.
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The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson takes an in-depth look at the race for the fourth and fifth rotation spots, paying particular attention to 2014 deadline acquisition Jarred Cosart. As a bonus news link, he also directs the reader to a really solid Fangraphs piece on A.J. Ramos and Carter Capps. We’ll fire off our own perspective on the bullpen race once games commence next week, but in the meantime, enjoy these two takes.
Last week, we linked you to an MLB.com piece where Joe Frisaro talked up catcher J.T. Realmuto‘s desire to beef up on his framing abilities behind the plate. Clark Spencer of the Herald touches on that as well, but also covers the sophomore backstop’s determination to improve in all areas heading into 2016. To that end, and this is the real new piece of news within the article, there is yet another new addition to the coaching staff. Check it out.
Seriously, can we get away with saying Giancarlo Stanton is “swinging the lumber well” ever again if this change sticks? Bit of a first world problem I know, but as someone who’s supposed to write about him at least 162 times this season, I’d like as many metaphors and sports cliches for hitting available to me as possible. But we digress. According to Mr. Frisaro, the big man will be adding a new bat to his arsenal. Read up on the new hardware.