Afternoon Marlin Maniacs. Ready or not, whether they count or not, baseball games are back. The Miami Marlins open up with an exhibition against the University of Miami, before diving into their exhibition slate tomorrow.
But speaking of diving in, let’s get to the Fish Flash. From expanded roles for some role players to lofty expectations for the offense, we’ve got you covered.
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According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, according to Don Mattingly, Derek Dietrich should see plenty of opportunities to play in 2016. The above piece offers up some surprising stats on the role player, as well as his thoughts on a Marlins career that has been anything but predictable.
In a special, stat-heavy profile put out by MLB.com’s Roger Schlueter, a look is taken at what Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has accomplished power wise in his young career, and the elite company he’s already keeping.
Lastly, the Herald’s Barry Jackson says the club is looking for a big boost in offensive production in 2016, despite not having made any changes to a starting lineup that had only the existence of the Braves to thank for not being the worst in baseball at scoring runs. Jackson breaks down the reasons for the optimism.