Morning Marlin Maniacs, TGIF to you. Tonight the team hits the road for the first day of a 10-game trip, looking to build off of yesterday’s series split with the Nationals. A seven game swing through the even-yeared Giants and Kershaw-led Dodgers before a Brewers reprieve might sound like a daunting stretch for the 2016 Marlins, but on the other hand they do actually have a winning record on the road.
Between that and slugger Giancarlo Stanton‘s fondness for hitting in California-based NL ballparks (.295, 16 HR, 38 RBI), this could be just what the Marlins need to begin to right their season.
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But now to the Fish Flash. From a special homecoming for one member of the Marlins to some more bullpen news, to a moment of realism, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in.
In case you missed it, the Marlins signed a new hitting coach in the offseason. Barry Bonds sat down with the Associated Press the other day to talk about his new job, his bikes, and what it will be like returning to the shores of McCovey Cove wearing another uniform.
The club has made another bullpen adjustment, according to Glenn Sattell of MLB.com, who gets replacement Jose Urena‘s take. Departing is Chris Narveson, whose ERA was actually bad enough that Urena’s 2016 AAA numbers look to be a significant improvement. And of course it’s a fresher arm.
Lastly, we give you another AP report, and this one on a topic much more grave than anything that might transpire on a baseball diamond. Players on both the Marlins and Pirates alike have major concerns about those two games in Puerto Rico this May. Resident team genius on all things science Craig Breslow (really, he is) voices specific concerns in a brief but humanizing piece.