Morning Marlin Maniacs. Finally, something went right athletically this weekend. The Heat and Panthers combined for three playoff losses, and the Marlins dropped the first two games of their ten-game road trip. But Sunday afternoon saw a return of the blistering hitting pace the club had to start the year, and will hopefully use that as a springboard for the non-Kershaw games In Los Angeles.
This morning’s Fish Flash has plenty to offer, from the world’s most powerful hitting coach to a new manager’s first tossing with the new club. Moving off of coaches, we wrap with a reminder that there actually are some things more important than baseball.
Some, mind you. Let’s dive in.
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Yea, we went there. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, in a rare burst of not blasting the Marlins front office, is quite impressed with the performance of one of the club’s newest coaches. And not just because he might still be the best hitter in the clubhouse. Acknowledged we threw a similar piece out to you late last week, but to be fair, not much happened you want to read about Friday r Saturday.
If you were flipping back and forth between the Marlins and Panthers game Friday night, you might have noticed that Don Mattingly suddenly looked simultaneously taller and older. And while I can assure you the 2016 Marlins have given me a couple more gray hairs thus far this season, their horrid ways aren’t actually that transformative- Mattingly was tossed about midway through Friday’s pounding. The Miami Herald’s Andre Fernandez has the story.
Lastly, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro talks you through why you’ve been seeing so much Derek Dietrich the past few games, at the expense of one of the two regulars who have actually hit consistently this season. Martin Prado is fine health-wise; he just has far more important things going on.