Morning Marlin Maniacs, well at least morning in the West anyway. A marvelous Monday to you as we run headlong into the summer session; thankfully the boys of summer will be here to keep it interesting. The Miami Marlins came out of the weekend losers once more against a division rival, but would have been hard pressed to end it on a more positive note thanks to Jose Fernandez‘s theatrics.
Here at the Fish Flash, we naturally have the stories to start your week off right, being sympathetic of the fact that starting the week off right is hard to do with no baseball being played tonight. Be it a nod to a Marlins tie to the sporting world’s biggest story of the weekend, some prognostication on the 2017 infield, or a look at Miami’s newest familiar face, we’ve got you covered. Time to dive in.
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This weekend the sporting world lost one of its greatest, if not the greatest, personas and champions with the passing of Muhammad Ali. And if you were at Friday’s Marlins game, you knew this before a lot of the rest of the natural world. This early reporting sparked some mild controversy, and ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin has the story.
Naw. Typed that as a place holder, but feels it covers the question rather nicely. In any event, Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors expands on an earlier piece by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, and speculates as to who might man the hot corner for the Marlins in 2017.
After quickly bringing Cody Hall‘s trainwreck tenure with the big league club to an end, the Marlins have replaced him with familiar face Brian Ellington. Really, this spot in the pen seems to be a placeholder position until whatever July trade the Marlins make to bolster the roster. But what is interesting is what went into making this return possible, as according to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer, it was another designated reliever.