Morning Marlin Maniacs, and no, last night was not a bad dream. The Miami Marlins team that has been in possession of a Wild Card spot for most of the last month continues to wilt in the August heat, and after another loss last night, is in serious danger of losing a four game set to a Cincinnati Reds team that can claim to have a genuinely better record than a grand total of just two teams in the entire sport.
Those teams? Yea, those pesky Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins.
So for today’s Fish Flash, we just talk random baseball. No trade rumors, no playoff chase. And we’ll just hope this time next week, those type of stories are worth discussing again. But for now, from a flummoxing loss, to a solid but unquality start, to the brave new coaching world we live in, we’ve got you covered. Time to dive in.
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As Clark Spencer recounts in this latest piece for the Miami Herald, August has been tough sledding. He takes you through this latest loss, what the thinking was on a piece of late-inning strategy, and other warm, fuzzy thoughts.
Second best start for sure, but still hasn’t managed to do what he was brought here to do: win. Even on the quality start count, he’s done it just once in a no decision capacity. Innings remain uneaten, and the losses mount. Joe Frisaro has the story.
Lastly, in the most worthwhile piece, Jayson Stark of ESPN chimes in the continuing trend to put banned players into positions of power in the clubhouse. From Barry Bonds to Big Mac, the list of lesser ranked coaches begs the question: are we approaching the point a team would be willing to go with a Steroids Era skipper? Well worth a read.