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Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Ozzie Guillen turns 50 years old today.

The former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins manager finds himself unemployed right now. He’s still cashing in on a large contract that he signed with the Miami Marlins prior to the start of the 2012 baseball season, but for now he is not working.

Personally, I would like to see Ozzie get back into baseball at some capacity. And I would prefer that it be in a coaching or managing role versus as a commentator or on-air personality. After stripping down all of the loud personality that stands out like a sore thumb, Ozzie is a ‘baseball guy’ and I really like his approach to managing and working with young talent. It’s just to bad that he did not get the chance to really show off his skills in Miami…

Happy Birthday Mr. Guillen!!! Enjoy your extended vacation, but please come back soon!!

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And while you’re sitting back and enjoying life, please do not drink too much coconut water…

 

Miami Marlins’ Hernderson Alvarez Ends The 2013 Baseball Season With A No-Hitter!!

Miami Marlins’ Hernderson Alvarez Ends The 2013 Baseball Season With A No-Hitter!!

From MLB.com

MIAMI — Henderson Alvarez opened the season on the disabled list, and the 23-year-old ended it by etching his name in Major League history.

In one of the most bizarre finishes to a landmark game, Alvarez completed his no-hitter by watching from the on-deck circle.

The Marlins completed the fifth no-hitter in franchise history in walk-off fashion, with Giancarlo Stanton racing home on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to secure a 1-0 victory over the Tigers in front of 28,315 at Marlins Park.

Alvarez was sensational, going the distance and striking out four on 99 pitches, but he didn’t know if it was good enough, because the Marlins hadn’t scored a run through eight innings.

That run eventually came on a wild pitch, prompting a wild celebration at home plate. Rookie Jose Fernandez literally took the jersey off Alvarez’s back and displayed it to the fans, who cheered one of the most memorable closing days in club history.

The drama built in the top of the ninth as Alvarez took the mound, with the crowd on its feet for every pitch. Pinch-hitter Alex Avila tapped back to Alvarez for the first out, and Don Kelly did the same, with Alvarez making a leaping play to snare the hot chopper.

Andy Dirks then drew a four-pitch walk, bringing up Matt Tuiasosopo. Alvarez, who entered the showdown at 89 pitches, ran the count full, and the crowd erupted when Tuiasosopo swung through a 95-mph fastball.

But it was an awkward moment, because despite pitching nine no-hit innings, Alvarez wasn’t able to celebrate, as the game was scoreless.

The Marlins finally broke through off Luke Putkonen. Stanton and Logan Morrison delivered one-out singles, and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Adeiny Hechavarria — who helped preserve the no-hitter with a terrific leaping catch to rob Ramon Santiago of a line-drive single in the second inning — tapped a high grounder to short for the second out. Chris Coghlanwalked, bringing up Greg Dobbs, pinch-hitting for catcher Koyie Hill.

Putkonen’s first pitch bounced away from catcher Brayan Pena, and Stanton raced home and into a mob scene.

Alvarez joins Al Leiter (1996), Kevin Brown (1997), A.J. Burnett (2001) and Anibal Sanchez (2006) in the franchise’s no-hitter club. Fittingly, Sanchez was in the ballpark to welcome the club’s newest member.

The Tigers hadn’t gone with their main lineup in this one, as manager Jim Leyland rested his regulars to get ready for the postseason.

Miguel Cabrera did not start, and Prince Fielder — one of only three Tigers to reach base, hit by a pitch in the first inning — was replaced after two plate appearances.

The Tigers came close to a hit in the sixth inning. Justin Verlander hit a long fly down the line in right field, but the ball landed just out of Stanton’s reach, and it was a couple of feet foul.

Verlander, now 0-for-26 in his career, eventually struck out looking.

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Logan Morrison 2011 Topps Series 2 – Diamond Anniversary Edition

Logan Morrison 2011 Topps Series 2 – Diamond Anniversary Edition

This card was sent to my by reader Jarred, and I am extremely grateful!!!  Jarred did not know it, but I was seeking a little inspiration and push on a collecting goal of mine.

This card, and Jarred’s offering, gave me that inspiration!!!

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I like this card a lot, but it was not the one that I was truly seeking.

However, is does remind me of the card I do want, and I am now more drive to go and get it!!!

The card I am seeking is from the 2011 Topps Lineage set – and it offers a similar ‘Diamond’ experience.  I am actually after the full set of cards from this brand, and I have been very lax in my efforts to collect it.

I have the 3-card Marlins base set.  But my collection stops there.  I still need the ‘Diamond’, ‘Platinum’, and 1975 Minis to call the set complete.

Jarred, Thanks for the inspiration.  I am now eager and ready to get back on track!!!

Marlins Call Up Top Prospects Christian Yelich And Jake Marisnick

Marlins Call Up Top Prospects Christian Yelich And Jake Marisnick

From CBSSports.com

The Marlins are going even younger. The team is calling up top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and infielder Derek Dietrich will be sent to the minors to clear roster spots.

Yelich, 21, was ranked as Miami’s second best prospect behind Jose Fernandez coming into the season by Baseball America. He ranked eighth in their midseason update of the top 50 prospects in the game earlier this month. Baseball America said Yelich has “the pure swing of a future batting champion and an advanced approach” in their 2013 Prospect Handbook.

In 60 minor league games prior to the promotion, Yelich hit .274/.358/.504 with nine home runs. Forty-eight of those 60 games were at the Double-A level, the other 12 were low-level rehab games following heel problems. He is a .312/.387/.499 career hitter in 301 minor league games. Miami selected Yelich with the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Marisnick, 22, was ranked as the team’s fourth best prospect before the season by Baseball America. He did not crack the publication’s midseason top 50 prospects list. In the 2013 Prospect Handbook, Baseball America said Marisnick “has the potential to be a five-tool player, though questions linger about his bat.”

Prior to the promotion, Marisnick hit .290/.350/.490 with 12 homers and 11 stolen bases in 69 minor league games. Almost all of those were at the Double-A level alongside Yelich, but he did play three rehab games at a lower level after breaking his hand in spring training. The Marlins acquired Marisnick from the Blue Jays as part of the Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle/Josh Johnson blockbuster this offseason.

Ozuna, 22, hit .265/.303/.389 with three home runs in 70 games with the Marlins this year. It was his big league debut. Baseball America considered him the club’s fifth best prospect coming into the season.

The 24-year-old Dietrich hit .214/.275/.405 with nine homers in 57 games for the Fish. It was his MLB debut as well. Miami acquired him from the Rays for Yunel Escobar over the winter.

I doubt the Marlins are calling up Yelich and Marisnick to sit on the bench, so expect them to join Giancarlo Stanton is baseball’s youngest and most exciting outfield.

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TTM SUCCESS: Miami Marlins 1-Day Hero, Adam Greenberg!!

TTM SUCCESS: Miami Marlins 1-Day Hero, Adam Greenberg!!

I sent just one baseball card out during Spring Training with the hopes of hauling in an autograph for my collection.

That card was sent to Adam Greenberg, formerly of the Miami Marlins.

We all know his story, and for one day Greenberg was the most relevant player in the sport.  As a Marlins fan, there was a lot of attention paid to Greenberg leading up to his appearance with the team and it was very hard to not get swept up in all of the excitement. 

I admire his determination and he can certainly teach many of today’s players about how quickly the dream of playing major league baseball can be taken from you.

Greenberg attended Spring Training with the Baltimore Orioles this year and he still has the goal of making the big leagues on a permanent roster.  I sent my card to him in the middle of Spring and it was returned to me the other day – signed!!

Have a look:

GREENBERG AUTO

Thank you Adam, and best of luck to you with all of your future endeavors!!!

With This Jose Reyes 2013 Topps ’72 Mini, I Have Finally Completed My Miami Marlins Base Team Set!!!

With This Jose Reyes 2013 Topps ’72 Mini, I Have Finally Completed My Miami Marlins Base Team Set!!!

Yes, it took me a lot longer than I had expected, but I finally did it.

With this 1972 mini card of Jose Reyes, I have officially collected all of the non-parallel, non-relic, and non-autograph cards of the Miami Marlins from the 2013 Topps Series 1 release.

REYES 72 MINI

For some reason, this card of Reyes eluded me, big time!!  I was never able to pull one from a pack, and none ever became a possible trade option either.  I finally found one on Ebay for just $0.99 with FREE Shipping so I scooped it up.

So, now that I have the base team set, the 1972 mini set, and the ‘Chasing The Dream’ subset all completed, it is time to start hunting down some of the colored parallel versions from the regular set.  And maybe I can sneak in a relic or auto along the way too…

Let’s Shop!!!

And This Is Why If I Owned An MLB Team That I WOULD NOT Let My Players Compete In The World Baseball Classic!!!

And This Is Why If I Owned An MLB Team That I WOULD NOT Let My Players Compete In The World Baseball Classic!!!

From Yahoo Sports – Hanley Ramirez Expected To Miss Eight Weeks Of Action

Now I don’t know about you, but if I had giants stacks of money invested in a player and he was competing for something that did not involved the potential success for my ballclub, I would have a problem with that.

Putting aside the pride to play for the country that you were born in, the players have to get that right??  And the owners too, wouldn’t you think??

For the life of me, I just cannot understand how any owner of a professional sports team that had put millions and billions of dollars into the salaries of its players would ever let something like this happen.

And now, one of the stars of the Los Angeles Dodgers could have his season and his team’s season ruined as a result.  I know Hanley pretty well, he played for my team for six years.  He gets effected by quite a bit – and he shows it in his play often.  An injury like this takes a lot to recover from – his swing my have to change, his wrist speed may be effected, and his power may decline as a result.  This surgery does not just affect Hanley Ramirez – it affects the players that were slated to bat before him in the lineup and the ones batting immediately after him too.

All MLB owners should take note of this situation.  And if you do are not a part-owner of the Dodgers, be thankful that this did not happen to one of your players.

We’ll see if/how this affects the rosters of the next World Baseball Classic…

Hanley, I wish you a speedy recovery.  And I hope that you can quickly regain your form as I really enjoy watching you play baseball.  Best of luck to you for a fast recovery!!!

Hanley

Ricky Nolasco To Start On ‘Opening Day’ For Miami Marlins

Ricky Nolasco To Start On ‘Opening Day’ For Miami Marlins

From Yahoo Sports

Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was named the team’s Opening Day starter on Thursday.

Nolasco, 30, struck out six Mets in 3 2/3 innings and has allowed just one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings this spring. He’s one of the remaining members of the rotation after Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays over the winter.

The Marlins are scheduled to open the season on the road April 1 against the Washington Nationals.

The righty posted a 12-13 record and a 4.48 ERA last season in 31 starts.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – 2013 Topps Adam Greeneberg Miami Marlins Rookie Card!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – 2013 Topps Adam Greeneberg Miami Marlins Rookie Card!!!

Of all of the great looking cards that are part of the 2013 Topps Series One baseball card set, there is just one card that I was actively seeking to find at the show.

And this is it:

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We all know the Adam Greenberg story by now.  But, as a Marlins fan, this one hits home just a little deeper since it happened right in my backyard.

The South Florida media coverage that surrounded Greenberg both right before and right after was pretty amazing.  I have listened to a dozen or more interviews with Greenberg and read quite a bit about him too.

I applaud him sticking to his goals, and I admire his determination to see things through.

I am very happy to own this card.  And while I paid relatively nothing for it, I consider this card to be the best one I brought home from the card show.

Greenberg is part of the Orioles franchise now, and he will be at Spring Training with the major league club.  Good Luck, Adam!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 3 Miami Marlins Jose Reyes Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6  – Lot Of 3 Miami Marlins Jose Reyes Cards

He’s no longer a Miami Marlin…

He’s no longer my shortstop…

He’s no longer batting 3rd for my team…

But, I still needed a few Jose Reyes cards that feature him as a Marlin.  And I was able to find three.

Have a look:

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I have almost all of the base cards of Reyes from 2012 that show him wearing a Marlins uniform. 

It was nice to find a few inserts to help me round out that collection.

YES!!!