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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.


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!!!


Tino Martinez Hired To Be Miami Marlins Hitting Coach

Tino Martinez Hired To Be Miami Marlins Hitting Coach

From Yahoo Sports

MIAMI (AP) — Tino Martinez has been hired as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach and will work with new manager Mike Redmond.

Martinez, a first baseman in the majors for 16 years, has been a New York Yankees special assistant and worked an analyst for the YES Network. Martinez had a career average of .271 with 339 home runs for the Yankees, Mariners, Cardinals and Rays.

Redmond landed his first big league managerial job last week when he was hired to replace Ozzie Guillen. The Marlins this year batted .244, the worst average in franchise history, and scored the fewest runs per game since their first year in 1993.

Eduardo Perez was the Marlins’ hitting coach in 2012. Perez will be Houston’s bench coach next season.

Miami Marlins’ Carlos Zambrano Demoted To Bullpen Duty

Miami Marlins’ Carlos Zambrano Demoted To Bullpen Duty

From The Associated Press

Miami trading for Carlos Zambrano this offseason involved little risk, as the Cubs covered all but $3 million of his $18 million salary and the Marlins only had to part with Chris Volstad in the swap.

Unfortunately that low-risk move hasn’t paid off, as Zambrano went 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA and 83/67 K/BB ratio in 115 innings spread over 20 starts. And today the Marlins demoted him to the bullpen, filling his rotation spot with Wade LeBlanc.

Zambrano actually got off to a strong start, sporting a 2.81 ERA as recently as early June, but since then he’s 1-6 with a 7.62 ERA and more walks (38) than strikeouts (27) in 41 innings while allowing opponents to hit .290.

He’s mostly been a model citizen in Miami, which is certainly a change from his Chicago days, but of course that doesn’t seem quite as important when you can’t throw the ball over the plate. And dating back to the beginning of last season Zambrano now has a 4.70 ERA and 123 walks in 261 innings while managing just 6.2 strikeouts per nine frames.

Hanley Ramirez Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

From Fox Sports

The Miami Marlins’ shocking midseason rebuild continued with a blockbuster trade after 2 a.m. ET Wednesday: They sent mercurial star Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate to the Dodgers for young pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough, according to major-league sources.

The trade will have lasting ramifications for the entire National League. The Dodgers, 2 1/2 games behind the archrival Giants in the West, made clear their intent to reach the postseason in their first year under new ownership. The trade amounted to a show of financial might for the Dodgers; Ramirez, 28, is earning $15 million this season, and no cash was included in the deal.

The Marlins, meanwhile, parted with a player who for years had been called the face of that franchise — but who is hitting only .246 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI in 93 games this season. Ramirez was in his first season at third base, following the arrival of $106 million shortstop Jose Reyes. Ramirez’s strong preference is to play shortstop, and the position switch may have contributed to his unhappiness this season. In Los Angeles, it will be up to manager Don Mattingly to decide where Ramirez best fits into the lineup, a source said.

The Marlins are 45-52, fourth in the NL East. They are 12-1/2 games out of first place. In a little more than 24 hours — including Monday’s trades of Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers — the Marlins trimmed nearly $20 million from next year’s payroll.

“We had to do something,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. “The machine was sputtering. It’s too good a baseball team and for some reason it didn’t seem to be operating on all cylinders from the beginning of the season.”

Of Ramirez, Loria said, “It’s no secret I love the kid. He needs to have a fresh beginning, a new beginning. This is a very painful moment for me. But we had to do something.”

With attendance below expectations and a star-studded lineup underperforming, the Marlins have effectively admitted that they erred in the construction of what was supposed to be a postseason team. Meanwhile, the Dodgers acquired a sought-after power threat for the left side of their infield — a moody-yet-talented star who might be rejuvenated in a batting order with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Ramirez is under contract for two years and $31.5 million beyond the end of this year.

The move was part of a larger plan for the Dodgers, who intend to acquire a starting pitcher before next Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs remains a realistic target for the Dodgers, according to one source with knowledge of the discussions.

Choate, a free agent at the end of the year, will give the Dodgers the experienced left-handed presence their bullpen has lacked. He has a 2.49 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 44 appearances this season.

Eovaldi, 22, had been a member of the Dodgers’ major-league roster. He is 1-6 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 big-league starts. McGough, 22, has a 3.99 ERA in 35 relief appearances in the high Class A California League.

Miami Marlins Trade 2B Omar Infante And Pitcher Anibal Sanchez To Detroit Tigers

Miami Marlins Trade 2B Omar Infante And Pitcher Anibal Sanchez To Detroit Tigers

The Marlins are effectively throwing in the towel on the season, agreeing to trade second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers for three prospects. While the deal has not been announced officially, the Marlins have revised their lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves, scratching Infante and moving Emilio Bonifacio to second base.
       According to sources, the Marlins are acquiring Jacob Turner, a top right-handed pitching prospect. In addition, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons tweeted the Tigers are also throwing in minor-league catcher Rob Brantly and minor-league left-hander Brian Flynn. Turner was the 9th overall pick in the 2009 draft and was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the 22nd overall prospect.
       The Tigers, who are in need of a second baseman, have been scouting Infante for weeks. Infante said before batting practice today that he expected to be traded.
        “I think I’m gone,” he said.
        Sanchez, who is eligible for free agency, was also ripe trade bait and told reporters following Sunday’s start in Pittsburgh that he understood the situation.


PREMIERING TONIGHT – The Franchise, Starring The Miami Marlins

PREMIERING TONIGHT – The Franchise, Starring The Miami Marlins

I have not looked forward to the debut of a television show like this for a very long time.

You better believe that I will be glued to the TV tonight at 10:00PM.

Here is a preview:

I cannot wait!!!



Giancarlo Stanton Has Athroscopic Knee Sugery; May Miss Up To Six Weeks

Giancarlo Stanton Has Athroscopic Knee Sugery; May Miss Up To Six Weeks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins‘ lone All-Star, is recovering after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery.

Manager Ozzie Guillen says Sunday’s procedure to remove a loose body in the knee went well and there isn’t a timetable yet for Stanton’s return. On Saturday, Guillen speculated the 22-year-old Stanton would be out at least a month.

The Marlins went a man short in their final game before the All-Star break, and will activate outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list when they return Friday at home against the Nationals. Bonafacio has been out since May 20 with a sprained left thumb.

Stanton, a first-time All-Star, is batting .284 with a team-high 19 homers and 50 RBIs. He made his first start in five games on Saturday but lasted just two innings.

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Receives National League ‘Player Of The Month’ Award

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Receives National League ‘Player Of The Month’ Award

By Clark Spencer, Miami Herald

Giancarlo Stanton was rewarded for his monster May, becoming only the fourth Marlin to win the National League Player of the Month award.
The 22-year-old outfielder for the Marlins hit .343, smashed 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs. Only Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio had as productive a month statistically at such a young age.
“To be mentioned in the same category, or the same sentence as him, is eye-opening,” Stanton said.
With his 12 home runs, Stanton tied the club record for any month. Dan Uggla also hit 12 in May 2008. Stanton was three RBI short of Hanley Ramirez’s club record 33 for any month. The dozen home runs tied the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton for most in the majors last month. And his OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) was an off-the-charts 1.201.
“I didn’t give away too many at-bats that month, and when I did, it was, ‘Boom, forget about it,’ ” Stanton said. “So I thought I was very disciplined and smarter in key situations.”
The other Marlins to win the award were: Jeff Conine (June 1995), Ramirez (June 2008) and Emilio Bonifacio (July 2011).

With Win Over Rockies, Marlins’ Pitcher Ricky Nolasco Becomes Franchise Wins Leader

With Win Over Rockies, Marlins’ Pitcher Ricky Nolasco Becomes Franchise Wins Leader

By Manny Navaroo, Miani Herald

With the win Nolasco, who failed badly in his first two attempts to become the winningest pitcher in franchise history, finally broke a tie with Dontrelle Willis atop the team’s record book for wins.

The game might have gone differently had the Rockies gambled differently in that situation. With Giancarlo Stanton standing on third and two outs, the Rockies (15-27) decided to intentionally walk Donnie Murphy, who came in hitting .118 on the season, and pitch to Nolasco, a .140 career hitter. But Nolasco made them pay, drilling a 3-2 heater from Juan Nicasio into the gap in left-center field, scoring both base runners.

Nolasco (5-2) then protected his lead, scattering eight hits and four earned runs over six innings to improve to 69-53 in 173 career starts — slightly better than Willis, who went 68-54 in his 162 starts with the Marlins from 2003 to 2007.

Only 22,242 fans, the smallest home crowd of the season, showed up to see it. The Marlins are now 16-5 in May and 24-19 overall.