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The Miami Marlins were forced into difficult circumstances in 2013, when an already-depleted roster had to dip even further into its minor league position player depth to fill out their roster thanks to injuries. In the case of Donovan S...
The Miami Marlins were forced into difficult circumstances in 2013, when an already-depleted roster had to dip even further into its minor league position player depth to fill out their roster thanks to injuries. In the case of Donovan Solano, the Fish lost their expected second baseman in early May, and that forced the team to look deep into the roster depth, not for a Quad-A veteran fill-in, but for a prospect. The Marlins had acquired Derek Dietrich from the Tampa Bay Rays in return for Yunel Escobar. Dietrich was known as a free-swinging middle infielder better suited for second or third base than shortstop and one who had surprising power for a smaller player. He turned out to be exactly all those things in a mixed 2013 season. Marlins, 2013 PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA fWAR rWAR Derek Dietrich 233 .214 .275 .405 .297 0.0 0.0 Dietrich showed us what we expected from him in 2013. On the one hand, he did bring power to a team that was dead last in the league in home runs. In 233 plate appearances, Dietrich hit nine home runs, and that total was actually still good for third on the team behind Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Ruggiano. Dietrich hit homers on 16.7 percent of his fly balls, and while it might be possible he is the second coming of 2006 Dan Uggla, it is far more likely that that rate drops. Still, that is promising power, especially for a lefty hitter in Marlins Park and its historically long right field home run porch. Sadly, Dietrich brought little else to the table other than home runs. Like Solano, he was an aggressive swinger at the plate and then some, swinging at a shade over 50 percent of the pitches he saw. Unlike Solano, Dietrich struggled to make contact on those pitches, as he put bat on ball on just 78 percent of pitches swung at versus Solano's 84 percent. As a result, Dietrich's strikeout and walk rates looked awful. Dietrich struck out in 24 percent of plate appearances and walked in just 4.7 percent of them this past year, yielding an awful strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.1. That mark was the 20th-worst strikeout-to-walk ration in baseball among hitters with more than 200 plate appearances. Dietrich also struggled on the defensive side of the ball, as most metrics said he was between four to six runs below average on the season. While it is unlikely that he was that bad, it does mesh with the idea that he was not a talented minor league shortstop and not a player who could stick at that position long-term. He did look less sharp and less capable on balls to either side than Solano, who appeared at least more experienced at the position. The Fish do see him as either a second or third baseman, but Dietrich will have to prove he can handle second base now that the team has a long-term third base option in Colin Moran. Dietrich is by no means a guarantee as a long-term option at second base, but 2013 did show some flashes. Still, he would need to fix some of the significant holes in his game if the Marlins are to depend on him for more than just 2014.
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June 11, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina third basemen Colin Moran (18) gets ready to make a throw during the 5th inning against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Chapel Hill Super Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament at...
June 11, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina third basemen Colin Moran (18) gets ready to make a throw during the 5th inning against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Chapel Hill Super Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels defeated the Gamecocks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports Games in the Arizona Fall League are underway. The Miami Marlins have quite a few of their prospects participating in the league, hoping to gain some experience and get some at bats under their belt to prepare for the 2014 season. Here is a list of the Marlins participants for the Glendale Desert Dogs: Pitchers: Andrew Heaney, Edgar Olmos, Colby Suggs, Nick Wittgren Infielder: Danny Black, Colin Moran. Outfielder: Brent Keys Black recently replaced the injured Derek Dietrich. Here are the results from the first day of the AFL for the Marlins participants: Moran: 1-5, 2RBI BB Black: 1-2 K Olmos: 2IP 1H 3BB 1K Wittgren:1.1IP 2H 2K Suggs: 1IP 1BB McKeon applauds Mattingly’s bold move | Marlins News Skeptics may have questioned Don Mattingly‘s decision to go with Clayton Kershaw on short rest Tuesday in the National League Division Series. Jack McKeon, however, applauded it. 2 Prospects the Miami Marlins Can Build Around | Bleacher Report When you finished 62-100, lost more games than the previous season for four consecutive years, haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2003 and slashed payroll to less than $40 million less than a year after opening a brand new ballpark, you do what the Miami Marlins do. This Day In Marlins History: Lowell the hero in dramatic 2003 NLCS Game 1 victory | Fishstripes On this day in team history, third baseman Mike Lowell shook off his month-long rust and hit a pinch-hit home run in the top of the 11th inning, sending the Marlins to a 9-8 win in Game 1 of the 2003 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. Miami Marlins open to carrying two hitting coaches | Fishstripes Already working on improving the team, Miami Marlins executives are discussing the possibility of employing two hitting coaches. Several major league teams have turned to the tactic to improve their offenses. Here at Marlin Maniac: 2013 All Ex-Marlins Playoff Team Watching the MLB playoff games this season, I can’t help but notice how many ex-Marlins there are playing for these teams. It shouldn’t be a surprise since the Miami Marlins have dealt plenty of extremely talented players for less than honorable reasons over the years. Extremely talented players help their teams win games and the playoffs only include the teams that win the most games. Miami Marlins Season Review: Center Field Grades Here at Marlin Maniac we are bringing our end of season reviews for you. We are handing out grades based on season performance against season expectations. For more information about our grading system click here. Marlins Way: AFL Season Underway - Marlin Maniac - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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The Miami Marlins turned to Donovan Solano to take on the second base job in 2013, but Solano's struggles at the plate pushed him aside by midseason. But towards the end of the year, circumstances brought him back into the fold and the M...
The Miami Marlins turned to Donovan Solano to take on the second base job in 2013, but Solano's struggles at the plate pushed him aside by midseason. But towards the end of the year, circumstances brought him back into the fold and the Marlins saw more of the same from an overmatched, replacement-level talent. But Solano did one thing well in 2013, and that was enough for the Fish to give him plenty of unwarranted playing time. Marlins, 2013 PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA fWAR rWAR Donovan Solano 395 .249 .305 .316 .277 0.0 0.3 Solano was a terrible hitter in 2013, and there was no way around it. Last season, he ran into good luck by hitting .357 on balls in play, but this year that luck disappeared and then some in the form of a .287 mark. That sent his batting average and OBP careening, as he never developed skills at the plate to stabilize his OBP with a decent walk rate. Solano did drop his strikeouts in 2013 to 14.4 percent, and that may have been a result of an aggressive approach inside the strike zone. Solano increased his swing rate in the zone to 65 percent in 2013, and he made contact on those pitches at a 92 percent clip this past season, yielding a lot of balls in play and an ability to avoid strikeouts. This was one of the only skills he displayed in the minors, and he will have to maintain or improve on this to be successful in the majors. This is because, unsurprisingly, Solano has no power. Last year, he found two homers in a game versus the Atlanta Braves, and this year he hit long balls at similar rates. Over the last two seasons, Solano's 3.5 percent home runs per fly ball (HR/FB) rate ranks as the 23rd-lowest in baseball, around guys like Adeiny Hechavarria and Emilio Bonifacio (hey look, more Marlins!). Solano's .073 ISO is the ninth-worst among that same group of players. He has been one of the most popless bats in baseball over the last two years, and that cannot help his offensive game. Solano essentially is a walk-less, pop-less bat at the plate, but at least he has been decent on the field. He has the ability to play multiple positions, but it seems he is most comfortable at second base, where he has been a positive contributor both last season and in 2013. Unfortunately for the Marlins, that means he profiles better as a utility infielder with defensive flexibility, but the Marlins are miscasting him and his terrible bat as a starter on a talent-light team. The team was also prone to miscasting him thanks to the one thing he did do well: hit with runners in scoring position. Solano may have hit a pathetic .249/.305/.316 overall, but he muscled up a .316/.379/.355 (.317 wOBA) with men in scoring position. Of course, that batting line is also not very good and particularly littered with singles, but it was what the Marlins focused on as the lone #minorvictory in a bad year for Solano. Solano lost his job in May when he went down thanks to a strained ribcage injury. When he was eligible to return to the roster, the Marlins had already been featuring Derek Dietrich regularly at second base, and Solano was optioned to Triple-A instead. In July, he returned to the roster in backup role, but when Dietrich ran into issues with the team over the Tino Martinez incident and an injury, Solano returned to the starting lineup and stayed there full time. The Marlins may even turn to Solano again at second base next season, as he will likely compete with Dietrich for the job in 2014. But the Marlins would be wise to turn away Solano's poor bat for more upside in their hapless middle infield situation. More from Fish Stripes: Miami Marlins open to carrying two hitting coaches 2013 Marlins Season Review: The other first basemen 2013 Marlins Season Review: Logan Morrison This Day In Marlins History: Lowell the hero in dramatic 2003 NLCS Game 1 victory Miami Marlins lose Alex Sanabia, Josh Wall on waivers
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Miami Marlins reassign third-base coach Jose Espada - Sun Sentinel The long-time leader of Miami's hot corner has been promoted (demoted?) to be the new manager of the Triple A affiliate in Jupiter for the 2014 season. Marlins Stadium,...
Miami Marlins reassign third-base coach Jose Espada - Sun Sentinel The long-time leader of Miami's hot corner has been promoted (demoted?) to be the new manager of the Triple A affiliate in Jupiter for the 2014 season. Marlins Stadium, FAU to host bowls - Sun Sentinel Starting in 2014, success will start to appear at Marlins Stadium. No, Adeiny Hechavarria won't turn into the second coming of Ozzie Smith and lead the Marlins to multiple titles but the stadium will play host to a new series of bowl games between six conferences (American Athletic Conference (son of the now departed Big East), Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference). 2013 All Ex-Marlins Playoff Team - Miami Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More While you continue to harken back to the old days of the '97 or '03 seasons, take your head out of the gutter and take a glance at some of the more notable Marlins alumni who are currently trying to lead their current team to World Series gold. Miami Marlins Season Review: Right Field Grades - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More While the great Michael Jong is recapping the season of each individual Marlins player, the less insane folks over at Marlin Maniac are reviewing the 2013 season position-by-position. In their first installment, they recap the right field which is probably one of the more interesting positions for Miami this season because of Giancarlo Stanton's mediocre (to his standars) campaign and the relatively breakout season by Marcell Ozuna. Miami Marlins Season Review: Center Field Grades - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More Continuation of their position-by-position preview, the folks over at Marlin Maniac review the extremely depressing center field. Around the League Jamey Wright will always have Game 4 - Baseball Nation Mediocre journeyman reliever Jamey Wright had a moment of glory in an otherwise miserable Game 4 Rays defeat. While his less than stellar career may be coming to an end, Wright will always be able to look back at the 2nd inning against the Red Sox and remember that he did succeed in a playoff game. The Best Pitches of the MLB Postseason So Far - Beyond the Box Score The MLB Playoffs always showcase an incredible variety of pitching talent, but what have been the best individual pitches so far in the postseason? I set out to answer this question, picking the five best offerings we have witnessed in the 2013 playoffs. Managers always take the blame -- fairly or not. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article After a full Monday slate of Playoff baseball games that featured highly questionable managerial decisions by Braves skipper Freddi Gonzales and Tampa Bay head honcho Joe Madden, SportsonEarth's Will Leitch investigates the reasoning behind why managers take the blame more than the players who are controlling the on-field actions. Thoughts upon another rally-killing home run - Baseball Nation In one of the more ridiculous stories of the 2013 offseason, veteran broadcaster and former big leaguer Steve Lyons sent out a tweet during a weekend between the Braves and Dodgers in which he stated that a solo shot by former Marlin Hanley Ramirez was detrimental to his team. While Lyons tried to give a solid reasoning behind his statement, Baseball Nation editor Rob Neyer basically shoots down those statements in this piece. Michael Wacha Thinks Throwing Inside is Stupid | FanGraphs Baseball While he hasn't officially said the above statement, Dave Cameron uses reasoning and some pretty cool and colorful graphs to prove his point of Wacha's inability to throw on the inside. At Fish Stripes Miami Marlins open to carrying two hitting coaches - Fish Stripes Already working on improving the team, Miami Marlins executives are discussing the possibility of employing two hitting coaches. Several major league teams have turned
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Aug 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Jake Marisnick (23) is unable to catch a ball hit by Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TO...
Aug 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Jake Marisnick (23) is unable to catch a ball hit by Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports Here at Marlin Maniac we are bringing our end of season reviews for you. We are handing out grades based on season performance against season expectations. For more information about our grading system click here. Today we are going to look at center field for the Marlins this year. This position was one of the more fluid positions for Miami. No one really took control of the position and today we will select Justin Ruggiano and Jake Marisnick to review. Justin Ruggiano: Breaking out of spring training we found Ruggiano as the starting center fielder based mostly on the heels of his breakout (relatively speaking) year last year. Ruggiano was expected to provide a consistent bat with some pop, something that the Marlins desperately needed. His arm would be acceptable in the cavernous outfield in Marlins park but his lack of speed would be a detriment. Unfortunately for Ruggiano, his bat took a major step backward from last season and fell more in line with his previous averages. After hitting .313 a year ago Ruggiano finished 2013 with a .222 batting average and an OBP of under .300. More notably for Ruggiano was his run at the Major League Baseball hitless streak. At one point during the season Ruggiano suffered an 0 for 42 slump that ended just 5 at bats short of the record, not exactly a record to be proud of. During this streak Ruggiano lost his spot in the lineup and the center field carousel began. Ruggiano would finish the season with 18 home runs and a WAR of 0.1 on the year. Ruggiano demonstrated that he is currently most suited as a “quadruple-a” player in most organizations and with the Marlins young talent, it may be difficult for him to make the big league team next year. GRADE: F Jake Marisnick: Many people around the Marlins organization view Jake Marisnick as the future center fielder for the Marlins and that includes me. That being said, this season was a bit of a disaster for the young center fielder. It didn’t start out that way though. I had the privilege of watching him play for the Jacksonville Suns on numerous occasions this year, and he looked as if he was a high schooler playing with little leaguers. His size stands out, but also his quickness. He has an above average arm and certainly adequate speed on defense. As a matter of fact, his defense wasn’t really the problem once he reached the majors, his bat on the other hand… It really seemed as if Marisnick was putting too much pressure on himself once he made it to Miami. I also feel that the Marlins organization made a significant mistake by bringing him up at the same time as Christian Yelich. Yelich was the Marlins top hitting prospect and it was natural for Jake to compare each at bat in the beginning to that of Yelich’s. When Yelich got off to a hot start, it became difficult for Marisnick to keep pace, and he was obviously pressing. It is important to note that Marisnick’s sample size is very small. He only logged 40 games and 118 plate appearances. That being said, a stat line of .183/.231/.248 is really, really bad. Marisnick’s defensive play was his lone bright spot, but barring a breakout spring training, look for Marisnick to start the season in triple-a next year to prove that he can handle big league pitching. One thing is for sure, at some point next year he will get an opportunity to redeem himself. Keep in mind that even Mike Trout struggled in his first partial season in the majors before going on to be one of the best players in baseball. Lets hope something similar happens for Marisnick. GRADE: D+ Overall, Miami had very little production from the center field position. An ideal center fielder for Marlins Park will have loads of speed and be
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Changes will continue to come for the Miami Marlins. Shortly after the dismissal of President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest by owner Jeffrey Loria, Loria announced that Dan Jennings would be the Marlins' new general manager and ...
Changes will continue to come for the Miami Marlins. Shortly after the dismissal of President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest by owner Jeffrey Loria, Loria announced that Dan Jennings would be the Marlins' new general manager and that Mike Hill was promoted to Beinfest's previous position. Just days after the end of the season, Jennings and Hill are beginning to determine ways to improve the team. One discussion has reportedly involved the Marlins carrying two hitting coaches with them throughout the course of the season. Manager Mike Redmond's staff doesn't have many openings, though finding a hitting coach or two is atop the list of Miami's priorities. The Marlins struggled offensively, particularly with runners in scoring position. Miami has had a hard time finding a long-term hitting coach, something Loria thought he had when he hired former Yankees instructor Tino Martinez before the start of spring training. However, because of allegations that identified Martinez as verbally abusive, Loria was forced to release Martinez, who he personally hired himself. John Pierson served as the interim hitting coach after Martinez's release, although he will be returning to the Marlins' minor league system. Pierson served as Miami's field coordinator before being temporarily promoted. In 2013, the Marlins finished last in runs, batting average and home runs. Carrying two hitting coaches is a relatively new trend, and several teams, such as the Phillies and Cardinals, have found it to be beneficial. We've talked about all of that," Hill said in an interview with MLB.com. "You talk about a second hitting coach, it frees up your primary hitting coach to do whatever he needs to do. While someone is working in the cage, there may be a second hitting coach who may be looking at video." MLB.com also points out that the Cardinals' success with two hitting instructors is because of perspectives from both sides of the plate. John Mabry, their primary hitting coach, batted from the left side In his professional career while his colleague, former catcher Bengie Molina, batted from the right side. Hill didn't mention whether the Marlins would use a similar thought process if they decide to use a pair of hitting coaches. "We don't know exactly what all of those changes are going to be, but we're going to do everything in our power to try to make things better," Hill said. Because of the consistency of the starting rotation, the offense's inability to score runs led to many losses. With the Marlins being such a young team, adding as much experience to their coaching staff is a necessity. "All of that stuff is on the table because we need to make changes to help us win more ballgames," Hill said. More from Fish Stripes: The 2013 Miami Marlins offense and the worst offenses in baseball history Players in the Marlins organization with football backgrounds 2013 Marlins What Went Wrong: Offense 2013 Marlins What Went Wrong: Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Marlins What Went Right: Starting rotation
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The Miami Marlins played 84 games in 2013 with a player other than Logan Morrison at first base. Of course, Morrison was not very good this year, but his replacements in the early season were not impressive either. The Fish struggled at ...
The Miami Marlins played 84 games in 2013 with a player other than Logan Morrison at first base. Of course, Morrison was not very good this year, but his replacements in the early season were not impressive either. The Fish struggled at first base with Morrison, but they were among the most destitute teams in the first base position without him. Overall, Marlins first basemen hit just .236/.306/.344 on the season, which ranked as second-worst among first basemen league-wide in OPS+, ahead only of the Milwaukee Brewers' crew. The Fish sent one well-known secondary option at first base, and Marlins fans will be happy to know that he will be returning in 2014 to play significant playing time. Greg Dobbs Marlins, 2013 PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA fWAR rWAR Greg Dobbs 267 .228 .303 .300 .265 -0.4 -0.2 The #MostInterestingManInBaseball had another terrible season in 2013, and it was his worst season as a Marlin. The Fish turned to Dobbs to start 47 games at first base this year, and that indeed was his most agreeable defensive position. The problem was that his bat continued to waver between merely "bad" to "awful." Dobbs's .228/.303/.300 line was tied for the 29th-worst batting line among players with at least 200 plate appearances in 2013, right next to Tyler Flowers and fellow Marlin Juan Pierre. Dobbs failed at every aspect of hitting. His BABIP dropped from the .320's to .263 this season, which caused his batting average and OBP to collapse. Dobbs's home run rate and power dropped dramatically, as his ISO of .072 was the lowest of his career. He only hit two home runs this year, the lowest amount in a season with more than 200 plate appearances in his career. Defensively, Dobbs was limited to more games at first base, which prevented him from being a horrific defender. Still, as a first baseman, he barely contributed on the defensive side of the ball, though at least the Fish learned from last year's mistakes and did not try him too often in the outfield. Ed Lucas Marlins, 2013 PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA fWAR rWAR Ed Lucas 384 .256 .311 .336 .289 0.7 1.5 We will get to Ed Lucas in a little while, but suffice to say that the Fish were desperate enough to rest the ailing, struggling Morrison that they turned to Lucas for 19 starts at first base. The 2013 season was not a fun one. Casey Kotchman Marlins, 2013 PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA fWAR rWAR Casey Kotchman 21 .000 .048 .000 .033 -0.5 -0.7 Kotchman's line probably did not deserve mention, except that he ended up starting Opening Day for the Fish and was injured one game later, getting knocked out for a strained hamstring. He made three starts in a series after that and immediately suffered an oblique strain that kept him out of the lineup again. By the time he was ready to return, the Fish activated him and waived him from the 40-man roster immediately afterward. Joe Mahoney Marlins, 2013 PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA fWAR rWAR Joe Mahoney 29 .276 .276 .414 .300 0.0 0.1 Mahoney was the other player the Fish could have used to replace Morrison at the start of the year, but he too suffered from injury issues. He too fell to a hamstring injury that kept him out for an extended period. but he never returned to the big leagues after that.
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Oct 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a single in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park...
Oct 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a single in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics in game three of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Watching the MLB playoff games this season, I can’t help but notice how many ex-Marlins there are playing for these teams.  It shouldn’t be a surprise since the Miami Marlins have dealt plenty of extremely talented players for less than honorable reasons over the years.  Extremely talented players help their teams win games and the playoffs only include the teams that win the most games. It got me thinking, though, is it possible to make a lineup with just ex-Marlins currently playing on playoff teams and what would it look like?  I was able to get it done, but you have to stretch your imagination a little bit.  A couple of them never actually played a game in the majors for the Marlins, but all were in the organization.  Also, while they have all played the position they are listed  for at least a few games in their major league careers, it may not be their primary position any more. Here’s the 2013 All ex-Marlins Playoff Lineup plus a 3 man rotation and closer with their 2013 season stats: POS Name Team G R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG fWAR C John Buck Pirates 110 39 15 62 2 .219 .285 .362 1.5 1B Gaby Sanchez Pirates 136 29 7 36 1 .254 .361 .402 0.8 2B Dan Uggla Braves 136 60 22 55 2 .179 .309 .362 0.5 SS Yunel Escobar Rays 153 61 9 56 4 .256 .332 .366 3.9 3B Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 86 62 20 57 10 .345 .402 .638 5.1 LF Miguel Cabrera Tigers 148 103 44 137 3 .348 .442 .636 7.6 CF Omar Infante Tigers 118 54 10 51 5 .318 .345 .450 3.1 RF Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 157 69 22 100 1 .293 .342 .461 2.8 POS Name Team G IP W L SV ERA FIP fWAR SP Anibal Sanchez Tigers 29 182.0 14 8 0 2.57 2.39 6.2 SP A.J. Burnett Pirates 30 191.0 10 11 0 3.30 2.80 4.0 SP Ricky Nolasco Dodgers 34 199.1 13 11 0 3.70 3.34 3.0 RP Jason Grilli Pirates 54 50.0 0 2 33 2.70 1.97 1.5 This is a pretty good team and might have made the playoffs on their own.  Offensively, the combined 25.3 fWAR produced by just these 8 players would have ranked them 9th best in the majors, tied with the Braves.  Just imagine if the Marlins could have kept all of these players instead of dealing them away. 2013 All Ex-Marlins Playoff Team - Marlin Maniac - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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Sep 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third base coach Joe Espada (left) ducks away after pitcher Tom Koehler (top left) and pitcher Jose Fernandez (right) both dump gatorade on pitcher Henderson Alvarez after Alvarez threw a no hi...
Sep 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third base coach Joe Espada (left) ducks away after pitcher Tom Koehler (top left) and pitcher Jose Fernandez (right) both dump gatorade on pitcher Henderson Alvarez after Alvarez threw a no hitter against the Detroit Tigers at Marlins Ballpark. The Marlins won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Joe Espada has been reassigned to coach the Miami Marlins class-a team in Jupiter Florida. The Marlins believe what many in baseball do, that Espada is future manager material. They have asked him to get some managerial experience in the minors and he has apparently agreed. I think this is a great opportunity for Espada. Espada seems like he would be a great manager. He is level-headed and identifies well will the players. He likely will coach for a couple of years in the minor leagues and then get a crack at a major league job. We will see if it ends up with Miami. Marlins notes: Third-base coach Espada reassigned to Class-A: Sun-Sentinel A fixture on the major league coaching staff the last four seasons, Joe Espada is going back to his player development roots. Miami Marlins lose Alex Sanabia, Josh Wall on waivers: Fish Stripes Alex Sanabia never proved that he can consistently win as a starter in a major league rotation. And that may have cost him a job. According to a team press release, the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Sanabia off of waivers. Sanabia was 3-7 with a 4.88 earned run average in ten starts for Miami. Miami Marlins Rumors: Logan Morrison On His Way Out?: Rant Sports They might not have outright said it yet, but you don’t need to read too much  between the lines to see that Logan Morrison is likely going to  be a Miami  Marlins‘  alumni sooner rather than later. Third-base prospect Cox remains a mystery: MLB.com At this point in his young career, Marlins third-base prospect Zack Cox is an unsolved puzzle. At the University of Arkansas, Cox was among the most promising college bats in the 2010 Draft class. He set school records with his 102 hits and .429 batting average. The Cardinals selected him with their first-round pick that June. Miami Marlins – PlayerWatch: Global Post INF Gil Velazquez, RHP Stephen Ames, RHP Jose Ceda and 1B Joe Mahoney were outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans as the Marlins cleared room on their 40-man roster. Here at Marlin Maniac: Miami Marlins Season Review: Right Field Grades As we look back at the 2013 season for the Miami Marlins, we wanted to take this opportunity to walk through position by position and give out grades for both the performance of the position and the people who played the position. My grading system is pretty simple. Here’s to 2014!! Marlins Way: Joe Espada to Manage Class-A Jupiter - Marlin Maniac - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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