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Cardinals, Marlins Play to a Tie in Spring Training Game

The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins battled to a 1-1 tie in a spring training game on February 26, 2024, at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The Cardinals struck first in the top of the 2nd inning. Iván Herrera delivered a crucial single to left field, allowing Alfonso Rivas to sprint home. The scoreboard read 1-0 in favor of St. Louis. The Marlins, however, weren’t about to be outdone. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jesús Sánchez stepped up to the plate. His well-placed single to

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Nationals Rally Past Marlins in Grapefruit League Action

The Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 6-3 in a spring training game on Sunday, February 25th, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Despite falling behind early, the Nationals rallied for a comeback victory thanks to strong performances from James Wood and their bullpen. The Marlins got on the board first with runs in the second and third innings, but the Nationals answered back in the fifth with a two-run home run by Wood. Wood would score again in the sixth to exte

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Marlins Edge Cardinals in Thrilling Spring Training Matchup

The Miami Marlins edged out the St. Louis Cardinals in a thrilling 9-8 spring training battle on February 24th, 2024. The game erupted early, with the Marlins plating two runs in the first inning thanks to Jesús Sánchez's single. The Cardinals countered swiftly with a run in the bottom half, but Miami answered back with a three-run rally in the 3rd, sparked by a double from Bryan De La Cruz. Tristan Gray extended the Marlins' lead with a solo homer in the 4th, but the Cardinals chipped

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Marlins Sign Former All-Star Shortstop Tim Anderson to One-Year Deal

The Miami Marlins bolstered their infield on Thursday, signing veteran shortstop Tim Anderson to a one-year, $5 million deal.  Anderson, a two-time All-Star and the 2019 American League batting champion, is hoping to rebound after a down year in 2023. Injuries limited him to just 101 games, and he struggled at the plate, batting a career-low .245 with only one home run. The Chicago White Sox declined his $14 million option for 2024, leading him to free agency. Despite his struggles, An

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Marlins Add Industry Veteran Sara Goodrum as Director of Special Projects

The Miami Marlins made a notable addition to their baseball operations department on Monday, hiring former Houston Astros Director of Player Development Sara Goodrum as Director of Special Projects. Goodrum brings a wealth of experience to the Marlins, having overseen the Astros' minor league system for the past two seasons. Prior to that, she worked within the Milwaukee Brewers organization, serving as their Minor League Hitting Coordinator in 2021. While the exact details of her role

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Marlins Acquire Nick Gordon

The Miami Marlins reeled in another former top prospect on Sunday, acquiring infielder/outfielder Nick Gordon from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for left-handed reliever Steven Okert. This marks the second consecutive offseason trade between the two clubs, following last year's deal that sent Luis Arraez to Miami. Gordon, the younger brother of former Marlin Dee Strange-Gordon, was once a highly-touted prospect, selected fifth overall in the 2014 draft. He's flashed potential, but injurie

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Peter Bendix's Unique Bond with the Kelce Brothers

Peter Bendix, the newly minted president of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins, might seem an unlikely figure to have a personal connection to NFL superstars Jason and Travis Kelce. But for Bendix, the link runs deep, rooted not in the world of professional sports, but in the shared memories of childhood friendship. Growing up in Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Bendix's parents' first home was just a block away from the Kelce household. This proximity sparked a bond that trans

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Marlins Dive into 2024 with a Splash of Fresh Threads

The Miami Marlins are making waves off the field before their first pitch of the 2024 season is even thrown. They've unveiled two brand new jerseys, and let's just say, they're a homerun (pun intended!). Midnight Magic in Black: Gone are the days of the "Lite Brite" black jerseys that left fans scratching their heads. The new midnight black alternates are sleek and sophisticated, featuring crisp white script for the team name and player numbers. It's a modern take on a classic baseball

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The Case for Sheffield: Why a Slugger Deserves a Plaque in Cooperstown

As the Baseball Hall of Fame voting looms, one name continues to spark debate: Gary Sheffield. With his final year of eligibility upon us, it's time to examine why this prolific slugger rightfully deserves a place in Cooperstown. An Offensive Force of Nature: Sheffield's bat spoke volumes. His career boasts 509 home runs, 1676 RBIs, and a lifetime batting average of .292. These numbers place him amongst the elite of the game, ranking 27th, 30th, and 89th all-time respectively. Moreover, his

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Marlins Make a Splash on Signing Day: Cova Headlines 21-Player Haul

The Miami Marlins wasted no time making their mark on the international signing period, officially inking 21 players on Monday, January 15th. While the offseason has been relatively quiet on the major league front, the front office made a statement by aggressively pursuing young talent on the global market. Cova, the Crown Jewel: The marquee signing is Venezuelan outfielder Luis Cova, MLB.com's #21 international prospect. This athletic 16-year-old boasts excellent defensive tools and r

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Marlins Arbitration Deadline: Deals Done, Standoffs Remain

The Miami Marlins' arbitration deadline day on January 11th brought a mixed bag of news for the Fish faithful. While the team reached agreements with seven of their arbitration-eligible players, three key names remain headed for potential hearings: Luis Arraez, Jazz Chisholm Jr., and Tanner Scott. Deals Done: The good news is that the Marlins managed to avoid arbitration with a solid chunk of their talent. Left-hander Jesus Luzardo inked a one-year deal worth $5.5 million, solidifying

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Trade Talk? Nah, Keep Arraez: Why He's More Than Just a Batting Title

The Miami Marlins are buzzing with trade rumors, and Luis Arraez's name keeps popping up like a stubborn peanut from a bag of shells. While I understand the allure of nabbing a big-name pitcher or bolstering the outfield, trading Arraez would be a colossal mistake. Here's why: He's a Hitting Machine: Look beyond the batting title (oh wait, that's hard to do with a .319 average!). Arraez isn't just a singles machine. He's got sneaky power, an on-base percentage that reads like a phone number

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Breaking Barriers: The Marlins Hire Rachel Balkovec as Director of Player Development

The Miami Marlins just made history. Not on the field, not yet, but in the front office. They've hired Rachel Balkovec as their new Director of Player Development, shattering glass ceilings and injecting a much-needed dose of diversity into the upper echelons of Major League Baseball. Balkovec's resume speaks for itself. She's a pioneer, becoming the first woman to manage a full-season affiliate in affiliated baseball history. But her impact extends far beyond that singular milestone. Her j

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