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  1. 13 points
    Someone sent me a link to this conversation. Great stuff. One of the big things the Marlins need is more fans like most of you who have posted here. I appreciate everyone’s passion. One of the commenters wondered what motivated me to send out the Tweets I did Sunday night. I’ll answer that question here. I was on the team bus, heading from the ballpark to the airport after the Marlins finished off the sweep of the Phillies Sunday. I was reflecting on a 20-15 stretch and, especially, the just-completed 5-2 road trip, watching the team play so well for a week in a couple of great baseball markets in ballparks packed with 40,0000 passionate fans each night night. And then I thought about flying home to an incredible ballpark but only 6,000 fans and Max Scherzer Tuesday night. It just hit me that things are beginning to change for this franchise on and off the field under this new ownership, and it’s time that people begin to acknowledge that. Things are improving in tangible ways that people in this discussion can see. As someone who grew up down here and left the Boston Red Sox because I wanted to work for my hometown team at a time when I probably still smelled like champagne after winning a second World Series in my last 4 seasons there in 2007, it frustrates the heck out of me that too many people just won’t move on from things that happened under previous owners 5 or 10 or 25 years ago. At some point, you’re either a baseball fan, or you’re not. You’re either a Marlins fan, or you’re not. In my eyes, it’s not a crime to not care about the Marlins. That’s cool. But eventually that’s on you. That’s not on a former owner. It’s not about needing a new ballpark or needing to be out of the heat and the rain. It’s not about trading away players people loved but somehow played in front of the lowest attendance in the league year after year. At some point, own it. It’s on you. Now, I realize that most of the people reading this don’t fall into that group. As I said in the thread, I can’t begin to express my appreciation for those who are dedicated fans of this team. I acknowledge it hasn’t always been easy to be a Marlins fan. But you know what? Your faith and your devotion is getting closer to being rewarded. For the first time in its history, this franchise has a plan that is being adhered to and is in the earliest stages of bearing fruit. As much as we want to celebrate some of the exciting things beginning to happen as some players graduate to the big leagues, others begin to establish themselves and some begin to produce because they’re finally healthy, we’re still in the 2nd or 3rd inning of this thing. There is so much more talent on the way. Guys who will be here before the end of this season. Some who will arrive next year. Some further down the road. They have transformed the scouting and player development operation. They are doing things internationally that have never before been done here. They have transformed the clubhouse and organizational culture. They are bringing in talented players who want to be here and are being taught daily what it takes to sustain success. And they’re immersing themselves in the community and have worked hard to improve the ballpark experience through various enhancements, including cheaper tickets and concessions. You can go to a game for $10 and buy ballpark staples for $3 or $5. I could go on, but there’s probably a character limit at some point. Just wanted to say thanks to those of you who have been supportive of the team and to those who supported my thread the other night. I hope you guys will keep coming out to Marlins Park and will encourage others to do so. Explain to people what you and I are seeing that maybe they don’t yet see. It’s not going to win over everybody, but that’s fine. Fans like you can be part of the solution. Thanks for the passion! Look forward to seeing you at Marlins Park, and here’s to some great days down the road for this franchise. Fans like you deserve them more than anybody. Glenn
  2. 8 points
  3. 7 points
    I can't wait for your third scouting report on him!
  4. 7 points
  5. 6 points
    I'm pretty confident they will. He is insanely valuable. The best catcher in baseball, coming off a huge breakout season, at 28 years old, with non-guaranteed salaries past 2019, leverage to buy out his prime because he's 2 years from free agency, at the toughest physical position so he will take the buyout, and the rest of the NL East going bananas acquiring guys to pit the Braves and Mets against each other. I think we'll be happy about this one. Yelich will still be the only wart.
  6. 5 points
    I mean, before this year Chisholm had a .271 batting average in the minors. I know that this is not as high as the .278 batting average that Gallen gave up last year in AAA, but there should be no alarms going off about Gallen, right? People are overreacting to Chisholm's bad batting average this year, even though better stats like wRC+ show him to be above average offensively this year despite it being a down year. It is the same way that they are overreacting to Gallen's success this year. Gallen has taken a big step forward, but his underlying stats like BB9 and opposing bapib show that he is still likely to end up as the mid to bottom rotation piece everyone expected when he was acquired in 2017. Marlins have enough pieces who have higher ceilings that he became expendable.
  7. 5 points
    So unprofessional Heyman. We should only be talking about the guy's baseball skills, not his bedroom skills.
  8. 5 points
    Helps. Their specific needs would be more obvious and they’d be closer to contention in that scenario. They could bump the off-season spending up to this coming off-season instead of the next off-season.
  9. 5 points
  10. 5 points
    Ok, so I just listened to it (he was on for about 30 mins), and took a bunch of notes for everyone if they don't want to listen. A good chunk of this is stuff we already know, but he also gave some insights into other things and reasons for things. These comments go in order of the interview. ---- Homer: will move outside and be part of a new artwalk outside the park goes off for home runs, wins, and every day at 3:05 (am too....just kidding). he mentioned the art that's already around the park, but it sounded like more would be coming - I'm guessing the "our colores" campaign is a good representation of the type of art that could be coming......it'd be cool to see some of this type of thing on the parking garages or the side of the building in areas didn't specify if this would happen for 2019 SRO section (where the sculpture was): when he arrived, he saw a lack of engaging sections - the Budweiser bar was good, but wanted to see more as we've known, the top section is for everyone, middle for SRO tickets only, bottom is for groups didn't really have any good group areas (aside from suites), this new setup gives them a new area for groups General ballpark comments: Blue walls - there were too many colors before Green wall (didn't elaborate much on this or what type of plants they'd be) They want to create a "that's Miami" look and feel with the new look; they feel this new look is "Miami today" The Club: direct view/access to the field (currently you have to go through back corridors and hallways to get between the Diamond club and field/seating area) view of batting cages (I'd assume it'll be mirrored glass to not disturb the players) more flexible arrangement off seats - not just the 4-8 top tables they have now new food options DJ booth (I question whether that crowd would like that, but ok) revamped bar like you'd see in Wynwood or Brickell General comment: like the idea of small bites/craft cocktails They want care and attention given to ALL areas of the park/experience, not just certain areas. EX: same time/energy devoted to kids area as The Club He hinted at a longer range plan to make further changes, and said they can't do everything at once Promenade/concourse area - the host asked what the casual fan will see has changed in terms of food/beverage: EVERYTHING is changing. Every concession stand is changing - the look, feel, food offering/menu will all be new Bringing in outside-branded concepts iconic to Miami (I'm sure they'd have to keep some traditional places too) more small items (not necessarily a big meal) handheld items - mentioned Peruvian and Argentinian - items that reflect Miami they want the entire experience to reflect Miami, not just relegated to a corner (current Taste of Miami) - again, hopefully that doesn't mean completely eliminating traditional options like burgers and pizza. they want people to experience the smells of food cooking as they walk in the park, like San Francisco with the garlic fries and San Diego with fish tacos didn't say anything about concession prices (like what ATL did with the Falcons), but wasn't asked either They want the park to become a destination for people - a 'home away from home' "Party en el Parque" - weekend themes: Fridays - Little Havana Nights - come relax and blow off steam of the week Saturdays - Party Before Dark - 6pm start times, fireworks. He said earlier start times are better for families and for people that want to go out - it gives them time to go out after the game. Miami has great nightlife. Sundays - Sunday Funday - family oriented, kids-centric - from PA to music, etc. Colors: black/teal represented Florida/Miami then with the new colors, they wanted to create/represent Miami today - he mentioned nightlife several times, which goes with our dark/neon lights theory didn't specifically mention the current colors, but I guess the same comment as the walls/park would apply - too many colors --- Overall, it was good interview. It seems like they have put a lot of thought into what they want to do and improve, and he seems like a great hire for the organization.
  11. 4 points
    The Miami Marlins now have a legitimate top 5 farm system according to some baseball insiders. It’s time to think about the 2020 Marlins and what they will look like. In my opinion, the future could very well be next year for the Marlins. They will probably have a new manager. It is the last year before their tv deal expires. It is going to be a very pivotal season. With that being said, I would like to see a lot of our “Baby Fish” make their debut. I strongly believe that this could look a lot like (not exact obviously) our 2020 Miami Marlins, which resembles the 2006 Marlins a lot with all those Rookies. I am really excited for next year because it looks like we are finally going to be seeing some of our highly rated prospects come up to the show. 2020 Miami Marlins Rotation Sixto Sanchez Caleb Smith Edward Cabrera Sandy Alcantara Jordan Yamamoto Bullpen Tayron Guerrero Jarlin Garcia Austin Brice Ryne Stanek Jorge Guzman Jose Urena Pablo Lopez Line-Up CF Monte Harrison 2B Isan Diaz RF JJ Bleday 3B Brian Anderson C Jorge Alfaro 1B Lewin Diaz SS Jazz Chisholm LF Jesus Sanchez P Bench Miguel Rojas Bryan Holaday Garrett Cooper Neil Walker Jon Berti This is not a playoff roster. But I think between 2021-2023 is when you will start seeing the Marlins being really competitive.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    Maybe we should do minor league game threads instead
  14. 4 points
  15. 4 points
    A loss is still a loss but if you've actually watched these games you've seen this team has battled and kept itself in every game even when its felt over early. Some hate when this is said but a break here and there and this team could have seriously been 6-0 right now. For a team that many expect to approach 100 losses you can't complain about the competitive spirit this squad has shown thus far. Eventually some of these breaks will go our way. Let's get em tonight!
  16. 4 points
    Just imagine, if the Ump made that call against the Yankees in NY..
  17. 4 points
    Oh definitely, he'll be in the bullpen before every start. That's where all the starters warmup.
  18. 4 points
    Ok y’all got me more on board with the Blues. Name and numbers look awesome in the sun. Love this new look more and more seeing it outside and on players.
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    If they deemphasize the "baseball" portion, they may lose out on the main demographic of FanFests - kids who want autographs. There seems to be a tension in the marketing department between appealing to the typical baseball crowd (families with kids) and some idealized version of the Miami nightlife crowd. I get that for games, but not a FanFest.
  21. 4 points
    I wish we could just delete all your posts.
  22. 4 points
    WOW FUCK JETER PETERS WAS CLEARLY ON A CY YOUNG TRAJECTORY THIS IS SO MUCH BULLSHIT SHERMAN SHOULD SELL NOW PETERS WILL HAVE AN ANGELS HAT ON HIS HALL OF FAME PLAQUE IT COULD HAVE BEEN A MARLINS HAT
  23. 4 points
    There are no road uniforms. At the urging of Wei Yin Chen the Marlins have decided to not play any road games next season. All 162 games will be played at Marlins Park.
  24. 4 points
    I tried a few quick variations of these two:
  25. 4 points
    I sincerely hope they do make some noise and get these guys on board. I know some of you think I'm on here trolling about the moves they've made and I'm not an actual Marlins fan but I assure you there is no other team I bleed for. Getting these guys and extending JT in the offseason would be a nice start to next year.
  26. 3 points
    Let’s also not forget how we’ve had some shitty pitching out of the bullpen for some stretches this season (Chen and stanek for example). So a one run a game improvement and a slightly better pen would make us a middle of the pack team.
  27. 3 points
    I'd be 100% down to pool money and buy a team if only for the entertaining "meetings" we'd have trying to agree on club direction and which 2 pitchers we need to contend. At least the bbq would be on point.
  28. 3 points
    Calm the fuck down. Don't just go around throwing out comparisons to Gallen. It makes you look ignorant. Nobody will ever come close to that level of talent.
  29. 3 points
    AA Shrimp update since I'm at the game. Guzman throwin' fire, 8 K's through 4. Has not allowed a hit, though he walked the bases loaded in the 4th before getting out of it so at 69 pitches he may not last much longer.
  30. 3 points
    Really? I remember reading comments and things all the time about "reported attendance is X, but there definitely was a lot fewer than X in the park"
  31. 3 points
    I guess he did discover the fountain of youth.
  32. 3 points
    The thread started last Thursday at 4:04 pm. You're welcome.
  33. 3 points
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  35. 3 points
    You will fit right in here, welcome friend.
  36. 3 points
  37. 3 points
    I haven't watched a game in years. How's Bret Barbarie doing?
  38. 3 points
    Wtf man? Jeter pays over slot in the draft and signs the top international free agent in his first IFA period. Clearly he's a cheap fuck just like Loria and nothing has changed.
  39. 3 points
    TLDR - Don’t fuck up Realmuto trade and pray they spend money on FA for 2021 I have no answer for getting people excited about a total rebuild. You have to be a baseball nerd to appreciate what is happening and how little victories - like going over-slot for Banfield, getting a lucky 3rd rounder in Pompey, acquiring some nominal RHP relievers in back to back years in the Rule5, getting Ca. Smith for a nominal prospect, winning the Phelps trade, getting Richards from the independent leagues, etc. - are eventually going to turn into some real value for the team in years. I am a full on believer in the "Sam Hinkie" rebuild philosophy. Burn it all down until you can be good again. I know that doesn't help short term ticket sales, which definitely cuts against being unapologetic to build a winner, but the end goal is to build a winner so that's how I roll. In any event, I think it's actually a low level of moving parts. It really boils down to "get a good package for Realmuto, Steckenrider, Conley, Castro, and Straily when you inevitably trade them." If we do the basic math on the assets that they have, what I'm basically saying is, I think they will have 9+ WAR in 6 position players by 2021, I think they'll have 5+ WAR in 3 SP, and 6+ WAR in relievers. Of course, tinker that up or down among each positional group to 20+ WAR which I think is an acceptable goal. Hitters Anderson - 2.2 WAR projection in 2019 (644 PA) (Note, 3.4 WAR in 2018) Call these guys bench options (longterm basis). Current projections extrapolated to bench PA Brinson - .6 (350/PA) or Dean - .8 (350/PA) Riddle - .7 (350/PA) Cooper - .6 (350/PA) I don’t think we’re asking a lot here for Diaz and VVM to turn into 2+ WAR starters by 2021, or likewise, them not working out and Monte and/or Brinson do work out and become (at least) a low-end 2+ WAR starter on defense/dingers, or if those bench options fail, someone like Sierra or Harold Ramirez working out, or Anderson keeping his 2018 performance. This isn’t great at all, but collectively, if they get 3 starters and 3 bench players out of this producing 9+ WAR, this is starting to form the basis of a CHEAP (important concept is saving money) and solid supporting cast which is all my point is here. Pitchers So then you get to the starting pitching, and assume your 3/4/5 SP can get you 5+ WAR combined. In 2018, Urena, Ca. Smith, and Richards produced 4.4 WAR in 377 innings (well below the innings of what three SP would throw). They might already have this threshold met. Practically, I think I’m averaging this very low considering Neidert looks to be a better prospect than everyone here, Urena took a big step forward this year, and the likelihood that one of Alcantara/Ca. Smith/Richards/Pablo/Gallen/Yamamoto works out into at least a good 4/5 SP is high. They all likely won’t fail. In any event, Urena/Pablo/Richards/Ca. Smith this season are projected to have a 3.7 WAR in 464 innings. If you extrapolate that up to 600 innings (i.e., 3 SP), you’re at 4.8 and basically already at this hypothetical threshold I'm debating. I think this is very safe to assume they will get 3 guys here producing a combined 5 WAR in the rotation. I guess you can call that a moving part, but this is a really really low projection. So this gets you to the bullpen. This is where I think I may side with you, but I have cautious optimism. A middle of the pack bullpen is 3.5+ WAR, and an elite bullpen is 6+ WAR. The Marlins need to develop an elite one. The Yankees have averaged over 8 WAR the last 3 seasons, and I don’t think I need to point out who built that bullpen which is where my leap of faith is here. I believe that Denbo/team are really focusing on this and rebuilding the Yankees bullpen down in Miami. When we look at what the pen could look like without needing these guys as starters (Alcantara, Guzman, E. Cabrera, Holloway, Richards, Ca. Smith, Quijada, and Garcia as the first tier, and a second tier of Anderson, Brigham, Ferrell, Merandy, Gallen, Guerrero, Hernandez, Keller, Yamamoto, Duggers, Beggs, Eveld, Mills, etc.), I think that’s A LOT of guys to figure out 7-8 good arms. I think this is going to be closer to 6 than 3.5 by 2021, even if this falls short. So that's where, shift up the bats or SP a little, shift down the bullpen a little, and we're at 17 players/roughly $42 million (and $16 of that is a final Chen payment)/20+ WAR expectation. I mean, that sucks if you think about it. Their best assets internally (for 2021, basically ignoring 2018 draft) taking away just a few guys, is a probably a 20 WAR team absent something amazing happening. That's just not that great. But, they can trade Realmuto, Steckenrider, Conley, Castro, Straily, Rojas, Wittgren, etc., they can spend money in 1-2 seasons, and they can unload prospect inventory in 2021 to get another win now player (ala the Brewers). Yea, that is moving parts and a lot of things could go wrong, but a lot of things could go right too. We'll see. This makes total sense to me on paper. They really have to crush the Realmuto trade.
  40. 3 points
    Lids is gonna honor my cyber Monday code and send me the black jersey!
  41. 3 points
  42. 3 points
    I will say that after taking a year off from baseball, The new uniforms were definitely perfect to get me back in the mood for baseball and got me excited for the future. I’m going to be ready for spring training that’s for sure.
  43. 3 points
    I can’t wait till March 5th guys
  44. 3 points
    I believe JT would be glad to be the model in the presentation of new uniforms, didn't his agent said he will definitely be wearing "different" uniform by the start of spring training !?
  45. 3 points
    Wait until JT sees the new logo. He'll obviously change his mind then.
  46. 3 points
    He can definitely still hit better than Brinson
  47. 3 points
    Not seeing Chen in your profile picture is disorienting.
  48. 3 points
    Why would you want that? Save up and buy New York, dude.
  49. 3 points
    I want both jobs, I see myself as a Dan Jennings type.
  50. 3 points
    Really glad someone posted this finally. Really needed to be posted.


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