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  1. 8 points
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  3. 8 points
    The Reds want the best catcher in baseball and they want their 5th best prospect to be the centerpiece. Add the Reds to the list of teams that can suck a big bag of dicks.
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    I think that the Cardinals are in trouble.
  6. 6 points
    I forgot to make a post a few weeks ago on my 15th anniversary of this site. I used to be much more active e but stupid adulting has taken my time away. For those not aware, I am your resident Marlins fan from Iowa... Davenport to be exact (been dealing with quite a bit of flooding lately!). I became a Marlins fan in 1995 when I was 12 years old when my hero, Andre Dawson, signed with the Fish. I grew up idolizing him when he was on the Cubs. When he went to the Red Sox for two seasons, I became a Sox fan. When he went to the Fish in '95, I became a fan of the Marlins and have been a fan ever since. I remember that '97 World Series game so vividly as a 14 year old. That hooked me in and there was no going back. Flash forward to 2003. What a magical run that was. Being surrounded by Cubs fans, game 6 was one of the more amazing life events. Words can't explain the level of excitement (and fear) I felt being in a bar with 100 pissed off Cubs fans in my Marlins gear. It was amazing. I would say though, during that magical 2003 run, that the best game of the entire playoffs was game 3 of the NLDS against the Giants. The Jose Cruz error, falling behind in extras then Pudge ending with 2 outs and bases load... Amazing. Then the next game with Niner to Pudge to end the series.. so awesome. Then beating the Cubs.. and then winning a world series IN Yankee Stadium. Boy oh boy. Any way, I am rambling. The last 15 years have been tough but my level of fandom has never swayed. Seeing your favorite players continually traded, cheap owners, terrible farm system.. I still never gave up on them! Granted, I would throw hissy fits and say eff the Marlins every once in a while, but I would always come back (I'm an adult and not capable of switching loyalties). I try to go to a Marlins game or series at least once or twice a year. Have already gone to a Brewers game (we won 8-3.. we had lost the last 6 times I had seen them!). That may be it for this year.. all the games I go to (Milwaukee, Chicago, StL) happened very early in the season. Also the owner at my local bar knows to put the Marlins game on the TV when I am in the place (Doesn't exactly make me popular.. lol). I would say that I am pretty excited for this current team. I feel that Jeets is turning a corner and I really hope it keeps up. The young pitchers are incredibly impressive. Really hope that we are able to give them some offense because I think this turnaround could be a lot quicker than people expected. Anywho, just thought I'd ramble on a little bit. I haven't done that too often during my 15 years on this site. Keep believing Marlins fan.. our loyalty will be rewarded again... it has to!! Larry -- Thanks for everything. You've always run a good site. I'm sure when Jeets gets this train rolling that we'll be seeing quite a few new faces on this site! Go Fish
  7. 6 points
    Hi all just joined the group today, looking forward to many great discussions with you all. Been a fish fan since 93 and I figured I’d start off by offering my all time best Marlin 25 man roster (based on Marlins stats only) Starting pitchers Kevin Brown Josh Beckett Jose Fernandez Dontrelle Willis Ricky Nolasco Bullpen Felix Heredia Dennis Cook Matt Mantei Jay Powell Bryan Harvey Antonio Alfonseca Closer Rob Nenn Starters C Charles Johnson 1B Derrick Lee 2B Luis Castillo SS Hanley Ramirez 3B Mike Lowell RF Giancarlo Stanton CF Juan Pierre LF Gary Sheffield Bench Jeff Connie JT Realmuto Edgar Renteria Cliff Floyd Kurt Abbott Love to hear you guys’ feedback
  8. 6 points
    Why can't it be both though? Getting the right players and teaching them right takes time so why not work on the fan experience along the way? And the people who work on the fan experience aren't the one who work on the on field product so it's not like working on either should take away from the other. I hate the insinuation that working on the fan experience means they aren't working on improving the on field product.
  9. 6 points
    He was probably just looking for some attention and look he's getting it.
  10. 6 points
    This is going to hurt so bad wen Straily gets picked up by the Patriots and replaces Gronkowski seamlessly.
  11. 6 points
    it's just a stupid premise that there is some abstract force that is behind this. There's no point to the article. For instance: Beckett and Lowell were traded for Hanley Castillo spent 10+ years with the fish and made majority of his $ as marlin Uggla was rule 5 and absolutely horrible after the trade Since being traded, Nolasco has been worth 5 WAR (after 18 with the fish)
  12. 6 points
    Hows this work? I just used a screenshot from that twitter thing, I didn't know where they got the image of the new rendering from originally to show a wider view. Here's the "original" (neweest rendering) for reference:
  13. 6 points
    Far superior defensively? JT is the best all around catcher for a reason. 1) Statcast the past four years has proven he's the fastest, as he led that category the past 4 seasons. 2) JT has the best pop time in the league because he has the 3rd strongest arm and the 3rd fastest exchange rate. 3) Those things allow JT to have one of the best caught stealing percentages in the league 4) JT has improved his power every year and he's been hitting the ball better every year. 5) JT's last 4 years Def rating according to fangraphs - 8.8 / 10.3 / 12.6 / 7.9 = 9.9 AVG meanwhile Barnhart 5.9 / 11 / 14.9 / 5.5 = 9.325 AVG So yeah, not only is JT, FAR superior with the bat, he's actually faster, stronger arm, better pop time, better defensively and he's better at framing (he's average at it but Barnhart is awful at it) https://www.mlb.com/news/jt-realmuto-may-be-mlbs-best-catcher/c-282201118 https://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=10200&position=C https://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=11739&position=C https://legacy.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/index.php?cid=1918718 Since I took you to school, here are my sources. The MLB article is by far the most interesting. And last by not least, you don't get better and build for the future by trading away the best catcher in baseball and letting the team get value out of an OK 28 year old catcher who isn't getting better and won't be part of this team long-term. "hey we can rebuild and compete at the same time guys" - Adam Gase
  14. 5 points
    I can't wait for your third scouting report on him!
  15. 5 points
    I'd add in Conley if he gets hot. Guerrero too honestly. Honestly I dont think they should hold out any bullpen arm thats desired if it can net you a fairly decent prospect, since bullpens are easy as fuck to figure out long term. Sell high on any and all of them. Walker for sure.
  16. 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.
  17. 5 points
    Hey guys, I think we should Trade him to Daimondbacks for Kevin Cron, and Geraldo Perdomo, and Domingo Leyba. I am surprised nobody has brought this idea up before.
  18. 5 points
    Having been at the game on sunday, what a fun time...hadn't been to the stadium in over 2 years (since my dad passed) but had a great time and the team looked good against a great pitcher, and Sandy pitched a GEM....will be back soon to the park with my kiddos.
  19. 5 points
    Only Urena is tradeable right now. I can't believe anyone thinks it's ok to trade any of the other starters right now. We finally have SP depth you keep all of it to see which ones become part of the future here. No way you give up on any of them now. Why is this even a question considering our past? Castillo and Paddack show that you don't sacrifice prospects for quick fixes... Brad Hand and Andrew Miller show that you don't give up struggling major leaguers... The bats will come in other ways. With all the pitching being accumulated they can focus on bats in the next few drafts, there's still international free agents, you can sign in free agency when the time is right, some of the minor leaguer bats will pan out eventually, and lastly if more of the pitchers pan out than expected than you can ultimately trade from that depth but not yet. No way Jose.
  20. 5 points
    and just think 100 years from now all these players would be dead so it's good they traded them before that
  21. 5 points
    I heard he tried to slam the door on his way out and grounded into a double play.
  22. 5 points
    Ok everyone. I'm finally getting around to my update/thoughts/photos on the park renovations. Sorry there are a lot of images here, but I wanted to give those REAL fans that haven't been a look at the updated park. Entering the park - the new fences around the park seem very imposing and unfriendly. They also block off what was supposed to be the area for the home run sculpture next year, which I find interesting and perhaps telling? They finally put banners up on the parking garages, and you can also see the new fences: Coming into the home plate entrance area, they put some nice looking mural type things. I thought this was neat - in the windows, they put each player and where they're from. The area behind home plate and the info booth (now the Marlins Member "headquarters" or something to that effect) is now just completely empty. There used to be a few concession stands here that had been closed since early in the new park the concessions were removed so now it's just open and you can go look out the window if you want. My fears from FanFest in regards to the concession appearance were allayed - at FanFest they were unpainted (just white) and had no customization - they just weren't finished yet. Now each stand had its own look, and it turned out nicely. Before deciding on what to eat, I circled the park several times checking all the options out. Aside from the two 3o5 places, food pricing is roughly the same as before, but the food options/quality looked better. The food looked more appetizing than before. I wound up going to "La Pepa" and got a "spanish flavored/inspired" (something along those lines) pulled pork sandwich: It was good, though could've used more meat. The Bobblehead museum is now in the outfield/center field near the Billy's Kid Zone. To emphasize the park renovations are not completed (or promote the "cheap Jeter" narrative, you can see in (closed) the upper deck that concessions up there have not been renovated. I can't comment on the second deck, but since it's open, I'd guess they redid the concessions on that level? Although they didn't mention it in anything I've seen. --- They put picnic benches in the outfield concourse: I'll continue in the next post.
  23. 5 points
    Marlins Daily Minor League Report for April 4 – Opening Day!!! Triple A: New Orleans was PPD vs. Round Rock Game will be made up in DH on Saturday 4/6 Double A: Jackson (1-0) 5, Jacksonville (0-1) 0 Magneuris Sierra, CF: 0-4, 1 K Joe Dunand, SS: 0-3, 1 BB, 3 K Justin Twine, 3B: 1-3 Stone Garrett, RF: 0-3, 3 K Rodrigo Vigil, C : 0-3, 1 K Robert Dugger (L, 0-1) 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 6 K ADV. CLASS A: Palm Beach (1-0) 4, Jupiter (0-1) 1 Jose Devers, SS: 4 Victor Victor Mesa, CF: 0-4, 1 SB 1) Tristan Pompey, LF : 2-4, 1 R, 1 K Riley Mahan, 2B: 0-4, 3 K James Nelson, 3B: 0-4, 1 K Isael Soto, DH: 0-2, 1 BB, 2 K Trevor Rogers, SP: (L, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K Alex Mateo, RP: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K Tyler Stevens, RP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K CLASS A: Kane County (1-0) 2, Clinton (0-1) 0 Connor Scott, CF: 0-4, 1 K Will Banfield, C : 0-3, 1 BB< 1 K Thomas Jones, LF: 0-4, 2 K Demetrius Sims, 2B: 2-4, 1 2B (1), 1 K Jerar Encarnacion, RF: 3-4, 1 K Chris Vallimont, SP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K Nestor Bautista, RP: (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K Tyler Jones, RP: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K
  24. 5 points
    I am a big proponent of letting kids in free. The money right now is in TV, but real fans are made by experiencing the game action in person. If you get them early, they will become fans for life. That is how you build a fan base. Plus if kids are coming, then you still make money off their parents and concessions. I don't really see the downside.
  25. 5 points
    per ESPN: Said Mets manager Mickey Callaway: "I saw a guy trying to get out of the way of a fastball that was going to hit him in the face." When Stanton got hit in the face you saw a guy trying to get out of the way. He collapsed his feet and was already falling to avoid contact. With Lagares, you had someone trying to block the ball with the bat. His body language said nothing about moving out of the way. If it is a swing when it happened to Stanton and then for Reed (Johnson) one pitch later to get a strikeout, then there is no reason why this should go as a HBP. I mean if a pitch was coming at you and you swung the bat at it to try to deflect it and it still hit you, what do you think the call would be?
  26. 5 points
    No, it was a baseball game. This is a sign.
  27. 5 points
    Reynolds also says multiple times that Jeter keeps "taking shots" no wonder this team doesn't win when their CEO is drunk all the time #FuckJeter
  28. 5 points
    The loyalty to the Fish…
  29. 5 points
    Miles Mikolas vs Sandy Alcantara Game is on Fox Sports Florida, MLB.tv
  30. 5 points
    Just hope he would never "swing and mish"…
  31. 5 points
    A lot less cleavage with the blue walls and tiles
  32. 4 points
    Richards vs. Ponce de Leon. I can't believe this guy is still around. Must be over 500 years old.
  33. 4 points
    Kind of reminding me of the 2006 team right now, to be honest. Better pitching than the '06 team thus far but not as good hitting [especially in the extra base hits department]. But bits and pieces with a lot of young talent ... In fact, after 42 games, the teams had identical records of 11-31. At 16-31, this team is better than the 06 team through 47 games record-wise.
  34. 4 points
    The tanking thing is comical to me. This isn’t the nba or nfl this is mlb. The drop off between first overall and second overall usually isn’t a huge deal. To build a team you need to draft well throughout the draft. Make smart moves with international signings. Smart trades etc. Sure if you end up sucking and pick first great. If you pick second you still have a great chance of getting a great player there. Plus right now seeing the young players , pitchers in particular doing well and developing in big league action is more important than tanking for the first overall pick.
  35. 4 points
    Maybe we should do minor league game threads instead
  36. 4 points
    Marlins have a chance to take a series for the first time this season against future NLWC opponent Atlanta Braves. It's a battle of the lefties as Caleb Smith squares off against Sean Newcomb. Smith has a short outing his first time out, going just five innings while punching out eight and allowing a couple of runs. This was of course the infamous bunt foul "hit by pitch" game. Smith did only walk one but his pitch count got a little too high to go too deep in the game. Newcomb's first start was even shorter than Smith's, going only 4 innings. Newcomb struck out three and allowed 10 baserunners, four on walks, but allowed no runs. One hopes he continues to have command issues and the Fish take advantage.
  37. 4 points
  38. 4 points
    Fox Sports recently added the Marlins opening day game vs. the Rockies on Fox Sports Go for those in North and Central Florida. Marlins Live! is airing now.
  39. 4 points
    This video was very weird. No mention of the fact that we almost lost baseball when Loria bought the team and Henry got his upgrade to Boston . There was also virtually no mention of how the team was put back together by Beinfest other than Miggy and Beckett, or how Henry also gave up on Florida like Huizenga did when he also was denied his stadium. To be honest, even though Loria is rightly reviled here, it must be said that we still have Major League baseball (well, a bunch of kids who may be good some day) because Loria chose to save us rather than stay in Montreal. When Henry was getting the upgrade, Loria was given a choice - you can keep the team in Montreal and we'll move the Marlins to Washington, or you can have the Marlins and we'll move the Expos to Washington. So, thanks, Jeff!
  40. 4 points
    Frankly Samson disagreeing with a transaction, makes me more confident it was the right move.
  41. 4 points
    https://t.co/4XLtXRPhdH PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Lewis Brinson went home last offseason determined to make a change. After batting .199 with a 30 percent strikeout rate in his rookie season, the Marlins outfielder knew things could not continue as they were. He hit the cages hard—“I kind of lived in the cage almost,” he quipped—but it wasn’t in a quest for a swing change. For Brinson, what he needed to alter was his approach. “I did my homework, did my research and tried to find myself a little bit,” said Brinson, who entered last year ranked No. 18 on the BA Top 100 Prospects list. “This offseason it was just more about approach. Just trying to stay up the middle, the other way. Try and lengthen my swing out a little bit and keep my bat in the zone a long time. Nothing real major. More approach than anything.” Brinson, the top prospect the Marlins acquired in the Christian Yelich trade, showcased what’s changed in the Marlins’ 14-6 loss to the Mets on Wednesday. He hit two mammoth home runs, including one that clanked off the scoreboard at First Data Field. But as notable as the home runs themselves was the leadup to them. In Brinson’s first at-bat, he took a first-pitch fastball low and inside from Mets lefthander Steven Matz to get ahead 1-0. Last year, low and inside was the location he swung at more than any other when facing lefties, and the spot he whiffed the most too, according to Baseball Savant. With his altered approach this year, Brinson instead took the pitch to get ahead and forced Matz to come into him with a fastball over the plate. Brinson didn’t miss it, launching Matz’s 94 mph offering deep beyond the fence in left-center. In Brinon’s second at-bat, he again got ahead 1-0 by laying off of another inside fastball, this time from righthander Walker Lockett. Lockett again had to come into Brinson, left a hanging curveball over the plate, and Brinson sent it halfway up the scoreboard. Last year, Brinson was likely to swing at both of the first pitches, putting himself in a disadvantageous count from that start and changing the entire makeup of the at-bat. Now, he’s putting himself in a better position to succeed with his new approach, and the early results are showing it. He’s 4-for-9 with three home runs and a double to start spring training. It’s still the early part of spring and there is a long way to go, but Brinson knows if he can stick with his new approach, he has a prime opportunity for a bounceback year. “Now it’s just translate my approach that I have into the season,” Brinson said. “Same pitchers out there, brighter lights, but it’s still baseball. I’m just going to take this approach I have in spring and take it into the season.”
  42. 4 points
    While I agree that it is a bannable offense, I do not agree that I should be the one banned. Thus, I have decided I am going to ban @pollythewog for 10 minutes so he can think about what I did.
  43. 4 points
    Look guys, made in the US!!! I think this is our @el_gmac For those who don't have ig:
  44. 4 points
    SixtoButthurt? It’s obnoxious, I agree. They are the punching bag and will be until they start winning.
  45. 4 points
    Thank Goodness you're not a Marlin fan.
  46. 4 points
  47. 4 points
    "JT. What about 6 years and $72 million?" No. "How about 6 years, $72,000,001?" ... no? *25 attempts later* FINE FINE I'LL SIGN! "So that's 6 years, $72,000,026." Whatever.
  48. 4 points
    Injury history or strong chance to need TJ surgery in the near future is a plus.
  49. 4 points
    Bro you should probably give Jeter a chance for once. You're always so negative about him. Cut the guy some slack already.
  50. 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.


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