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Posted February 3, 2014
Absolutely awesome and a long time coming
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Posted January 13, 2014
Apparently Livan has gone into full auction mode
Interesting to see what some of the stuff went for
His 1997 WS Ring brought in $18,752.10 - which was the most expensive item
The first pitch baseball for the Nationals didn't meet it's $5,000 reserve
His WS MVP was just under $10k, which is interesting as unlike a ring there is no real stripped down value in there - it's lucite & a baseball - however, it's not something shared by everyone on the roster
I found the Silver Slugger award interesting as well
Posted November 1, 2013
The Marlins have put themselves in a position where they have to offer more in the contract than others to get any "prime" FA
There isn't a lot of draw to the Marlins right now - they haven't had success, they don't have the clubhouse, city or ownership draw
The Red Sox are the Red Sox - they had a bad year, shed a bunch of payroll, but have been a consistent playoff team, had pedroia, papi and others that are respected vets and they still spent something like $125M over 7 guys and I think the largest commitment was in the $40M range - no deal longer than 3 years, most 1-2 year deals with the impact this year a little over $50M
Miami wouldn't spend that much and even if they did and were able to land like players to like deals (which they wouldn't be able to) there just isn't enough on this team to have those guys provide that much of a boost .... I don't think it would get them even to a playoff contender, let alone a WS contender
As for Hech - I hate that as fans of the Marlins you pretty much have to resign yourself that a guy who isn't productive is pretty much going to hang out for a while due to a lack of options and more holes on the team to fill while we try to buy into some promise about what he could develop into
I can't buy into the first year as a full starter talk or anything like that either - the diamondbacks also traded for a SS with a funny name - one who is younger with less experience at all levels and while not a world beater by any means he at least showed enough to be thought of as at worst a stop gap and someone that may not be a complete anchor on your team
Even if Hech develops to where he's consistently not one of the worst regulars at his position in baseball and lands where he's in that 15th-20th worst player at his position that's still someone you need to look to upgrade
Posted October 9, 2013
Moran will also be the Marlins representative in the Bowman Hitting Challenge this Saturday ...... sounds kind of goofy, but could be fun
Again, I'm not sure why it's even remotely relevant unless they are letting Perry Hill help pick players .... in which case it's more of a FO problem, than a Perry Hill problem
From my understanding he is there to make infielders better at their position on the field, their technique and a whole bunch of other stuff that comes from playing the position
It's the FOs responsibility to give him the players to coach
the only way I could see this being an issue is if the FO approached him with advanced statistics about their own players range, strengths/weaknesses or how to coach up the infielders to a specific opponent or situation and he wasn't receptive to the input
I don't think those conversations are happening though
Until the point where advanced statistics actually interface with him and he rejects to listen to them in doing his job then it's a non-issue
Now if you want to have a conversation about if the FO should provide that information then that's something to really discuss
Posted September 27, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen - Your Miami Marlins!!
I mean, the Juan Pierre deal ended up working out fine, right?
I wonder if the extra $100k was to buy out all those high dollar incentives that Juan Pierre received
Posted September 26, 2013
I think it's hard to say given the high level of dysfunction ...... a whole bunch of people in the credit line and a whole bunch of people looking to push blame with very little understanding of roles, etc
An example of this would be that in September of 2011 the Marlins hired Marty Scott to replace Jim Fleming as VP of Player Development.
At the time Loria was grumbling about the quality and depth of the farm system - this was following the Fernandez draft of 2011
Of course they don't actually fire Fleming ..... they make him a "special assistant" to Beinfest
The whole thing is a cluster........
Johnson & Gomez get a game each
Jennings and Beinfest aren't dumb guys. They've had their respective jobs for a while because they are great evaluators of talent and consistently replenish the system with talent (Beckett/JJ/Stanton/Willingham/etc...)
Beckett & Willingham were before either Beinfest or Jennings and JJ was before Jennings
I'm really not sure what Jennings has done to inspire much confidence - I'm not seeing any great results at any organization that he's been a part of and the Marlins scouting/drafting wasn't all that great while he was wearing those hats
Posted September 5, 2013
sucks for him that MLB seemed to arbitrarily reject the renewal of his waiver after it expired
Posted August 28, 2013
Nice - they are moving the games from Phoenix Muni to Camelback Ranch in Glendale - which is within 15 minutes of my house
Hopefully the schedule works out a little more favorable to actually be able to watch the games than last year - definitely want to check out a few of those players .... just looked and there are 11 6:35 starts on the total schedule (although only 4 at home) and a couple home weekend games ... should be able to make a few this year
Posted July 30, 2013
Yeah - my wife told me last night that a former Marlins pitcher died in Bartlett Lake .......... never heard of the guy, but a sad way to go and kind of an odd set of circumstances as well
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Posted June 19, 2013
why did Bell work around Stanton this time?!
Last time was clearly just a test from God and now God is disapointed that he didn't respond to the challenge
Posted June 18, 2013
Awesome ending ... couldn't ask for anything better
Posted June 13, 2013
found it in the Juan Pierre signs thread
Pierre would earn a $25,000 bonus if he's an All-Star, $25,000 each for winning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger, $50,000 if he's an LCS MVP, $100,000 if he's the World Series MVP and $100,000 if he's the league MVP.
So yeah - a cool extra $300k if he posts a historic season as a 35 year old ......... i seriously would have loved to have been in on that negotiation
JP/Agent - "wait, only an extra $50k if I'm an all star AND a gold glove winner?! If I did that I'd have an awesome season,that's not much of an incentive"
Marlins (sarcastically) - "you're right ... how about this ... if you have that kind of season you oculd be league MVP so why don't we double that $50k to $100k just for that award ... now you're up to $150k if you pull the trifecta"
JP/Agent - "that's more like it ... how's the team looking this year? I know you have a new ballpark and all and are making a push? You think a league MVP season would put the team over the top?"
Marlins (now fully laughing) - "of course .... in fact you know that $100k for league MVP .... since we'd be bound to be in the playoffs why don't we make it an extra $100k if you can be a WS MVP - shoot, we'll even throw in $50k for a LCS MVP"
JP/Agent - "let's get to work"
yeah ... impossible to reach incentives that really had not strong money attached to them ...... let me see if I can find them on here
Posted June 7, 2013
And in fact Moran's brother Brian is at AAA with Seattle and is a relief with some pretty damn good numbers.
He has 49 strikeouts in 30.1 innings this year. 303 strikeouts in 255.2 innings in his career with a 2.89 ERA.
sounds like a closer.
This cardinals fan is very upset by this news - I believe he was advocating for Brian Moran .... but his intentions are a bit dubious
Posted June 6, 2013
I don't live in Miami or Florida for that matter
I wore a marlins t-shirt to a concert last night and inbetween the 2nd opening act and main act the guy standing next to me says the following:
"hey, i just have to ask - are you wearing a marlins t-shirt to be ironic or are you serious"
when I reply that I'm simply a glutton for punishment and am indeed a marlins fan his response was "that's kind of disapointing ... i was really hoping you were being ironic"
so yeah ..... it's easy to have good feelings right now
Posted May 30, 2013
We will still finish with a better record then last year's joke of a team.
That would take an additional 57 wins to add onto the 13 this team currently has.
Which means they would have to go 57-52 over the remainder of the season ..... that is about an 85 win pace over a full season
I don't think there has been any indication that this team is close to playing .500 ball at this point. If you want to make an argument that when fully healthy and more young guys are called up they can play better - fine. However, by that point the pit will only be deeper and the pace needed to win that many games steeper.
70 wins isn't going to happen
Back at the trade deadline I think most had cabrera pegged as one of the best hitters in the game
Here is an article about the trade - a little yankee centric given the source, but definitely some concern out of NY about the tigers making this move
Guys like Solano, Ruggiano, Dunn shouldn't be held up as beacons of a successful front office ..... these are guys who are dime a dozen players on any good team .... on the Marlins some may consider them key ... just goes to show how bad this team is
would have to convert him to catcher
Too bad we couldn't have also signed Jung Bong
Posted May 17, 2013
two weeks ago I was at work on a Friday, get a call from my wife that one of our friends is bringing her kids over for dinner, swimming, etc.
later in the day I get a call from our friend and she is at the booze store, was going to grab something for me to drink and was completely overwhelmed ....... I get much the same way and I usually know what I want
given that it was hot out and I was more interested in type than brand I threw out a couple styles ...... she couldn't find them in the sea of beer
so I switched up and threw out a couple brands and said grab anything by them and it will most likely be worth a try ......... with that knowledge she starts talking with the budweiser distributor (her husband works for the same distributor) and he leads her to a 4 pack of Oskar Blues TenFidy
Imperial Stout isn't exactly my pool beer of choice - but I enjoyed the world out of this beer ........ so good ....... I had the 1st can that night, but chose to slow play the other 3 as the opportunity came up ........ highly recommend it for fans of the style (my wife and her friend both took a taste and the reaction was somewhere between hate and disbelief that someone would drink a whole glass of it)
Posted May 10, 2013
Before somebody asks me for my scientific poll evidence again, I did not take a poll. The following is an assumption of mine.
I assume that the majority of people who buy upper deck tickets do so because they are cheaper. Yes, some may buy them for the extra space around them with less fans. Most though, it's expense so the Marlins would be giving them more for their money with the upgrade to lower bowl.
I think it's definitely true that people sit in the upper deck because it's cheaper. I don't think you need to support that with scientific evidence.
However, I think there are also many people (like myself) who hate sitting far away from the infield and would rather sit in the upper deck behind home plate than sit in the lower bowl way out in RF. Obviously we don't know where these fans are being moved yet, but if I were a fan being relocated to the outfield seats, I'd be pretty pissed and consider it a downgrade.
I haven't ready any relocation details, but I'm one who would buy upper deck behind the plate than many outfield seats in the lower level ..... I like a good view of the infield & plate and absolutely love the view looking down at the plate from the upper level, seeing the pitches come in, watching the trajectory of the balls in play, seeing the alignment of the fielders, setup of the catcher ....... it's one of my favorite seats in most stadiums I've been in - i can typically find lower level between the dugouts for a fair price so I don't sit up there often, but i'd sit there before I'd sit halfway between one of the corner bags and the fence - let alone the outfield
definitely a good read and I actually appreciated the comments by Samson ..... barely into May and there have been so many articles, commentary, etc ..... looks to be a long summer unless a more compelling story than punching the marlins comes around