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  1. Apparently Livan has gone into full auction mode

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/18/livan-hernandez-is-auctioning-off-his-world-series-ring-and-mvp/

    Interesting to see what some of the stuff went for

    http://www.lelands.com/Auction/CategoryView/3907/Fall-2013-Catalog-Aution/Sports/The-Livan-Hernandez-Collection

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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........

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

     

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8653126/miami-marlins-salary-dump-trade-toronto-blue-jays-finalized

     

    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"

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

     

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/tigers-trade-miguel-cabrera-dontrelle-willis-marlins-article-1.273863

     

    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

  12. 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)

  13. 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

  14. 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

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