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KevinKraz

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 134

Mike Redmond was the best backup catcher in Marlins history.

Spring Training is finally here!

All the goodness of live baseball is finally back! I’ll be writing about that personally in a few weeks, but first things first.

I started this countdown back in the afterglow of the Marlins first playoff appearance in 17 seasons, back in October. Since then, we’ve briefly touched on the Marlin careers of 591 player. With only 39 to go, can you guess the top 10?

Players are “ranked” based...

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Louis Addeo-Weiss

Borrow a Page Out of the Padres’ Book

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The 2021-22 offseason could make for the right time to add a star-name via the free agent market.

When the San Diego Padres first signed Manny Machado to a 10-year/$300 million contract prior to the 2019 season, many were questioning the team’s decision to invest this much in a player given their then-current circumstances.

The 2018 Padres finished with 96 losses and a last place finish in the NL West. The following year, Machado’s first with the club,...

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Ely Sussman

Offishial news, 2/27/21: Marlins Grapefruit League opener on deck!

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First pitch between the Marlins and Astros is set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET, Astros right-hander Brandon Bielak is scheduled to take the mound at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and throw his first pitch to the Marlins lineup, marking the start of their 2021 spring training exhibition season. Daniel Castano gets the start for the Fish, to be followed by Nick Neidert after two innings of work. Houston hitters...

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Ely Sussman

Quiz: Identify all the new Marlins players by their spring training headshots

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Let’s have some fun with the 2021 Marlins Photo Day headshots.

Continuity. There is a new general manager of the Marlins for this season, a new veteran, power-hitting outfielder and a revamped bullpen, but all things considered, a major theme of their 2021 team is continuity. They are running it back with many of the familiar faces from the 2020 postseason run while banking on top prospects to reach their potential. As discussed at length...

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Ely Sussman

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 133

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Covering the abrupt rise and fall of Chuck Smith and the painful but proud twilight of Martín Prado’s MLB career.

Fish Stripes is bringing you daily articles as part of the All-Time Marlins Countdown leading up to 2021 Opening Day.

Today and every Saturday through the end of the series, I will be a “pinch-hitter” for the Fish Stripes staffers who ordinarily handle these articles. Plenty of contrasts between the two featured players in this chapter.

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KevinKraz

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 132

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A pitcher and an outfielder make appearances in today’s feature.

With just under a month until 2021’s Opening Day, Fish Stripes is finishing up the Every-Marlins countdown.

Slowly and inexorably, we’ve made our way through the first 587 players on the list. Now with just 43 to go, we’re only profiling two-a-day. We’ll be going to one-per-day on March 7, with the number 25 player on the countdown.

Since graduating to the final 128 players on the...

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Ethan Budowsky

2021 Marlins Opening Day Roster Prediction (Version 1.0)

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Entering spring training games, here’s what Ethan Budowsky expects the Marlins roster to look like.

We’ve always heard the phrase “dog days” used to refer to the middle of the baseball season, the long summer months where it just seems to draaaaag along. But I’ll offer this counter: the real dog days are Spring Training.

Even though hope is always in the air every February as guys roll into camp, those workouts and exhibition games feel like a crawl towards the...

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Ely Sussman

Grading the 2020-21 Marlins offseason

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The Marlins were efficient with their offseason moves, but a lack of ambition leaves them ill-equipped to make it back to the playoffs in 2021.

There’s nothing novel about the “grading the offseason” exercise, but I have taken it to an extreme that will hopefully resonate with you. To me, the Indians claiming outfielder Harold Ramirez on Wednesday marked the end of the 2020-21 Miami Marlins offseason. How well did they do? Let’s use an 100-point scale.

If...

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KevinKraz

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 131

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Today we’re featuring a pair of pitchers in our offseason-long series.

The Florida and Miami Marlins have employed a total of 630 players through their first 28 seasons of major league play.

This offseason, we’re looking at each of them in turn. We’ve already featured 585 of them, and now have just 45 to go. The final 128 players in the countdown totaled 800 or more PA/BF while with the team, and players are ordered in ascending bWAR divided by their...

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Bryce Harper has bold take on NL East talent level

The National League East has suddenly become a very difficult division — the most difficult, in the eyes of Bryce Harper.

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Louis Addeo-Weiss

Buy Low or Say No? Cole Hamels

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The veteran left-hander is entering his age-37 season coming off an injury-plagued 2020 that saw him make just one start.

The last we saw of Cole Hamels wasn't all that encouraging. The veteran lefty’s 2020 season was limited to one appearance, pitching 3 1?3 innings and allowing 3 runs in a 5-1 loss to the hapless Baltimore Orioles. Hamels, who signed a 1-year/$18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, missed most of 2020 with a shoulder injury he suffered...

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KevinKraz

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 130

Today we feature a slugging first baseman and the final major league season of Javier Vázquez.

Throughout the 2020-21 offseason, Fish Stripes is briefly recapping each of the 630 players to have appeared in a regular season game for the club.

Through their first 28 seasons of major league play, the Florida and Miami Marlins have played in 4,364 contests, and won 2,021 of them. Some players lasted one game, and a few lasted several seasons. The final 128 players in this series all totaled...

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A.T. Werdal

2021 Marlins Season Preview: Miguel Rojas

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Rojas continues to raise the bar for himself.

He is your captain in every way but title. He’s your longest tenured Marlin as a representative of Miami since 2015. He’s your starting shortstop and the epitome of what it is to be a competitor, athlete and leader.

On the field, Miguel Rojas has grown much as a player since he was acquired as the least-heralded part of the Dan Haren and Dee Strange-Gordon blockbuster. His inclusion in the trade was first...

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Ely Sussman

Offishial news, 2/24/21: Marlins TV deal update; Rojas turns 32

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Happy birthday to Miami’s honorary captain.

Nothing to see here

It’s been nine days since Marlins principal owner Bruce Sherman boasted about “tremendous progress” being made toward completing a new deal with regional sports network FOX Sports Florida, one that would greatly boost the franchise’s revenue. But the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that there is still “considerable contractual work” to get done, preventing them from making an...

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KevinKraz

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 129

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A relief pitcher and a center fielder populate today’s countdown feature.

This offseason, Fish Stripes has been counting down every player to appear with the franchise through their first 28 seasons of major league play.

There’s 630 players in the pantheon of Florida and Miami Marlins history, and we’ve already looked at 581 of them since the end of the 2020 season. We’re going to finish the rest of them by Opening Day eve.

The final 128...

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Ethan Budowsky

2021 Marlins Season Preview: Sandy Alcantara

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Sandy Alcantara is poised to lead the Marlins rotation in 2021.

There comes a point in every player’s career where they’re no longer the young guy, the hot prospect, the next big thing. At a certain point, they transition from being the newcomer with no expectations to the veteran that sets the tone for the next generation. For some guys that veteran title comes earlier than most, and for the Marlins, that guy is right-hander Sandy Alcantara.

Alcantara will...

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2021 fish pod full-squad preview

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Personalities from the Fish Stripes, Fish Across the Pond and Swimming Upstream podcasts look forward to the new Marlins season.

Alex Carver hosts a lengthy roundtable discussion featuring Ely Sussman, Peter Pratt and Daniel De Vivo, covering all things Miami Marlins-related. The group explains their favorite and least favorites moves of the 2020-21 offseason, the franchise’s financial troubles, Marlins Park attendance, plus our predictions for key spring training...

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A.T. Werdal

Book Review: Cuban Baseball and my love for the game: Vol. 1

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Cuban baseball and the Miami Marlins are intrinsically linked. Both broadly in a geo-political sense—nearby Island, political turmoil, civil unrest, it’s a lot to paint but you get it. People have fled the country for overwhelming motivations, and in a specifically MLB baseball sense, Miami has been home to numerous Cuban-born players including current minor leaguers Víctor Mesa Jr., Víctor Víctor Mesa and Yiddi Cappe,...

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Juan Páez

5 Marlins storylines to watch entering 2021 Spring Training

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From their potential closer to Jorge Alfaro, there will be interesting stories to follow between now and Opening Day.

After a stressful 2020 season and relatively quiet winter, Spring Training is finally here! The Marlins are having their first full-squad workout on Tuesday and we can already inhale and smell baseball. Major league spring camp brings with it some stories that will develop through March and should help Don Mattingly put...

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Ely Sussman

Offishial news, 2/22/21: Early spring notes; Man On Second Base

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What we’ve learned so far from Marlins spring training camp.

Spring training notes Newly acquired RHP John Curtiss throws his slider during a bullpen session

Some key takeaways from Don Mattingly’s media availability so far:

Jorge Alfaro will get the lion’s share of playing time at catcher to begin the season despite riding the bench last October. Ross Detwiler is only being viewed as a bullpen contributor (Detwiler has more career MLB starts than any other...

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