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Christian Cevallos

Fresh Fish News, 2/17/19: Sergio Romo signs, Reactions to the Realmuto trade, Spring Training begins

Spring Training is here and with that comes more Marlins news.

Hello, Marlins fans! Spring Training is finally upon us, as pitchers and catchers reported to Jupiter on Wednesday, which brought with it a ton of new info regarding the 2019 team.

I will be taking a look at not only the news going into camp, but all the other news of the past week regarding your Miami Marlins!

J.T. Realmuto Trade Reactions

In the aftermath of the previous week’s Realmuto blockbuster, more details trickled...

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Ely Sussman

2019 Marlins Season Preview: Julian Fernández

Easing his way back from Tommy John surgery, Fernández should be a fascinating attraction during the second half of the season.

As of February 17, Julian Fernández is the only player in Marlins major league camp who we can say with 100 percent certainty will not be on their Opening Day roster. Bummer.

[awkward silence]

I encourage you to keep reading anyway! Fernández has an extraordinary tool and should have an opportunity to show it off against major league competition later this...

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2019 Marlins Season Preview: Sergio Romo

The Marlins are hoping that newly added relief pitcher Sergio Romo can help address their bullpen woes.

Derek Jeter and company brought in another veteran to the Marlins, acquiring longtime relief pitcher and former All-Star Sergio Romo earlier this week.

Spending the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays, Romo will look to bring experience and leadership not just to the Marlins clubhouse in his age-36 campaign.

How did he get here? Signed to a one-year, $2.5...

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Austin Caruso

Marlins Flashback: "Welcome to The Show, Mike Stanton!"

On June 18, 2010, Stanton welcomed himself to the major leagues in a GRAND way.

After smashing his way through the minors the past several seasons, Marlins top prospect Mike Stanton made his major league debut on June 8, 2010. He produced immediately, going 3-for-5 with two singles and two runs scored.

At the time, he was the third-youngest player in franchise history:

Edgar Renteria (19 years, 276 days) Miguel Cabrera (20 years, 67 days) Mike Stanton (20 years, 212 days)

But the real...

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Ely Sussman

Marlins place RHP Julian Fernández on 60-day injured list

The Dominican right-hander will be eased back into action following Tommy John surgery. The move also created space on the 40-man roster for veteran Sergio Romo.

Just like the Marlins themselves, another MLB institution has rebranded for the 2019 season: the “disabled list” is now known as the injured list. And the Fish wasted no time putting it to use. Right-hander Julian Fernández (elbow) was placed on the 60-day IL Wednesday night, according to the team’s website (first reported by...

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Daniel Martinez

The Marlins should use Wei-Yin Chen as an opener

Turning a bad contract into a bold experiment to benefit the organization’s developing young arms.

On their way to being the biggest overachievers in the league in 2018, the trend-setting Tampa Bay Rays made frequent use of “The Opener.” The strategy allowed them to get the most out of a no-name pitching staff and was quickly adopted by other MLB teams—on a much smaller scale—as the season went on. Now entering Spring Training, every organization must at least consider following in...

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Ely Sussman

Marlins name José Ureña their 2019 Opening Day starter

Manager Don Mattingly announced on Thursday that the right-hander is getting a mulligan after his shaky start to last season.

It’s one of the enduring images of the 2018 Miami Marlins. On a beautiful afternoon—sun shining, roof open, the ballpark (mostly) full—José Ureña winds up and delivers the very first pitch of the MLB season.

Ian Happ pulverized it. And then, the floodgates open:

Lol remember last year when Jose Urena started the season by going:


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Ian Smith

Garrett Cooper “ready to help the team win anywhere I can”

Fish Stripes interviewed Cooper about rebounding from a lost season and what he wants to show the world in Spring Training.

JUPITER, Fla.—It’s the middle of January and the back practice fields at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium are getting some early work. A special hitters camp is taking place, intended for young Marlins prospects...with a few exceptions.

The combination of his age (28) and height (6-6) make Garrett Cooper impossible to miss.

The Marlins acquired Cooper from the Yankees...

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Daniel Martinez

Marlins rise to 13th in Baseball America 2019 organizational rankings

It’s a big step up from recent years, so what does it mean for the rebuilding process?

A sports organization that undergoes a rebuild is like a train headed through a long tunnel. You start out in daylight, enjoying the view in an open area, and then...sudden darkness. Some passengers of the cabin (observant fans) may have seen the tunnel coming; they understood that the “track” they were riding on would lead them through this process before arriving at its ultimate destination. For...

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Fish Stripes Staff

Best of Fish Stripes 2018-19 offseason coverage

If you spent the past few months in baseball hibernation, use these links to get caught up on all things Marlins.

Welcome to 2019 Miami Marlins baseball. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to major league camp in Jupiter on Wednesday to begin organized workouts for the new season. Those of you who unplugged from this team over the winter are in for “Real” surprises.

Fish Stripes never took a break, though. Our expanding staff covered the state of the franchise from as many angles as...

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Marlins to hire Jorge Posada as special adviser

The Marlins are “expected” to hire long-time MLB catcher Jorge Posada as a special adviser to the club’s baseball operations department, according to Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link). Posada’s precise duties aren’t yet known. Posada obviously has deep ties with Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. The pair starred together for years with the Yankees, forming half of the legendary “core four” that helped lead the New York organization to five World Series titles....

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Ely Sussman

Marlins sign Sergio Romo

Just in time for Spring Training, Romo brings much-needed experience and charisma to the the ‘pen.

As first reported by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Marlins have agree to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with right-hander Sergio Romo (plus incentives). The contract is still pending a physical. Earlier on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic mentioned that the sides were in negotiations.

Romo is a dinosaur, and I’m not just saying that because his 36th birthday is approaching. Unlike...

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Marlins to sign Sergio Romo

The Marlins are in agreement on a one-year contract with veteran reliever Sergio Romo, pending a physical, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com (via Twitter). Romo will be guaranteed $2.5M and can earn additional money on top of that via incentives. Talks between Miami and the veteran righty were reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of MLB Network earlier this afternoon. Romo is represented by Meister Sports. Set to turn 36 early next month, Romo will give the Marlins a...

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Marlins eyeing veteran relievers

The Marlins are on the hunt for a veteran addition to their largely inexperienced bullpen, writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill tells Frisaro plainly that his club is “exploring” the addition of an experienced reliever to help work with younger arms like Drew Steckenrider, Adam Conley and Tayron Guerrero at the back of the Marlins’ bullpen. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Sergio Romo is among the names the Marlins are...

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Ely Sussman

Jorge Posada joining Marlins front office

The new special advisor to baseball operations is an old friend and teammate of CEO Derek Jeter.

It’s an exciting (though not too surprising) addition to the Marlins organization: longtime major league catcher Jorge Posada will become a special advisor to their baseball operations department, according to SiriusXM/Five Reasons Sports host Craig Mish.

Source : Former #Yankees Catcher, 5-time World Series Champion and Miami resident Jorge Posada is expected to join the Miami #Marlins...

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2019 Marlins Season Preview: Jorge Alfaro

Nobody has ever questioned Jorge Alfaro’s talent. The Marlins are betting that he’ll be able to refine those tools.

He was not the “centerpiece” coming back in the J.T. Realmuto trade package, but Jorge Alfaro will be the first of those newly acquired assets to impact the Marlins at the major league level. Already demonstrating several key similarities to his predecessor, Alfaro is also being counted on to dramatically improve his plate approach.

Worst-case scenario, the Marlins...

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Ely Sussman

How the Phillies got J.T. Realmuto (and why Marlins didn’t take other teams’ offers)

The Marlins were eventually willing to compromise on their initial asking price, but may have scared away a few suitors during the process.

The Marlins were reasonably compensated on Thursday when trading star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies. They came away with a new No. 1 prospect (Sixto Sánchez), a controllable and toolsy replacement behind the plate (Jorge Alfaro), a projectable left-hander (Will Stewart) and an extra $250,000 to allocate toward international amateur free...

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Daniel Martinez

Predicting Marlins 2019 Opening Day roster and starting lineup

What will the Opening Day roster and lineup card look like when they face the Rockies in Miami?

If Opening Day is the equivalent of receiving gifts during the holidays, then the beginning of Spring Training is the first time you hear holiday music played on the radio. The crack of the catcher’s mitt, the sound of the ball coming off the bat...it is a sweet melody to any baseball-lovers’ ears. For individuals like myself, it is the best time of the year.

At Fish Stripes, Spring Training...

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Alex Krutchik

2019 Marlins Season Preview: José Ureña

Inconsistent as usual in 2018, the homegrown right-hander could be poised for a career year.

José Ureña was supposed to be the Marlins’ de-facto ace last season. Instead, he found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons from (literally) the first pitch.

On Opening Day of 2018, when people were already piling on the Marlins for what was sure to be an awful season, Ureña gave up a leadoff home run to Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs. That would prove to be symbolic of the 98-loss...

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Christian Cevallos

J.T. Realmuto’s best moments as a Marlin

A look at the very best moments of J.T. Realmuto’s career in a Miami uniform.

J.T. Realmuto has worked hard since being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by the Marlins. He slowly worked his way up the minor league system impressing enough in his short stint with Miami in 2014 that by the end of April in 2015 the Marlins had enough confidence in him to make him the everyday starting catcher.

He almost broke a fish tank, hit a HR in spots where people thought only former teammate...

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