Miami Marlins Continued...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Over at Uni Watch today, Friend-of-Uni-Watch Paul Soto unveiled some new MLB alternate uniform designs he created, including a new set for the soon-to-be Miami Marlins. For the most part, it is a good design, but Paul tweaked the color scheme a bit too much for my tastes:

I applaud Paul for coming up with a great typeface for the uniform, but I wish he hadn't made the Marlins look so much like the Dolphins. Some people like it when teams from the same city wear the same colors. I do not. In my mind, the Marlins and the Dolphins are two different teams, so they can dress differently. Besides, as I mentioned in my post about the Marlins' uniforms, I prefer teal as an accent color. To use Paul Lukas' litmus test (Is it good or is it stupid?), I have to say, this is stupid (but not by much). If I saw this uniform with a different color scheme, I'd probably like it, though.

Image via Uni Watch


Projecting the Opening Day Roster: Pitchers

Starting Rotation

Ricky Nolasco
Josh Johnson
Chris Volstad
Anibal Sanchez
Andrew Miller

This just about set in stone. The only question that remains is whether it will be Sanchez or Miller that is deemed the fifth starter and will open the season in the minors for some extra work before joining the club on April 18th. It was looking like Miller, but yesterday he threw six innings without allowing an earned run and has looked better each time he goes out. Sanchez has been no slouch, but maybe the team wants a lefty to begin the season. Who knows?


Matt Lindstrom
Leo Nunez
Renyel Pinto
Logan Kensing

Rick VandenHurk
Kiko Calero
Carlos Martinez
Dan Meyer
John Koronko
Scott Proctor (DL)

The normal bullpen would have seven spots, but it could be eight to start the season if Fredi Gonzalez decides he wants to use the roster spot vacated by the fifth starter to be an extra bullpen arm. I think that is what will happen since the bullpen is the biggest remaining position battle and early in the season the starters might be on pitch counts so the bullpen needs to be deep. If that's the case then the decision would seem simple. Proctor will be on the disabled list and one of the two lefties (Meyer or Koronka) would be sent to the minors or released. If we go with the conventonal seven to begin with, the last cut would be one of the following three, Martinez, Calero, VandenHurk. I have no clue which guy would go. Martinez and Calero have been good and VandenHurk is kind of an unknown because of his time with the WBC. If Lindstrom starts the season on the DL, which is still a possibility, then this last cut would be unnecessary.


Children of the Marlins Diaspora 4

Monday, March 30, 2009

Brad Penny, P

Played for Marlins: 2000-2004
Other teams: Los Angeles Dodgers (2004-2008), Boston Red Sox (2009-)
Marlins fans know him because: He was a mainstay and key figure on the "teams on the cusp of something" at the beginning part of this decade and of course the 2003 World Series Champions. He was also fun to watch at the plate because you knew whenever he connected with a ball (rare, but it did happen ) it would go a long way.
Everyone else knows him because: He was one of a several baseball players to date Alyssa Milano. He's a fat pitcher, and those guys are always remembered. He started the 2006 All-Star Game for the NL and hit 100 mph on the radar gun. Dodgers fans may remember him for getting injured in his first start since they acquired him in 2004.
Best Marlins moment: He collected the win in Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS, pitching a scoreless inning of relief, but it has to be the two victories he earned as a starter in Games 1 and 5 of the World Series, giving up just three runs in twelve and a third innings total.


Shear Madness and other puns

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friend of the blog SporTech informed us this morning that SS1a Hanley Ramirez was a little upset this week. Hanley was forced to cut off his cornrows by the team, who have instituted a no-long-hair policy. Josh Johnson, Cameron Maybin, and Leo Nunez were also forced to trim their coifs, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Hanley got upset, half-jokingly demanded a trade, and wrote "I'm sick of this shit" on his chest with a sharpie. Luckily, David Samson, Larry Beinfest, and Mike Hill were able to talk Hanley off the ledge, and everything appears ok.

Fredi Gonzalez was quoted in the story, saying "We want to look professional," but I have a feeling he's not responsible for the new policy (Most managers don't wait until their third year with the team to do something like this). Ted thinks Jeffrey Loria is responsible (He wants the team to look like sophisticated art dealers, argues Ted). Regardless, I'm taking Hanley's side here, and think the team should worry about anything else besides their players' hair. Marlins fans may remember that a past manager instituted a crew-cuts-only policy a few years back...

Not suave.

I think the front office and coaching staff may want to think twice before imitating Joe Girardi. Sure, he's won Manager of the Year, but he's also taken a year off of Josh Johnson's career...


Introducing... The Miami Marlins

One of the ramifications of the new stadium deal is the stipulation that the Marlins change their name to the Miami Marlins upon moving into their new home in 2012(ish - I highly doubt a complex construction project in South Florida will finish on time). I have long thought this to be a good idea for a number of reasons, chief among them being the Marlins are a South Florida team, and having them (officially) represent the entire state of Florida makes little sense (especially with the Rays playing in Tampa beginning in 1997). In fact, some Marlins fans have wanted the team to change their geographical designation even before the inaugural season in 1993. I remember a shirt worn by a little league coach of mine which featured the main Marlins logo, except the letters 'F-L-O-R-I-D-A' were individually crossed out, and 'M-I-A-M-I' was screened above the crossed-out letters.

Using Florida as a geographical designation for a Miami team was made all the more anachronistic by the fact that long before the Florida Marlins existed, the Miami Marlins played in the Independent League from 1955 to 1960 (The team later moved to San Juan, PR, and Charleston, SC). The Miami Marlins resurfaced in 1961 and 1962 as a Class D team for the Philadelphia Phillies, and again from 1981-1989 as a team in the Florida State League.

But now that the Marlins are set to become the Miami Marlins in 2012, what changes will be made to their uniform? Fish Stripes examined this question last year, but let's go a little more in depth, shall we? The most obvious change we'll be seeing is the hat logo. The current hat logo features the familiar 'F' with an interlocking marlin, but the F will have to go. The team's batting practice hats feature a similar template with an 'M' substituted for the F. This could end up becoming the team's new hat logo, but I would hope they dial down the teal. We all remember these monstrosities, and hopefully the Marlins front office will remember that teal is best used as an accent color. Filling in the 'M' in black instead of teal gives you the image below, which I think looks good, while preserving most of the elements of the current hat logo:

As for the rest of the uniform, there have already been a few concepts thrown around the internet, but I think they use a bit too much teal for my taste. The Fish could try and revive the old 1980s Miami Marlins uniforms (which they have worn in throwback games) or the 1950s Miami Marlins uniforms, but the orange-and-blue color scheme is a bit too reminiscent of another NL East team. I don't think the Marlins want to look like the Mets. They could use the same template with the current teal-and-black color scheme, but that seems a little bland to me (unfortunately, there are few photos of the Miami Marlins throwbacks to be found on the internet - any help finding some more images would be appreciated).

When it comes to uniform changes, Paul Lukas of Uni Watch has a saying: "Is it good or is it stupid?" Lukas is not a fan of messing with concepts that already look good (see for instance the Ditch the Black campaign), and I feel the same way. I like the current Marlins uniforms. The pinstripes are a classic look, and now that teal is just an accent color, everything seems to fit together nicely. Replace "Florida" with "Miami" on the away unis, and insert the new hat logo from above in the spaces featuring the current hat logo, and you've got yourself newish uniforms that preserve a good look. Perhaps the Marlins will opt instead for a completely new design and/or color scheme, but the odds of coming up with a unique design that is also an improvement on the current design seem slim to me.


Ah, I See What You Did There...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Okay, just so you don't think we are the only ones currently high on Emilio Bonifacio, check out some of the work from beat writer Joe Frisaro in the last twenty-four hours.

Blog post
News Article

Then there was the very discreet editing of the team's depth chart on the official site. I don't know if he's in charge of this but I'm showing it anyway. Look who is the starting third baseman.

And as if Emilio needed to prove himself more he had a three-run triple and a two-run single in todays game against the Orioles. I'm sold, now all we need to do is get this guy a nickname.


A Brilliant Idea for the New Marlins Ballpark

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Now that the Marlins are planning on breaking ground on the new stadium this summer (!!!), details are beginning to emerge about the stadium's design and amenities. The Herald examined some of the plans for the new stadium, noting that it will feature:

  • A retractable roof (obv) - David Samson expects to have the roof closed at least 60 times per season. If this seems excessive, then clearly you have never been to Miami. Even on a good night the mercury rarely dips below 80 during the summer.
  • A capacity of 37,000 seats, with about 60 luxury suites.
  • The dimensions will be as pitcher-friendly as those of Dolphin Stadium: 416 feet to dead center, 420 feet in a Bermuda Triangle in left center, 392 in right center. Jeffrey Loria said he is working on a surprising feature in dead center. Perhaps a moat with alligators? If he copies the knoll and flagpole in Minute Maid Park, I will be severely disappointed.
  • The concourse will include ''Taste of Miami'' food courts featuring local specialties like croquetas, sushi and stone crabs. This is a great idea, hopefully they will continue serving arepas as well. And I'd like to see some Cuban coffee served during day games too. I think Ted would agree that no afternoon in Miami is complete without a cafecito.
This is a good start, but I have one idea to add, one which Ted and I have discussed for years. Every ballpark has a stadium organist, but these unsung heroes of the stadium experience are often relegated to bland-sounding electric synthesizers. We think it would be awesome to see a real live (and quite loud) pipe organ just above the centerfield wall of the new ballpark. I think this beats almost any centerfield surprise that Loria is thinking of (except maybe the alligators). Sure it may cost a lot to just to keep the thing in tune... but who cares? Awesomeness trumps all in this case, I think.

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Projecting the Opening Day Roster: Position Players

Spots: 13, although it could be as much 14 depending on what Fredi Gonzalez will do while the 5th starter's spot is vacant1. He could use it to get an extra look at the candidates for the last position player or he might have an extra bullpen arm for the time being.

Guaranteed Starters (7)
John Baker (C)
Jorge Cantu (1B or 3B)
Dan Uggla (2B)
Hanley Ramirez (SS)
Jeremy Hermida (LF)
Cameron Maybin (CF)
Cody Ross (RF)

Guaranteed Reserve (1)
Wes Helms (1B and 3B)
Alfredo Amezaga (Everywhere, but he will open the season on the DL)

Brett Carroll: He is seeming more and more like a lock for the 4th outfield spot. We know his defense is his greatest attribute. He can play all three spots and has a great arm. He has also done much to help his cause at the plate this spring, going 12-27 with a healthy 1.146% OPS. I probably should have put him in the guaranteed reserve column but you are never really 100% sure.

Dallas MacPherson: He was seemingly a good bet to make the club, but an injury and subpar play have put his status in question. One thing in his favor is that he is out of options,2 but his high K-rate and low OBP don't exactly fit into the team's new offensive philosophy. At this point I think he is a complete toss-up.

Robert Andino: He is another player who is out of options, which gives him a better chance of making the club. He has also played some outfield and is trying to widen his role. But he too has struggled a bit this spring and remains a question mark. Amezaga being on the DL helps Robert and he will probably stick around in that role to start the season, but shouldn't get too comfortable.

Emilio Bonifacio: He has done a lot this spring. He will probably win the inaugural Marlins Die-Hards Spring Ironman Award for logging the most at-bats and innings during spring training. He's posted respectable numbers at the plate and is the kind of table setter the Marlins would like to have in their lineup. Plus the amount of time he's spent playing third base recently leads me to believe he may get some starts there.

Gaby Sanchez: I've mentioned him before and unfortunately a job that was his to win, I don't think he has won it. He hasn't looked great and has battled a slight knee injury. He still has about ten days though and can still prove to us why he was bearing some high expectations this offseason.

Mike Rabelo: I admittedly don't know much about the backup catching position. Both Rabelo and Brett Hayes have not gotten a lot of at bats. I assume Rabelo will probably win out based on seniority but who knows?

Brett Hayes: see above

I've listed seven players in this category. For the opening day roster it must be reduced to five or six. The first to go would obviously be one of the backup catchers, most likely Brett Hayes. If the organization wants the last roster spot to evaluate bullpen arms, then I think Gaby Sanchez will probably go to AAA and Dallas MacPherson will stick around for his shot (pending his health). This would give us the thirteen position players for the opening day roster. When Amezaga comes back from the disabled list the club will have a huge decision on whether to "DFA" a player like MacPherson or Robert Andino or send somebody with options (perhaps Emilio Bonifacio) to the minors. I have no guesses when it comes to that.

1 Fredi Gonzalez has stated that due to the early off days in the schedule, the club wont need a 5th starter until April 18th and that pitcher will not be activated until that date.

2 A player can only be outrighted to the minor leagues a certain number of times. When he is out of "options" then he must be designated for assignment, meaning he is put on waivers and if no claim is made then becomes a free agent.


MDH Off-Topic: Should Curt Schilling Be in the Hall of Fame?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ed. note: Since there is plenty going on in the baseball world outside the purview of the Florida Marlins, we are starting a new series, MDH Off Topic, in which we discuss something non-Marlins-related.

Curt Schilling is calling it a career, as he announced on his blog this week, and discussion of his Hall of Fame credentials has already begun. Dugout Central posted a good thread on the subject yesterday, in which Thomas Wayne weighed Schilling's decent career stats versus his stellar postseason career before opening up the floor for discussion. He asks,

Is Schilling’s post season dominance strong enough to get his really-good-but-not-great career numbers over the Hall of Fame hump?
You can read the discussion here, but I thought I would make a few points on Schilling's chances here. I think Schilling is a borderline candidate, but I expect him to be selected to the Hall, maybe even on the first ballot. We could argue about whether he deserves to be elected, but since I don't have a vote, my opinion on that matter does not mean much. Instead, I would like to take a look at two factors which could weigh on the minds of voters as they pore over their HOF ballot in five years.
  1. Hall of Fame voters have shown that they are not yet prepared to elect any players connected to steroids use. This certainly was the case with Mark McGwire. However, I would not be surprised if, in five years, some of the voters who come out in favor of Schilling cite his role in the steroid scandal as a reason for election (in addition to the stats). Schilling undoubtedly won a decent amount of goodwill from voters by talking to SI on the record for their big steroids expose and appearing in front of Congress to testify about performance-enhancing drugs. Goodwill goes a long way in Hall-of-Fame voting.
  2. Hall-of-Fame voters tend to like waxing poetic about baseball, and Schilling’s contribution to his 2001 and 2004 World Series teams will help get him elected. Between the bloody sock and the slaying of the Yankee dynasty, Schilling's place in postseason lore is secure. Winning championships changes your legacy completely. Just ask John Elway.

I think these two factors help get Schilling elected. I'm still not sure whether I would vote for him, but my vote accounts for nothing.

Photo via Orioles Card "O" the Day


Marlins Stadium Passes County Commission

Big news out of Miami last night, as the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 9-4 in favor to use county funds to pay for part of a Marlins stadium on the former Orange Bowl site. Coupled with the City of Miami's vote of approval on Friday, this means that we may actually see the Marlins playing in a new stadium by 2012 (I'll believe it when I see it). The Marlins will also change their name to the Miami Marlins at some point, which means we could be seeing some uniform changes in the near future (We'll have more on that some other time).

I do not wish to spark debate, but while I too am very skeptical about the effect of stadium construction on local economies, I am nonetheless pleased that the Marlins will remain in Miami (it helps that I no longer live in South Florida, so I don't have to worry as much about local governments losing money on the deal). Contrary to our reputation, Miami fans are passionate about their teams, and I expect attendance to rise once the Marlins are playing in a stadium that is not tucked away at the Dade-Broward border (could you imaging the Yankees playing in the Meadowlands? That is what it is like to see the Fish at Dolphin Stadium). Hopefully the breakthrough in the stadium deal will also lead to the Marlins locking up some of their young stars long-term (Nolasco? Maybin? Uggla? Johnson?). In short, it's a great day for Marlins fans, so let's celebrate.

Other Marlins Blogosphere Joy:
Fish Stripes
The Fish Pond
SporTech Matter



Monday, March 23, 2009

Well, it's opening day for us here at Marlins Die-Hards, and in honor of that, I will do something that I don't think has been done before. Live-blog a spring training game. The Marlins are getting set for a 1pm game against the Houston Astros and it will be televised on FSN-Florida. Updates will follow.

Pregame: So this is one of those companion broadcasts. The Astros play-by-play man is calling the game with Tommy Hutton.

Oh wow, just after they said they are ready to start, there is now a rain delay. Should be about 25 minutes. I'll be back around 1:30pm.

Pregame: Okay, the Astros take the field and Mike Hampton is on the mound. To my knowledge he is no longer on the Marlins payroll, not sure though. Former President George H.W. Bush is in attendance.

Top 1st: John Raynor leads things off with a single. John Baker hits a soft chop between the pitcher and first base and the Astros botch it. Two on for Hanley Ramirez and he skies one to shortstop, one down. Hit and run and Wes Helms pops up into a double play, unfortunate.

Bottom 1st: Josh Johnson on the mound today and the 2-hitter Michael Bourn breaks up the no-hitter. Two web gems to end the first. Andy Gonzalez made a diving catch on a liner and Hanley showed off great range to get to a ball behind second base and throw out Carlos Lee.

Top 2nd: Cody Ross gets a one-out double down the left field line, but is stranded at third base.

Bottom 2nd: Tejada and Pence rip singles to lead off, first and third with no out. Blum strikes out and Quintero grounds out but not sharp enough for a double play. 1-0 Astros with two out and a man on second. Hampton grounds out to end the inning.

Top 3rd: JJ Strikes out on three pitches. Raynor laces a double to left and takes third on a stolen base. He comes in to score on a John Baker groundout. 1-1 ballgame now. Fly out for Hanley

Bottom 3rd: Two quick outs and then Lance Berkman goes bombs away to center. 2-1 Astros.

Top 4th: Marlins answer with two runs of their own. Andy Gonzalez with the RBI double with two outs. 3-2 score now.

Bottom 4th: 1-2-3 go the Astros, with one strikeout for JJ.

Bottom 5th: The wind is killing the Marlins. Lance Berkman hit a pop up and was disgusted at the plate but the wind carried it all the way out. He was very surprised. It's now 5-3 Astros.

Top 6th: Interesting events in the inning. Chad Paronto was pitching but left due to injury, he looked very upset. Then Chris Coghlan hit a three run inside the park homer, when Michael Bourn's diving attempt in deep left center came up short. Now an error by Blum and another baserunner for the Marlins. 6-5 Marlins lead. Brett Carroll laces an RBI double to left center and is out trying to advance to third. 7-5 now.

Bottom 7th: Taylor Tankersley comes in to the game and doesn't do much to help his cause. He retires only one of six batters. The Astros score four and now lead it 9-7.

Top 8th: Cody Ross hits a solo bomb and Coghlin gets his third hit of the day. 9-8 headed to the bottom half.

Top 9th: The Astros tacked on one and it's 10-8. The first two are retired but John Baker draws the walk abd brings the tying run to the plate. Groundout by Bonifacio and that will do it.

Good day for Marlins hitters, especially John Raynor, Chris Coghlan, and Cody Ross. Not much good pitching, but Kiko Calero tossed another scoreless inning.

UPDATE: Okay, now I have seen it all. The teams are playing the bottom of the 9th even though the Astros have won. The Marlins want some extra work for some pitchers, but it doesn't look like it will be broadcast on TV. They have thrown to commercial again.



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Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Funny stuff from the Marlins-Red Sox spring training game yesterday. First of all, they waited through a two hour, thirty-nine minute rain delay, just to start the game. Did the umpires not know this game doesn't count? How often will we see a game during the regular season survive through 2+ hours of a delay? Probably not much. They should have just called this one off.

Anyway, during the game, Anibal Sanchez threw a solid 89 pitches and looked sharp. The funny thing about the game though was in the 8th inning and the Marlins down by one run. They got their first two batters to reach base. Then, the game was called. Supposedly it was raining again and this time they couldn't wait. Oh well, the game doesn't count, right? This reminds me of when you are little and playing a sport against some kids and the moment they take the lead, they say it's time for them to go home. Lesson learned, Red Sox = Neighborhood Cheaters.


Children of The Marlins Diaspora 3

Moises Alou, OF

Played for Marlins: 1997
Other Teams: Moises has been around, with stints in Montreal, Houston, San Francisco, and the Mets, among others.
Marlins fans know him because: Moises was the first Marlin traded away in the 1997 fire sale, breaking the hearts of many. Some would argue that he deserved the World Series MVP over actual winner Livan Hernandez. Moises hit .321 with 3 home runs and an 1.101 OPS in seven games. He also scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth off of a Craig Counsell sac fly, sending the game into extra innings.
Everyone else knows him because: He won the 1992 NL Rookie of the Year in Montreal, and put together a solid career, amassing over 300 home runs and an OPS+ of 128. He also caused a stir in 2004, when he copped to urinating on his hands to toughen them up (he had to do this because he doesn't wear batting gloves - he did not mention why doing so would be more gross than soaking your hands in urine). He was also involved in some controversial incident during the 2003 NLCS as a member of the Cubs, but I forget the details.
Best Marlins Moment: Hard to say... it could be this:

But then again, this has to be his most memorable Marlins moment, even if he wasn't playing for the team at the time...

Image 1 via Best Sports Photos; image 2 via RealClearSports, image 3 via Deadspin


Living Up To The Billing

Friday, March 20, 2009

When we were creating this blog and thinking of potential names and tag-lines for it, one of the tag-lines I coined was "Pitching, no defense, and the solo homer," of course a parody of the famous Earl Weaver winning baseball philosophy. I don't even mean it as a joke, it does accurately depict what the Marlins have been about since the beginning of last year. If spring training is any indication (it's not) then the first third of that philosophy is down pat. Below are updates on three of the projected starters.

Ricky Nolasco had a good performance that most will not know of because it came in a simulated game on one of the back fields of the Jupiter complex. He reportedly threw very well and felt great throwing between 80-85 pitches and allowing just a few hits in six innings of work.

Josh Johnson went five strong innings on Wednesday allowing just one run while mowing down seven Nationals hitters. He also got a base hit off friend and ex-teammate Scott Olsen, which I'm sure he's more happy about.

Chris Volstad followed on Thursday with four scoreless innings against the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed just one baserunner, a single by Geoff Jenkins if I recall correctly, and struck out three.

Trying not to fumble the baton will be Andrew Miller, who will start today's game against the Atlanta Braves. As I wrote earlier, he could use a solid outing.


Future Former Marlins 2

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sean West, LHP

Acquired: Drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2005 draft, part of the haul of five pitchers taken by the Marlins in the first round that year, including Chris Volstad, Ryan Tucker, Aaron Thompson and Jacob Marceaux.
Will he live up to the hype? West missed all of 2007 with a torn labrum, so he already has a major red flag. However, he did manage to put together a good year at high-A Jupiter, posting a 2.41 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and .224 BAA over 100 2/3 innings. It looks like he'll spend this year at AA Carolina, where he could springboard himself into the 2010 rotation with a good year. Beyond that is anybody's guess.
How long do we have him? He'll likely be around for awhile, as he has yet to make his big-league debut. There's always a chance the Marlins could deal away a prospect or two at the trading deadline if they feel they need a few pieces for a playoff run, but the odds of that happening are low (the only example I can think of came in 2003, when the team shipped Adrian Gonzalez to Texas for Ugueth Urbina). Baseball America recently ranked him as the 96th best prospect in baseball, and the top pitcher in the Marlins system, so the Fish would have to be given a pretty good offer to give him up, I suspect.
Future Reason for Leaving the Marlins: Let's go out on a limb on this one. West will be traded for prospects to Milwaukee in 2013, but unfortunately none of these guys will be included in the trade.

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Previewing the Marlins' Rookie Class

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Being that the Marlins so often rely on contributions from rookies, the team almost always has at least one player on Rookie of the Year watch lists. Though this year's class won't match the 2006 class that featured three Marlins among the top four vote-getters in ROY voting (including award-winner SS1a). Nonetheless, many are expecting to see some Marlins in the hunt. Let's take a look at the Marlins' rookie class, and assess their chances of winning the award (all numerical estimates completely arbitrary).1 One quick note, I'm only citing the most elementary of statistics, since those are the only which most ROY voters care about (mention WARP3 to a voter, and he'll probably call you a nerd and make a lame joke).

1. Cameron Maybin, CF: Future Former Marlin Maybin has the starting centerfielder job pretty much locked up, so he'll have the best chance among the Marlins' rookies to make a good impression. In September call-up action, he did not disappoint, going 16 for 32 while stealing 4 bases. Maybin strikes out a bit much for a leadoff hitter (so he'll fit in with the rest of the team just fine), and he won't put up gaudy power numbers, but he already has buzz, which makes a big difference in awards voting. When Hanley Ramirez won ROY in 2006, he hit .292, OPSed .833, hit 17 home runs, and stole 51 bases from the leadoff spot. If he can match those numbers and not embarrass himself on defense, then he'll have a great shot. I'm giving him a 40% chance.

2. Gaby Sanchez, 1B: I was pretty optimistic about Sanchez heading into Spring Training, but he has not stood out at all. As Ted pointed out, Sanchez may have to start the season. Nonetheless, FanGraphs thinks he'll be good for 15 home runs and 65 RBI if he can get into the starting lineup. That's not bad, but it won't win him ROY. I'm giving him a 12% chance, since he'll get decent protection in the batting order.

3. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B: Bonifacio has two things going against him. First, he's stuck behind Dan Uggla, and only an injury would open up the starting job for him. Second, in the words of FanGraph's Marc Hulet, "He's really fast, doesn’t walk enough and strikes out too much." I'm giving Emilio a 0.4% chance at winning ROY.

1 John Baker and Dallas McPherson have too much service time to qualify as rookies.

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We Interupt Our Regular Mets Hating

Watching team USA from home, you feel a bit conflicted on whether to cheer or root for players of Marlins rivals. But when you are home and/or alone, it's no big deal, you can do whatever and no one really cares notices. But, when I went to the ballgame on Saturday night it was really weird. When at the stadium, you feel compelled to cheer for the team, but when guys like Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, and David Wright come up it feels immensely wrong to clap when they are announced and wish them well. I don't mind cheering when they do something well (which none of them did that night), but giving them support before they do anything doesn't feel right.

Well, I must admit, I was really cheering on David Wright last night (from home) in the ninth inning rally and I about jumped out of my seat when he got the game winning hit. Don't worry David, once USA lifts the trophy or makes their last out, I will resuming hating you and laughing at your Mets.

Another thought, Brian Roberts is a stud. I already knew this of course, but because he plays in Baltimore (perhaps another reason I like him) we all haven't been given enough opportunities to see him play the game. Professional at-bats, solid defensive play at second base, and an all-around ballplayer, I'm glad he was added to team USA.


Beware the Verducci Effect

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

If you root for the Marlins, by necessity you must be wary of the Verducci effect, first postulated by SI scribe Tom Verducci (he humbly calls in the Year-After Effect). As he explains it:

The unofficial industry standard is that no young pitcher should throw more than 30 more innings than he did the previous season. It's a general rule of thumb, and one I've been tracking for about a decade. When teams violate the incremental safeguard, it's amazing how often they pay for it.

Pitchers generally feel the effects of abusive increases in workload the next year, not the season in which they were pushed. In other words, you might be able to finish that marathon for which you didn't properly train, but your body will have hell to pay for it. I call it the Year After Effect.

Here's the way I track it: Find major league pitchers 25-and-under who broke the 30-inning rule. In some cases a pitcher's innings the previous season may have been artificially depressed, such as by injury, so I'll use his professional high for the baseline, or, in the case of a recent draftee like Kennedy, his college workload. All innings count (minors, majors, postseason).

Verducci writes an column every year pointing out which young pitchers could feel the Verducci effect, and he has a pretty decent track record. Many of the players he identifies either get injured or see their ERAs inflate. He correctly predicted Anibal Sanchez to be a Verducci Effect Victim in 2007. When your favorite team employs a number of under-25 starters who throw hard, you better believe the Verducci Effect will screw with the rotation.

Apropos of this, I'm noticing a certain potential for some serious schadenfreude potential connected to Phillies ace Cole Hamels' strained elbow. On Beyond The Boxscore, Peter Bendix listed the following pitchers as potential Verducci Effect victims:
  • John Lester
  • Cole Hamels
  • Chad Billingsley
  • John Danks
  • Mike Pelfrey
  • Tim Lincecum
  • Jair Jurrjens
Hamels is already experiencing some discomfort in his elbow this spring. Can Hamels become the next victim? Marlins fans are certainly hoping so, and Phillies fans should be worried.

As for the Marlins? Most of their starters were injured at some point last year, so they probably aren't susceptible to the Verducci effect. Keep an eye on Ricky Nolasco, though. He is 26, so not eligible for Verducci Effect watch lists, but he pitched 212 1/3 innings in 2008 after pitching 21 1/3 innings in an injury-shortened 2007. Here's hoping he can avoid a dropoff in 2009...

h/t Walkoff Walk


Jorge Cantu WBC Report

World Baseball Classic- San Diego Day 2
Mexico's run in the World Baseball Classic came to an end last night with a 7-4 defeat in an elimination game to Cuba. It wasn't much of a run actually. They finished just 2-4 in the tourney including, two mercy-rule defeats to Australia and Cuba in their home city in the first round. Jorge Cantu had a very respectable time at the plate though. He finished 9-25 with six RBI's and five runs scored. He also made a fantastic defensive play on a bunt in last night's game that made SportsCenter's top plays. More importantly he returns to the Marlins in full health (we think); the same can't be said for his fellow countryman Alfredo Amezaga.

On a side note, I was watching their ballgame against Korea on Sunday night and during his first plate appearance the announcers were explaining his offseason work. He trained with somebody Adam Dunn recommended for core strengthening. Cantu says it has allowed him to be more flexible and have quicker hips at the plate. Hopefully this pays off and he doesn't have a decrease in production, like he did after his last great year.


Children of the Marlins Diaspora 2

Monday, March 16, 2009

Orestes Destrade, 1B

Played for Marlins
: 1993-1994
Other Teams: New York Yankees (1987), Pittsburgh (1988), Seibu Lions (Japan Pacific, 1989-1992, 1995)
Marlins fans knows him because: He was the team's inaugural first-baseman.
Everyone else knows him because: He is the least-recognizable analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Followers of Japanese baseball will note that Orestes led the Japanese Pacific League in home runs three straight seasons from 1990-1992. Most of Orestes' warning track flyouts (and there were many) elicited a response of "That would be gone in Japan," by then-Marlins tv men Jay Randolph and Gary Carter. He did manage to hit 20 home runs in 1993.
Best Marlins moment: None that I can remember. Orestes was one of those marginal ballplayers who typically populate expansion teams in need of filling out a roster.

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Spring Training Update

Three Up

Highly touted and bearing huge expectations, Cameron Maybin has had a solid spring and erased any doubts that he would be the opening day centerfielder and perhaps the leadoff hitter. He is 12 for 33 with one homer and looks every bit the rookie of the year candidate many believe he will be. He needs to be the new table setter of the lineup with Hanley Ramirez moving to the three-hole. Expect a lot of singles and methodically advancing along the base paths.

The aptly described, "tall, dark and Mormon," Josh Johnson has gone a total of eleven innings in his three appearances and has yielded just one run while striking out seven. He is certainly in the battle for the title of opening day starter ace. He had a solid early return from the Tommy John surgery last summer and was remarkably consistent. Consistency is usually something lacking in young pitchers and a young staff. Hopefully he can provide that and be the stopper at the top of the rotation.

Catcher John Baker has had a stellar 9-20 start at the plate with three walks giving him a .522 OBP. Nice for a guy who was our number two hitter in the lineup towards the end of last year and might find himself there again this year. He fits right in line with the front office's new philosophy at the plate (fewer K's and HR's, better BA and OBP). While he obviously doesn't have the prototypical speed for the two spot, he may be our best option to sandwich between Cameron Maybin and Hanley Ramirez.

Honarable Mention: Burke Badenhop has not allowed a run in seven innings spread across four appearances.

Three Down

Andrew Miller has had a couple rough outings. In his opener he allowed six runs in one and a third inning. He has improved each outing and says he feels he is getting more command but the season is just weeks away and we need him as the lefty in our staff. The team will probably go with a four man rotation the first couple weeks of the season, so Miller might need to be the guy who gets a couple more rehab starts in the minors.

Another player bearing some expectations this spring is Gaby Sanchez. Unfortunately, a first base job that looked like his to win is now the one he is losing. He is just 4 for 25 with six strikeouts at the plate and has made three errors in the field. I think this will be an intriguing decision to see if he makes the club. He proved he was too good for AA, and the Pacific Coast League (AAA) won't provide a tougher test (PCL is a hitting league, not pitching) if he goes there. He could start out as a bench player, but it would be a tough adjustment to getting just a several at-bats per week.

Taylor Tankersley has been given a large amount of opportunities to settle in as a lefty in the bullpen. This spring he isn't doing much to help his cause. He recently had an outing with six earned runs conceded and has only kept the scoreboard clean in two of his six appearances, all of which were an inning or less. He will always have an advantage making the club because he is a left-handed pitcher, but he may be out of options.


Lindstrom Displays Testicular Fortitude

Newly-minted Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom made sure everyone knows he has testicles last night in World Baseball Classic action, throwing at Dutch batter Vince Rooi in retaliation to the previous batter, Bryan Engelhardt, taking a bit too long to admire his tater tot in the eighth inning. In a show of anger which proves how little most players actually care about the WBC, the Dutch bench walked up the steps, gave Lindstrom a few words, and retreated when the umpires intervened. I'm taking the episode as a good sign. Lindstrom is penciled in to be the Marlins' closer this year, and I like that he's showing some fire already.

I do have one criticism for Matt, though. Not to put too fine a point on this, but if you're going to throw at a dude, you've got to hit him. Also, if throwing at a dude causes enough inflammation in your shoulder to warrant an MRI, then it's probably not worth it...

On a similar note, now that Matt is the closer, he needs a nickname. SporTech Matter is calling him "Wildman," but I think we as a fanbase can be a little more creative (plus, the similarity to Mitch, "Wild Thing" Williams is a bit off-putting). I'm also curious as to what you think his entrance music should be. May I suggest "Achilles' Last Stand," by Led Zeppelin? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

h/t: Awful Announcing


Just Say No

Judging from the latest reports, the Marlins are considering making an offer to Ivan Rodriguez. Allow me to offer my two cents: Don't do it.

Let's break down the implications of a Pudge signing for the Marlins. For this purpose, let's assume that if Pudge signs with the Marlins, he will be given the everyday starting job behind the plate (let's say this works out to ~120 starts). It is pretty clear that he won't sign with the Fish unless this demand is met. Offensively, Rodriguez would be considered an upgrade over current starter John Baker, but I am skeptical. Take a look at Pudge's OPS+ over the last 5 years. After posting an OPS+ of 136 in 2004, he OPS+ed 94, 97, 85, and 87 in subsequent seasons. Simply put, the man is 37, an age when most players' offensive numbers decline. I cannot guarantee Baker would be better (he posted an OPS+ of 121 in 197 at bats last year), but if he performs at league average (OPS+ of 100), I would prefer that to a 37-year-old Pudge.

But hitting isn't everything when it comes to the catcher position. The Marlins will score plenty of runs if Hanley, Uggla, Maybin, Cantu, and Gaby Sanchez play up to their collective potential. If Pudge could still play the catcher's position as well as he did in his prime, I would gladly ignore his deteriorating offense. Let's take a look at his stolen base/caught stealing percentages over the past ten years:

SB CS CS% Attempts Att/Game
34 41 54.7% 75 0.53
20 19 48.7% 39 0.45
23 35 60.3% 58 0.55
26 15 36.6% 41 0.41
40 20 33.3% 60 0.43
40 19 32.2% 59 0.48
33 35 51.5% 68 0.55
25 26 51.0% 51 0.41
47 21 30.9% 68 0.54
52 25 32.5% 77 0.69

At his peak, Pudge was the best at throwing out would-be base-stealers. His peak, however, is long past. His caught-stealing rate has entered the pedestrian 30% range, still better-than-average, but not a dramatic upgrade over your average catcher (which is what I'll go with since John Baker's CS% is atrocious, but taken from a small sample size).

The other major factor to consider is how well Pudge is at calling a game and handling the pitching staff compared to Baker. Pudge can call a good game, but is he worth the money? Baker and likely backup Mike Rabelo will probably make less than $1 million combined in 2009. Pudge will require at least that much, and probably more. Frankly, I'd rather see the Marlins save their money now in case they need to add a piece at the trading deadline in July.

Rodriguez was one of the pieces that put the Marlins over the top in 2003, when he signed what was possibly the most effective one-year contract ever. This time around, he's more likely to be a drain on the offense and a hindrance to the development of John Baker.

UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Pudge has signed with the Astros for $1.5 million in a one-year contract, with additional performance incentives worth up to another $1.5 million. That's cheaper than I expected him to cost, but still too much for my tastes...


My Night At Dolphin Stadium

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Last night I went to the WBC game between the USA and Puerto Rico at Dolphin Stadium. It certainly was a unique experience and despite the horrific performance by the American team it was an enjoyable and memorable night. Here are some observations:

  • Any Marlins fan would have known that having Adam Dunn play the cavernous outfield of Dolphin Stadium would be a huge mistake, and it was. There were two plays I can recall that a regular outfielder should have made. Early in the game, someone laced a liner to his left (towards the line) and he wasn't able to cut it off. This allowed an extra base hit instead of a single, and I believe there were runners on that scored as well. The other play was the sinking liner that he wasn't able to catch and more importantly didn't stay in front of. The USA must go with Shane Victorino in right field and play Curtis Granderson in center for the elimation game against the Netherlands, which figures to be a low-scoring affair. Dunn can DH if they like.
  • Chipper Jones needs to be sat. His plate appearances looked terrible and he still has a .000 BA through ten at-bats. I'm sure he will be hitting .330 by April but for now he needs to be out of the lineup.
  • I haven't been a fan of the Derek Jeter/Jimmy Rollins platoon. Just play one with the intent of going the whole game and pinch-hit the other late in the game if the match-up is right. I'd vote for Rollins to start, by the way.
  • Shortly before the game started, I asked my friend Alex if he knew who the "home" team was. We found out it was Puerto Rico, and it ended up being very appropriate. The crowd was about 60% Puerto Rican but they accounted for about 95% of the noise.


Something New

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The New York Times has a neat little interactive feature displaying panoramic images of six Spring Training sites, including the Marlins' complex in Jupiter, Florida. See the entire thing here.

Image via NY Times


Future Former Marlins 1

Friday, March 13, 2009

Being a Marlins fan comes with some unique baggage, chiefly the knowledge that most (if not all) of your favorite Marlins will one day be traded away to another team for younger, cheaper prospects. Though the signing of Hanley Ramirez to a multi-year contract last year broke a long streak of talented fan favorites (Cabrera, Beckett, etc.) leaving for greener pastures, we at Marlins Die-Hards do not believe for a second that the Marlins are on the verge of abandoning their thrifty (albeit successful) system of player development. With that in mind, we present a new feature, Future Former Marlins, in which we take a look at some of the promising talent in the pipeline, and speculate on the future of some of the team's prospects. We begin with the crown jewel of the Marlins farm system, Cameron Maybin.

Cameron Maybin, CF

Acquired: from Detroit on 12/5/2007 in the Cabrera/Willis trade. Florida may have fleeced Detroit this time, as Andrew Miller (the other major piece of the trade) has thus far outperformed Dontrelle, and Maybin could eventually outdo the rapidly-super-sizing Cabrera.
Will he live up to the hype? Maybin batted an even .500 (16 for 32) in September call-up action in 2008, and posted an OPS+ of 193 (in an admittedly infinitesimal sample size). He has pretty much locked up the starting CF position and looks like he'll be hitting leadoff, so he's off to the right start. Judging from pure intuition (WARNING: Intuition Bad), I think we'll be glad the Fish gave up Cabrera for him.
How long do we have him? He is technically a rookie this year, so we've got at least five years before he is eligible for free agency (I have no idea how free agency works for players still under their first contract - maybe you could leave an explanation in the comments for me...). If he proves to be as valuable as everyone thinks he is, and if the Marlins actually get that stadium, then he may be offered a long-term contract like Hanley was last year. Keep your fingers crossed.
Future Reason for Leaving the Marlins: Besides becoming too expensive? Maybe he'll become a fat load like Cabrera (which I guess would be fitting), in which case the Marlins would trade him to the Yankees in 2012, where this guy will show him all the best eateries in Manhattan.

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Injury Report

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Super-utilityman Alfredo Amezega will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained left knee. He injured the knee while playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Larry Beinfest doesn't wan't to blame the injury on the WBC, and I agree. The real culprit in the Amezega injury? Austrailia. They've been mad at the Fish ever since they let Graeme Lloyd walk in 2002. I'm sure they had something to do with Alfredo's injury.

Amezega's injury may open up a roster spot for Robert Andino, who is out of options, but more importantly, it will deprive Rich Waltz of a key source of lame puns (Amezega ≈ amazing). We kid because we love, Rich.


Honkbal !!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

(Henricus VandenHurk learns it is better to be on the outside of a celebratory dogpile, rather than being the foundation.)

Note to Dominican Republic: This is what you get for wanting and getting A-Rod on your team (even if he didn't get a single at-bat). Now that's two prohibitive favorites he has ruined with his bad karma in two World Baseball Classics.

On to the Netherlands, I find it rather remarkable they can win any game when their most feared hitter is the legendary Randall Simon. We Marlins fans probably remember Simon mostly from his 2-run homer in the 2003 NLCS that helped the Cubs win game three, but thankfully not the series. Other people will remember him from Sausage-gate. I've actually warmed up to him while watching these few games because he looks like the goofy clubhouse character of the team and also playing the role of veteran leader. Also, i just love his swing. It is the most violent hack you can imagine which looks downright ugly when he's striking out (which happens often with free swingers like himself), but when he connects, it has a violent beauty to it which is amusing.

The Dutch pitching has been phenomenal though. After VandenHurk's 3 2/3 scoreless on Monday, I thought there would be a significant dropoff, but there hasn't. They have only allowed 6 runs in 29 innings of play. Hopefully VandenHurk is recruiting some of the pitchers in the Dutch league to come to South Florida. Pittsburgh is starting to dominate the market for Indian (And I mean, India, not Cleveland) pitchers so we should be locking down the Netherlands hurlers.


Marlins Pitchers Dominating Early

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rick VandenHurk pitched 3 and a third scoreless innings for the upstart Dutch squad against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic yesterday, scattering 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2. The Holland Hammer (we have got to get a better nickname for Henricus) has been working with Dutch pitching coach Bert Blyleven during the WBC, and word is Bert is teaching him how to throw a knee-buckling curve. That can't be too bad for ol' Henricus. Puerto Rico ended up winning, so the Netherlands face a rematch with the Dominican Republic tonight in an elimination game -- might we see Rick enter the game in relief to face Hanley Ramirez? Hopefully not, since he pitched yesterday, and Hanley would likely destroy Henricus and shatter his confidence.

Not to be outdone, Tall, Dark and Mormon Josh Johnson pitched 5 scoreless innings on 73 pitches against the Tigers last night, giving up 5 hits, 1 walk, and 1 HBP. I've got high hopes for Josh this year. He only pitched 87 innings in 2008, so he likely won't experience the arm fatigue common to young pitchers still getting used to the long season. I'm taking last night's start as a good sign, even if half the Tigers were absent due to the WBC...


Marlins Stadium on the Rocks?

The Miami Herald reports this morning that Miami-Dade County's revenue from hotel taxes fell 22 percent in January, after falling 11 percent in December. The county plans to use hotel-tax revenue to pay for its portion of the funding for the new Marlins stadium, and the Herald says that declining revenues could cause a problem when the county commission meets to vote on the stadium financing plan in a few weeks.

County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, who has criticized the funding plan, thinks the county should wait to approve funding when revenues are increasing. County Commissioner George Burgess, who negotiated the stadium deal with the Marlins, argues that since the stadium will be financed over 40 years, it makes little sense to "pull the plug on something if it makes sense in the long term, because things look bad in the short term.''

No one ever said building a new Marlins ballpark would be easy... perhaps Miami-Dade should look to new potential revenue streams, like taxing coffee at the cafeteria windows in South Florida. You can buy enogh coffee for four people for less than $2 at these windows, but the average cafeteria customer (according to my arbitrary estimate) spends about $20 a week at the window (if I still lived in Miami, I could easily see myself spending that much per week between cafecito and pastelitos). Add a 0.5% surcharge to coffee purchases, at an annual rate the county could take in revenues of $2 trillion per year (this is a conservative estimate - South Floridians love cafecito.). Let's make this happen, Messrs. Burgess and Gimenez.

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Children of The Marlins Diaspora 1

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bret Barberie, 2B

Played for Marlins: 1993-1994
Other teams: Montreal (1991-1992), Baltimore (1995), Chicago Cubs (1996)
Marlins fans know him because: He was the starting second-basemen during the inaugural season, recording the first hit in team history off of Orel Hershiser on Opening Day, 1993. Also, he once missed a week of action because he got juice from a habanero chile in his eye.
Everyone else knows him because: He was formerly married to Jillian Barberie
Best Marlins moment: Has to be the first hit in team history. Barberie was an okay ballplayer (career OPS+: 93), but once the Fish got a hold of Quilvio Veras (who won't be enshrined in Cooperstown anytime soon), they were more than happy to kick Bret to the curb.

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Marlins Twitter Directory

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Marlins on Twitter

Rob Brantley: @robbrantly
Steve Cishek: @srSHREK31
Chris Coghlan: @cogz4Christ deactivated
Jose Fernandez: @josefernandez77
Dan Jennings: @LtDanJennings
Jake Marisnick: @JSMarisnick
Logan Morrison: @LoMoMarlins
Bryan Petersen: @Peteypipes
Juan Pierre: @JPBeastMode
Justin Ruggiano: @justinruggiano
Alex Sanabia: @Sanabia28
Donovan Solano: @DonovanSolano17
Giancarlo Stanton: @Giancarlo27_
Jacob Turner: @Jacob_Turner22
Ryan Webb: @RyanWebb58
Christian Yelich: @ChristianYelich

Other Marlins-related Twitter Feeds
Marlins official Twitter feed: @Marlins
MLB official Twitter feed: @MLB
Marlins Park: @MarlinsPark
Clevelander Marlins Park: @Clevelander1020

Marlins Beat Writers
Joe Frisaro ( @JoeFrisaro
Manny Navarro (Miami Herald): @Manny_Navarro
Clark Spencer (Miami Herald): @clarkspencer
Juan C. Rodriguez (Sun Sentinel): @JCRMarlinsbeat
Joe Capozzi (Palm Beach Post): @joecapMARLINS
Raul Striker Jr. (Spanish-language TV): @

Your Fearless Leaders
Marlins Diehards: @MarlinsDiehards
Dave: @dave6834
Ted: @tedhill



(Note: updated whenever we invent a new term)

Alfonseca Save (n.): recorded when a pitcher enters the game at the start of an inning in a save situation, allows multiple runners on base and/or gives up runs, but still manages to record a save. Pioneered by the twelve-fingered Antonio Alfonseca, whose tenure with the Marlins (1997-2001) featured many such saves.

B Face (n.): facial expression made by a hitter after striking out with runners in scoring position and less than two outs. Named after Emilio Bonifacio.

Greggorian (adj.): referring to a blown save that happens so quickly that the viewer cannot even comprehend what happened. Named after former closer Kevin Gregg.

Jorge Julio Save (n.): refers to a catastrophic blown save, in which the pitcher enters with a lead or tie, and exits with a multiple-run deficit and runners on base. Pioneered by Jorge Julio, who amassed a 12.54 ERA and 3.107 WHIP in 9.1 innings pitched as the Marlins' closer in early 2007.

Marlins Diaspora (n.): the scattering of the Marlins to teams outside of Miami after they become too expensive and/or the Marlins win a World Series.


Mission Statement

Why write another Marlins blog? Despite the reputation of Marlins fans, there are some great Marlins blogs being written. But we thought something was missing from the Marlins' corner of the blogosphere. We want a blog with some perspective on the eccentricities of Marlins fandom. And they are abundant. Most Marlins fans understand that their favorite players will be traded away for younger prospects at some point, but we embrace it. We root for (most of) our players when they are sent packing, much like we root for our favorite college football players even if they don't play for the Dolphins.

So you can expect Marlins Diehards to reflect some of the quirks involved in rooting for the Marlins. We'll cover news and analysis of the team as well, so don't worry about that. Hopefully, we'll be funny, too (No promises, though).

Welcome. Enjoy your stay.


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