Old Man Swag Alert at Marlins Park

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It didn't work (the Marlins lost 4-2 in 10 innings), but we love your style, Maury. (Can we call you Maury? We figured that was your name, since you're an old white dude. Either that, or Henry, or Ebenezer...)

Image via the Marlins' tumblr


Chad Qualls Pulls Off the "Inadvertant Barrel Roll" With Aplomb

Nailed it:



Tino Tino Tino

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tino Martinez spoke to Fox Sports about the incident that led to his resignation, and boy he sounds like a guy convinced that the world is against him for no good reason:

Martinez said he decided to speak out after talking with friends and asking them, "Do you realize I'm out of baseball basically because a couple of players didn't pick up balls in the cage when I asked them to? As a coach, when I asked them to pick up the balls, why didn't they just say, 'Absolutely, no problem, I'll do it right now.'"

Added Martinez: "I started thinking about it, thinking I've got to say something, not just let it go away. I've had a great reputation in this game for years. I walked away from the game with integrity. But now, to have a couple of kids try to ruin my name, I felt I had to say something and fight back."
Read the whole thing here if you wish, but here's a summary:

Like we said yesterday, if the Marlins were hitting well, the team might have let Tino's anger management issues slide. But if you're the hitting coach of a team with the worst batting average in the NL, being a jerk won't let you keep your job for long.


Tino Martinez Has Been Recalled to the Jerk Store

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned his position on Sunday. Not because the Marlins are slashing .232/.291/.337 (second worst in the majors), but because he's a jerk:

Martinez said he once touched a player in anger, grabbing rookie Derek Dietrich by the jersey in the batting cage early this season. Dietrich, recently demoted to Triple-A New Orleans, was among the players to complain about Martinez.
Martinez actually tried to resign on Friday, but Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria (who hand-picked him to be hitting coach last offseason over the objection of manager Mike Redmond) wouldn't have it. Then a Miami Herald story detailing players' complaints about Martinez forced ownership's hand.

Then this happened:
We think there is only one person who should be the Marlins' hitting coach: 


Jose Fernandez is not above photobombing a dude

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jose Fernandez may be a rookie, but he knows the fastest way to the Diehards' hearts. The Photobomb Expressway:

Pretty good stuff, but he still has much to learn if he wants to compete with the patron saint of photobombs:

UPDATE: It's been gif'd(!):


Yelich and Marisnick Called Up: Instagram Weighs In

Social media is fun. Last night after the team announced it had called up uber-prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, the Miami Marlins posted a photo of the two on Instagram. A surprising number of comments on the photo took umbrage with the team's decision to send down fellow rookies Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich to make room for them (never mind the facts that Ozuna needs to do some major work on his swing, Dietrich is slashing .214/.275/.405, and sending two rookies with multiple options back to the minors gives the team much more flexibility than waiving Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco).

Here is a sample of their reactions:
Of all the people we could have sent down, why these two. If we are trying to get younger why send these 2 down. I'm excited to see yelich and marisnik called up, but upset to see ozuna and Dietrich sent down while they were succeeding.
In 57 games, Dietrich has amassed 0.0 WAR, making him the proverbial replacement player (for now). In this case, replacement = replacable. Ozuna's defense has been stellar, but he needs work on his swing, as mentioned above.
We want ozuna and Dietrich BACK!!!!!!!!
They were good!
I wanted Yelich and Marisnick called up, but they should've left Ozuna and Dietrich
When the Marlins fail to make the playoffs this fall, we'll know the reason why...
Got to say I would have rather seen Pierre, Palanco or Solano go down or even traded but as a Jacksonville native I will still get to watch these two gems play.
We're sorry you live in Jacksonville. Stay strong.
Ozuna was hitting .265 with 3 HR and 32 RBI and 31 runs that's more RBI & runs than Stanton. Eventually Stanton will be traded. Ozuna belongs in the Bigs and has earned it!

Then there was this:
Trade Dietrich
Suggesting the Marlins trade someone when their value is tiny? Is that you Beinfest?


And the ESPY for Most Obvious Jocular Reaction to a Steroid Scandal goes to...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Logan Morrison!



Who: The fine folks that brought us Faps Friday 1-4 are having the next installment in #SummerOfFaps at Marlins park, which is the greatest and worst idea of the season. If you have no earthly idea what we're talking about, you clearly don't follow the right people on Twitter.
What: Another gathering filled with copious drinking and fappage, and perhaps The Fish may even score runs and win.
When: Sunday, July 28th. Ballgame is a 1:10pm start.
Where: Starts at Marlins Park, where it ends nobody knows.
Why: Don't bother with why? Just go and have a real good time.
More Info: http://tweetvite.com/event/F5

Unfortunately Dave and I can't make this one, but we've both been to some of the predecessors of the #FF series. These are good people and if you can make it out you'd surely have an afternoon to savor. The Diehards instead will be hosting satellite celebrations for #CincoDeFappo. Good luck to David with the 10am local time start, that's a big day-drinkin' commitment.


At least Marlins fans have the decency to not show up...

(Via Deadspin)


Return of Misadventures of the Tangerine Troops

Sunday, July 21, 2013

This one hurts us more than it hurts you, Giancarlo...


This Story Sounds Familiar...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Former Marlin Mark Buehrle on the struggles of the Blue Jays:
Maybe we were overrated. Maybe we aren't as good as we thought we were.
It's as if acquiring a bunch of high-paid players from a team that lost 90+ games isn't sound strategy...

The biggest tragedy of this entire episode: Look what you did to Alison Brie!

Not cool, Jays


Marlins Will Wear 1956 Throwbacks on Saturday

Friday, July 19, 2013

Shortly after Logan Morrison spilled the beans on Twitter, the Marlins' told reporters that the team will be wearing 1956 Miami Marlins uniforms tomorrow (above) in Milwaukee as part of the Brewers' Negro League tribute (the Brewers will wear 1923 Milwaukee Bears unis). Below is a photo of the Marlins' unis, which look almost exactly like the version we posted last week:

We love that look, especially the shoulder patch. The team points out that the "29" patch honors Satchel Paige, the legendary Negro League pitcher who played for the Marlins (then a Triple-A club in the International League) from 1956 through 1958. We hope this is not the last time the Marlins trot out these uniforms (they have worn versions of the 1980s Marlins uniform in the past, which you can view here). 

Just before the Marlins unveiled their new uniforms in 2011, Ted wrote this about the 1950s uniforms
A blue and orange combo would pay homage to the old Miami Marlins (see left), which I think would be pretty cool.
Pretty cool, indeed.


Jose Fernandez' Innings Limit

The Marlins still expect to hold Jose Fernandez to a limit of 150-170 innings pitched this season, though with his stellar performance that limit will likely be closer to 170. The Miami Herald reported Thursday night that the team is wary of overworking the budding star, who threw only 134 innings in A and high-A ball last season.
Redmond said he never thinks about the long-term innings limit Fernandez is on when he takes the mound. He said he goes "solely on how he's doing that day."

"If he has a chance to win a ball game or whatever it is, and he's going good then we'll let him throw seven or eight innings," Redmond said. “I've never gone into a game going we can only let him throw six innings a day. I take it from game to game. If he has a chance to throw a complete game then I'll let him throw a complete game. If he keeps his pitches down and he has a chance he’ll go out there."

But protecting Fernandez's young arm for the long term is still important to Redmond. Fernandez, for his part, would love to pitch the entire season, but he said he has no problem with the Marlins' plans in part because they have been up front since the beginning.
The Marlins are being very cautious with Fernandez, and that is wise considering their chances of making the 2013 playoffs are effectively zero. The team took a bit of a risk in calling him up at the start of the season (and thus starting his arbitration clock early). Losing him for significant time due to injury stemming from overworking him is something the team cannot afford.

This is far different from the Washington Nationals' decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg last season for a number of reasons. First is the pennant race issue - no one will criticize the Marlins the way the Nats were trashed in some circles for benching their best starter. Strasburg was also coming off Tommy John surgery, while Fernandez is ostensibly healthy. Still, the team is right to slowly work up his inning count over a few seasons.

Right now, Fernandez is at 104 and 2/3 innings for the season. With 69 games remaining, it would be very surprising if he pitched into late September. If Fernandez continues to average just under 6 innings a start, we can expect roughly 11 more starts for Fernandez this season. His next will be on Tuesday at Colorado. Set your DVRs accordingly.


MDH Superfan of the Week

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We somehow missed this last weekend, and since it's the slowest sports week of the year we decided to post it now. Stephen Strasburg went on to have his worst outing of the season (-0.384 WPA) after the unknown twerker disrupted his warmup. We're not saying she's the reason why, but we do think she should keep doing this until we have enough data to determine whether or not she's making a difference. Twerk on, boo.


Fernandez Deals in All-Star Game

If he's not starting, a pitcher in the All-Star Game rarely gets more than an inning of work (if any). Appearing as a 20-year-old rookie (the first since Dwight Gooden to appear in an ASG) Jose Fernandez made the most of his outing.

Three batters, two strikeouts, and one weak popup from reigning MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. Fernandez let everyone know he is a force to be reckoned with, and not since Jeff Conine won the All-Star Game MVP in 1995 has a Marlin shone so bright at the Midsummer Classic.

He made us feel like this:


The Best All-Stars in Marlins History, Part 2

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We're counting down the best All-Star selections in Marlins history. For Part 1 and a discussion of our criteria, click here.

Now we move on to the cream of the crop. No one-year wonders in the bunch (with a lone exception) - these guys bring or brought it for years. First up is a quartet of players who just missed the 5-WAR threshold, none of whom were undeserving All-Stars. I'll call them the Hall of Very Good All-Stars:
18. Luis Castillo, 2003 (4.4 WAR, 106 OPS+): Castillo won his first of three straight Gold Gloves, hit .314, and scored 99 runs for the World Series champs.
17. Mike Lowell, 2004 (4.3 WAR, 127 OPS+): Lowell followed up his career year with a 44-double, 27-home run season. His .293 average was then a career high, and he topped .500 in slugging percentage for the second of three times in his career (.505).
16. Dan Uggla, 2008 (4.4 WAR, 126 OPS+): Uggla is best remembered for committing three errors, two of which came on consecutive plays. He was a monster with the bat that year, though, hitting 32 home runs with 37 doubles while piling up the strikeouts (177 - third most in the NL).
15. Charles Johnson, 1997 (4.4 WAR, 113 OPS+): The defensive ace won his third of four straight Gold Gloves and slugged .454 - not bad for a catcher. He led the NL with 2.6 defensive WAR, catching 56 of 118 base stealers (most in the NL). In his prime CJ was a marvel behind the plate.
We pause here for our He Was That Good? All Star:
14. Carl Pavano, 2004 (5.3 WAR, 137 ERA+): Better known as The Time Pavano Convinced the Yankees to Give Him $40 Million. He went 18-8, but could not recapture the magic thereafter due in large part to injury troubles (and later, age). 
Up next are the On-the-Cusp of Elite All-Stars, who are overshadowed only by some truly outstanding performances: 
13. Miguel Cabrera, 2005 (5.2 WAR, 151 OPS+): Winning his first Silver Slugger and finishing 5th in NL MVP voting, Cabrera hit "only" 33 home runs but slugged .565 and finished third in the NL with a .323 batting average. And his best was still yet to come...
12. Giancarlo Stanton, 2012 (5.5 WAR, 156 OPS+): Sr. #Monsterdong led the NL with a .608 slugging percentage and walloped 37 home runs in an injury-shortened season.
11. Al Leiter, 1996 (5.6 WAR, 139 ERA+): He led the NL with with 119 walks, but mad up for it by giving up just 6.4 hits per 9 innings. He also threw the first no-hitter in franchise history on May 11 of that year.
10. Cabrera, 2006 (5.8 WAR, 159 OPS +): Cabrera just kept getting better, setting a career high with 50 doubles and a .998 OPS. We miss him so much. Thanks for nothing, Cameron Maybin :(
9. Gary Sheffield, 1996 (6.0 WAR, 189 OPS+): Sheff set a franchise record with 42 home runs and led the NL with a .465 OBP and 1.090 OPS. He won a Silver Slugger and finished 6th in MVP voting.
8. Cliff Floyd, 2001 (6.5 WAR, 150 OPS+): Floyd was one of the most consistent but underrated hitters in franchise history (4 straight years of at least 115 OPS+, 3 straight .300+ BA). He hit 31 home runs and 44 doubles in the only All-Star season of his 17-year career.
7. Josh Johnson, 2009 (6.6 WAR, 133 ERA+): The big righty got some notice in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. He struck out a career-high 191 batters and was second among NL pitchers in WAR.
6. Hanley Ramirez, 2008 (6.8 WAR, 143 OPS+): Making his first All-Star appearance, Ramirez earned the starting nod in fan voting. He won a Silver Slugger, led the NL with 143 runs, and hit .301 while smacking 33 home runs.
And now we've reached The Pantheon. Here are the best of the best in Marlins history:
5. Kevin Brown, 1997 (7.0 WAR, 150 ERA+): I had forgotten how good Brown was in his two years in Miami. He finished fifth in the NL with a 2.69 ERA and was also an excellent defender. He threw a no-hitter on June 10, and then a one-hitter just over a month later.
4. Dontrelle Willis, 2005 (7.2 WAR, 152 ERA+): Willis won our hearts all over again with his 22-win (franchise record) season that saw him finish second in NL Cy Young voting. His 7 complete games and 5 shutouts led the NL, he also batted .261 that year(!).
3. Johnson, 2010 (7.2 WAR, 180 ERA+): He didn't have the flash of Willis, but Johnson's 2010 season was arguably better than Dontrelle's 2005. JJ led the NL with a 2.30 ERA, with the 7th-lowest WHIP (1.105) and second-best K/BB ratio (3.875).
2. Ramirez, 2009 (7.3 WAR, 148 OPS+): Remember when Hanley Ramirez was one of the most exciting players in the game? He won the NL batting title in '09, hitting .342 and getting his second-straight starting job in the Midsummer Classic. Hanley finished 2nd in NL MVP voting; this was the apex of his career in Florida.
1. Brown, 1996 (8.0 WAR, 215 ERA+): Simply put, Brown's 1996 season was the best pitching performance in franchise history. He finished second in NL CY Young voting, led the league in ERA+, ERA (1.89), WHIP (0.944), HR/9 innings (0.3) and, curiously, HBP (16). 


Jose Fernandez Knows the Joy of the #Monsterdong

Monday, July 15, 2013

That was Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez after Giancarlo Stanton tied Saturday night's game in the bottom of the ninth with a classic #Monsterdong. Jose's reaction lets us know that he has not let pro sports suck the joy out of him just yet, which we love. We'd totally hang with Jose.


The Best All-Stars in Marlins History, Part 1

With the annual All-Star Game on deck, Ted and I thought it would be fun to look back at every All-Star in franchise history and sort the wheat from the chaff. The Marlins have benefited from MLB's rule that every team must be represented at the midsummer classic, as you'll see below. Indeed, it is a double-edged sword: it allows fans of bad teams to have at least a little rooting interest in the game, but it also results in some very undeserving All-Star selections. Today we will look at the bottom half of the ledger, with the top half coming Tuesday.

For purposes of ranking, we looked at each players Wins Above Replacement (as calculated by Baseball Reference and either ERA+ (for pitchers) or OPS+ (for position players). We excluded Jose Fernandez, as he only has half a season of stats to compare, and did not account for any pre-/post-ASG split (because that would have taken more time than we were willing to invest). Incidentally, Fernandez already has more WAR than the bottom 6 players on the list (2.5), and should he continue his hot play could easily catapult into the top half of this list.

Onto the rankings, beginning with the Thanks for Showing Up division (* denotes ASG starter):
39. Alex Gonzalez, 1999 (0.7 WAR, 91 OPS+): Someone had to go in 1999, and it was Gonzalez. He didn't have a terrible year, but his .277 batting average was complemented by only 15 walks in 591 plate appearances.
38. Edgar Renteria, 1998 (0.9 WAR, 88 OPS+): See above. El NiƱo led the NL by getting caught stealing 22 times.
37. Gaby Sanchez, 2011 (2.7 WAR, 113 OPS+): Gaby wasn't that bad in 2011, but in hindsight Giancarlo Stanton (4.1 WAR, 141 OPS+) would have been a better choice. Sanchez hit .293 in the first half of the season, then took a major nosedive, hitting .225 in the second half.
Next up, the Good Thing Your Position is Not That Deep division:
36. Paul Lo Duca, 2005 (1.2 WAR, 92 OPS+): Look, no one expects a catcher to do that much on offense. But you do have to do something on defense every once in awhile. Lo Duca was third in the NL with 29 runners caught stealing, but also gave up the most stolen bases (89 - for a CS% of 24.6%).
35. Luis Castillo, 2002 (2.0 WAR, 95 OPS+): Castillo led the NL with 48 stolen bases, but got caught 15 times, second most in the league. He was solid on defense, and hit .301.
34. Charles Johnson, 2001 (2.4 WAR, 100 OPS+): CJ threw out 37 would-be base stealers (5th in the NL), but was the epitome of average at the plate.
Now let's pause and consider that democracy is not always the optimal decision-making mechanism. This is the Fan Votes are Flawed division:
33. Gary Sheffield*, 1993 (-0.1 WAR, 120 OPS+): Acquired in a late-June trade with the Padres, Sheffield was voted in by fans as a starter, even though he probably did not deserve it. His terrible defense (-3.0 dWAR) outdid a so-so offensive year (2.9 oWAR). His 34 errors were third in the NL. On the plus side, Sheffield went 2 for 3 with a home run in the game, so at least he acquitted himself nicely.
32. Hanley Ramirez*, 2010 (2.7 WAR, 126 WAR): Not that we didn't love watching Ramirez start in the All-Star Game for the third straight season, but this selection was based largely on his reputation (having won the batting title the previous season). He hit .300 in 2010, but in hindsight this season was the beginning of his decline into a very undistinguished hitter (though he has been very hot thus far in 2013).
Our next category is the Franchise Hero division, featuring two players who can do no wrong:
31. Jeff Conine, 1994 (2.8 WAR, 130 OPS+): Conine had a better year in 1994 than his other All-Star season, but he didn't win MVP in the 1994 game, so that knocks him down a few pegs.
30. Mike Lowell, 2002 (3.0 WAR, 116 OPS+): Lowell was better in 2003, but
29. Lowell, 2003 (2.7 WAR, 128 OPS+): Lowell had his best season with the Marlins in 2003, hitting a career-high 32 home runs despite missing the last month of the season with a broken hand. He also won the NL Silver Slugger for third-basemen.
28. Conine, 1995 (2.6 WAR, 135 OPS+): Not the most distinguished season, but Conine did win ASG MVP thanks to his decisive home run. 
These guys all had better All-Star years, but were still clearly deserving of the honor. It's the Better Seasons in the Portfolio division:
27. Dan Uggla, 2006 (3.0 WAR, 112 OPS+): He had better years to come, but 27 HR and .480 slugging as a rookie is nothing to be ashamed of. Uggla finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting, behind teammate and winner Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Zimmerman of Washington.
26. Miguel Cabrera, 2007 (3.2 WAR, 150 OPS+): His last All-Star year with the Marlins was his worst, but he still hit 34 home runs with a .965 OPS.
25. Cabrera, 2004 (3.4 WAR, 150 OPS+): 33 home runs, 112 RBI in his first full season in the majors. Yeah, he was pretty good.
24. Castillo, 2005 (3.6 WAR, 108 OPS+): Castillo won his third straight NL Gold Glove, hitting above .300 for the fifth time in seven seasons.
23. Dontrelle Willis, 2003 (3.9 WAR, 127 ERA+): The Rookie of the Year and folk hero of the 2003 World Series team, Willis could do no wrong. 
These two appeared in the midsummer classic during their only year with the team, making them the One-Year Wonder division:
22. Armando Benitez, 2004 (3.4 WAR, 319 ERA+): Led the NL with 47 saves, and had a crazy-outlier .176 BABIP. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good (and even better to be both).
21. Moises Alou, 1997 (3.5 WAR, 130 OPS+): Alou slashed .292/.373/.493 en route to a World Series title. Sheffield was arguably better among his teammates, but he did not make the All-Star team.
Rounding out the first part is the One-Timers' Club, both of whom made one All-Star appearance as Marlins (though both made additional appearances with other teams):
20. Ryan Dempster, 2000 (4.2 WAR, 121 ERA+): Hard to remember, but Dempster was once the ace of the Marlins' staff (shudders). He had 8.3 K/9IP, but benefitted largely from having no other good All-Star candidates on the team that year.
19. Bryan Harvey, 1993 (4.0 WAR, 257 ERA+): Harvey was third in the NL with 45 saves for the expansion Marlins, helped by a career-low .240 BABIP. His 0.841 WHIP was absurd.
Click here to read Part 2.


Throwback Thursday

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Via Billy Corben, check out the shoulder patch on that uni. So awesome, it makes up for the Mets-like blue and orange color scheme. We really wish Jeffrey Loria had taken a cue from the minor league Miami Marlins uniforms when the team rebranded two years ago, but alas.


Marlins Trade Block: Who's Next?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

With Ricky Nolasco shipped off to LA, our thoughts turn to who else the Marlins could send off into the Marlins diaspora before the July 31 trade deadline, and the answer is: probably no one.

Unless another team makes an offer with a bevy of top prospects, Giancarlo Stanton is not going anywhere (with three years of club control remaining, he is too valuable for even Jeffrey Loria to pawn off on a trade). This is entirely speculative, but I'm guessing the front office has learned its lesson from the Miguel Cabrera trade, namely that the best prospects are no sure thing, especially when they are exchanged for a budding young superstar.

Additionallu, there are not many more expensive contracts to unload. Placido Polanco and Adeiny Hechavarria are the highest paid Marlins now, each earning $2.75 million. The front office won't move Hechavarria, who won't be a free agent until 2019, and Polanco is not on anyone's wish list.

A few relievers could be dangled if another team offers an interesting prospect. Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn, and Steve Cishek fall into this category, though none make 7 figures. There are reports that teams are inquiring about Justin Ruggiano, but the Marlins may need him around to play centerfield and platoon with Juan Pierre in left field due to Chris Coghlan's back injury.

So we could be in for a quiet three weeks.


Giancarlo Stanton Strips Down for ESPN

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine is out today, featuring our favorite purveyor of #Monsterdongs, Giancarlo Stanton.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at his photo shoot:

Stanton also did a Q-and-A with ESPN.com about his body:
If you could change something about your body, what would it be?
GS: To have better legs. They're not as cut as my upper body. It's harder to put weight on the legs with our schedule. Upper body isn't used all day -- you swing and throw -- but you're on your feet for five to eight hours a day, so the rest has to be maintenance for your legs. It's fine, I'm not a bodybuilder, but if I had to change something it would be that.
Read the whole thing here.


Ricky Nolasco's Real Legacy

Monday, July 8, 2013

Today at Fish Stripes, Micheal Jong has a measured piece about the legacy of Ricky Nolasco, who holds  most of the franchise pitching records (including wins and strikeouts). But we know where his most important legacy lies:

click to embiggen


John Buck Sure Knows How to Make the Marlins Regret Trading Him

Hey, remember a few months ago when John Buck was tearing up the NL and making the Marlins front office look stupid for giving up on him at the worst possible time? Well strap in, because it's time for an episode of Small Sample Size Theater!

On April 12th, I left a note to myself in our CMS:
At the time, Buck was slashing .351/.350/.865 with an absurd 6 home runs and 19 RBI in his first 40 plate appearances. It prompted articles like this from Hardball Talk, which pointed out that Buck had more RBI than the entire Marlins team at the time.

What has happened since then? Exactly what you'd expect. As of Monday morning, he's sporting a .210/.278/.390 slash line (better than his .192/.297/.347 from 2012 but worse than his career averages) with a 25.8% strikeout rate. He was especially putrid in June, hitting .165 and striking out 22 times in 84 plate appearances.

At least some things are still predictable.


Jose Fernandez is an All-Star

Nothing to add, but this:


Trade Pool Update

On Saturday, the Miami Marlins finally did what everyone was expecting them to do and traded perpetually on-the-cusp starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco. The Dodgers took Nolasco (and the rest of his salary) off Miami's hands, sending them minor league pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez in return (as well as international signing bonus slot 96, valued at $197,000).

Literally every single person who made predictions for the trade pool had Nolasco as their top pick. Everyone is tied for first place. Nice work, all.


So long, Ricky

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Here are some things you may find hard to believe:

  • Ricky Nolasco was traded this evening (for some pitchers I know nothing about)
  • If Twitter is any indication (usually is), nobody likes the trade
sarcastic GIF of our reaction below


Return of the Trade Pool

Monday, July 1, 2013

Now that the Marlins are firmly in "Get Rid of Expensive Veterans with Expiring Contracts" mode, the Diehards are pleased to announce the revival of the annual Marlins Trade Pool.

The rules are simple:
  1. Pick five Marlins (all players in organization are eligible, including minor-leaguers) who you think could be traded before the July 31st deadline.
  2. Rank those five players, one to five, in order of most likely to least likely to be traded.
  3. Points will be awarded based on where the player is in each competitor's list. Number one selections who get traded will get five points, number twos get four and so on down to number five selections receiving one point.
  4. Whoever has the most points immediately following the trade deadline wins. Prize tbd, but we'll probably send you a gift card to World of Beer or some such place.
Leave your list in the comments, post to our Facebook page, or tweet at us


Cleaning the Aquarium

Via Fish Stripes, SB Nation is running a series called "A Day's Work," which is kinda like an MLB-themed Dirty Jobs. Wade Boggs travels to all 30 MLB parks and encounters a different dirty job at each one.

The Marlins Park installment is up, and it features Boggs cleaning the aquariums behind home plate. He's no Mike Rowe, but it'll do.

[UPDATE: for some reason the embedded video is causing the site to load verrrrrry slowly, so we'll just link to it instead. Watch it at Fish Stripes]

The intro is glib, and Boggs' script makes it seem like Marlins Park is just off South Beach, but it's worth your time.


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