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Could Eric Thames be the veteran first baseman the Marlins need?

Could Eric Thames be the veteran first baseman the Marlins need?

With rumors swirling that the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to trade the 32-year-old Thames, would the Miami Marlins be the perfect trade partner? Eric Thames has been a very popular player in Milwaukee since returning to the United States after a couple of seasons playing in Korea. He has put up 47 home runs with the Brewers since 2017 and has made his mark on the team and community. All-Star Jesús Aguilar is firmly positioned at first base for the Brewers after a breakout season. This may make Thames more expendable as they try to optimize their roster for another October run....
Fish Stripes Jan 19, 2019
Simulating races between current and former Marlins, MLB rivals

Simulating races between current and former Marlins, MLB rivals

Yeah, as in literal foot races. One of Statcast’s new features is here to help occupy our attention until pitchers and catchers report. Michael Hill, Gary Denbo and everybody else in the front office has preached the same thing: the Marlins are building up their organization with athleticism as a top priority. They will roll the dice on volatile players who have special tools, confident that—with the right guidance—they can reach their full potential. In the near future, we’ll be seeing that on display every night at the major league level. But for now, that introduction is just...
Fish Stripes Jan 19, 2019
New “Just Gettin’ Started” mugs now available

New “Just Gettin’ Started” mugs now available

The perfect slogan to pair with your morning coffee, isn’t it? The Fish Stripes Merch store continues expanding, and we believe this weekend’s new addition is the most clever item yet. The Marlins are “just gettin’ started” with new players, branding, community relations and franchise leadership. Make the slogan applicable to your daily routine with this Just Gettin’ Started mug: One side features the text, while the other has renderings of 2019 ballpark enhancements at Marlins Park. The mug is being offered in white, blue and black colors. We greatly appreciate the support our...
Fish Stripes Jan 18, 2019
Marlins Flashback: Bobby Bonilla’s Game 7 HR

Marlins Flashback: Bobby Bonilla’s Game 7 HR

Introducing a new Fish Stripes article series, “Marlins Flashback,” that celebrates the best players and moments in franchise history. Sunday, October 26, 1997—Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL It was the bottom of the seventh, and the Marlins trailed the Indians, 2-0, in a win-take-all Game 7. To lead off the inning was hard-hitting Bobby Bonilla. He had been among their best offensive players during the 1997 regular season, slashing .297/.378/.468 with 59 extra-base hits (most on the team). What happened next was simply amazing: Bonilla smacked rookie Jaret Wright’s first...
Fish Stripes Jan 18, 2019
Marlins reportedly sign RHP Héctor Noesí to minor league deal

Marlins reportedly sign RHP Héctor Noesí to minor league deal

Noesí has averaged more than 200 innings pitched since 2016, bringing durability and prior MLB experience to the Marlins organization. Right-hander Héctor Noesí is joining the Marlins organization on a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. He will receive an $800,000 salary this season if called up to the major league team, plus the opportunity to earn substantially more through performance incentives. The club hasn’t confirmed yet. Turning 32 next weekend, Noesí is the dictionary definition of “journeyman.” Originally signed by the Yankees in 2004(!), he was...
Fish Stripes Jan 17, 2019
College football will return to Marlins Park in 2019

College football will return to Marlins Park in 2019

Ballpark to host game between Dade County Rivals In a press conference Wednesday, the team announced that Marlins Park will play host to its first college football game in three years next November 23. Florida International will host the University of Miami. The contest will mark the first football game at the stadium since December 2016, the last of the ill-fated Miami Beach Bowls. College football is coming back this year for a Dade County matchup, FIU vs. UM! pic.twitter.com/9J2wDlW18f— Marlins Park (@MarlinsPark) January 16, 2019 Marlins president of business operations Chip...
Fish Stripes Jan 17, 2019
Why Manny Machado signing makes sense for Marlins

Why Manny Machado signing makes sense for Marlins

Should the Marlins pursue Manny Machado? It actually makes more sense than one would think. To be clear, all 30 teams should at least entertain the idea of adding Manny Machado. Very rarely does a player of Machado’s age and ability hit the free agent market. At the age of 26, we’re talking about an MVP-caliber player who is just entering the prime of his career. Earlier this week, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that Machado had been offered 7 years and $175 million by the Chicago White Sox. This information was corroborated by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The White Sox offer to...
Fish Stripes Jan 17, 2019
The 4-6-3: Isan Díaz

The 4-6-3: Isan Díaz

Smooth swing. Raw power. Díaz could be the future of the Marlins at second base For the Miami Marlins to eventually return to World Series glory, they must develop impactful players at several different positions. That includes a rock-solid double play combination. The 4-6-3 is one of the most common double plays in the game, and also the name of this brand new profile series. Over the next few weeks, I will be covering the top middle infield prospects in the Marlins farm system. You’ll learn who these young players are, but also what to expect from them moving forward. The 4-6-3 will...
Fish Stripes Jan 16, 2019
Billy the Marlin, 1993-Present

Billy the Marlin, 1993-Present

Reflecting on 26 seasons as the Marlins mascot and making the case for keeping him with the franchise long term. What’s been longer than the government shutdown? The baseball offseason. Fish Stripes recently learned about the Marlins’ plan to have FanFest this year on Feb. 9, the week before the team officially reports to Jupiter for the start of spring training and finally begins preparation for the 2019 campaign. That news got us thinking about all the changes that have hit the franchise by storm. Those that know baseball know it’s changing for the better. Chip Bowers, Derek Jeter...
Fish Stripes Jan 16, 2019
Who’s the second-weakest team in the NL East?

Who’s the second-weakest team in the NL East?

If the Marlins don’t finish last in the division, who will? It sure feels like the NL East will be a four-team race this season, with the Marlins rooting for chaos on the sidelines. While they stay committed to a “patient” approach (eyeing another top-five pick in the 2020 MLB Draft), the Braves, Mets, Nationals and Phillies are going for it. Each of those rivals looks to be improved from 2018, or at least they will be when the dust settles on the free-agent market over the next couple months. Mathematically, it is impossible for all four to qualify for the postseason. At least one of...
Fish Stripes Jan 15, 2019
Discussing Fish Stripes, Marlins free agent targets, 2019 projections on The Marlins Catch podcast

Discussing Fish Stripes, Marlins free agent targets, 2019 projections on The Marlins Catch podcast

Listen to Monday’s guest appearance on The Marlins Catch, part of the Baseball Podcast Network. An affiliate of the Baseball Podcast Network, The Marlins Catch is a new weekly podcast talking all things Marlins, hosted by Nick Adelson and Mitch Brandwein. Thanks to Nick for inviting me on Monday night as a guest for their second episode. Fans can listen at BlogTalkRadio or subscribe on Apple Podcasts. Among the topics we discussed: My history with Fish Stripes and plans to continue expanding the site Making sense of why the Marlins reportedly tried to sign DJ LeMahieu Biggest positions...
Fish Stripes Jan 15, 2019
Latest updates on 2019 Marlins Park ballpark enhancements

Latest updates on 2019 Marlins Park ballpark enhancements

President of baseball operations Chip Bowers shows what fans have to look forward to next season by sharing new photos from inside Marlins Park . Throughout this Major League Baseball offseason, the Derek Jeter-led Marlins have shown they are not afraid of change. From moving the famous “Homer” sculpture from behind to the center field wall to redesigning the team’s logo, the new ownership group is distinguishing themselves from the previous ownership of Jeffrey Loria. Last Friday, Chip Bowers, the Marlins President of Business Operations, published a blog post updating the status of...

Victor Victor Mesa makes practice debut — here's how Marlins plan to develop the Cuban star

Sporting a grey Marlins t-shirt with No. 32 emblazoned on the back, Victor Victor Mesa strolled to the batting cage on a cloudless day at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The No. 1 international free agent this past offseason, the highly-coveted Cuban star was making his practice debut for the Marlins,...
Fish Stripes Jan 14, 2019
Highlights from Marlins hitters camp at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

Highlights from Marlins hitters camp at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

Baseball(-related activities) is back! The Marlins’ present and future collided at a hitters camp in Jupiter on Monday. With formal major league spring training still a month away, dozens of (mostly) young Marlins players reported to the team’s complex in Jupiter on Monday for a hitters camp. Many top prospects were in attendance, as were Opening Day roster probables like Miguel Rojas, Peter O’Brien and Garrett Cooper. It was organized by vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo. Gary Denbo: “We are much better positioned right now than we were last...
Fish Stripes Jan 14, 2019
2019 FanFest coming to Marlins Park on Feb. 9

2019 FanFest coming to Marlins Park on Feb. 9

Meet and greet players and check out the ballpark enhancements to kick off the 2019 Marlins season. Clear your calendars: Fish Stripes has learned that Marlins FanFest 2019 will be held at Marlins Park on Saturday, February 9th, according to multiple players who expect to attend. That’s the final weekend before pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter for major league spring training. As of late Monday morning, team officials had not confirmed the plan, and the FanFest landing page on Marlins.com remains blank. In November, several young Marlins including Lewis Brinson, José Ureña, Pablo...

Marlins Player News

  • J.T. Realmuto

    J.T. Realmuto

    Marlins agree to salary terms for Realmuto, four others, avoiding arbitration

  • Lewis Brinson

    Lewis Brinson

    2019 FanFest coming to Marlins Park on Feb. 9

  • Miguel Rojas

    Miguel Rojas

    Highlights from Marlins hitters camp at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

  • Rosell Herrera

    Rosell Herrera

    Wei-Yin Chen trolls Marlins with new uniform number

  • Adam Conley

    Adam Conley

    Marlins agree to salary terms for Realmuto, four others, avoiding arbitration

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