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Offishial news, 11/29/22: Cabrera to retire next year; Abreu off the board

Offishial news, 11/29/22: Cabrera to retire next year; Abreu off the board

Miggy makes it clear that his playing career will end after next year. | Photo by Marc Serota/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes promotions and new job openings. Marlins Podcast Episodes Monday’s winter ball updates: Bryan De La Cruz went 0-for-4 and Jesús Sánchez went 1-for-3 with a walk (Toros del Este); Huascar Brazoban (Gigantes del Cibao) had his smoothest relief outing of the season, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning. The Astros are upgrading at first base with the signing of José Abreu to a three-year, $58.5 million deal. He is...
Fish Stripes Nov 28, 2022
Top options for the Marlins in 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft

Top options for the Marlins in 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft

Who will become the Marlins’ next Rule 5 Draft success story? After another disappointing season, the Miami Marlins once again find themselves with an early selection in the MLB Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 will take place on December 7 at the annual Winter Meetings. The Marlins hold the 9th overall pick. As a consequence of last year’s lockout, the MLB phase of the 2021 Rule 5 was canceled. Things are back to normal this time with a deep class of unprotected players who are worth considering. Something to note is that for the Marlins to make a selection, they need to have...
Fish Stripes Nov 28, 2022
Offishial news, 11/28/22: Hitting coach hired; ticket sales strategy

Offishial news, 11/28/22: Hitting coach hired; ticket sales strategy

Photo by Patrick Smith/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes exciting personal news for an infield prospect. Marlins Podcast Episodes Sunday’s winter ball updates: During a doubleheader, Bryan De La Cruz went 4-for-8 with 2 RBI and Jesús Sánchez went 1-for-4 with a walk (Toros del Este); Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas) has been sidelined in recent days by armpit discomfort. As fantasy baseball analyst Jeff Zimmerman points out, Sánchez’s strikeout rate is vastly improved from the MLB regular season. Brant Brown, who briefly played for the...
Fish Stripes Nov 25, 2022
2022 Marlins Season Review: Tanner Scott

2022 Marlins Season Review: Tanner Scott

Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Evaluating the ups and downs of Tanner Scott’s first Marlins season. Tanner Scott showed that he has the potential to be a dominant relief pitcher, but on his worst days, Scott was at the center of some excruciating Marlins losses. 2022 Timeline April 3: acquired from Orioles in four-player trade April 23: records first Marlins save June: settles in as Marlins’ regular closer Early September: removed from closer’s role Scott was heavily used this season. He led the Marlins in relief appearances (67), games finished (35)...
Fish Stripes Nov 24, 2022
Offishial news, 11/24/22: Happy Thanksgiving; Jeff Conine’s goals for 2023

Offishial news, 11/24/22: Happy Thanksgiving; Jeff Conine’s goals for 2023

@commisheileen/Instagram Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes highlights from Jerar Encarnación’s incredible night at the plate. Marlins Podcast Episodes Wednesday’s winter ball updates: Bryan De La Cruz (Toros del Este) went 0-for-4; Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas) emerged from a slump by going 2-for-2 with a home run and three walks, moving into a tie for fifth among LIDOM players with 15 RBI; Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) pinch ran and scored a run; Jan Mercado (RA12) went 0-for-4. Marlins single-game tickets will go on sale here...
Fish Stripes Nov 23, 2022
2022 Marlins Season Review: Jesús Sánchez

2022 Marlins Season Review: Jesús Sánchez

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The young outfielder is tremendously gifted, but what barriers prevent him from optimizing his toolset? Amid a road trip to kick off the 2022 campaign, the Miami Marlins stopped in Orange County to take on the Los Angeles Angels for a brief two-game set. The Fish dropped the contest 6-2, but Jesús Sánchez turned in a stellar performance, displaying his potential as a prototypical, power-hitting outfielder. The Dominican product first took Michael Lorenzen deep after the right-hander left a cutter up in the zone, then punished a Raisel Iglesias...
Fish Stripes Nov 23, 2022
Offishial news, 11/23/22: Lewin Díaz claimed; Dave Dombrowski extended

Offishial news, 11/23/22: Lewin Díaz claimed; Dave Dombrowski extended

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes an epic Bryan De La Cruz highlight from the Dominican Winter League. Marlins Podcast Episodes Tuesday’s winter ball updates: Jesús Sánchez went 0-for-4 with a walk and Bryan De La Cruz went 1-for-5 with a walk-off home run (Toros del Este); Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas) went 0-for-4, continuing a 2-for-23 slump overall; Jan Mercado (RA12) went 0-for-3. The Pirates claimed Lewin Díaz off waivers from the Marlins. Across parts of three seasons with Miami’s upper-level MiLB...
Fish Stripes Nov 22, 2022
2022 Marlins Season Review: Miguel Rojas

2022 Marlins Season Review: Miguel Rojas

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Evaluating the ups and downs of Miguel Rojas’ age-33 season. In his eighth season with the Marlins, Miguel Rojas continued to be an elite fielder. Why did his offensive production plummet so much? 2022 Timeline February 2: announced change from uniform No. 19 to No. 11 July 9-October 2: played 66 straight games without committing an error July 21: injured right wrist while running the bases October 5: underwent right wrist surgery November 22: announced change back to uniform No. 19 You don’t see many 33-year-old shortstops. Even the...
Fish Stripes Nov 22, 2022
Offishial news, 11/22/22: Hall of Fame candidates; new-look Hammerheads

Offishial news, 11/22/22: Hall of Fame candidates; new-look Hammerheads

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a final plea to vote for Sandy Alcantara to receive All-MLB honors. Marlins Podcast Episodes Monday’s winter ball updates: Jesús Sánchez went 1-for-4 and Bryan De La Cruz went 1-for-3 (Toros del Este); Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas) went 1-for-4; Jan Mercado (RA12) went 0-for-3 Lewin Díaz is still in DFA limbo after being designated for assignment last Tuesday. Confirmation about his status is due by the end of the night. Unlike Devers, Díaz has enough minor league experience to...
Fish Stripes Nov 21, 2022
Offishial news, 11/21/22: J.P. Arencibia out; Devers clears waivers; Samson speaks

Offishial news, 11/21/22: J.P. Arencibia out; Devers clears waivers; Samson speaks

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes scheduling details for one of my favorite winter baseball events: the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise. Marlins Podcast Episodes Sunday’s winter ball updates: Jesús Sánchez went 0-for-3 with a walk and Bryan De La Cruz went 1-for-4 (Toros del Este); Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) went 1-for-2 with an RBI while starting in left field for the first time in his professional career; Jan Mercado (RA12) went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts; Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas) has missed...
Fish Stripes Nov 21, 2022
The Offishial Show Episode 184: David Samson Interview

The Offishial Show Episode 184: David Samson Interview

Photo by Chris McGrath/ The former Marlins president joins Ely and Isaac to answer for what transpired during his lengthy, turbulent tenure. For better or worse, David Samson was intimately involved in making many of the most important decisions in Miami Marlins franchise history. He’s got some explaining to do, plus some fascinating insight into the present and future of the Fish. Ely Sussman and Isaac Azout spoke with Samson about the re-hiring of Jeff Conine, the dismissal of Glenn Geffner, the consequences of Sandy Alcantara winning the NL Cy Young award, the...
Fish Stripes Nov 21, 2022
2022-23 Marlins winter ball tracker

2022-23 Marlins winter ball tracker

@victormesajr10/Instagram The latest updates on Miami Marlins players who are playing in professional leagues this offseason. The tradition lives on. Every year here at Fish Stripes, I keep tabs on players in the Marlins organization who are spending a portion of their MLB/MiLB offseason competing in professional winter leagues. Player stats will typically be updated on Mondays. Count on seeing a lot of highlights, too. Arizona Fall League All Marlins players were teammates on the Mesa Solar Sox (season ended on November 10) C Cameron Barstad—17 PA, .231/.412/.231,...
Fish Stripes Nov 20, 2022
How hard should Marlins go after free agent Alex Reyes?

How hard should Marlins go after free agent Alex Reyes?

Photo by Mark Brown/ Reyes has high-leverage relief experience and an endorsement from Miami ace Sandy Alcantara. The Marlins have room to improve in several areas entering 2023, one of those being high-leverage relief. This season, their bullpen ranked second-worst among MLB teams in win probability added, per FanGraphs. Omit the contributions of Anthony Bass, who was traded to the Blue Jays in August, and they would’ve been dead last in that department. Since the 2022 campaign ended, they have selected four minor league arms to the 40-man roster—Josh Simpson, Sean...
Fish Stripes Nov 19, 2022
2022 Marlins Season Review

2022 Marlins Season Review

Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish Stripes The Fish Stripes staff unpacks all of the key player performances and storylines from this year’s Marlins team. The 2022 Miami Marlins season was an unmitigated disappointment, but don’t be so quick to flush it from your memories. What specifically went wrong? What were the bright spots along the way? And how will it impact the team’s approach to the upcoming offseason? The Fish Stripes staff is determined to bring you those answers. The italicized players are no longer with the Marlins organization. Fish Stripes Staff Roundtable...
Fish Stripes Nov 18, 2022
Marlins non-tender Brian Anderson

Marlins non-tender Brian Anderson

The Marlins didn’t see a role for Anderson in their 2023 plans and evidently couldn’t find a trade partner. Entering his final year of arbitration eligibility, Brian Anderson has been non-tendered by the Marlins, Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports. The 29-year-old had spent his entire professional career with the Fish. Anderson was the Marlins’ third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut as a 2017 September call-up and never went back down. He placed fourth in 2018 NL Rookie of the Year voting behind only Ronald Acuña Jr., Juan Soto and Walker...

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