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Fish Stripes 9 hours ago
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 96

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 96

Photo by Doug Benc/ Chapter 96 is just loaded with right-handed relievers. Throughout the 2020-21 offseason, the All-Time Marlins Countdown is featuring each of the 630 players to take the field in a regular season game through their first 28 seasons. I had to start by sorting the players into some sort of order. First, I set brackets which were defined by total batters faced and/or plate appearances each player accrued while with the Marlins. The current bracket, of players between 250-and-799 PA/BF, contains 151 players. We’re nearing the very top of these players,...
Fish Stripes 10 hours ago
Today’s Aces (2021 rankings, version 1.0)

Today’s Aces (2021 rankings, version 1.0)

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Which Marlins rotation candidates are in your circle of trust? Ely and Ethan introduce a new series about exactly that. From No. 1 through No. 6, Ely Sussman and Ethan Budwosky reveal their rankings of which pitchers in the Marlins organization they would trust the most right now to start a must-win game. This exercise attempts to look past the baseball clichés and anything that happens outside of the pitcher’s control, blocking out the noise to focus on what specifically these talented individuals would bring to the table. Take a listen, then...
Fish Stripes 10 hours ago
Offseason Fish—1/21/21

Offseason Fish—1/21/21

@brian_navarreto22/Instagram We are continuing to bring you Marlins winter ball updates leading up to the Caribbean Series. For much of 2020, COVID-19 brought baseball to a halt for players within the Marlins organization. Some of them are now making up for that lost time. Just like in previous years, Fish Stripes will be consistently updating the whereabouts of your favorite Fish during the offseason. At FishStripes.com/offseason, you can find weekly news, stats, highlights and (small sample size) analysis. LIDOM (Dominican Republic) View this post on...
Fish Stripes Jan 20, 2021
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 95

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 95

As we continue our countdown of All-Time Marlins with our 95th chapter, we take a look at two former World Champions from the past and one of our Miami Marlins contemporaries. Let’s get started with... 138. Rick Helling Rick Helling’s first stint with the Florida Marlins began in September of the 1996 season. He was named as the PTBNL (player to be named later) in a trade agreed upon August 8 that sent the Florida pitcher Josh Burkett to add some firepower to the Texas Rangers playoff push in return for prospect Ryan Dempster—more on him later in this series—and a...
Fish Stripes Jan 19, 2021
The Offishial Show Episode 88: MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola

The Offishial Show Episode 88: MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola

@CDeNicola13/Twitter MLB.com’s Marlins beat reporter Christina De Nicola joins Ely and Alex to discuss how she got the job and what she intends to do with it in 2021 and beyond. In the midst of her first month as a regular on the Marlins beat, MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola (pronounced Dee Ni-CO-la) spends more than an hour with Ely Sussman and Alex Contreras. The Miami native takes us through her background story (2:30), opinions on MLB rule changes (15:30), the team’s postponement of FanFest and upcoming business decisions (30:30), the delicate balance between...
Fish Stripes Jan 19, 2021
Exploring Trade Options: Adam Ottavino

Exploring Trade Options: Adam Ottavino

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The Yankees reliever may become available via trade. Should the Marlins make a call? As the offseason drags on, the Marlins continue to look for options to improve a roster that made their first playoff appearance in 17 years last season. As other teams fill out their own rosters, options begin to present themselves as players fall down the totem pole within their organization. One such player is Adam Ottavino, a 10-year veteran reliever on the New York Yankees. ESPN’s Buster Olney speculated this weekend that as the Yankees look for more...
Fish Stripes Jan 19, 2021
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 94

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 94

Photo by Kirby Lee/ Carlos Delgado heads up our 94th chapter. Through their first 28 seasons of major league membership, the Florida and Miami Marlins have employed 630 players in total for at least one plate appearance or batter faced. We’ve already covered 489 of them in our first 93 chapters, and we have 141 players to go in our next 72. This series will last through Opening Day eve. Players are first sorted into brackets set by the amount of BF and/or PA they accrued during their time with the Marlins. We’re currently nearing the top of the tier of players...
Fish Stripes Jan 19, 2021
Can you imagine Luis Castillo leading the Marlins rotation? It could’ve happened!

Can you imagine Luis Castillo leading the Marlins rotation? It could’ve happened!

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Four years ago, on January 19, the Marlins traded Castillo and two others to the Reds for Dan Straily. It’s true the Marlins have a good, promising rotation entering 2021, but can you imagine what the starting staff would look like with young Dominican Luis Castillo leading the group? Yes. I’m bringing that Luis Castillo into the conversation. The one who’s pitching and dominating the tough NL Central for the Cincinnati Reds. The one who just turned 28 years old. The one whose name has been entangled in trade rumors this offseason. Castillo...
Fish Stripes Jan 18, 2021
6 Marlins ranked on Baseball America 2021 preseason Top 100 prospects list

6 Marlins ranked on Baseball America 2021 preseason Top 100 prospects list

Marlins top prospect Sixto Sánchez makes a big leap in the rankings following his impressive 2020 MLB debut. The final month of the MLB offseason overlaps with the peak of the prospect rankings season! Baseball America, arguably the industry’s leader in this department, unveiled their 2021 MLB Top 100 list on Monday morning. Here are the six Marlins players who made the cut (along with their final 2020 rankings): 6. RHP Sixto Sánchez (up from No. 14) With elite fastball velocity, a devastating changeup and rare control for a power pitcher, Sánchez is primed to build on...
Fish Stripes Jan 18, 2021
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 93

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 93

Photo credit should read AFP/AFP via In Chapter 93, we look at three Marlins from the earlier days. The All-Time Marlins Countdown is a series where we’re looking back at all 630 players to appear in a regular season game for the Marlins through their first 28 seasons. Players are first sorted into brackets that are set by total plate transactions. That is, plate appearances and batters faced while with the Marlins. We’re currently in the 250-to-799 bracket. After the initial sort, players are ranked by ascending bWAR divided by PA/BF with the Marlins. Today’s...
Fish Stripes Jan 18, 2021
Every inside-the-park home run in Marlins history

Every inside-the-park home run in Marlins history

J.T. Realmuto joined Kurt Abbott as the only players with multiple inside-the-park homers as Marlins. | Photo by Mitchell Leff/ From superstars to fringy role players, anybody is capable of an inside-the-parker if they hustle and get a lucky ricochet. The inside-the-park home run: arguably the most exciting play in baseball! Admittedly, I made the same claim about “Little League home runs,” and there is some overlap between the two. To clarify, there’s nothing that beats the experience of watching a batter sprint all the way around the bases after putting a ball...
Fish Stripes Jan 18, 2021
Offishial news, 1/18/21: Bobblehead giveaway; in-Nguration; Rojas family grows

Offishial news, 1/18/21: Bobblehead giveaway; in-Nguration; Rojas family grows

FOCO Joe Biden’s inaugural committee has selected Marlins GM Kim Ng to make remarks during Wednesday night’s festivities. MLB rules update Less than one month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training and there is still a total lack of clarity regarding what gameplay will look like for the 2021 season. Via Bob Nightengale of USA Today, MLB is proposing the return of seven-inning doubleheader games and having every extra inning begin with a runner on second base. Both rules were implemented unilaterally by commissioner Rob Manfred for 2020’s...
Fish Stripes Jan 17, 2021
The All-Time Best Marlins’ Team by Position

The All-Time Best Marlins’ Team by Position

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ In a team beset by turnover in its near 3 decades of existence, the Marlins have not been without standout performance all across the diamond. In an age where baseball players are being dissected under the statistical microscope more than ever before, and with the offseason still in full-effect, it gives us time to reflect on past performance good and bad. Here, the focus is on the latter as we look back on the best individual seasons, position-by-position, in Florida/Miami Marlins history in hopes of constructing the all-Marlins team. Metrics...
Fish Stripes Jan 17, 2021
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 92

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 92

Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Two Lamar University alum and a four-time All Star are featured in Chapter 92 of our All-Time Marlins Countdown. Throughout the 2020-21 offseason, we’re going over all 630 players to have appeared for the Florida and Miami Marlins in a regular season game through their first 28 seasons. Players are first sorted into brackets defined by plate transactions — that is, plate appearances and/or batters faced. We’re currently in the bracket between 250-and-799 PA/BF. After the preliminary sorting, players are further ordered by ascending...
Fish Stripes Jan 16, 2021
Marlins Avoid Arbitration With All Eligible Players

Marlins Avoid Arbitration With All Eligible Players

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Marlins avoided arbitration with all their eligible players. What does this mean for the rest of the offseason? The Marlins settled with all five of their remaining arbitration eligible players on Friday, a big move for GM Kim Ng and the front office as they avoid arbitration court this season. Despite team revenue being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they showed a willingness to compromise with these players rather than fighting for every penny and dragging out the process. The five players the Marlins settled with are C Jorge ...

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