3:07 AM EST, Thu January 24, 2019
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New images released of future home of Marlins Triple-A affiliate

New images released of future home of Marlins Triple-A affiliate

Beginning in 2020, top Marlins prospects will play at a new stadium in a passionate baseball community. Just days after the end of their 2018 regular season, it was announced that the Marlins’ Triple-A minor league affiliate in New Orleans will be relocating to Wichita, Kansas. On Wednesday morning, Dion Lefler of The Wichita Eagle shared these detailed renderings of the new ballpark opening in 2020: **NEW** Via @DionKansas:First look: Wichita’s new ball park and what will be in it https://t.co/bhiP5ERPxG@WichitaBaseball @jefflongwellict @CityofWichita #baseballICT...
20 hours ago
Marlins enter 2019 with great pitching depth in MLB rotation, farm system

Marlins enter 2019 with great pitching depth in MLB rotation, farm system

What a difference one year makes. The Marlins turned a weakness into a strength, but how strong is it? As I sit in my local barber shop, a fellow customer, my barber, and myself engage in a conversation about the Marlins and the improvements the organization has made over the last year. “I can’t wait to see the new renovations,” my barber says, followed by his support for the new logo. The fellow customer, sitting to my left, states that he is “hopeful and excited” to see if Lewis Brinson could take steps towards being “who he should be.” He then turns and asks me to share...
Jan 22, 2019
2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement: Gary Sheffield still short of 75%

2019 Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement: Gary Sheffield still short of 75%

The Marlins franchise continues to be poorly represented in Cooperstown. Four ex-Marlins players listed on the 2019 BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame ballot all fell short of induction, as revealed on Tuesday night. Gary Sheffield is the lone “survivor” who will remain eligible on the 2020 ballot. He thrived with the Marlins (.288/.426/.543, 155 wRC+ in 2,358 PA) from 1993-1998, contributing to the franchise’s first World Series championship. Despite extraordinary offensive stats with several teams, Sheffield’s case is damaged by suspected performance-enhancing drug use, defensive...
Jan 22, 2019
Top prospects, workhorse starting pitcher highlight second wave of Marlins NRI’s

Top prospects, workhorse starting pitcher highlight second wave of Marlins NRI’s

Nick Neidert, Zac Gallen and Héctor Noesí are among the darkhorse candidates to crack Miami’s Opening Day roster with an impressive Spring Training. Following December’s first wave of non-roster Spring Training invites, the Marlins announced 11 more on Tuesday afternoon. This wave includes three players who earned call-ups to the major league team last season (each of them struggled), plus a handful of notable prospects. The press release also explains how to watch/listen to 2019 Grapefruit League games. Here’s an excerpt: The Marlins extended invites to nine organizational...
Jan 22, 2019
Paul Severino interview: Marlins TV play-by-play announcer describes rookie season, adjustments entering 2019

Paul Severino interview: Marlins TV play-by-play announcer describes rookie season, adjustments entering 2019

The FOX Sports Florida broadcaster speaks to Fish Stripes about Year 1 in Miami and describes his mission to “connect the players with the fans.” The Marlins 2019 Top Prospects list is loaded with young players acquired over the past year. Víctor Víctor Mesa, Monte Harrison, Isan Díaz...these minor leaguers will eventually need to realize their full potential for the franchise to return to World Series title contention. Paul Severino is decades removed from pursuing a baseball playing career, but he’s very much a part of the talented Marlins core, too. Becoming the television...
Jan 21, 2019
J.T. Realmuto snubbed of No. 1 catcher ranking on MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now!” series

J.T. Realmuto snubbed of No. 1 catcher ranking on MLB Network’s “Top 10 Right Now!” series

Marlins players being underrated by national media is nothing new. He has been on the market for months, but the Marlins still haven’t received a trade offer they like for J.T. Realmuto, the best catcher in baseball. Maybe that’s because some in the industry disagree about his value? MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now program continued this past week by ranking the catcher’s position. After crunching all the numbers, “The Shredder” put the Marlins All-Star at No. 2, trailing former NL MVP Buster Posey. The full Top 10: Posey Realmuto Yasmani Grandal Gary Sánchez Wilson...
Jan 20, 2019
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...