12:47 AM EST, Thu November 15, 2018
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Things We Love to See Season Recap: Greensboro Grasshoppers

Things We Love to See Season Recap: Greensboro Grasshoppers

Recapping the Marlins final year in Greensboro and looking ahead to the future in Clinton. Next up in my series of season recaps is the Marlins (now former) Low-A affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The affiliate relationship between the Marlins and Hoppers was not renewed when it expired this year, and so the Marlins will be moving on from Greensboro, where they had been since 2003. The Marlins new Low-A affiliate is the Clinton (Iowa) LumberKings, who were previously affiliated with the Seattle Mariners. Their franchises have traded with one another several times recently—Bryson...
15 hours ago
Why nobody goes to Marlins games

Why nobody goes to Marlins games

Exploring the major changes coming to Marlins Park in 2019...and the obstacles still facing the team. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of the Marlins’ rebuild. You have a leadership group that is attempting to represent Miami more authentically than the old regime ever did, with a coherent talent acquisition philosophy that could finally bring an end to this insufferable postseason drought. But outside of our little bubble, the Marlins are still a punchline. Through the years, even with the benefit of a new facility and factoring in the relatively small seating capacity,...
Nov 13, 2018
Marlins 2019 MLB Draft Targets: Miami Hurricanes

Marlins 2019 MLB Draft Targets: Miami Hurricanes

To acquire impact talent in the upcoming draft, the Marlins should put a special emphasis on scouting their own backyard. Here are three UM prospects who might fit the rebuilding organization. The 2019 MLB Draft will be the Miami Marlins’ second draft under the Derek Jeter regime. In the first draft, the Fish focused up the middle by drafting outfielder Connor Scott, middle infielder Osiris Johnson and catcher Will Banfield during the early rounds. In order to acquire even more impact talent this time around, the Marlins should put a special emphasis on scouting their own backyard....
Nov 12, 2018
The Change We Can All Agree On: New Uniforms and Logo Incoming

The Change We Can All Agree On: New Uniforms and Logo Incoming

After seven years, the Fish are finally changing their look. Another sweeping change is coming for the Miami Marlins, and it’s a change that the fanbase has been clamoring for since before the team even relocated to Little Havana. These abominations are finally being thrown away...about seven years later than they should have: Sportslogos.net The controversy behind the outgoing color scheme and uniforms started while the stadium was still being constructed. The 3D renderings of Marlins Park were beautiful, except for one thing—the seats were a solid blue, and the...
Nov 12, 2018
WATCH: All 21 home runs from J.T. Realmuto’s record-breaking season

WATCH: All 21 home runs from J.T. Realmuto’s record-breaking season

Already among MLB’s top catchers entering 2018, Realmuto took his offensive game to a new level en route to an NL All-Star selection and Silver Slugger Award. It’s been a chaotic 2018 for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Shrouded in trade rumors entering spring training and unavailable for Opening Day because of a back injury, he emerged as the face of the franchise. Focused on competing despite the club’s overall struggles, he became a first-time father and NL All-Star. Lately, the 27-year-old is dominating the Japan All-Star Series, even as those rumors of his departure have...
Nov 12, 2018
Marlins fall/winter update, Nov. 5-11

Marlins fall/winter update, Nov. 5-11

J.T. Realmuto takes his talents to Japan, plus the usual stats and highlights from Marlins involved in offseason leagues. A regular Monday feature here at Fish Stripes over the next few months, we’ll do a roundup of storylines, stats and highlights from Marlins players who are staying active this offseason. That includes the top prospects showcasing their skills in the Arizona Fall League, but think internationally, too—the organization has several hispanic players getting extra reps in their home countries. All the weekly updates will be contained in this thread. Stats updated through...
Nov 10, 2018
Perry Hill hired as Mariners infield coach

Perry Hill hired as Mariners infield coach

After years of success on the Marlins staff, “Bone” was among the hottest free agents on the coaching market. “Back Together.” With two words and a photo of them in Marlins warmup gear, Dee Gordon broke the news of a reunion with Perry Hill. A revered infield coach in Miami, Hill has accepted the same position with the Seattle Mariners for next season. View this post on Instagram Back Together. A post shared by Dee Gordon (@devaris9) on Nov 10, 2018 at 11:08am PST The Mariners still haven’t confirmed the hire as of late Saturday afternoon, but...
Nov 10, 2018
Miami Marlins to introduce new logo, uniforms on Nov. 15

Miami Marlins to introduce new logo, uniforms on Nov. 15

One month removed from the initial leaks and rumors, the Marlins will unveil their new color scheme on Thursday, further distancing the franchise from the Loria era. In barely one year’s time, the Marlins have made changes to nearly every aspect of the franchise—new players, new ownership, new coaches and talent evaluators, new stadium experience, and soon, an entirely new brand. Announced across the team’s social media accounts on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Fish will be revealing their 2019 logo and uniforms on Thursday, November 15. Fans have been anxious to see the color scheme...
Nov 9, 2018
Marlins offseason injury report

Marlins offseason injury report

Monitoring the progress of big leaguers and prospects who finished the 2018 regular season with health concerns. There is a famous saying: “Time heals all wounds.” That’s baloney, especially when it comes to sports injuries. Even for young people in the prime of their careers, time and extensive rehab heal most wounds. No guarantees. Marlins players are spending the offseason juggling a lot of personal and professional responsibilities. On top of that, several find themselves behind the eight ball after finishing 2018 on the disabled list. They must get back to 100 percent strength...
Nov 8, 2018
Miami Marlins links 11/8/18: Realmuto rumors abound at GM meetings

Miami Marlins links 11/8/18: Realmuto rumors abound at GM meetings

A number of hypotheses emerge as to which teams could acquire baseball’s best catcher and what the Fish could net in return. With baseball’s hot stove stoked and rumors already swirling at the GM meetings, it’s an exciting time to be a Marlins fan. Here we have all you need to catch up on the latest links and rumors. What will the next step in the process be? Jonah Keri gave us a blueprint for the Marlins’ off-season just a couple days ago, including possible trade partners for J.T. Realmuto, as well what other Fish might get traded. The latest on J.T. Jim Bowden of the Athletic...
Nov 8, 2018
Trade rumors swirling, J.T. Realmuto blasts solo home run in first game of Japan All-Star Series

Trade rumors swirling, J.T. Realmuto blasts solo home run in first game of Japan All-Star Series

Could that his final home run in a Marlins home run? Sayonara! Serving as the Major League Baseball starting catcher in the opening exhibition of the Japan All-Star Series, Marlins franchise player/top trade chip J.T. Realmuto lined an opposite-field solo home run in the fifth inning. It extended MLB’s lead over the Yomiuri Giants to 8-4 in an eventual 9-6 win Thursday night (very early Thursday morning in the U.S.). Realmuto had the only long ball for the visitors. Don Mattingly, who’s managing the team, started him in the No. 7 spot, where he went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in....
Nov 7, 2018
MLB Trade Rumors: Braves make “strong offer” for J.T. Realmuto

MLB Trade Rumors: Braves make “strong offer” for J.T. Realmuto

From the Marlins’ standpoint, SiriusXM host Craig Mish hears that they’re pushing for a 2-for-1 trade involving a top pitching and position player prospect. It’s just the GM Meetings (not the full-fledged MLB Winter Meetings), but the Marlins have already been listening—and apparently, engaging—in J.T. Realmuto trade talks. From SiriusXM and Swings and Mishes host Craig Mish: Sources indicate the Braves have a strong offer on the table for Marlins All Star Catcher J.T. Realmuto. MIA may prefer him dealt outside of NL East, but at this point team is operating as though a trade...
Nov 7, 2018
One-year analysis of the Jeter and Loria rebuilds

One-year analysis of the Jeter and Loria rebuilds

Surprise: it’s not close Over the last year, the Marlins have gone through quite the metamorphosis of both their major league roster and the organization as a whole. As with any rebuild, there are those that oppose and those in favor. For the opposition, an opinion often stated is that Jeter is acting no differently than Loria, and some go as far as to say that Jeter is worse. This article will cover some of the differences between their rebuilding strategies and execution at the one-year mark. We begin by looking at the specific players involved. The year associated with each rebuild...
Nov 7, 2018
Michael Hill appears on ‘Marlins Hot Stove’

Michael Hill appears on ‘Marlins Hot Stove’

Marlins President of Baseball Operations gives latest on Realmuto, 2019 rotation in interview Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill appeared on the Marlins Hot Stove radio show Tuesday night from the General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, California to talk all things off-season for the team. The interview lasted roughly 19 minutes, with Hill on starting around 2:30 in. Host Kyle Sielaff led off by asking the difference between the GM and Winter meetings. Hill responded that the GM meetings are the kickoff of the off-season, where the team’s plan for the winter is set...
Nov 6, 2018
Víctor Víctor or Monte: Who should be #1?

Víctor Víctor or Monte: Who should be #1?

Comparing the toolsy outfielders who figure to have a major impact on the Marlins’ future. For any team in Major League Baseball, the key to success begins with a solid foundation, and at the core of that foundation is the minor league system. In recent years, we have seen the Astros and Cubs take home World Series titles on the backs of homegrown prospects who turned into MLB stars, supplemented with key veteran free agents. This past year, even though the Red Sox sported the league’s highest payroll at almost $240 million, they likely would not have won their championship without...