Do you know what the biggest surprise in Miami sports was in June and it wasn’t the Miami Heat repeating as champions? It was the Miami Marlins having the one of the best records for the month of June in baseball. You read that right, the Marlins were actually winning. I’m sure most people except close friends, if he has any, and family of Jeffrey Loria forgot the Marlins were still playing here in Miami. Mimes have been making more noise than the Marlins have been but things are slowly, starting to turn around, but lets not get ahead of ourselves its Loria we’re talking about. The most volatile, loathed and hated owner in Miami sports history. Read the rest of this entry »
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We need a petition to get started. Jeffrey Loria needs a Twitter account. What better way to interact with the handful of fans the team has left going to the good old ballpark to watch the Marlins play? Read the rest of this entry »
The day has finally come, Opening Day for the Marlins at Marlins Park. I know you’re all super excited. For weeks now your joy has been so overwhelming that the Miami Marlins had to enlist the help of GroupOn, again, to get those ticket sales roaring. The feedback has been so positive that Marlins thief, I mean owner, Jeffrey Loria has been patting himself on his back for bringing the fans back with his offseason message of “Get over it” or basically saying he’ll get his money either way so kiss his art dealing ass.
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These videos are becoming the standard for when people have made it. Someone in this video studio deep in the heart of Taiwan has made a mockery of everything from the General Petraeus situation, to the Lakers coaching change, to President Obama’s election win.
Here’s the latest installment video, this one about the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jay trade situation.
Oh how the good times that the Miami Marlins promised South Florida have went down the drain.
After a nice sized spending spree in the summer, a controversial statement by their manager to start off the season, a great month followed by a few horrible months..Showtime has decided that they’ve had enough.
“There was an option to do more but given the state of our season, it was decided that the original 8 would suffice.”
And with those words sent in via text by club president David Samson, the Marlins “season” on the cable show giving people on all access look at the team is over.
Maybe if the team hadn’t shipped off a few of their bigger contract players to save some money, Showtime would have just grinded it out for one more week. But enough was enough.
Personally I never watched because a.) I don’t have showtime and b.) the Marlins don’t interest me enough to make me add it to my cable package.
You figured it was only a matter of time. The on again, off again love triangle with Hanley Ramirez, the fans and the Marlins management has been ice cold for awhile, kind of like the way he’s been playing.
The LA Times reported that HR (and that doesn’t stand for home runs) is headed west.
The Dodgers made one of the most significant and stunning trades in the history of their franchise late Tuesday, acquiring three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been formally announced.
There’s nothing I hate to see more than wasted talent and potential. And for whatever reason(s), after have a stellar rookie year and winning the batting title in 2009, Hanley just hasn’t been the same. Too many run ins with managers. Inconsistent play. Immaturity.
Maybe a change in scenery is what he needed.
He’s been called one of the most powerful hitters in baseball and last night he proved it once again.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam on a 3-2 pitch last night to help the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies last night 7-4.
Not only was the grand slam a great way to win the game, but the fashion in the way he did it. He broke the left field scoreboard in the process.
Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted that “the speed off the bat was recorded at 122.4 mph and was the fastest tracked in the history of the ESPN HR tracker”.
When the Miami Marlins were in the process of putting this year’s squad together, one of the things management thought they had taken cared of was the role of a closer. The names of the past may bring back horrific memories of games lost and blown saves, Pinto, Julio and even at times last years closer Juan Carlos Oviedo
or Leo Nunez as we thought. So the free spending Marlins went after went after the games best player Albert Pujols and a guy widely regarded as one of the best closers in baseball Heath Bell. They struck out on Pujols but hit a home it seemed with the acquisition of Bell a free agent from the San Diego Padres. Bell had staked his claim as one of baseball’s best by topping the 40 save mark for the last three consecutive seasons in San Diego. So it seemed at least that position had been solidified for the forseeable future. Shockingly, that has not been the case. Bell has struggled mightily, to the tune of four blown saves in seven opportunities so far this season, the latest being last Friday in San Diego. He has allowed runs in four of his last five outings, his ERA is an alarming 11.42. Through 8 2/3 innings Bell has given up 15 hits, walked 10 and struck out six, hardly the stuff of an all star. After his latest futile attempt last Friday against the Padres, skipper Ozzie Guillen’s hand was forced and he removed Bell from the role of closer…..for now.
“I like the way he’s throwing the ball” Guillen said. ” The ball is coming out of his hand pretty well, but the location is not there. We’re going to move him down for a few days to get him back on track. It’s not like I’m removing him from his job. I made it clear to him if we’re going to be the club we think we should be, it’s easier for him to be where he is supposed to be”. I could’nt agree with Ozzie more, sure Steve Cishek has looked great in relief of Bell at various times, but this team needs Heath Bell to validate that huge contract and be the closer we all expect him to be. Bell needs to get his mojo back or whatever it is and get it back fast. This team needs him to pitch like we all know he can , to dominate. The Marlins have decent starting pitching and offensively they will score some runs, but they need a lot of these late game leads protected and no disrespect to Cishek, Ryan Webb or Randy Choate but they don’t scare anyone.
Bell said after last Friday’s game “Right now I just can’t get a break. I have the confidence. I have the ability. I don’t know why the Lord is testing me right now, but he’s breaking me right now. Maybe he’s molding me into a better man, a better person”. For the sake of Marlins fans at least lets all hope that means a better reief pitcher as well. Bell has cost the volatile Carlos Zombrano some wins already this season and Zombrano has been really classy about it, being very supportive of his teammate. Cishek has also shown the ability to hold down the fort for the time being, it appears as if the Marlins will save by committee for the immediate future. However the bottom line is Bell needs to get on track, however he does it, he earned his place as one of the games top closers so everyone knows what he is capable of. Hopefully for Bell and the Marlins, this story will end on a positive note.
Jose Reyes. Heath Bell. Hanley Ramirez. Ozzie Guillen. All of these names, especially the last one, are set to make this make this years Marlins season very interesting. In the vein of HBO’s Hard Knocks series that follows a football team in training camp, Showtime has The Franchise. Check out the Miami Marlins trailer