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Fish Stripes 3 hours ago
Should the Marlins exercise Starling Marte’s option for 2021?

Should the Marlins exercise Starling Marte’s option for 2021?

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ One of the Marlins’ biggest questions for the offseason will be whether or not to exercise Marte’s option for $12.5M. Our thoughts? They should! Right after the Marlins acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 31, Starling Marte boosted his new team with power, line drives, and a solid glove in center field. But now, a question is knocking at the front office’s door: What should they do with Marte’s 2021 club option? The salary for his age-32 season will be $12.5M if the option is exercised. The Marlins also have the ability to ditch the...
Fish Stripes 5 hours ago
Catcher options for the 2021 Marlins

Catcher options for the 2021 Marlins

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Analyzing who can help the Marlins get better production from their backstops. Fish Stripes enthusiasts, One area we all agree on is the fact that the Marlins have an evident improvement opportunity at the catcher position, both defensively and offensively. This 2020 season showed cather to be the Marlins’ weakest point in their current roster development as its WAR as a group was merely replacement level, thanks to Francisco Cervelli’s good short stint with the team. I will use a couple of available sources to address this analysis, so you people can...
Fish Stripes 8 hours ago
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 4

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 4

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Here’s the latest installment of the all-time Marlins roster series featuring former players Jorge Guzman, Terry McGriff and Brett Sinkbeil, among others. Here’s the fourth part of our 165-part series on every player to appear with the Marlins. Five pitchers and two hitters comprise today’s haul of Marlins on our season-long countdown. All players included in this article are part of the first tier: less than 20 PA/BF, and below replacement level. 609. Brett Sinkbeil Brett Sinkbeil is a right handed pitcher from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born on the day...
Fish Stripes 9 hours ago
Offishial news, 10/21/20:

Offishial news, 10/21/20:

Photo by Mark Brown/ ... After nearly two years of using “Our Noticias” in the title of these morning news roundups, it’s time for a rebrand. “Offishial news” will serve the exact same purpose, sharing and contextualizing the latest Marlins-related developments. Donnie logs on Marlins manager Don Mattingly fielded questions via Zoom on Tuesday morning, covering both the lessons learned from the 2020 season and the relevance they might have when it comes to how the club will be constructed moving forward. Ordinarily, this is an occasion for head front office...
Fish Stripes 9 hours ago
Offishial news, 10/21/20: Mattingly speaks on 2020 season, Marlins’ future

Offishial news, 10/21/20: Mattingly speaks on 2020 season, Marlins’ future

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Don Mattingly is disappointed that his team has been eliminated, but admittedly relieved to escape the stresses of playing (and traveling) during a pandemic. After nearly two years of using “Our Noticias” in the title of these morning news roundups, it’s time for a rebrand. “Offishial news” will serve the exact same purpose, sharing and contextualizing the latest Marlins-related developments. Donnie logs on Marlins manager Don Mattingly fielded questions via Zoom on Tuesday morning, covering both the lessons learned from the 2020...
Fish Stripes 22 hours ago
2020 Marlins Season Review: Brad Boxberger

2020 Marlins Season Review: Brad Boxberger

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Marlins gambled on Boxberger’s mid-career reinvention and it paid off. During a year in which the Marlins made a record number of player transactions, one of the few constants on their roster was...Brad Boxberger?! That’s right. Officially signed at the very beginning of spring training, Boxberger used 2020 to re-establish himself as a formidable major league reliever, and he even received his first taste of MLB postseason action along the way. Baseball-Reference Boxberger’s MLB career stats The former American League...
Fish Stripes Oct 20, 2020
2020 Marlins Season Review: Yimi García

2020 Marlins Season Review: Yimi García

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ After signing as a free agent with the Marlins, García thrived as a late-inning weapon for Don Mattingly out of the bullpen. Veteran right-hander Yimi García was arguably the best reliever for the Marlins in 2020 after they signed him at a bargain price as a free agent from the Dodgers. Keep reading below to get a full glimpse of his campaign. García’s MLB career stats | Baseball-Reference García was one of the veteran relievers added by the Marlins before and during the regular season. After being non-tendered by the Dodgers, he...
Fish Stripes Oct 20, 2020
Fish Bites Episode 80: The best (and worst) of Michael Hill

Fish Bites Episode 80: The best (and worst) of Michael Hill

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Reliving all of the most impactful moves that Hill made as Miami’s president of baseball operations. Unable to agree on a new contract, Michael Hill and the Marlins have officially parted ways. Ely Sussman and Alex Krutchik review his mixed track record from seven-plus years serving as president of baseball operations. Hill was involved in many of the most important transactions in franchise history, from record-setting contracts and desperate trades to the polarizing blockbusters that replenished the farm system and helped pave the way for what should be...
Fish Stripes Oct 20, 2020
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 3

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 3

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Here’s the latest installment of the all-time Marlins roster series featuring former players Chad Mottola, Nate Rolison and Mike Jeffcoat, among others. Throughout the Marlins history, there have been 630 players to take the field in a regular season game for at least one plate appearance or batter faced. We’ve already looked at 14 of them. Here’s the next seven. All players included in this article are part of the first tier: less than 20 PA/BF, and below replacement level. 616. Eddie Zosky Eddie Zosky was an infielder from Whittier, California...
Fish Stripes Oct 19, 2020
All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 2

All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 2

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Here’s the second installment of our 165-part series on the all-time Marlins roster. This series focuses on every player to appear with the Marlins through their first 28 major league seasons. There have been 630 in total. Here’s seven more. All players included in this article are part of the first tier: less than 20 PA/BF, and below replacement level. 623. Ryan Jorgensen Ryan Jorgensen is a catcher from Jacksonville. He was drafted three times in total, the last time in 2000 by the Chicago Cubs. He worked his way up through their minor league...
Fish Stripes Oct 19, 2020
2020 Marlins Season Review: Jesús Aguilar

2020 Marlins Season Review: Jesús Aguilar

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Jesús Aguilar ended up being one of the Marlins’ surprises during the shortened 60-game season, providing power, consistency, and a strong presence in the middle of the lineup. First baseman Jesús Aguilar was one of the bets the Marlins made during the last offseason and it paid off. Motivated to get in better physical shape, the Venezuelan proved to be a threat at the plate. Let’s take a look at his season. Aguilar’s MLB career stats | Baseball-Reference After the Tampa Bay Rays made clear last winter that there wasn’t room for...
Fish Stripes Oct 19, 2020
Our Noticias, 10/19/20: Replacing Michael Hill; eyes on the farm

Our Noticias, 10/19/20: Replacing Michael Hill; eyes on the farm

Photo by Mark Brown/ Which GM hire would keep the Marlins trending in the right direction? Big baseball ops opening With each passing day, I got increasingly concerned about the Marlins heading in this direction. Then, official word came Sunday morning that president of baseball operations Michael Hill “will not be returning” for the 2021 season. Hill’s primary offense, it seems, was working under Jeffrey Loria—regardless of recent job performance, that made it unlikely that he’d receive a contract extension from new Marlins ownership. CEO Derek Jeter has been determined to...
Fish Stripes Oct 18, 2020
Which GM opening is more desirable: Marlins or Phillies?

Which GM opening is more desirable: Marlins or Phillies?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Both potential 2021 contenders have important hires to make during this MLB offseason. The Phillies fell far short of expectations in 2020. The Marlins, on the other end of the spectrum, were big-time overachievers. But despite their numerous differences, both have reached the same conclusion: change was needed within their baseball operations departments. The Phils reassigned general manager Matt Klentak to a lesser role within the organization, while the Fish severed all ties with president of baseball operations Michael Hill on Sunday. Which NL East...
Derek Jeter, Marlins part ways with executive Michael Hill, ending his 19-season tenure with the franchise

Derek Jeter, Marlins part ways with executive Michael Hill, ending his 19-season tenure with the franchise

CEO Jeter Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins have decided to part ways with executive Michael Hill, ending his 19-season tenure with the franchise.
Fish Stripes Oct 18, 2020
Michael Hill era ends

Michael Hill era ends

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The longest-tenured member of the Marlins front office departs following one of the franchise’s most successful seasons. Sunday morning surprise: Michael Hill has been removed as Marlins president of baseball operations, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Marlins parting with president of baseball operations Michael Hill, a source tells The Athletic. Hill has been with the team since 2002, was named general manager in Sept. 2013 and served as one of only two Black heads of baseball operations in the majors.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)...

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