Thursday, May 31, 2007


Double-Balk Benitez Back With Marlins

And David Pinto links to someone who is probably overjoyed at the news.

The Giants will be paying 94% of Mr. 4.67-ERA's $5 mil salary, and will be getting Randy (2.66 ERA this year) Messenger. Both players will be much closer to home.


Back To Milwaukee

Forecast shows a close-to-100% chance for sausage racing. Obermueller faces Claudio Vargas tonight.


CLOUDY-CAP: Marlins lose to Brewers 4-3. Mets and Nats win.


Today's Winner of the 'Most Info in One Article' Award... the Palm Beach Post.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Mitre Vs. Lilly Tonight


ALRIGHT!-OH-NO!: Fish pull off their first 3-game sweep ever in Chicago, but Sergio hurts his hamstring in the process. Braves win - Mets, Nats, Phillies lose.


Recovery Reports

Josh, Carlos, Logan and Cody are looking better. (MLB)

Henry is getting ready to return, but Anibal has just started to throw again. (MLB)


The Friendly Confines

Clark Spencer shows just how friendly Wrigley has been to the Fish...

'When they handed the Cubs a 9-4 loss Tuesday, the Marlins improved their all-time record at Wrigley Field to 32-33. That might not sound so hot. But consider their records elsewhere:

'...Atlanta: 37-72.

'...San Francisco: 18-40.

'...Philadelphia: 39-70.

'...Pittsburgh: 23-43.

'And their record on Chicago's North Side doesn't include the 2003 National League Championship Series...' (MiamiHerald)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Game 2 at Wrigley

Willis against Marquis tonight. Dontrelle has been pitching better on the road than at home.


GREAT-RECAP: Fish win 9-4. Mets win (darn Benitez)- Philly and Washington and Atlanta loses.


The News Today?

Let's see... Treanor and Kim seem to work well injury update (it's going to take a while for a few guys)...Boone gets a day off...and Hanley returns from his half-a-day off. (MLB)

Monday, May 28, 2007


Fish in Chicago

Kim against Marshall this afternoon. (By the way, not that the road sweep by the Mets didn't sting, but the Marlins were not alone - there were seven (!) road sweeps in MLB this past weekend.)

There's some chance of rain for this series.


YES-CAP: Gregg pulled us out of a scary situation - Marlins win 5-3. Atlanta wins, Philly loses.


Check Out This Interview



Berardino Slams Mets Fans, Olsen Takes Digs at Missing Marlins Fans

'Speaking as a South Florida native, it's bad enough thousands of New Yorkers come down here and claim our superior climate as the sixth borough.

'It's bad enough they clog our highways and our bagel shops and foist upon us whack jobs like Rosie O'Donnell.

'But now they get to wave the broom in our face, too.

'They have subjected us to their "Let's Go Mets" chants for 15 seasons.

'And even though the Marlins have two World Series crowns to the Mets' zero during the past two decades, those thankless transplants still strut around Dolphin Stadium for these strange little gatherings like they own the place.

'Even their PR staff throws its weight around. Last month, the Mets made the Marlins yank a Borat-themed spoof on the videoboard, just as they quashed last year's subway graffiti motif.

'"New York travels well," Olsen said wryly. "It would be nice to have that kind of support around here, but we can't get that."

'Is it annoying to hear all those Mets fans at what is supposed to be a Marlins home game? Olsen gave a shrug before taking another dig at the local fan base.

'"It's OK," he said. "I like pitching on the road."'(SunSentinel)

ADDENDUM: Then again, there's no sound sweeter than the sound of disgruntled Mets fans after their team loses down here. Didn't get to hear that this time around, though.


"One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"

Andy lays out the predicament that the Marlins have now gotten themselves into. (MarlinsToday)

Sunday, May 27, 2007


History Repeating?

"The Mets took two of three from the Marlins in Miami two years ago at this time. The Mets took two of three from the Marlins in Miami last year at this time. The Mets have taken the first two from the Marlins in Miami this weekend." (FaithAndFearPlusBernie)

Scott Olsen will attempt the deja-vooing this afternoon against Jorge Sosa.


HISTORY-BURPS: Mets beat the Marlins 6-4, winning their seventh straight in South Florida - the Mets "swept a three-game series at Florida for the first time since October 1993." The Phils win over the Braves. Washington wins.



"The Marlins have faced 40-year-olds six times, including Hernandez and Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer twice each. They have yet to beat any of them. The combined lines of Hernandez, Moyer, Greg Maddux and David Wells vs. the Marlins: 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA (11 runs/38.1 innings), nine walks and 23 strikeouts....The Marlins have allowed more runs in the ninth (37) than any other inning." (SunSentinel)

The Marlins are "on pace for 95 HBP, well ahead of last year's franchise record of 74." (PalmBeachPost)

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Maine vs. Obermueller Tonight


OBER-MATCHED: Fish "lost to the Mets at home for the sixth straight time." Philly beats Atlanta. Washington loses.



I went to the game last night with my Mets-fan friend. He was wondering why the souvenier booths weren't selling any Mets merchandise, and I said because they were probably sold out, as we were surrounded with hundreds of people wearing all types of Mets gear (he liked the cap with the glowing, flashing 'NY' on the front).

It was the first game I attended in Wayne's World this year. A true Marlins fan doesn't really mind all the Mets fans - until they start chanting, and then we shout them down with all the saved-up road rage we can muster. So if Mets fans want to keep coming to the games and make Huizenga even that much richer, more power to 'em. (Just don't bring any Cubs fans with you.)

SOME_SLOBSERVATIONS: Gee, the concession prices sure took a leap since last year. $3 for a cup of coffee? $4 for a pretzel?

And what's with the 500 or so honorary 'first pitches' before the game? No wonder these games sometimes last until midnight. It's as if every vice prez of every two-bit operation from here to Pahokee is going to be standing out there making sone half-assed toss to Billy or Cody or whoever got the short straw, while we all sit with our cold $7 hot dog waiting for the game to start

The big scoreboard on the new HD screens look great, but it's too bad that they can't find some time in between all those goofy shots of the same 20 or 30 Marlin fans in the stands to give us some stats on the new pitchers coming in to the game.

Besides, who would want their picture on the screen? They stretch every Standard-D shot to fit the width of the HD screen, so that everyone on there looks like they weigh at least 250. Maybe looking at Miguel through the Jumbotron is what's started up all those 'too fat' comments.

Although, I have to admit, the girls in the Jacuzzi were reasonably hot. And, oh yeah, the game was pretty exciting too.

Friday, May 25, 2007


Mets in Town

El Duque is scheduled to start against El Mitre.


EL-PUQUE: Marlins lose to the Mets 6-2. Philly beat Atlanta. Washington wins.


Benches Clear, Benches Fill Back Up Again

"No punches were thrown, no one was ejected and the game continued without incident" (MiamiHerald)

PUNCH-REPORTED: " At least one punch was thrown by an unidentified Marlins player before order was restored." (PalmBeachPost)

Thursday, May 24, 2007


The Phillies Leave

...but not until after tonight. Joe Girardi's most infamous instructee goes against Dontrelle tonight.


GOODBYE: Marlins defeat the Phillies in 11 innings 5-4. Washington wins. Braves beat the Mets.


More Honors

Dan Uggla joins Wally Backman as two of the newest members of the Lancaster JetHawks Hall of Fame.


Phillies Blog Bits

'kyle' of 3501 South Broad fights Yahoo!Sports long enough to give us his view of the end of last night's game, while Eric Ambler of The Baker Bowl Is Burning is still trying to recover.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


The Phillies Remain

The Fish aim for .500 tonight. Freddy Garcia goes against Byung-Hyun Kim.


AAAAAUGH!: Marlins tie the game with 4 runs in the 9th, but lose in the 10th. Washington wins. Mets beat Atlanta.


'Hamster Time'?

Almost as entertaining as the Olsen-Utley feud is Fredi's choice of analogies. (SunSentinelBlog)


Jason Vargas to Pitch Against Marlins?

According to Willie Randolph he will, but only if El Duque is not ready to pitch on Friday. (


Is 'HanRam' the Next MVP?

'jonnylons' lays out the evidence, including this nugget...

"18% of the Marlins runs scored (217)...are scored by Hanley Ramirez. That means almost 2 out of every 5 runs the Marlins score will see Ramirez cross the plate." (MarlinsNation)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


The Phillies Arrive

Hamels vs. Olsen tonight...both pitchers have been on a roll lately.


STILL-ROLLING: Marlins roll over Phillies 5-3. Mets lose to Braves. Nats win.


Things Put Together into One Post

The attendance for the Marlins-Pirates series was the "smallest for any four-game set at PNC Park in four years. ..."

Our new tattooed wonder was in Phillies' minor-league camp this spring....

The pride of Monterey Peninsula College, Mitch MacDonald, signs with the Marlins...

"(U)niversity insiders privately say UM's days in the venerable stadium (the Orange Bowl) are numbered"....

Play Florida Marlins Trivia!...

Monday, May 21, 2007


Day Off

Washington's at Cincinatti - that's the only game with a NL East team for tonight.


OKAY: Former Marlin David Weathers gets the save as the Reds beat the Nats.



Linden's happy to be with the Marlins, but now Borchard may be 'superfluous'; Cody's suffered a setback; Josh J. has been throwing, and so will Anibal; and De Aza still runs with pain. (SunSentinel)

Sunday, May 20, 2007




YES!: The Marlins took advantage of the Rays' lack of an eighth-inning guy to beat Tampa Bay 4-3. Nats, Phillies win - Mets, Braves lose.


Nolasco's Back on The DL; Justin Miller Called Up


Saturday, May 19, 2007


Game Two at the Trop


WIN-TWO-AT-THE-TROP: Marlins win 7-2. Braves win a game and lose a game. Mets win; Phillies and Nats lose.


Marlins Claim Todd Linden

John Gall was designated for assignment. (FishStripes)

'"I know our people like him, and they feel like he can help this ballclub, so why not?" (Fredi) Gonzalez said. "From what I understand, he’s more of a contact guy."

'Linden will likely fill the role of fourth or fifth outfielder and play the corner spots. If necessary, Gonzalez said, Linden would also be used for pinch-hitting off the bench.' (

Friday, May 18, 2007


Kim Begins His Marlins Career

The world, though, will be watching across the bay as Clemens starts for the Tampa Yankees. But hey, it's Wrestling Night in Tropicana Field.


NICE-BEGINNING: Fish beat the Rays 8-4. Philly and the Mets won, Nats lose, Atlanta was postponed.


Who Running This Ship Anyway?

Mike Berardino hates Fredi moving Hanley out of leadoff. (SunSentinelBlog)

Kranitz didn't seem to know Kim's record as a starter verses a reliever. (SunSentinel)

Fredi, with 2 on and 2 out, sends up to pinch-hit someone who's never had a major-league at-bat before. (MarlinsToday)

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Ricky vs. Tony Tonight


SPLITSVILLE: Fish lose 7-2 and split their series with the Pirates. Marlins now have to sweep the Devil Rays to return home with a 50-50 split on the road trip. Good thing that the Marlins are leaving town tonight, because the $3 mangoes arrive in Pittsburgh tomorrow, and the aftershocks of this could be devastating. Atlanta and Philly loses - Nats and Mets win.



One of the better lead-off hitters in the game is hitting 3rd for a while, Josh Johnson continues to improve, and the Devil Rays will be getting back to Tropicana a little faster. (PalmBeachPost)


The Local Report

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss wants the Marlins to change their name to 'Miami Marlins' AND move their spring training games to Homestead.

'Both changes would help give the Marlins a stronger local identity and attract fans in South Miami-Dade, Mr. Moss said.

'The team is "not tied to a specific part of the community," Mr. Moss said Monday. "If we put up the money to build a stadium in Miami-Dade, the name should be changed."

'While the name change would strengthen the team's ties to local fans, bringing Grapefruit League baseball to Homestead offers tangible benefits such as tourist tax revenue that would be used to help fund the county's share of a new stadium, Mr. Moss said.'

Here's something I didn't know: 'Mr. Loria, who has an ownership interest in Roger Dean (!), was not available to confirm if there would be any restrictions on moving the Marlins' spring training to Homestead.' (MiamiToday)

MEANWHILE: The neighbors are getting P-O'ed over those middle-of-the-night Saturday Fireworks shows. (MiamiHerald)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Olsen (Maybe) vs. Duke Tonight

Scott's bruised heel hurt so bad that he's in pain from walking on his toes to avoid walking on his heel. Somehow he may be able to crawl out to the mound tonight.


YIPPIE-OUCH: Well, Scott didn't crawl in, but he was close to crawling off after being hit by a liner on his good leg. Marlins make it past the Pirates 4-3. Nats top the Braves. Philly and Mets win.


Injury Update

Jacobs may go on the DL for his thumb, Scott's foot hurts, Dontrelle's nail's broken, and Owens is working hard despite his injury. (MLB)

Oh yeah, and Miguel's too fat. (SunSentinel)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Mitre vs. Maholm Tonight

Time to get back that 'swagger', as Dontrelle puts it. Although it may still be tough going, as the Fish historically have stunk in Pittsburgh - "They are 21-42 there and have lost 14 of 20 in PNC Park."


TAKE THAT, HISTORY: Fish wallop the Pirates 9-3 - 4 homers by Marlins hitters, no walks given up by Mitre, Pinto or Gregg. Atlanta beat the Nats, Philly wins, Mets lose.

Monday, May 14, 2007



The Marlins (16-21; road record 6-10) start a series tonight at Pittsburgh (16-20; home record 6-10). Dontrelle (5-2, 5.40) goes up against Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.72).


THE-PITTS: Marlins get 6 hits, strike out 7 times, suffer through a bullpen collapse, and lose to the Pirates 7-0. Nats continue to roll, this time over Atlanta. Phillies and Mets win.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Marlins Trade You-Know-Julio to Rockies

In return the Fish get Byung-Hyun Kim. Here's what's being written about him...

"Kim, who will become a free agent at the end of the year, will make $2.5 million this year.

"Kim, who hasn't pitched since April 15, has been on the disabled list with a contusion on his hand" (MiamiHerald)

"(W)ith Class AAA Colorado Springs, Kim went 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA while pitching 24 1/3 innings during five rehab starts.

"The contusion 'has completely resolved itself and he is healthy,' (Michael) Hill said...

"Kim, a side-arm and under-arm hard thrower who uses a great variety of deliveries, suffered two humiliating setbacks while pitching for the Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series against the Yankees.

"In Game 4 he gave up a two-out, two-run home run to Tino Martinez in the bottom of the ninth that allowed the Yankees to tie the game. He served up another home run hit by Derek Jeter in the bottom of the tenth that let the Yankees tie the Series.

"In Game 5, Kim gave up a two-run home run to Scott Brosius that allowed the Yankees to tie the game with two outs in the ninth. The Yankees won that game in 12 innings, but the Diamondbacks went on to win the series in seven games."(PalmBeachPost)

"'B.K. Kim has always been a versatile pitcher,' Hill said. 'We've always liked him. We think he will help our staff.

"'He started and relieved. After we discuss things with Fredi and Kranny [pitching coach Rick Kranitz], we'll see how he fits. He can do both.'

"When the Marlins obtained Julio, they picked up $2.5 million of the right-hander's $3.6 million deal, with Arizona taking on $1.1 million. Kim is making $2.5 million, so his money pretty much matches what Julio is making...

"Ricky Nolasco, who threw four innings in Saturday's twice rain-delayed game, didn't look right in his outing. His velocity was down.

"While Nolasco says he is working on his mechanics, the team is cautious about the 24-year-old being ready for his next scheduled start, which would be Thursday at Pittsburgh.

"Kim... would be available to start for the Marlins on Thursday if Nolasco isn't ready.

"Nolasco spent time earlier this season on the disabled list with a sore elbow.

"Kim is expected to join the Marlins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh." (MLB)

By the way, what about Yusmeiro, who the Marlins traded away to get Julio? How is he faring? According to this article he's 2-3 with an ERA of 7.20 for Tucson of the PCL, and he'll be starting Monday night.

MORE: "Kim's career numbers suggest the Marlins might be better off letting him pitch in relief. In 66 career starts, Kim is 17-29 with a 4.89 ERA (3692/3 innings). In 359 innings out of the bullpen, Kim is 28-25 with a 3.48 ERA, 86 saves in 110 chances and a .201 opponents' average. Opponents hit 76 points higher off him as a starter." (SunSentinel)


Salvage Operation

The Marlins try to get a win in Washington today. Pink bats will be in evidence.


SUNK: Washington sweeps out the Marlins - Fish have now lost 7 of their last 9 games. Mets win, Atlanta and Philadelphia loses.


Life With Juan Pierre's Head


Saturday, May 12, 2007


Road Tripped-Up

Last night the Marlins were shutout for the first time this season, and broke the Nats' eight-game losing streak to boot. Tonight it's Nolasco vs. Chico. (The Mets have already lost to Milwaukee today.)


TANKED: Taylor loads them up, Jorge comes in, Zimmerman bring them home - Fish lose to the Nats in the wee hours 7-3. Atlanta and Philly win.


Florida is 11th in Attendance This Year

Uh,...that's 'Florida' as in the Marlins and the Devil Rays combined.

NostraDennis of 'Mike's Mets' also notes that next week's Rangers-Rays series in Orlando still hasn't sold out.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Road Trip Hopes

The Fish play the powerhouses of Washington, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. First up is D.C. at R.F.K. Scott Olsen pitches against Shawn Hill tonight.


HOPELESS-CAP: Fish lose, all other NL East teams win.


Buckets O' Stats

"The game-ending homer was the second of Willingham's career. ... The Marlins still haven't been shut out this season. ... Cabrera was 0-for-14 lifetime against Lowe before his single in the fourth. ... In the first two innings of the past five games, the Marlins are 1-for-30 with one walk."...(AP)

"They have struck out (299 times) almost as often as they have gotten hits (316) across the first one-fifth of the season, but have been an efficient scoring machine (176 runs)...(PalmBeachPost)

"Their starting pitchers are last in the National League in earned-run average (5.31) and averaging the shortest stints in the National League (5.25 innings)...The Marlins were 0-11 when they scored three runs or less. Until Thursday." (SunSentinel)


Teach 'Em While They're Young

Not only did the busloads of kids attending yesterday's game made for a somewhat screechy atmosphere, but their teachers gave them an important lesson in the protocol of the typical Marlins game attendee, as "many of the school groups left early, and didn't get to see the dramatic conclusion." (PalmBeachPost)

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Is That Right?

Today's game is scheduled to start 12:05 PM (Derek Lowe against Sergio). So come have your lunch while seeing the "second-best show in South Florida sports, and single-best secret".

Atlanta also plays the Padres.


HALF-CAP: Marlins win. Yay! Braves win. Boo!


Reggie's Back; Olivo's Beat Up; Jeremy Belts a Couple


Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Tomko Against Willis Tonight


RECRAP: Marlins, Nationals lose - Mets, Braves, Phillies win.


Life With the Johnsons

1. Charles Johnson and his wife Rhonda have a nice house. (MiamiHerald)

2. Josh Johnson may return soon.


Nasty Cubs Fans Made Life 'Miserable' For Pierre Last Year

'Pierre would take up position in center field, in front of all that leafy ivy, and hear the heckling from sour Cubs fans. He wasn't hitting a lick and the Cubs weren't winning, and the Bleacher Bums let everyone know it.

'"In the outfield, we heard a lot," Pierre said. "They're on you pretty bad. They say you stink the whole time, the whole game, even at home. You kind of expect it on the road, but not when you're at home."' (MiamiHerald)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Some Jappy News

When there was no possibility of giving the game away, Jorge up and throws 2 scoreless innings. Hendrickson verses Obermueller tonight.


CAP-OFF: Through the smoke Cabrera gets only his second career walk-off hit to beat the Dodgers 6-5. Atlanta and New York get wins, Nats and Phillies lose.


Anibal "Will Rehab In Jupiter For The Next Several Weeks"

It seems Craig was right. No sense in hiding that injury when you've returned to picking up minor-league paychecks. (SunSentinel)

Monday, May 07, 2007


Dodgers Tonight


ON-THE-SAME-PAGE-CAP: All the NL East teams lost.


The Dol-Drum Beat Continues

Yes, the Marlins are on a record-breaking strikeout pace. Yes, Cody will be out for a while. Yes, we did trade away Trevor Hoffman. And yes, once again someone (in D.C., no less) says the Marlins should bolt from this one-sport town.

But still, Olsen had his best outing of the year yesterday, and Sergio's finger survived 6 innings of work, and we still lead the NL in runs. So there!

Sunday, May 06, 2007


Peavy vs. Olsen Today


PEAVED: Marlins get 2 hits (oops, sorry, make that one hit) off of Peavy, lose to Padres 3-1. Mets, Nats lose too. Atlanta and Philly wins.

Saturday, May 05, 2007


Mitre to Return Tonight

And as an extra added attraction, to celebrate Head-in-the-Sinko-de Mayo, the famous Mexican band Kansas will perform after the game.


LONG-NIGHT-CAP: Fish are now 0-3 in extra-inning games this year, losing to the Padres 7-6 in 12, and losing Cody Ross due to his hamstring. The night got longer - after the Kansas concert the fireworks show didn't get started until 12:15 AM. Nats, Braves, Phillies lose - Mets win.


Quote From Fredi: "We Felt As An Organization That He Needed To Go Down"

(ESPN) When it became obvious early on Friday that there was no way the Florida Senate would vote on the stadium subsidy before the end of the session, the Marlins, as an organizational decision, sent poor Anibal Sanchez down to Albuquerque (despite his having a lower ERA than both Willis and Olsen), and brought back to the majors Jappy Jorge Julio (who has a lower ERA than maybe my grandmother).

Friday, May 04, 2007


'A' Game Tonight

Willis against Maddux is scheduled.


AAAAAAAY: Fish win 5-4. Washington loses, Atlanta and New York wins.


Loria Delivers 4.5 Ton Tax Write-off to MAM

"I love the force of the figures, the subject - the women with the bird." (MiamiHerald)

Thursday, May 03, 2007


No Game Today

No Marlins game anyway. The Mets play in Arizona, and the Phillies play in San Francisco


DRAG-CAP: Mets and Phillies win.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Day Game Today


LOSS-CAP: Fish lose to the Mets. Phils lose to the Braves. Nats lose.


Omar and Miguel Talk Too Much?

ALSO: Jacobs and Amezaga may get today off, Tony's wonders who schedules the Reds' special events, Lee's a father again, and Nate's a minor-leaguer again. (SunSentinel)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Ricky Returns to Start off May

Pitching for his nemesis the Mets should be Mike Pelfrey.


HAPPY-RETURNS: Marlins win! - Alfredo makes 2 great plays and Hammer knocks in a career-high 5 RBI (by the way, I just found out that Josh is blogging for his hometown paper this year.) The Fish insure at least a split on the road trip. Philly beat Atlanta, and the Nats lose.


What the Papers Say...

The Marlins are successfully getting hits with runners on base so far this year, and Scott Olsen has been on a batting binge....Jorge may be back Friday (oh oh) but De Aza is still feeling pain....More diapers in the clubhouse! Lee's wife is due this week...

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