Thursday, July 31, 2008


Damn, No Dickey

But the Marlins did get Arthur Rhodes from Seattle in exchange for
Gaby Hernandez.

BY-THE-WAY: Dickey gave up 2 earned runs in 7.2 innings for the win last night. (Yahoo)


In the Third Trimester

The Marlins start the last-third of the season tonight. In the first 108 games the Fish' worst-day-of-the-week has been Thursday, with a 4-8 win/loss record. The Rockies beat the Fish 6-3 on July 31st of last year. In the expansion-mates' histories, Florida has been 4-9 and Colorado is 6-9 on July 31. The Rockies, though, are on a 4-game win streak on July 31. More voodoo dolls please.

Anibal Sanchez returns to the mound for the Marlins, while the Rocks give us Jorge De La Rosa. (MLB)


WOO-HOO!: Anibal shuts 'em down as the Marlins win 12-2. Phillies win, Fish still 1.5 games back.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


This Has Been a Good 'Manny Trade' Link...


OPINIONS: 'Manny Deal Makes Sense for Marlins' (MiamiHerald)

'Let Manny be ... Somewhere Else' (SunSentinel)


Another Rubber Game

The Mets are 10-1 in Pelfry's last 11 starts. The Marlins are 3-0 in Josh's starts.

Both the Mets and Marlins didn't play last year on July 30, and they both didn't play on July 30, 2001. In-between those two years the Fish have been 2-4 and the Mets 2-3 on July 30.


WIN!: Fish beat Mets 7-5, Marlins now a game behind the NL East Lead.

UPDATE!: Phils win, take the lead, Marlins now 1.5 games back.



Matt actually DOES need surgery - just not right now. (MLB)

Berardino says hoping Treanor doesn't injure himself further for the rest of the season is not the way to go. (SunSentinel)

MEANWHILE: Andrew and Cameron are returning to the field. (MiamiHerald)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Game Two on Tuesday

Scott starts for the Marlins, and Ollie for the Mets. (MLB)

The Fish are 4-1 in their last 5 games on July 29, but the Mets have a mini-2-game win streak going on this date. Since 1993 the Marlins are 8-6 and the Mets are 9-4 on July 29. Charlie Hough beat Frank Tanana on this date in 1993.


YUCK: No homers for the Fish and a 4-1 defeat. Marlins again 2 games back of the lead.


From the Rags...

Taylor returns to the club, Anibal says he's 100% ready, and Matt doesn't need surgery. (MiamiHerald)

Berardino give the rundown on which catchers the Marlins are desiring to trade for, and which pitching prospects they are willing to deal (apparently all but one). (SunSentinel)

Fish fill the seats everywhere but home: "The Cubs' series with the Marlins drew 165,540, a Wrigley Field record for a four-game series. For some perspective, the Marlins are the only team in baseball that haven't drawn 1 million fans this season -788,653." (PalmBeachPost)

De Aza is shut down for the season he never got to play in. (MLB)

Monday, July 28, 2008


Mets Fans Return to Miami Gardens

It's Nolasco vs. Maine tonight. (MLB)

The Marlins are 6-8 in their history on July 28; the Mets on July 28 are 10-3 during that same period. But in the last 5 years the Marlins have a 4-1 record while the Mets are 3-2. The only time they have played each other on July 28 was way back in 1993 (and Kent and Sheffield are still playing).


COMEBACK: Fish fight back in the 8th, win 7-3, now a game behind the Mets in the NL East. (SunSentinel)


Pitcher News

Team flies back to Florida, but VandenHurk takes the Greyhound to New Mexico. (SunSentinelBlog)

Anibal is starting on Thursday. (MLB)

Badenhop, DL'ed with right shoulder tendinitis, now has a bulging disc in his neck. (MLB)

Sunday, July 27, 2008


America's Game

The TBS Game of the Week will feature Rick VandenHurk and Jason Marquis as the starters. (MLB)

Over the past 6 years the Cubs and Marlins have the exact same win/loss record on July 27ths - they both lost last year, and have both won on each of the previous 5 years.


DARN: Cubs win 9-6.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Saturday on the North Side

Historically the Marlins have sucked on July 26, with a win/loss record of 2-10 since 1993. Recently, though, the Cubs haven't been much better, losing 6 of their last 7 July 26th games.

It's Chris Volstad verses Rich Harden today in the friendly confines. Bo says play the ball and don't hit the wall.


JEREMY!: Hermida scores all 3 runs in a 3-2 win over the Cubs in 12 innings. Mets lose; Fish and Phils now 1 game back. (Yahoo!)



Anibal may be back next week, and Andrew's feeling better. (MLB)

Cantu is .313 hitting third. (MLB)

It's trade rumor time! (FishBytes)

Someone watched yesterday's game from one of the rooftops near Wrigley. Here's what it was like...(CraigsCyberspaceCorner)

Friday, July 25, 2008


Afternoon Matchup

It's the first time Josh J. will start against the Cubs, and surprisingly it's the first time Fo-Fish Ryan Dempster will start against the Marlins. (MLB)

The Fish on July 25ths are 8-6 since 1993, but the Cubs are 10-5 during that same time and are now in another 3-game win streak on that date.


YAY: Jeremy hits the ninth-inning homer and Kevin holds 'em - Fish win 3-2, and are tied with Philly 2 games behind the leading Mets.


News Bits

Justin returns, and Ryan is sent down to start for Carolina. (MLB)

Uggla, Hermida get breather. (MLB)

The Fish are in the top ten in TV ratings for MLB. (MLB)

Samson says there's still time for trades, but not much time left for building the ballpark. (SunSentinel)

Thursday, July 24, 2008


60 Games to Go

The Marlins play the Baby Bears in the ballpark named for the Gum King. Thanks to the Mets beating the Phillies last night the Marlins find themselves still only 1 game behind the leaders in the NL East, but 5 games back in the Wild Card. Tonight's game will be the only one of the 4-game series in Chicago to be played at night. As for both teams' history in games played on July 24...the Marlins have lost 4 of their last 5, while the Cubs are on a 3-game win streak. It's Olsen and Zambrano on the mound. No word yet on whether Steve Bartman will show up.


59-LEFT: Cubs beat the Marlins for the first time since April 2006. Fish now 2 games behind the NL East lead. (FOX!)


Thank Goodness No One's in the Stands

"Yes, it is a bummer for this pennant contender that folks aren't in the stands. But it also is a blessing the few sets of eyes on them are either looking through a rosy prism or not really paying attention.

"That is an advantage only the Marlins enjoy..." (MiamiHerald)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Decisions Decisions

Judge Cohen hears closing arguments in the Braman trial, and decides that she will take two weeks to decide on the issue that may make waiting for the other decision that she said will take her five weeks to decide on somewhat irrelevent. (


Rubber Game

The Marlins have won 5 of their last 10 July 23rd games. The Braves however are on a 3-game win streak on July 23rd. The Fish will be trying for get their fourth straight series win tonight. Ricky Nolasco verses Tim Hudson.


FOR-GET-IT: Braves win 9-4.


In The Press...

Last night was the ninth one-hitter in Marlins history.

Hendrickson's upset that he's not starting (but he seems to be throwing better in long relief)

Andrew's getting shock wave therapy on his knee.

Dave Hyde wrote his yearly "Hey, let's get excited about the Marlins" column.

Justin and Matt will be passing each other going to and from Jupiter.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Five Weeks, or More, in Limboland

Judge Cohen will decide on whether the Megaplan should be put to a referendum only after the Florida Supreme Court decides similar cases this coming session. So (SARCASM ALERT) now that that's settled , court reconvenes tomorrow. (MarlinsBallparkNews)


Hopeful History

The Marlins have won 6 of their last 7 games played on July 22nd. Charlie Morton will start for the Braves tonight, while the Fish will bring out the afore-mentioned Hurk. (Yahoo)


NOW-SEVEN-OF-EIGHT: The Fish got amends for last night, as Rick and Co. one-hit the Braves, leading to a 4-0 Fish win. The Mets and Marlins are now tied in the standings a game behind Philly.



Jesus is being sent back down to make room for the Hurk, and Justin may be ready to return. (MiamiHerald)

Treanor unselfishly works with Baker, as Matt works his way towards rehab; also, Anibal may make his final rehab start on Thursday, and Burke's still sore. (SunSentinel)

Monday, July 21, 2008


Some More Catching Up

Sergio had surgery - his season is shot. And here's a quick overview of the issues remaining in the Braman case.


The Native-American-Stereotypes Come to Town

Chris Volstad is to start for the Marlins, while the Braves will put on the mound Jorge Campillo.

The Fish since their inception in 1993 are 6-7 on July 21st, while the Braves since 1993 are 7-8 (including one doubleheader) on that date. The only time the Marlins played the Braves on a July 21st was in 1999, when the great Dennis Springer defeated some guy named Greg Maddux.


OUCH: Campillo and Co. 2-hit the Marlins; Braves win 4-0.

NEWS-FLASH: Geffner reports that VandenHurk is the verified starter for tomorrow's game.


What Happened This Past Week?

The Marlins put Andrew Miller on the DL, and called up Jesus Delgado. Danny stunk up the joint in the All-Star game. The Braman lawsuit continues. Josh Johnson's still okay and still pitching well. Treanor may be back soon, as John Baker is knocking in the runs. Willingham had/has a sore wrist.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Sleepy Sunday

Well, I'm back from vacation, but I'm sort of still in recovery mode (meaning I woke up about a half-hour before gametime). So far this weekend it looks as if the Fish keeping to their historical patterns. Their win/loss history on July 20th is not as lopsided as in the past two days, but it's still on the positive side (8-7).

It's Hamels and Johnson on the mound today.


YAHOO-CANTU!: Jorge singles in the winning run in the 11th inning - Fish beat the Phils 3-2; Fish behind the Phils in the standings by a half-game.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Stupendous Saturday

Sure it's a Super Saturday and all that, but what makes it better for the Marlins this time is that historically on July 19th the Marlins have a 10-4 win/loss record.


Friday, July 18, 2008


Friday Frights

This is what got my interest up about this daily win/loss thing. For as the Marlins are scheduled to restart the season with Philly at home tonight, the Marlins' record on this date, July 18, is a dismal 5-10. In fact, they are on a 4-game losing streak on July 18. Break out the voodoo dolls!


Thursday, July 17, 2008


Thursday Throwing

The Marlins were scheduled to have the 17th off. But six other NL teams (including the Mets) have games scheduled for tonight.

It's an even 7-7 for the Fish on July 17.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Wednesday Waiting

Baseball is still on hiatus. The Fish have gone 6-7 on July 16th. Keep checking the list of Marlins links to get any late-breaking info.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Tuesday Tube-Watching

The All-Star game should be tonight; here's the official site. Hope no one gets hurt.

And oh yeah, the Marlins have a 5-7 record on July 15th.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Monday Mashing

The Home Run Derby is tonight, and as of Friday Dan was still going to be a participant. Go Danny Go!

Also today the Braman Megaplan trial was to have reconvened, and whatever progress was made in making a settlement was to have been reported to the judge, unless something else came up. Check the list of links here for non-stop coverage.

It's gracious of MLB to have timed the All-Star break to start today, since the Marlins have a shaky 4-7 record on July 14th.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Sunday Showdown

My schedule magnet says this game should start at 4:10 PM ET. Andrew Miller vs. Chad Billingsley, unless changes were made. The Marlins have a 6-4 record on July 13th.


Saturday, July 12, 2008


Saturday Smattering

The Marlins in their existence have only played 5 games on July 12th. Their win/loss record is 2-3.

Tonight should be a 10:10 PM ET game in L.A. As of yesterday, Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start against Hiroki Kuroda. Here's the boards...


Friday, July 11, 2008


Getting Close

Chris Volstad will be making his 1st MLB start tonight opposite Eric Stults of the Dodgers. (Yahoo)

The 'getting close' of the headline doesn't refer to the standings or whatever, but to my vacation, which starts tomorrow. I may find a way to log in every now and then, but my other half likes our vacations to be as Internet-free as possible.

I'm trying to use one of Blogger's new gimmicks to time a daily post while I'm cavorting - if it doesn't work then they'l all appear at once, hooray.

Meanwhile here's a silly feature I'm come up with to make it slightly more interesting - the Marlins' historical win/loss records for each day of my trip. On some days around this time of year the All-Star break makes an incursion into the amount of games played historically. For instance, including last night, the Marlins have played only 8 July 10ths in their 16 years of existence. (By the way, the Marlins are now 6-2 on July 10 - Alright!)

So, with that explained, I will now announce that tonight the Fish have a chance to match their July 10th record, as they are now 5-2 in July 11th games. And here's today's scoreboards...


P.S. Hey, it worked.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


J.J. is Back in the Saddle

Josh Johnson returns to the big-league mound tonight against Chan Ho Park and the Dodgers. (Danny should be back, too.) (SportsNetwork)


YEEHAW: Fish win 5-4 in the 11th inning.


Braman Trial Begi....Wait A Minute?

"A judge ordered surprise settlement talks Thursday in a lawsuit challenging a $3 billion public works financing plan that includes money for a new Florida Marlins ballpark.

"Before a packed courtroom expecting opening statements, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Cohen said city, county and Marlins officials should try to work something out in mediation with auto dealer and opponent Norman Braman. She asked for a progress report Monday morning." (

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Afternoon Game Today


YAY: Marlins win 5-3, and Cody's hit streak is up to 13 games.


Fantasy Guy Looks at Marlins Rotation

The RotoProfessor thinks Volstad's not that special, and is concerned Johnson's returning too soon. (Link)


Keeping Track of the Injuries

First off, Lee Gardner has been placed on the 60-day DL.

Then Matt Treanor's abdominal strain turns out to be a strained left hip - he is on the 15-day DL but could be out indefinitely.

Mike Rabelo has been placed on the 7-day Minor League DL, and is said by Beinfest to be 'banged up' (although he is still giving autographs).

So John Baker has been called up and will start today.

Meanwhile, Dan Uggla can now 'tolerate the pain' and may be available to pinch hit today.

And Justin Miller's MRI just showed inflammation in his elbow. (MiamiHerald)(MLB)

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Andrew Miller vs. Randy Wolf Tonight


At 9:51 PM ET, the Phillies have already lost and the Mets are winning. ...


OUCH: By 10:30 the game was practically over as Jeremy's homer in the 1st was all the Marlins would score, and San Diego poured it on in the bottom of the 1st - ultimately Padres win 10-1. Hanley's hit streak is over but Cody's continues. (FOX)


People in the News

Cody's on an 11-game hit streak. (MLB)

Hanley's on a 14-game hit streak. (Yahoo)

JJ has arrived. (MiamiHerald)

Mark's pissed, was pulled as a starter just before reaching his first incentive clause. (SunSentinel)

Matt tweaked his abdomen. (MLB)

Ryan's embracing the role of reliever. (MLB)

Monday, July 07, 2008


Padres Come to Town

Actually they're back from a 3-3 road trip, returning to dreaded San Diego, where they're in an 8-game losing streak after just having won 8-of-9. Maddux against Nolasco in a few minutes. (USAToday)


MAKE-THAT_9_IN-A-ROW: Fish win 3-1. (Yahoo!)


Some More Info

1 PM, Thursday. No, it's not an afternoon ballgame, but the latest start time for the Braman trial. (BizJournal)

The Volstad family had fun gathering around the TV watching Chris - who, by the way, "was named to the Southern League All-Star team" before being shipped to Coors. (PalmBeachPost)

Danny's in the Derby! (SunSentinel)

"The lowest three teams in total payroll this year ­ the A's, Rays and Marlins in that order - have a record of 147-116. The three teams spending the most - the Yankees, Tigers and Mets - are a collective 135-130." (



Misty-May and Matt get to meet as both their teams win. (DailyCamera)

The Dodgers are offering deep-discounted tickets for the upcoming Marlins series. (LATimes)

Pre-trial motions will take up today and tomorrow, with the Braman lawsuit going to trial on Wednesday. "Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Beth Cohen said last week she would also reconsider whether the Marlins must produce detailed financial information for the case." (FortMillTimes?)

Sunday, July 06, 2008


More Marlins Blogs I've Missed

I missed the blog at, even though they have been around for a while now.

I missed The NL East Blog - though it's not just a Marlins blog, it has been referenced in FishStripes.

And how could I, or anyone, have missed the blog of 'The Infamous Tatiana'?


Split Emotions

Early indications say that Hanley will be the starting shortstop for the NL in the 2008 All-Star Game. It also looks like the Marlins could get swept today. Here's the scoreboards...


VOLSTAD-WINS!: He didn't start (he will, on Friday), but he made his 1st MLB appearance in the 5th, and is credted with his 1st MLB win. Cody produces 5 RBI as the Marlins win 10-5. And Hanley and Dan are All-Stars. (Yahoo!)

MORE: Hendrickson and Tucker go to the bullpen, and Josh Johnson will start Thursday. (SunSentinelBlog)


Volstad's Starting??



Volstad's Coming!!!


Saturday, July 05, 2008


76 Games to Go

The highest-run-total for a Marlins game before last night was when Boston beat the Marlins 25-8 on June 27, 2003; after that the Fish went 51-30, and ultimately won the World Series.

Ryan Tucker and Jorge De La Rosa start tonight. (MLB)


OOF!: Marlins lose 12-6. (FOX!)


If You Can't Beat 'Em, Trade For 'Em

The Marlins have talked with the Rockies about Torrealba, Taveras and Podsednik. (MLBTradeRumors)


Save Us Josh

While many Marlins pitchers flailed away in Denver, Josh Johnson pitched 8 shutout innings and went 2-for-3 with a home run in Carolina. (TheRawFeed)


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Friday, July 04, 2008


July 4th Game

Scott Olsen may be the record-breaker for the Fish. Greg Reynolds pitches tonight for the Rockies. (Yahoo)


BROKEN: Marlins score 17 runs, lose. (FOX!)


More Info

Conine may do fill-in broadcasting work for the Marlins (and Joe Buck may need a fill-in if he tells any more 'jokes'). (MiamiHerald)

Anibal faces his first competition in over a year, and starts the 30-day clock to be put back on the active roster. (SunSentinelBlog)

The FAA is kicking the Orioles, and ultimately Any And All Spring Training, out of Fort Lauderdale. (MiamiHerald)

KC and the Sunshine Band, our most recent Super Saturday show, has a more unwittingly infamous part of baseball history, having been the direct inspiration for Disco Demolition Night.

Thursday, July 03, 2008


Marlins in Denver

Andrew Miller vs. Jeff Francis tonight. (MLB)


WHAT-A-MESS: First, former Marlin Mark Redman actually started for the Rockies. And then I finally fixed the links to the scoreboards. And then Kevin Gregg crashed and burned to give the Rockies the win. (FOX!)


News and Spews

Hanley is the NL Player of the Month! (FishBytes)

The rain delay helped Amezaga practice for Charlie Manning's cutter. (PalmBeachPost)

Here's snapshots of the rain-delay. (SunSentinel)

And also some shots of "Statues of Liberty on Parade (Marlins)" (Flickr)

De La Cruz has been sent back to AAA, and Taylor is coming back up. (MLB)

'rdfrench' finds a metric in which Andrew Miller is better than Johan Santana. (MarlinsManiacs)

'Dave' supports the error-free Cody Ross. (

Juan C. Rodriguez hears Brian Fuentes may be on the market, thinks Marlins should pick him up. (SunSentinelBlog)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Get Your Fix

It'll be 16 days before the next Marlins home game, so skip work and go. 12:10 PM start. Odalis Perez vs. Ricky Nolasco.


STORMIN': After the rain delay Alfredo hits the go-ahead 2-run homer - Fish win 4-2.


News and Views

Braman lawsuit trial now scheduled to start Tuesday. (SunSentinel)

Uggla's return pushed back a bit; Treanor gets a warning from MLB; and Luis negative on boisterous celebrations. (PalmBeachPost)

Berardino thinks the Marlins and Paul Lo Duca could make a good re-match. (SunSentinel)

Tucker stays a starter for now; and "Of the Marlins' position players, Amezaga, Hanley Ramirez and Jeremy Hermida have not had a game-ending hit in their major-league careers."(MiamiHerald)

"Olsen handicaps NL East race". (MLB)

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Start 'Em Up

Collin Balester makes his major-league debut tonight for the Nats, and Mark Hendrickson will attempt to de-funkify himself for the Fish.


BHEH: Fish lose 9-6.


Chance to Move Ahead?

The Marlins are playing "a very forgiving 10-game stretch against the three worst teams in the National League - Washington, Colorado and San Diego"... (PalmBeachPost) the Phillies face the Braves in Atlanta, and then the Mets. (


JJ Will Make One More Start in the Minors


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