The Cubs repeat a tactic used before, Wilson Betemit gets another shot, and Tony Sipp joins the San Diego bullpen battle.
The Marlins acquire a baseball player, for money.
The Giants re-sign Hunter Pence, and the Marlins shake up their front office, to some end.
If it weren’t the Marlins’ strategy, we might be making something of the Marlins’ strategy.
The Marlins sparkle up their season with two big call-ups.
Looking at the trade pieces avaliable in southeastern Florida.
Pittsburgh becomes the City of Cumpton, Miguel Olivo’s mouth, if not his bat, gets him on the Marlins’ bad side, and Ian Kinsler’s return doesn’t mean Profar’s departure.
The Marlins fire their manager after one year.
Which teams have the strongest starting rotations in the senior circuit?
Which teams are likely to see significantly more production from their new players at positions in need of improvement?
The 17th installment of Joe Sheehan’s excellent newsletter appeared in my inbox last night, and it featured analysis of the big, weird Rockies-Marlins-Braves deal that was hinted at last week and finally agreed upon–pending approval from the commissioner’s office–this weekend. In analyzing the deal, Joe puts the Rockies in the winner’s column and gives the Marlins a goose egg.
“We’re pleased with the progress of the club and the direction through Jeff’s leadership.” –Larry Beinfest, Marlins general manager, on bringing manager Jeff Torborg back for the 2003 season
A few weeks ago at the BP Pizza Feed in Los Angeles, one of the attendees–sorry, I don’t remember who–asked me what we could
expect from Jeff Torborg in Florida. The Marlins, as you know, have a large stable of young starting pitchers, including perhaps
the game’s top prospect, 22-year-old right-hander Josh Beckett. The questioner wanted to know if there was anything we
could glean from Torborg’s history that would indicate how he might handle the pitching talent on hand.