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The Direction of The Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have had a disappointing season, and they’ll be the first to admit it.  They made some splashes this off-season by signing Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle and trading for Carlos Zambrano.

The Marlins did it wrong, sure you can sign a few superstars and have a really good season like the Yankees in 2009, but the problem is the pieces have to gel together as a whole and the Marlins didn’t have that.  Hanley Ramirez stopped hitting and though I think he will again with the Dodgers that might have not happened if he stayed in Miami, reason being he needed a new start under new coaches and management somewhere else to motivate him like he was in 2006-10.

The Marlins also gave up pieces that were doing good in Anibal Sanchez, Randy Choate, and Omar Infante but they got some good prospects and young players who fit the team very well, so all in all that was worth it.  They traded Edward Mujica, a good reliever for Zach Cox, who was once a highly regarded prospect and still is very good, and they needed a future third baseman before the trade, they have one now and he’s good only for the cost of a bullpen arm that can be replaced.  Gaby Sanchez was a fan favorite and had some good seasons, but he wasn’t hitting and he’s not a for sure candidate to turn it around, although he can.  The Marlins got Gorkys Hernandez, a speedy, exciting and all-around good outfielder who can help the Marlins out right now.

The Marlins probably won’t have a winning record this year, but I think given the fact they’re building a team that should be good they could have success as early as 2013, but I think 2014 is the most realistic time for contention.  They have a core of Buehrle, Johnson, Stanton, Morrison, Reyes, and Cishek moving forward and put together with some of the prospects in the trades and a few signings or trade of veteran players that fill holes or make the team better can lead the Marlins to another playoff berth and possibly beyond.  Another note is I have seen Donovan Solano a bit now and I think he can stick around in the MLB and help the Marlins, adding another piece.

The Marlins have even found a good back-up outfielder in Justin Ruggiano who can help now and in the future. Projected 2015 Line-Up

  1. SS Jose Reyes
  2. 2B Emilio Bonifacio
  3. CF Christian Yelich
  4. RF Giancarlo Stanton
  5. 1B Logan Morrison
  6. 3B Zack Cox
  7. LF Gorkys Hernandez
  8. C Rob Brantly

Bench C JT Realmuto OF Marcell Ozuna IF Donovan Solano OF Justin Ruggiano OF Jesus Solarzano

Starters

  1. SP Josh Johnson
  2. SP Mark Buehrle
  3. SP Jose Fernandez
  4. SP Jacob Turner
  5. SP Nate Eovaldi

Bullpen is pretty unpredictable but the Marlins have lots of good arms and could make some nice signings and trades.

By: Niklas Jarvinen (@Niktigs)

Marlins Burning Questions: Will the 2012 Offseason Make the Marlins a Playoff Team?

SABERMETRIC LOOK AT THE MARLINS OFFSEASON

WAR
Reyes: 5.8

Bell: 1.7
 Buehrle: 3.7
Zambrano: 0.7

LeBlanc: 0.2
Rowand: 0.9

NET WORTH: 14.0 Wins gained

Volstad: 0.1
Vazquez: 2.5
Hensley: -0.2
Lopez: -0.1
Net Worth: 2.3 Wins Lost

TOTAL: 11.7 Wins Gained

Now, some stuff will change.  Morrison and Stanton will get better so more wins will be gained that way and the defense is a little worse and some other deductions in WAR will happen, but as of 2011, if the Marlins had had these guys and lost the players they lost in the offseason they would have been about 84-78 or so, so it looks as if 85 or 86 wins are possible give or take some.  Now with four teams that’s not a playoff team but with 5 it very well could be.  I personally think the Marlins could do better than that but they need Johnson to be healthy and Zambrano to be good and not wild.  The Marlins have gotten a lot better for sure and these moves should make them better and should probably work out good.

A LOOK AT THE PLAYERS
Bell: He’s a good closer and some view him is overrated but I think he’s rated just fine.  He will get some saves this year but he may start a slower decline pretty soon and moving parks shouldn’t have a huge effect because I feel that Marlins Park will be more of a pitcher’s park, though not completely.   He’s a pretty good signing and it gives the Marlins a legit closer wand rounds out the Marlins bullpen and makes the team better.  He should have about a 1.5-sh WAR the next few years and he has a chance of having a really great year too, he’s a good signing.

Buehrle: He’s the perfect number three starter and though at the end of the deal he will be doing a bit worse-like 4.00 ERAs, this year he should do pretty good and this year be one of the league’s better number three starters.  This should be one of the better signings of the offseason and he should have a really good year and help the Marlins a lot, of of their best signings of the offseason

Reyes: They needed what he does.  They now have another all-star, who is younger and is fast and can play a pretty good shortstop.  His 2012 should be pretty close to his 2011 except with a lower batting average, but still a .300.  he’s the best signing and should help the most mostly because his talent is the best.  The Marlins will like this guy and he’s a special player worth what they signed him for
Zambrano: He has talent but he’s a big risk, he should easily improve on last year if he has the right attitude but the question is how much and I say not by too much considering his indicators have gotten lower each season and he’s starting to climb in age.  The thing is that he only has to be a five starter though and that he can be.  He could be an above average guy there at best and most ;likely should do his job, for this season.

Others: Rowand wll be a good fourth outfielder and LeBlanc has some talent for a few spot starts when needed and since both cost close to nothing, those are pretty good small pickups.

LOSES: Other than losing a few role players who weren’t even that good, the Marlins lost Vazquez, who is pretty good but they made up for him and more with Buehrle.

BOTTOM LINE: These moves make the Marlins a really good and tough team for 2012 and 2013 but after that they need to use their youth some because some of their signings will start declining.  They should be a playoff contender until then though, but it will be tough in this division.  I could see the Marlins winning as low as 84 games or as many as 94, but realistically it looks like 86-87 is a good number and without the moves they’d probably be about an 80 win team.  These moves could help them into the playoffs.  As for me, I say they’re still a but short but if they start hot they can stay hot or grab another bat in July and they could easily make the playoffs.  They are a good teams and because of these moves they are great

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Recap Of The 2011 Marlins Starting Pitching Rotation and Our Prediction For Next Year

Recap Of The Marlins 2011 Pitching Rotation:

  • Josh Johnson
  • Ricky Nolasco
  • Javier Vazquez
  • Anibal Sanchez
  • Chris Volstad

At the beginning of the 2011 season Marlins starting rotation started out great, Josh Johnson kept a no-hitter at least into the fifth inning for 5 time when he took the mound. Ricky Nolasco, in his first 5 starts he won 4 and lost just 1 against the Mets in the Opening Week. Anibal Sanchez did the same thing what Josh Johnson did, but came closer to his 2nd No-Hitter, vs The Rockies, before giving up a hit to Dexter Fowler. Sanchez finished the game for his 4th career complete game, 3 starts later he kept a No-No into the 7th inning against the Nats before losing it. Recently signed veteran, Javier Vazquez was back in the NL East, where he won 3 and lost 2 in his 5 starts in April and Volstad did his job in April by winning 3 games of 4.

What Went Bad?

In May 16th, Marlins Ace Josh Johnson, suffered a right should inflammation, reports thought he would pitch again in late September, but it wasn’t possible. The fish had a Historically bad June, everyone just went down, they just won 5 games and lost 25. Edwin Rodriguez (manager at the time) quits before their 10 straight lost, Brandon Hyde was the interm before finding a full interm manager for the 2011,who was Jack McKeon. Every time Anibal Sanchez took the mound, the bullpen couldn’t help him win or he had no runs support. Chris Volstad was not pitching well and went t0 the minors and Nolsaco just went down in month of May, June and July

At the End:

In September, Javier Vazquez won  5 of 5 games that he started, Vazquez had a 29 scoreless inning streak, the longest in Marlins history, during which he struck out 28 batters while only walking 4. Javy was named National League Pitcher Of The Month in September.

Some rookies Starting pitchers made their there debuts: Brandon Hand and Chris Hatcher and Alex Sanabia pitched again but not as much as in 2010.

Here are my Prediction on the 2012 Marlins Pitching Rotation:

  • Josh Johnson
  • Mark Buehrle
  • Anibal Sanchez
  • Ricky Nolasco
  • Carlos Zambrano
Upgrade: Mark Buehrle, Carlos Zambrano and Wade LeBlanc

The clue is if Josh Johnson could stay healthy, he could be at his best, he probably put up number like he did in 2008-2010 (if he stays healthy). Prediction: Wins 16 Loss 8 with an ERA of 2.99

Recently signed pitcher Mark Buehrle, as you may know has only pitched in the American League, but when it comes to Interleague games. Buehrle is 24-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 40 career games (39 starts) against National League teams. Prediction: Win 15 Loss 9 with an ERA of 3.50

Anibal Sanchez didn’t have great numbers in 2011, but he came close to no-no’s, and once again came close to getting 200 innings pitched. Hopefully he could put number like in his rookie year: Wins 10 Loss 3. Prediction: Wins 14 Loss 8 with an ERA of 3.30

The 2011 season for Ricky Nolasaco was a down year, he had more loss than wins, 10 wins and 12 loss. He needs to be at his best. Prediction: 13 wins and 9 loss with an ERA of 3.90

Carlos Zambrano is know by getting crazy, punching water coolers, breaking bats, but you know what?  Take those bad reactions away and take a look at his numbers, last season, he won 9 and loss 7 in 24 games started. Also Zambrano has 7 years with 11 or more wins. Prediction: 13 wins and 9 loss with an ERA of 3.70

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Grass Is DONE

Today was day 3rd and  final day to finish putting out the sod in the new ballpark.

Day 1 was all about the sod ceremony and covering all the infield.

Day 2 was about covering up all the Left Field side.

Day 3 was today, covering the right field side with Bermuda grass which is called Celebration Grass 

Can I say PLAY BALL yet? The final pieces to finish are the warning track and the mound. Warning Fans get your tickets NOW, it wont be that easy like the other years.

Other News, MLB 12: The Show, gave out their Exclusive Marlins Park Trailer: Check It out by clicking the following link: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-marlins-park-trailer/726502

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Jose Reyes Cut His Signature Hair

Yesterday was tough day for the Marlins new shortstop Jose Reyes. He needed to get his dreads cut off because of the Marlins hair policy, like the Yankees policy. Some teams like the Red Sox and Giants do not do this policy, example Giants Closer Brian Wilson Beard and SP Tim Lincecum.

If your wondering why I said  “yesterday was a tough day for Jose Reyes”.  You could say it’s just an ordinary hair cut, no big. But if your Jose Reyes it would give you nightmares.

Did you know that Jose Reyes had his dreads since the 2007 season and he washed his hair once a month, yeah gross but someone with dread would understand this.

Every time the barber cut a dread, it looked like Jose was getting a heart attack. Reyes said to the MLB Network cast “this is painful man“. The fish asked Jose before signing him that was it ok if he can cut his hair, Reyes responded “no problem, my hair won’t affect the way I play“. So he knew he was getting a hair cut, anyways he needed to get one.

But this wasn’t any hair cut! It was on national t.v. Also Reyes and the MLB are doing a good thing, they are selling Jose hair on E Bay and the top payer gets his hair, but the point is, that all the money will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation of South Florida. If  you want to make a bid just go on E Bay and search Jose Reyes Dreads and make your bid, you still have 4 days to go!

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Marlins Park Is 97 Percent Done

On July 18, 2009 the Marlins broke ground on their new ballpark and 970 days later they are finally putting the last pieces in the new ballpark!

Today was a BIG day!  The Marlins are installing the final pieces in the new ball park.

  • Installation shade-resistant Bermuda sod called Celebration.
  • 2 Fish Tank Behind home plate
  •  HR feature with flying Marlins 

David Samson “Today is the day this ballpark comes to life the one thing you always look for more than the JumboTron or the seats, the one thing you need to play baseball (is) you need grass and you need basepaths, and today we have it.’

David Samson: “The roof will now stay open to let the grass grow until opening day, the interesting part is that we need the grass and the rain to get this Bermuda grass which is called Celebration to get to 3 quarters inch thick, that is a level that we never obtain in the history of the Marlins before and we are gonna get it here, we have a grounds crew for the first time, we  have no need of a tarp because of the roof and when this grass laid you will see it take shape for opening day

Here are the fish tanks behind home plate but with no fishes, they will arrive in about 2-3 weeks.

The final piece on the HR Feature has been installed, which is the flying  Marlins.

In my opinion this HR Feature is awesome, it fits just right, it has Miami all over it. What Do You Guys Think? Answer The Following Poll:  

Here are some more pictures of  the ballpark

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