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Jeff Baker to bat cleanup for Marlins on Opening Day

Mar 30, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes the Marlins’ lineup plan for Opening Day

With Rafael Furcal headed to the disabled list, Christian Yelich will lead off. [Manager Mike Redmond] said that means Adeiny Hechavarria could bat second, followed by Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker, who will be the Opening Day second baseman against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

Placido Polanco was the Marlins’ cleanup man on Opening Day in 2013 and Baker actually hits very well against left-handers, so let’s call this a year-over-year upgrade.

Baker signed a two-year, $3.7 million contract with the Fish in February.

The sports betting site Bovada pegs the Marlins’ over-under win total for 2014 at 69.5.

  1. jre80 - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Slow day???

  2. paperlions - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    This team is a sleeping giant. They went 6-0 against the Cardinals this spring….look out world. Baker for MVP!

    • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Yes, just like dead Cthulhu lies dreaming. Our cleanup hitter’s spring line: 279/.340/.349/.689
      No home runs, three walks, 8Ks and two RBI in 43 AB. How does the Iron Giant spell “protection”? Probably T-r-o-j-a-n-s.

      • vivabear - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Lineup protection is a myth moron

      • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        But it’s a funny myth. If you weren’t so dim, obsessed and vulgar you might have caught the joke – especially since one might say it’s right up your gutter level alley.

        What would you do for a life if you didn’t have me to amuse, anyway?

  3. penguins87and71 - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I think the Marlins are getting better, however I don’t think they will be good this year, I predict them to 69-93. The Marlins definitely have the pitching to be a good team, but they lack the offensive threat either then Stanton. If the Marlins get a few more good core positional players they will be a force to be reckoned with.

    • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Yes. It’s called “entropy.”

  4. kylewo - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    It’s probably about time for torches and pitchforks, though I doubt there are enough people that care.

    • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Disinterest is pretty widespread here. The spring reports have been buried back on page four of the sports section of the Macondo Feeshwrapper, with the occasional exception of some story about the Iron Giant or El Keed, and the local spawrts tork raydeeo gibbering heads are preoccupied with the Heat, the Dolfeens and the NCAA. There have also been rumors of a hockey team somewhere to the northwest of us, but no one can seem to verify that. But Feesh? Naaahhhh. There’s a few of us who still care, but the rest, if they go at all, wait for the desperation sales and twoferones – and that, usually, on the days when El Keed is on the mound. Otherwise, no, hardly anyone cares at all anymore.

  5. genericcommenter - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Yankees should have signed this guy as a Cano upgrade!

  6. thatley99 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

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