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  1. Jeff Baker to bat cleanup for Marlins on Opening Day

    Mar 30, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

    jeff baker getty

    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…

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  3. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  4. Placido Polanco is mulling retirement

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, who turns 38 years old in less than three weeks, is considering retiring after the season. In his first year with the Marlins following a three-year stint in Philadelphia, Polanco has posted a .251/.306/.290 line while staying healthy for most of the season. Via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel,…

  5. Jeff Loria pulled another Jeff Loria move

    Aug 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria, Julie Loria

    This is several days old but I had missed it until I saw Jeff Passan mention it in his latest column.  The original report is from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. It shockingly involves Jeff Loria being a petty jerk. Recall that Tino Martinez resigned as the Marlins hitting coach last month following accusations…

  6. Marlins put Placido Polanco on concussion disabled list

    Aug 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Placido Polanco, who hasn’t played since being hit in the helmet by a pitch Friday, has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list by the Marlins. Polanco has spent all season as Miami’s primary third baseman despite hitting just .253 with one homer and a .600 OPS in 343 plate appearances. He’s scored just…

  7. David DeJesus is batting cleanup for the first time

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    David DeJesus has compiled 5,164 plate appearances over his 11-year career, but tonight will mark the first time he will bat clean-up as a starting player. He hit clean-up once before, on April 29, 2004 when he replaced Matt Stairs — and struck out — in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to the…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Blue Jays 3, Rays 0: R.A. Dickey throws a Maddux (i.e. a shutout in under 100 pitches), with his knuckler back up to the velocity he featured so often during his Cy Young season. Game was over in two hours, ten minutes. Athletics 5, Reds 0: A.J. Griffin needed 108 pitches for his two-hit shutout…

  9. Mets designate Rick Ankiel for assignment, recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    Jun 8, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Rick Ankiel, Adeiny Hechavarria

    Rick Ankiel entered today’s marathon ballgame against the Marlins in the 13th inning, taking reliever David Aardsma‘s spot at #9 in the lineup. In his four at-bats, he struck out three times and fouled out weakly to Placido Polanco at third base. Since coming over to the Mets after the Astros cut him, Ankiel came…

  10. Blue Jays, Marlins emerge victorious in pair of marathon games

    Jun 8, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    The Rangers, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Mets combined for 38 innings of baseball as the four teams engaged in two marathon games this afternoon. The Jays defeated the Rangers 4-3 in 18 innings while the Marlins emerged victorious over the Mets 2-1 in 20 innings. It is the Jays’ second game lasting at least 17…

  11. The best and worst from MLB lineups in 2013

    May 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is a quick look at the very best and worst each major league lineup spot has to offer this year. Posted along with each line is the player most responsible. We’ll start out with the good before moving on to the bad. 1. Reds: .292/.442/.517, 9 HR, 37 R, 20 RBI, 5 SB (Shin-Soo…

  12. The Marlins ran an embarrassing contest

    May 10, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    At Big League Stew, Mike Oz details how a Marlins “ultimate fan” contest went horribly awry. The directions told fans to post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag “#MarlinsFanCave” to enter to win a prize — a trip to New York City with the Marlins from June 7-9. Gee, what could be more fun…

  13. Giancarlo Stanton day-to-day after MRI reveals left shoulder contusion

    Apr 13, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton AP

    Good news for a lineup which is severely lacking in pop. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Giancarlo Stanton is day-to-day after an MRI revealed a left shoulder contusion. While the young slugger is out of the lineup tonight for the second straight game, he will not required an extended absence. The Marlins will go…

  14. Giancarlo Stanton held out of lineup with sore right shoulder

    Apr 12, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    The Miami Marlins will be opening up their series against the Philadelphia Phillies without their best — and arguably only — slugger as Giancarlo Stanton will be sitting out due to a sore right shoulder, according to Joe Frisaro. Stanton has had a slow start to the season, as he is hitting just .167 with…

  15. Justin Upton, Paul Maholm an unbeatable combination for Braves

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    Justin Upton went 4-for-4 and homered yet again while Paul Maholm pitched one-hit ball for seven innings in the Braves’ 2-0 defeat of the Marlins on Monday. Upton leads the majors six homers, one more than Seattle’s Mike Morse, and he also chipped in with his second double tonight. He scored both runs for the…

  16. The Marlins get Mike Redmond his first win as manager

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Rob Brantly Getty

    After scoring just one run in 27 innings during their opening series against the Nationals, the Marlins’ offense broke out with 11 hits last night in a 7-5 win over the Mets. Mike Redmond notched his victory win as an MLB skipper while the Marlins are no longer the majors’ only winless team. Alex Sanabia,…

  17. Marlins’ cleanup hitter might be … Placido Polanco

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Giancarlo Stanton is going to be pitched around a ton this season, so who the Marlins pick to bat behind him in the cleanup spot is an important decision. And first-year manager Mike Redmond told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’s giving serious consideration to using Placido Polanco. Yes, that Placido Polanco. Polanco is 37…

  18. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  19. Placido Polanco is having more back problems

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    Placido Polanco has been sidelined since Saturday with lower back soreness and was supposed to rejoin the Marlins’ lineup today, but he was a late scratch after taking batting practice. “I don’t think it’s going to be an extended thing,” manager Mike Redmond said, via Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. “We just want…

  20. Report: Ozzie Guillen inquired about the Orioles’ third base coach job

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    It doesn’t matter much now, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Ozzie Guillen inquired about the Orioles’ third base coach job before the team settled on Bobby Dickerson as a replacement for DeMarlo Hale. Talks apparently didn’t get very far, as Guillen’s son, Ozzie Guillen, Jr., suggested that his father may have had “a…

  21. Pierre, Polanco, Stanton expected to top Marlins order

    Feb 9, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    That’s the way new Marlins manager Mike Redmond is looking to kick off his lineup; Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco and Giancarlo Stanton are likely to occupy the top three spots. Sadly, Pierre and Polanco seemed like givens to bat first and second from the moment they were plucked from the bargain bin this winter. The…

  22. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  23. Marlins sign Placido Polanco to one-year contract

    Dec 20, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco

    UPDATE: It’s now official. ========== Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to signing Placido Polanco to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, which I suppose beats the other two old, not-very-good third basemen they were linked to yesterday: Miguel Tejada and Brandon Inge. Polanco is 37 years old and has…

  24. Marlins “checking out Miguel Tejada in winter ball”

    Dec 19, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    miguel-tejada-giants

    How desperate are the Marlins for a third baseman? Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that they’ve been “checking out Miguel Tejada in winter ball” and “also kicked the tires on” Placido Polanco and Brandon Inge. Tejada is 38. Polanco is 37. Inge is 35. And none of them have posted an OPS above .750 in…

  25. Phillies getting closer to acquiring Michael Young

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    If this comes together, the Phillies will possess one of the most expensive infields of all-time. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Phillies are in “advanced talks” about a deal that would send Michael Young and cash to the Phillies for a reliever and a prospect. The Rangers would…

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