Luis Castillo Names Team MVP

The South Florida chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has chosen Luis Castillo as the team MVP. Preston Wilson was named the Rookie of the Year, Antonio Alfonseca was named the Most Improved Player, and Mike Redmond was honored with the Charlie Hough Good Guy Award.

Marlins Complete Sweep of Dodgers

The Marlins sweep the Dodgers, taking 7 of the 9 games this season, with a 5-4 victory. After three rain delays and extra inning, Mark Kotsay drove in Dave Berg for the win. Preston Wilson hit his club-leading 23rd homerun. On a sour note, Luis Castillo seperated his shoulder and might miss the rest of the season. Amaury Garcia was called up. Todd Dunwoody will miss the rest of the season with a fractured thumb. Julio Ramirez was called up.

Orie Activated

Kevin Orie was activated from his minor league rehab assignment. Cliff Floyd and Derrek Lee will join the team tomorrow. AAA affilate Calgary just finished its season.

Kotsay Grand Slams Dodgers

Mark Kotsay’s first inning grand slam led the Marlins to an 8-6 win over the Dodgers. It was the team’s 55th win of the season, surpassing last year’s total. Brian Meadows earned his team leading 11th win, matching his total for last season. Box Score.

Marlins to Shut Down Fernandez for Rest of Season

After a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres, Dave Dombrowski, John Boles, and Alex Fernandez have decided to rest Fernandez for the rest of the season. The Marlins believe that the rest will help prepare him for the 2000 season. On another injury note, Danny Bautista broke his nose and will miss several games.

Almanza on the DL

Bad news for the Marlins as Armando Almanza was diagnosed with tendonitis in his pitching arm and is expected to miss 7-10 days. Jesus Sanchez was recalled to fill the vacancy in the bullpen. The left handed Almanza, arguably the teams best reliever in the past month, sensed the pain while warming up in the seventh inning of tonight’s game. That forced John Boles to bring in Vic Darensbourg, who promptly gave up a 3-run home run to Tony Gwynn. Gwynn’s shot ruined what was an excellent game for the Marlins and starter A.J. Burnett. Alex Gonz