Marlins Invite 22 to Spring Training

The Marlins have invited 22 non-roster players to their ninth annual Spring Training camp and the third under Manager John Boles. The Marlins have invited eight pitchers to camp, including right-handers Mark Brownson, Reid Cornelius, Brian Edmondson, Gabe Molina, Johnny Ruffin, Joe Strong and Doug Walls and left-hander Benito Baez. The Marlins have invited four infielders, including Chris Clapinski, Josue Espada, Mike Gulan and Derek Wathan, and five outfielders: Rich Becker, Edgard Clemente, Cesar Crespo, Ryan McGuire and Lyle Mouton. Five catchers were extended invites, including Brandon Harper, Mandy Romero, Matt Treanor, B.J. Waszgis and Dusty Wathan. The Marlins will have a total of 61 players (29 pitchers, eight catchers, 13 infielders and 11 outfielders) in camp.

Chad Mottola Acquired for Player to be Named Later

The Florida Marlins today acquired outfielder Chad Mottola from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a PTBNL on or before April 1, 2001. Mottola, 29, went 2 for 9 in 3 games for Toronto after a September 5 call-up. He hit .309 with 33 home runs and 102 RBI in 134 games for AAA Syracuse last season. Mottola was named the International League’s Most Valuable Player last season after leading the league in home runs and slugging percentage (.566). His home run and RBI total led all Blue Jay minor league players.

Dave O’Brien Becomes Marlins’ Lead Broadcaster

Veteran announcers Dave O’Brien and Tommy Hutton will return for their fifth season together on Marlins television broadcasts on Fox Sports Net and WAMI 69, while Jay Randolph will again serve as pregame host for Marlins games on Fox Sports Net. Veteran radio broadcaster Dave Van Horne will join Jon “Boog” Sciambi on radio broadcasts on 560 WQAM. Van Horne will serve as the team’s lead radio voice, while Sciambi will host the pre and postgame shows and serve as play-by-play announcer for three innings. Felo Ramirez and Angel “Tito” Rodriguez again team up on the Marlins Spanish radio broadcasts on 1140 WQBA.