Marlins Sign Asahina

The Florida Marlins announced Tuesday they have signed right-handed pitcher/designated hitter Jonathan Asahina to a minor league contract. Asahina was drafted by Florida in the 31st round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, the 911th overall selection. The 6-1, 190 lb. native of Fresno attended Edison High School and Fresno City Collegea. He was named to the California Community College All-State team, was the Northern California Player of the Year and the Central Valley Conference Player of the Year.

Boles Fired, Perez Named Interim Manager

The Marlins have fired Manager John Boles prior to Monday’s game at Pittsburgh. Hall-of-Famer Tony Perez was named the interim Manager.

I actually drove up for the game and noticed that Tony Perez was in uniform doing pregame interviews. It was only a few minutes later with the PA said that Perez is the new manager.

No-Hitter for Burnett

A.J. Burnett became the third Marlin to throw a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory against the Padres.

In an erratic performance, Burnett struck out 7 but walked 9. The 9 walks tied Al Leiter’s team record for most walks in a gem. Leiter (1996) and Kevin Brown (1997) threw the other Marlins no-hitters. Of Burnett’s 128 pitches, nearly half – 63 – were called as balls. It was Burnett’s second start of the season after spending the first month of the season on the DL. The rest of the Marlins supported him with several outstanding defensive plays and three runs. Charles Johnson’s two-run double scored Eric Owens and Preston Wilson. CJ grounded into a fielder’s choice in the fifth, leading to a Cliff Floyd run following an error.

The win was Burnett’s first career complete game and 8th major league win.