Marlins Fight Back But Blow Two Saves

This one was painful.

The Marlins fought hard and used 2 Cody Ross home runs to take the lead until Kevin Gregg blew the save in the ninth. Then, in the 12th inning, an improbable Alfredo Amezaga home run gave the Fish the lead only to have Justin Miller blow the save in the bottom of the inning and take a painful loss.

We did witness a rarity: both Luis Castillo and Alfredo Amezaga hit home runs. I could never imagine that happening in the same game or even the same day.

Vote Early, Vote Often

is currently leading all National League shortstops in All-Star voting. With more than a month to go, Hanley has 268,386 votes — a ~12K vote lead over second place, and now 2-years older, Miguel Tejada of the Astros. Considering how few people show up at Joe Robbie Stadium, it looks like out-of-town fans and online voter are helping H2R make it to The Stadium. Dan Uggla is the only other Marlin in shouting distance, coming in 4th and ~412K votes behind Chase Utley.

So do your part to help get our guys into the game by voting often (up to 25 times per email address). And even though they’re not on the radar screen, don’t forget to vote for the other Marlins including Jacque Jones who is listed as an outfielder on the American League Ballot.

Marlins Beat Mets to Improve to NL-Best 30-20

Thanks Willie:

“Hopefully, we can get hot at home,” manager Willie Randolph said after losing to Colorado on Sunday. “We’ve got the Marlins coming in, [we can]-X fatten up on them, hopefully, if we start rolling…”

You Too Can Own Your Own Marlins World Series Ring

Someone is selling a 1997 Florida Marlins World Series ring on eBay. Seriously.

1997 Florida Marlins Worlds Series Championship Ring

The seller claims to have been a scout. Starting price is $4,500 buy you can buy it now for $6,250.

Miller Dominates as Fish Sweep D-Backs

Andrew Miller showed up big-time tonight holding the Arizona Diamondbacks scoreless over 7 innings while striking out a career high 9. Hanley Ramirez was back in his familiar lead-off spot, hitting a triple in his first at bat and scoring the Marlins first run. A Wes Helms pinch-hit 2-run double sealed the deal as the first place Marlins swept the first place D-Backs with a 4-0 win.

Marlins Squeeze a Win Out of Webb

In another close post-season like game, the Marlins beat Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. Arizona’s ace Brandon Webb was looking to start the season 10-0 having dominated all his opponents this year. But, Ricky Nolasco was up to the task, allowing only 1 run in 7 innings. The biggest play in the game came in the bottom of the 5th when Matt Treanor executed his second suicide squeeze of the year, bringing in Luis Gonzalez. Cody Ross then followed up with a solo home run.

The Marlins are 26-19 and have a 2-game lead in the NL East.

Welcome Jacque Jones

Jacque Jones is now officially a member of the Florida Marlins. 11 months ago we tried to get him from the Cubs but a last minute veto from Cubs ownership killed the deal.

Jones signed a minor league deal and will report to Jupiter to get some at bats before joining the big team. Brett Carroll will probably be sent down to the minors where he can improve by playing every day (rather than riding the bench in the majors). All-in-all, Jones comes at little to no cost or risk. He gives Fredi Gonzalez another left-handed bat and allows us to move Alfredo Amezaga back to the infield, perhaps even to play some third, where Jorge Cantu still hasn’t mastered the throw across the diamond.

Update: Robert Andino was sent down.

Details of Hanley’s Contract

MLB.com revealed the details of Hanley Ramirez’s contract:

Ramirez will make $5.5 million in 2009, and the deal bumps up considerably in the upcoming years.

By coming to terms now, the Marlins will lock up Ramirez through his arbitration years (2009-2011), and then three more years, where he could have qualified for free agency. For those three seasons, the shortstop will earn $23.5 million.

The Dominican Republic native will get $15 million in 2012, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014

There is no signing bonus or no-trade clause so the Marlins didn’t take a huge risk on this already discounted deal. The deal will be formally announced Saturday morning at the Orange Bowl.

Big Marlins Event Tomorrow at the Orange Bowl?

A fan over at the MarlinsBaseball Forums says he received the flyer below at his home calling fans to the Orange Bowl area Saturday at 11 AM. Seeing that the Marlins, the City, and the County are all listed, it makes one wonder whether the ballpark will be revealed. It is also a good opportunity to announce Hanley Ramirez’s new contract.

Not Everyone Wants Jacques Jone

Bugs & Cranks takes a different approach towards the Jacque Jones rumors:

Florida Marlins, do not view these clubs as your peers. You have something they don’t from the 21st century: a World Series championship. So what if Josh Willingham’s health is suspect at this point? Call up Cameron Maybin! He needs a reason to get those braces off, why not make it a cup of coffee in the major leagues? Don’t stoop to the levels of lesser organizations. I tried really hard to write that with a straight face, it didn’t work. Give Cody Ross more playing time. Throw Wes Helms out there, he’ll do anything for those spicy nachos. Why settle for what another team with a bad record doesn’t want? Florida Marlins, you’re the team with the great record, so have some pride! If you want to bring in a veteran whose production at this point is suspect, I don’t know, try the guy sitting on your bench. The Albatross himself has got to be good for something.

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The Grey Lady Warms Up to the Fighting Fish

They may be three straight losses too late, but the “Paper of Record”, the New York Times, has given us a nice article about the Marlins (with photo above). Nothing that we don’t already know, but let’s enjoy the love while we’re getting it.

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A Poetic Look at the Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit

Here is what Deadspin’s Purple Prose has to say about the Fish.

For the record, here are some of the nicknames in the write up:

  • The Marlins: Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit, Spearfish, Swinging Swimmers, Briny Ballers, Santiago’s Sluggers, Pelagics
  • Marlins Fans: Ye Fans of the Fishes
  • Marlins Bullpen: Sunshine State Pen Men
  • Wayne Huizenga: Gaseous trashman
  • Jeffrey Loria: Angry art dealer
  • Dan Uggla: Owl, Swedish Surprise, Ugg-Boot
  • Scott Olsen: Shiner
  • Alfredo Amezaga: Double-A
  • Logan Kensing: French Kiss
  • Wes Helms: Daily Show
  • Jeremy Hermida: May-retta Masterstroker
  • Renyel Pinto: Lemon
  • Kevin Gregg: Mild-Mannered Reporter
  • Hanley Ramirez: The Reconstituted Rajah, Double-R, Valiant of VORP

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JCR on Recent Turn of Events

Juan C. Rodriguez brings up some great points in his latest blog post. He talks about:

Little breaks not going our way:

At the very least, that well of little breaks the Marlins were dipping into during their seven-game winning streak appears dry. It happens to every team.

Missing injured players:

One thing that struck me Tuesday was how the Marlins may be starting to miss Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham.

And potential to add another veteran:

Jacque Jones was placed on release waivers Tuesday and could be a free agent by Thursday.

We encourage you to read the post.