If Cameron Maybin doesn’t drop that ball, does this game end up in extra innings?
Looking beyond Halladay’s perfect game, another strong performance for Josh Johnson as we count down to next weekend, when we have a new 20-year old outfielder to provide some spark.
Following another bullpen meltdown, struggling reliever Dan Meyer was designated for assignment and Jorge Sosa was called up.
Following another loss from the bullpen, the Marlins called up Taylor Tankersley to provide another left arm in the bullpen. Joining Tankersley are righty reliever Jay Buente and infielder Mike Lamb. To make room for the three call ups, Bryan Petersen and Burke Badenhop were optioned to AAA and Renyel Pinto was placed on the DL.
DH is here: #Marlins lineup (5/22/10): Coghlan LF, Sanchez 1B, Ramirez SS, Cantu DH, Uggla 2B, Ross RF, Paulino C, Helms 3B, Maybin CF, Nolasco P
Hanley in the dugout congratulating his #Marlins teammates after Maybin 3-run HR
Seems like everyone has something to day about the Hanley Ramirez situation. Majority of views so far are critical of Hanley, probably because the video evidence doesn’t look good (appears as if he ran to the ball, kicked it, then jogged). Even Hanley essentially admitted it in his public rant:
Did you give less than 100 percent effort?
Ramirez: I don’t know. It looked like it. The example starts with me. If you don’t hustle, hopefully, he does it with everybody. That’s OK. He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues. That’s OK. That’s fine. That’s an example and it starts with me and let’s see how far it can go.
Even some grown ups who have played the game – Al Leiter, Barry Larkin and Wes Helms – have criticized Hanley for his behavior. Dan Uggla expressed his frustrations last year.
So where do we go from here? It’s going to take two things: diplomacy and maturity. Loria/Beinfest/Hill have to get involved and resolve this behind the scenes. Fredi cannot back off, he’s the Manager and cannot lose his team (managers are replaceable). In fact, he’s already presenting this as something Hanley has to resolve with his teammates, not the coaches. But none of this will work unless Hanley steps up and addresses the situation, even if it means that he has to swallow his pride. The sooner he gets there, the sooner we can get back to covering baseball and turning this season into something special.
Note: Fredi could have done a better job keeping a lid on this situation. He’s already said too much to the Media and in many ways, it’s forcing Hanley to say the things he is as a way to protect his ego.
Congrats @Cogz4Christ on first HR of the year.
Only the #Marlins can have a Spirit of Michael Jackson laser show with giveaway Maracas. Amazing thing is that 30K+ people will show up.
You know #Marlins bullpen is in trouble when Fredi has to stick with Leroux in the 8th.
A tour of the “Bartman Seat” in Wrigley, courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the PB Post.
@cogz4Christ gets his first extra base hit of the year. The #Marlins need him to hit if they want to turn this season around.
Congrats to Braden and the #Athletics for throwing a perfect game. The #Mets though, still don't have a no-hitter.
Marlins lose to Nat 5-4 in a frustrating game. After taking the lead in the to of the 7th, the bullpen and error at first and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded gave the Nationals the win. Here’s what Fredi had to say (courtesy of JCR @ the Sun-Sentinel):
Bryan Petersen singled in his first Major League at bat and then scored the winning run as the Marlins beat the National 4-2. Here is what he had to say after the game (courtesy of the Sun-Sentinel):
just after being swept by the Giants, the Marlins designate Mike Lamb for assignment and called up Bryan Petersen from AAA. Lamb went 4-18 in 18 games.
Petersen gives the Marlins another outfielder to plug in the lineup while Coghlan and Maybin are struggling. The move could also setup an opening for newly signed Doug Mientkiewicz, who will join AAA in the next few days.
Oh… and Mike Stanton hit a 500-foot homerun.