Au Revoir Jacque Jones

Jacque Jones was designated for assignment this evening. He didn’t hit much and frankly showed no signs of returning to form. He is smart enough to know it:

Jones, 33, took the news surprisingly well, especially since he’s hitting a combined .147 in 116 at-bats with the Tigers and Marlins this year. He was smiling in the clubhouse, saying he needs to “get his head together.”

Robert Andino is back up giving the Fish another infielder while allowing Cody Ross and Alfredo Amezaga to continue their good work in center field.

Uggla Slams Phillies

We’ll remember this game from Dan Uggla’s game winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, but let’s not forget the incredible pitching by Andrew Miller (7 IP, 1 ER, 1BB, 7 SO) and Jorge Cantu’s two home runs. Sadly, only 14,122 showed up to watch another playoff-like match up between two top teams in the National League.

Update: And here is a Dan Uggla interview with ESPN:

Some Marlins Make Fun of Dontrelle’s Pain

The Mike Berardino is reporting that some Marlins players were making jokes about Dontrelle Willis’s demotion to A-ball:

“Got to be the highest-paid pitcher in the history of A-ball,” one Marlin quipped.

“Highest-paid Lakeland Flying Tiger ever, that’s for sure,” one of the younger Marlins chimed in a little too excitedly.

These, it should be pointed out, were the words of players who never called Willis a teammate before.

The article mentions that Andrew Miller did not have anything to say. I don’t know who thought it was funny, but as a Marlins fan, you have to feel for Dontrelle who is not only a great guy but such a meaningful part of Marlins history.

Former Cub Muses About 2003

Interesting New York Times op-ed by former Chicago Cub Doug Glanville:

With contributions coming from all sources — including the Chicago Police Department — it was obvious that we had been anointed.

The problem was, the Florida Marlins thought the same thing.

They had their own reasons for feeling that way. Their manager, stodgy, cigar-smoking Jack McKeon, had been brought in at mid-season to right a wrong ship, and as the most senior manager in the league had shown a lot of whippersnappers that he knew how to run a young team. The Marlins barreled their way to the wild card berth in the playoffs fueled by fire and brimstone.

So what happens when two forces — destined, tired and playing awfully good baseball — collide in Wrigley Field?

Local Coverage of Marlins Draftees

Here is a collection of links to articles written by various papers covering their local prospects who were chosen by the Marlins in the 2008 Draft:

All-Star Voting Sucks

Since no one shows up to games at Joe Robbie Stadium, Hanley Ramirez lost his status as leading vote-getter among NL shortstops. 72-year old shortstop Miguel Tejada of the Astros is now up by almost 120K votes. Clearly, Astros fans are doing their job because all of the Astros infielders are getting quite a few votes.

Tejada is having a good year (.300 BA, 7 HR, 39 RBI, .335 OBP, .466 SLG, 46 R, 5 SB) but Hanley is having a better year (.299 BA, 14 HR, 31 RBI, .389 OBP, .525 SLG, 53 R, 15 SB). Yes, I realize that Tejada has 8 more RBIs, but he bats 3rd in the lineup while Hanley has spent most of the season at leadoff.

All I can say is keep voting Marlins fans.

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.

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.