In the first game of a series matching two of the best teams in baseball, the Marlins beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 thanks to a Dan Uggla home run and a strong 1-2/3 inning from closer Kevin Gregg.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Link: Pump the Brakes!!!
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.
Link: Its Roster Is a Bargain, but Florida Is a Handful (New York Times)
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
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.
We all know that Hanley Ramirez is about to sign the big deal once the team returns to South Florida. That being said, it’s nice to see some confirmation when Hanley’s website posts this video:
The 7-game winning stream may be over but it seems like everyone suddenly likes us:
- Low budget hasn’t taken fight out of these Marlins (USA Today)
- The Rise of the Marlins – 79 Style (Sporting News Blog)
- First place to Marlins: What are you doing here? (CBS Sports)
- On Deck: The Marlins!? (AOL FanHouse)
It’s May 11, 2008 and the first place Florida Marlins have the best record in baseball at 23-14.
The Marlins won their 7th straight this time riding two Dan Uggla home runs (he really likes batting 6th) to overcome a poor outing by Scott Olsen. Jeremy Hermida also homered in the Marlins come-from-behind win.
We had read some rumors that the Marlins were looking to lock up key players (namely Hanley Ramirez) but we didn’t expect it to happen so soon.
So on to the big news:
According to a high-ranking Major League Baseball source, the Marlins have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year, $70 million contract with their star shortstop. The deal is not expected to be formally announced for at least a few days.
At an average of a little over $11 million, the current Marlins ownership did something they haven’t really done before:
They normally don’t lock up players through their arbitration years, along with buying out a few years of free agency. But they did so with Ramirez, who has accepted the leadership role on a young franchise. Continue reading “Marlins Lock Up Hanley Ramirez for 6 Years”
I hopped in my car last night just in time to catch the segment about the Florida Marlins marketing tactics on NPR’s All Things Considered.
They call the Marlins marketing team the best in the game and spend quite a bit of time with the Marlins Manatees (accurately described as “fat guys with no dance experience”). Marlins VP of Marketing Sean Flynn also makes an appearance, highlighting all the marketing initiatives the team undertakes including the player autographs, the Marlins Mermaids, Super Saturdays and more. Flynn describes it best by saying (and I paraphrase): We’re not selling baseball… We are an entertainment property with core property of baseball.
Listen to the segment and enjoy the brief attention. They seem to downplay the two world championships and describes our trades resulting in “lesser and cheaper players” making it sound like Hanley and Cameron are nothing more than scrubs. It concludes with the question of whether a dozen fat men can change the team’s fortunes. But, as Marlins fans know, 25 athletic and talented men haven’t been able to change it either.
You’ve probably heard that the Marlins signed a few players, blah, blah, blah. But more importantly, the Florida Marlins have officially named the 2008 Marlins Mermaids. For those of you who don’t know, the Mermaids are the great Marlins
cheerleading dance team.
Now, here they are:
Back Row: Tra-Keila, Adrianna, Chelsea, L’tesia, Otmara, Estefania, Jen, Natalie, Alexis, Jillian, Amanda, Stephanie, Glenda
Front Row: Megan, Shanelle, Gladys, Alessandra, Danielle, Veronica, Pascale, Melissa