Good news for Dan Uggla — has has prevailed in his arbitration hearing and was awarded $5.35MM, $900K more than the Marlins were offering.
ESPN’s Buster Olney talks about the Marlins:
- Marlins officials are saying that management is committed to keeping all the players if front office wants to do that.
- Some players have high value right now — Mike Jacobs and Jeremy Hermida — and can be replaced by others in the organization (such as Gaby Sanchez) so they are likely to be traded for value.
- Therefore, there is no urgency to trade quality players like Scott Olsen or Dan Uggla, unless someone offers the Marlins a great deal.
- Ultimately, Olney thinks the Marlins will keep the core of the powerful infield together (good news for Jorge Cantu fans).
Most of you on the East Coast (we’re out west) were probably sleeping and had a nightmare involving Dan Uggla make three errors and striking out three times (including twice with runners in scoring position). I can tell you that it never happened, the game never happened, this one did not count.
Dan, if you’re reading this, and I’m sure you’re not — stop worrying about it and move on. Thanks to the magic of HDTV it was clear from 3,000 miles away that you were freaking out in your own calm way. Real baseball returns on Friday and you can continue your great season in a critical battle against the first-place Phillies.
Update: To all the non-Marlins fans who are hitting our site today looking for everything and anything about Dan Uggla: He’s ours, he’s great, get over it!
Don’t forget to watch our very own Hanley Ramirez lead-off tonight’s game. Let’s hope that Dan Uggla gets a chance to play too.
Note: Photo above is of Hanley at bat, the last time he and the Marlins played at Yankee Stadium (2006)
Hanley Ramirez became the second Marlin every voted into a starting position for an All-Star game. Joining Hanley, who will start at shortstop in his first ever All-Star game, is Dan Uggla who will be part of his second All-Star game and is one of a few candidates for the starting DH position. Uggla is also likely to participate in the Home Run Derby.
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.