September 2009

Ross exits in fourth

Cody Ross was plunked on the left hand in the fourth inning by a John Maine fastball, and the Marlins center fielder was immediately replaced.

The team announced Ross has a left wrist contusion. An X-ray came back negative, and he is listed as day-to-day.

Batting with Jorge Cantu on third base and two outs, Ross was struck by a 92 mph fastball. Clutching his hand, Ross headed to the Marlins dugout, and he was examined by assistant trainer Mike Kozak. 

Cameron Maybin ran for Ross, who went to the clubhouse for further tests. Maybin remained in the game in center field.

The count was 1-0 when Ross was hit. The Marlins next batter, Brett Carroll also was struck by a Maine fastball, hitting him on the left arm on a 2-1 pitch.

Ross has 24 home runs and 90 RBIs and he’s hitting an even .270.

On April 27 at Citi Field, Maine hit Hanley Ramirez with a 94 mph fastball on the right hand in the first inning. Ramirez exited the game and didn’t start the next four games.

— Joe Frisaro


Winter Ball for Boni

After the season, Emilio Bonifacio will take some time off and then get ready to get back on the field in his native country.

Bonifacio has consulted with the Marlins, and he will again play Winter League Ball in the Dominican Republic. He says he will begin playing in December.

“I talked to the Marlins, and everything is good,” Bonifacio said.

After opening the season as Florida’s regular third baseman, the speedster has been coming off the bench since Nick Johnson was acquired from the Nationals on July 31.

A natural second baseman, Bonifacio says he expects to play several different positions while playing for Licey. A year ago, he was used mostly in the outfield.

“I will work on everything, defense, second base, bunting,” he said. “I need to keep playing.”

— Joe Frisaro


Ross rockin' to Lords of Fuzz


Cody Ross is giving some brotherly love when he comes to the plate.

The Marlins outfielder has switched up his introduction song. He’s been coming to bat to Kanye West’s “Amazing.”

On Saturday, Ross decided to keep his musical choice within his family. Ross’s brother, Oscar Ross, is the lead singer of a Denver-based rock group called — Lords of Fuzz.

Ross has switched up his intro song to “Fuzz,” by Lords of Fuzz.

Oscar Ross is the lead singer and he plays guitar for the group, which has come out recently with a new album.

— Joe Frisaro





Marlins-Mets lineups

The Marlins will look to even their series with Mets on Saturday night. Florida sends rookie Sean West to the mound, while New York counters with John Maine.

Florida first baseman Nick Johnson is a little under the weather and he wasn’t in the starting lineup. Ross Gload made the start at first.


1) Pagan, LF

2) Castillo, 2B

3) Wright, 3B

4) Beltran, CF

5) Francoeur, RF

6) Tatis, 1B

7) Santos, C

8) Hernandez, SS

9) Maine, P


1) Coghlan, LF

2) Gload, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) West, P

— Joe Frisaro


Solidarity for Coghlan


                                                                               Denis Bancroft/Florida Marlins

The Marlins’ “Super Saturday” giveaway was Chris Coghlan t-shirts.

As a show of support for Coghlan, and looking to enhance his Rookie of the Year chances, the Marlins players wore the t-shirts during their stretch session on Saturday afternoon.

Promoted from Triple-A New Orleans in May, Coghlan has blossomed as the Marlins regular left fielder. He’s building a strong case for the N.L. Rookie of the Year honor. He leads all qualifying rookie candidates with a .311 batting average. He also tops rookies in hits (146), multi-hit games (45), total bases (210), runs (75) and on-base percentage (.383).

— Joe Frisaro




Bobby Cox's influence on Fredi

News broke the other day that Bobby Cox would be back to manage the Braves in 2010, and then retire after next season.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is hopeful that his former boss sticks around for years to come.

Gonzalez was the Braves third base coach for four years before joining the Marlins in 2006. Gonzalez refers to Cox as a mentor, and the two talk regularly.

“I’m glad that he’s got one more year,” Gonzalez said before the Marlins faced the Mets on Friday. “There was a lot of speculation that this was going to be his last year. I’m glad that they signed him for one more year, and I hope at the end of next year, he says he wants to go one more. It’s good for baseball to have guys like Bobby Cox, [Tony] La Russa, [Lou] Piniella, managers like that around.

“I know he will be through 2010, and we’ll see after that. I’m glad that he’s still going to be around.”

A part of Gonzalez isn’t convinced Cox will retire after 2010.

“I’ll believe it when I see it, because he loves managing the game, and he’s good at what he does,” the Marlins manager said.

Cox has been influential in Gonzalez’s managing style.

From Cox, Gonzalez learned more about the intensity of the game, patience of players, and showing confidence in players.

“The consitency,” Gonzalez said. “The day in, day out relationship you have to give to these guys.”

Gonzalez prides himself on being level, regardless of how his team is doing. He learned that from Cox.

“If you were on the other side of the world, and you didn’t know if the Braves won 10 in a row or lost 10 in a row, and you walked into his office, you wouldn’t know,” Gonzalez said. “He isn’t one of those guys who is up-and-down, one of those rollercoaster ride guys.”

— Joe Frisaro




Marlins Friday lineup

On Friday night, the Marlins open their final home series of the season. Florida sends Ricky Nolasco to the mound, while the Mets counter with Tim Redding.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) Nolasco, P

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins Wednesday lineup

The Marlins have loaded up on right-handed hitters to face Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels on Wednesday night in the series finale at Land Shark Stadium.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Helms, 3B

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, RF

8) Paulino, C

9) VandenHurk, P

— Joe Frisaro


Baker bruises left hand

Ronny Paulino was slated to start the second game of the double-header anyway.

Paulino entered in Game 1 in the seventh inning, replacing John Baker, who was lifted with a left-hand contusion.

Baker was shaken up in the fourth inning.

On a wild pitch after striking out in the fourth, Baker was accidentally swatted in the face by Ryan Howard’s glove. His left hand went up to protect his face, and he suffered the bruise.

An X-ray came back negative, and the catcher is listed as day-to-day.

Baker reached when Joe Blanton’s strike three was not handled by Phillies catcher Paul Bako.

About the time Baker was reaching first base, Howard extended to catch Bako’s throw, and his glove smacked Baker in the face. The ball, Baker said, struck him on the left hand. 

Baker was tended to by assistant trainer Mike Kozak and manager Fredi Gonzalez, but he remained in the game for a couple of more innings.

Baker said he feels he can play on Wednesday, however, with the Phillies going with lefty Cole Hamels, Paulino is slated to start.

— Joe Frisaro



Ready for some baseball!



Land Shark Stadium had a quick turnaround from Monday Night’s football game between the Dolphins and Colts.

The NFL logo and outline of Miami from the end zone was still visible in foul territory on the third base side.

Overall, the field was in excellent condition, considering two football games have been played on it in less than a week. The University of Miami played here last Thursday.

The grounds crew worked minutes after Monday’s game, and some of the roughest areas are in the outfield, especially in left field where the bleachers extended out for football.

— Joe Frisaro