August 2010

Bonifacio starting on Sunday

The Marlins look to avoid being swept on Sunday afternoon at Cincinnati.

Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Marlins, who now are one-game under .500 after dropping two straight at Great American Ball Park.

Emilio Bonifacio is starting in center field in place of Cody Ross. Mike Stanton, who is hitting .475 (19-for-40) with six homers and 11 RBIs, will be batting fifth for the third game this year.

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS
2) Logan Morrison, LF
3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
4) Dan Uggla, 2B
5) Mike Stanton, RF
6) Wes Helms, 3B
7) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
8) Ronny Paulino, C
9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins look to rebound on Saturday

After having their four-game winning streak snapped on Friday, the Marlins look to rebound on Saturday night at Cincinnati.

Sean West will start for the Marlins, while the Reds are going with rookie Mike Leake.

Over his last four games, Mike Stanton has four homers, four doubles and eight RBIs. Stanton is the first rookie to post four homers, four doubles and eight RBIs over a four-game span since Randy Hundley in 1966.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Sean West, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

More about Mike Stanton

Get used to hearing more about Mike Stanton.

At the rate the Marlins rookie right fielder is going, expect to see more news about him reaching levels rarely seen before.

The 6-foot-5 1/2, 240-pounder on Friday had his first multi-home run game when he went deep twice at Cincinnati.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stanton is the first Major League player under the age of 21 to homer twice in a game since Miguel Cabrera on April 13, 2004 at Montreal.

Elias also provided this bit of information. At 20 years, 278 days (as of Friday), Stanton is the youngest player to have a two homer game since Jose Reyes (20 years, 78 days) on Aug. 28, 2003 at Atlanta.

Remarkably, Stanton is climbing fast among the MLB rookie home run leaders. It’s only surprising because his competition has played in far more games. But now with 14, he has passed Gaby Sanchez and Jason Heyward, who both have 12.

Tyler Colvin of the Cubs paces all rookies with 18. It may be a matter of time before Stanton assums the top spot.

Rookie home run leaders:

Tyler Colvin: 18 (105 G)
Ike Davis: 15 (100 G)
Brennan Boesch: 14 (93 G)
Mike Stanton: 14 (54 G)
Jason Heyward: 12 (96 G)
Gaby Sanchez: 12 (107 G)

– Joe Frisaro

 

Stanton matches hit record

One day Mike Stanton may indeed tie the Marlins record for home runs in a game. It is three done twice, by Mike Lowell and Cody Ross.

On Wednesday night, Stanton ended up matching a team mark for hits in a game. By going 5-for-5, Stanton posted the 14th five-hit game in club history.

“It could have easily been 3-for-5,” Stanton said.

In the second inning, Stanton singled on a hard liner that was juggled by shortstop Ian Desmond. In the ninth inning, he hit the ball off the end of his bat that fluttered into right field for another single.

“I didn’t try to change anything,” Stanton said. “It was just one of those nights where everything went my way, I guess.”

Stanton is the second Marlin to have five hits and four RBIs in the same game. Gary Sheffield previously did it on Sept. 17, 1995 at the Rockies. At 20 years, 276 days old, Stanton is the second youngest player ever to register five hits and four RBIs in a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phil Cavarretta did it at 19 years, 33 days.

Aug. 11, 2010: Mike Stanton vs. Nationals
July 10, 2008: Hanley Ramirez vs. Dodgers
July 1, 2007: Josh Willingham vs. Braves
June 16, 2007: Miguel Olivo vs. Royals
April 28, 2007: Miguel Cabrera vs. Phillies
Sept. 11, 2006: Dan Uggla vs. Mets
Oct. 2, 2005: Juan Pierre vs. Braves
May 8, 2005: Juan Pierre vs. Rockies
April 27, 2001: Eric Owens vs. Astros
June 22, 1998: Mark Kotsay vs. Rays
Sept. 17, 1995: Gary Sheffield vs. Rockies
May 29, 1995: Terry Pendleton vs. Astros
July 24, 1994: Gary Sheffield vs. Rockies
May 3, 1994: Chuck Carr vs. Braves

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins-Nationals Thursday lineups

Winners of three straight, the Marlins go for a sweep at Nationals Park on Thursday night.

Ricky Nolasco gets the nod for Florida, while Washington is going with Livan Hernandez.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Roger Bernadina, CF

2) Ian Desmond, SS

3) Adam Dunn, 1B

4) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5) Michael Morse, RF

6) Adam Kennedy, 2B

7) Ivan Rodriguez, C

8) Willie Harris, LF

9) Livan Hernandez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Third-round pick agrees

As negotiations continue between the Marlins and their first-round pick, Christian Yelich, the organization reportedly has come to terms with another high Draft choice.

Third-rounder, Jacob (J.T.) Realmuto, according to Baseball America, has agreed to a $600,000 signing bonus, which is by far the top deal for any third rounder thus far. The report said the recommended slot number is $309,600 for the No. 104 pick.

The Marlins have yet to confirm a deal was agreed upon.

Getting Realmuto locked up comes after there was speculation that his asking price was too high, and the team was considering not signing him.

If Realmuto didn’t come to terms by Monday’s deadline, the Marlins would have received a compensation third-round choice in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Realmuto, a shortstop/catcher, attended Carl Albert High in Midwest City, Okla., where he set a national high school record with 88 hits and 119 RBIs.

The Marlins likely will get a deal done with Yelich by Monday’s deadline. If they don’t, they would receive a compensatory pick (the 23rd overall) in the 2011 Draft. Yelich’s fallback plan is to the attend the University of Miami.

Teams can receive compensatory picks for rounds one-through-three.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Music to their ears

The sounds of victory are different these days in the Marlins clubhouse.

One change made in recent days is music again is being played in the clubhouse after games, or more specifically wins.

The past few seasons, and earlier in the year, there was a music ban, Players were allowed to listen to songs of their liking, but on their IPods.

Recently, the players made their case to bring music back to pick up the spirits. Music once again is allowed.

“We felt there wasn’t any life in the clubhouse,” outfielder Cody Ross said. “It was a little dead.”

Players now compile their personal lists of 10 songs and they are submitted, and played accordingly. The players agreed to tone down the songs when conducting interviews after games.

“We turn it down to respect the media,” Ross said.

Several years ago, music blared loudly in the clubhouse. It reached the point that led to the ban, which now has been lifted.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

The Marlins started off their 10-game road trip on a winning note, beating the Nationals, 8-2, on Tuesday night.

The lineup had a slight change on Wednesday as Donnie Murphy got the start at third base in place of Wes Helms.

Chris Volstad gets the starting nod on the mound. The Nationals are going with former Marlin, Scott Olsen.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Gaby, Cody return to lineup

The Marlins lineup on Tuesday welcomed back two key position players. Gaby Sanchez (hamstring) and Cody Ross (stiff neck) will each start for the first time since last Thursday.

The Marlins open a three-game set at Nationals Park. Stephen Strasburg gets the start for Washington.

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6 ) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Pujols praises Hanley

From the best, Hanley Ramirez is said to have the talent to eventually be the best.

But don’t take our word. You may want to believe Albert Pujols.

The Cardinals slugger, arguably the top player of his era, believes the Marlins shortstop has the ability to carve out his own place in baseball history.

pujols3a1.jpgIn an interview with Josh Friedman of 790 The Ticket, the Marlins flagship radio station, Pujols sang the praises of Ramirez.

“When it’s all said and done, he has the talent to be the best player in this game,” Pujols told Friedman. “To ever play this game, because of the ability that he has. That he doesn’t even know yet. He’s just a young, talented guy who plays the game.”

Pujols is offering similiar advice to Ramirez as he did for Miguel Cabrera during his days with the Marlins.

“The thing I always try to remember is no matter how much money that you make, always respect the game,” Pujols said. “Play the game the right way, and just never change. Be the same kid. You can’t let this game change you. Stuff like that.”

In Spring Training in 2009, when Ramirez was switched to batting third, Pujols offered some tips on his approach with runners in scoring position.

“Hitting wise, I always try to tell him different things that I do,” the Cardinals All-Star said. “The same way I did to Miguel Cabrera about five or six years ago before he went to Detroit. That’s the way I am. I try to help when guys approach me and want to talk baseball, hitting. I’m open because I believe the Lord has blessed me and I want to be able to make a difference to players, no matter what uniform they wear.”

After Ramirez signed his six-year, $70 million contract in 2008, Pujols talked to the shortstop about humility.

“He has matured a little better than he was,” Pujols said. “Now he is kind of realizing and learning from the mistakes he has made. That’s how you get better in this game.”

– Joe Frisaro

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