September 2010

Morrison batting third

Looking to shake things up with the lineup, Logan Morrison was moved into the third spot for Florida on Sunday against the Cubs.

Morrison is riding a Marlins’ rookie record of reaching base, which stands at 37 heading into Sunday. The Marlins have lost five straight.

Hanley Ramirez is missing his third straight game due to left elbow inflammation.

 

 

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1) Sam Fuld, CF

2) Darwin Barney, SS

3) Jeff Baker, 2B

4) Micah Hoffpauir, 1B

5) Tyler Colvin, RF

6) Bobby Scales, 3B

7) Brad Snyder, LF

8) Wellington Castillo, C

9) Jeff Samardzija, P

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Mike Rivera, C

9) Andrew Miller, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Morrison sets team rookie record

Logan Morrison appeared in his 47 MLB game on Saturday night, and already the 23-year-old has set a Marlins’ rookie record.

With his first-inning double off Chicago’s Casey Coleman, Morrison extended his streak of reaching base safely to 37 games. It tops the previous mark of 36 set by Hanley Ramirez in 2006.

The streak is reaching either by hit, walk or hit by pitch.

The franchise record is 46 set by Luis Castillo during 2002, the year he set a franchise record with his 35-game hitting streak.

Marlins consecutive games reaching safely

* Luis Castillo, 46 (4/25/02-6/21/02)
* Kevin Millar, 43 (8/10/02-9/28/02)
* Logan Morrison, 37 (8/7/10-current)
* Cliff Floyd, 37 (4/30/00-6/11/00)
* Hanley Ramirez, 36 (7/27/06-9/3/06)

– Joe Frisaro
 

Marlins-Cubs Saturday lineup

The Marlins look to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday night against the Cubs, who won the series opener on Friday.

Anibal Sanchez goes for his 13th win for Florida. Casey Coleman gets the nod for the Cubs.

 

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1) Blake DeWitt, 2B

2) Starlin Castro, SS

3) Marlon Byrd, CF

4) Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5) Xavier Nady, 1B

6) Geovany Soto, C

7) Alfonso Soriano, RF

8) Tyler Colvin, RF

9) Casey Coleman, P

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Mike Stanton, RF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Renteria in managerial mix

Another potential candidate to manage the Marlins in 2011 has surfaced, and he is someone familiar with the organization.

Rich Renteria, currently the first base coach of the San Diego Padres, is on the Marlins’ radar to possibly manage the club next year.

Renteria managed four seasons in the Marlins’ Minor League system. He was at Class-A Brevard County in 1998, and Class-A Kane County in 1999. Renteria also managed Double-A Portland from 2000-01.

The 49-year-old former second baseman played with the Marlins in 1993-94.

Previous big league managing experience, however, is viewed as a plus in the managerial search.

Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who was AL Manager of the Year with the Royals in 2003, is considered a very strong candidate.

But sources say Renteria is highly respected, and considered a viable choice.

The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. Edwin Rodriguez, who has guided the club since Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed in June, is under consideration. Bobby Valentine also is in the mix. And reports say Larry Bowa and Wally Backman are candidates, but those names have not been confirmed.

One high profile possibility, however, is not regarded as a candidate. On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Joe Torre will not return in 2011, and that Don Mattingly will take over in Los Angeles.

Don’t look for Torre, who is 70, to be in the Marlins’ mix. The Marlins are looking for a fit to develop their young talent to reach the next level. Veterans like Torre tend to enter situations where the team is on the verge of winning immediately.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Wagner assesses Marlins

Will 2010 go down as a season of missed opportunities for the Marlins?

The team still has a chance to finish above .500, but there is a school of thought that if the club had upgraded in a couple of areas — mainly their bullpen — they could have seriously challenged for the NL East title.

Braves closer Billy Wagner certainly feels the Marlins are a quality team. Recently, Wagner offered this assessment of the Marlins to MLB.com Braves’ reporter Mark Bowman.

“The Marlins are no fun to play,” Wagner said. “They’re probably the best talent and if they’d have had a bullpen, they’d have won this division.

“They’ve always been like that. Every time they’ve put a closer in their bullpen, they’ve won championships. Then they go through three or four years where they have unbelievable talent and starting pitching, but they don’t have a bullpen.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Phillies lineups

The Marlins strive to avoid being swept on Wednesday, but it will be a daunting task.

The Phillies are sending Roy Halladay to the mound, while the Marlins are countering with Jorge Sosa, who will start for the first time since 2007 when he was with the Mets. Reliever Brian Sanches likely will throw multiple innings in relief of Sosa, who may only go three or four innings.

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, SS

9) Roy Halladay, P

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Jorge Sosa, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Pena a managerial candidate

Having previous big league managing experience will be a plus for those under consideration to manage the Marlins in 2011.

Meeting the criteria is Tony Pena.

Currently the Yankees bench coach, Pena spent parts of four seasons (2002-05) managing the Royals. In 2003, he was named the American League Manager of the Year.

Internally, the Marlins see Pena as a serious candidate. 

The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. So right now they are evaluating their options.

Edwin Rodriguez, who replaced Fredi Gonzalez in late June, also will receive consideration. But the team has made it clear that it will further evaluate Rodriguez once the season ends.

Most likely, the team will explore several possibilities, including Bobby Valentine. With Pena expected to be in the mix, the search could last throughout the playoffs.

The Yankees are primed to be in the postseason. So if the Marlins plan on interviewing Pena, they may have to wait until an opportune time arises in October or perhaps early November.

Pena, 53, was a five-time All-Star, and he won four Gold Glove awards. 

One of the primary positions the Marlins plan to address in the offseason is catcher.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Sinkbeil recalled from New Orleans

Brett Sinkbeil, the Marlins first-round pick in 2006, has been recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.

This will mark the Major League debut for Sinkbeil, a 25-year-old right-hander who appeared in 58 games for the Zephyrs.

Formerly a starter, Sinkbeil has been used in relief this year. He posted a 3-3 record with a 5.71 ERA, stricking out 56 while walking 31.

Sinkbeil attended Missouri State, and he was picked in the first round of the same Draft the Marlins selected Chris Coghlan.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Tuesday

The Marlins look to snap a four-game losing streak to the Phillies on Tuesday night at Sun Life Stadium.

Adalberto Mendez is getting the start for Florida, while Philadelphia is going with Cole Hamels.

The Marlins enter the game at 73-70. These teams met four times last week at Philadelphia. Florida won the first of two games on Sept. 6, but since then have dropped four in a row in head-to-head meetings with the first-place Phillies.

 

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, SS

9) Cole Hamels, P

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Adalberto Mendez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Phillies lineups

Due to flu-like symptoms, Cameron Maybin was scratched from Monday’s lineup.

The Marlins sent Andrew Miller to the mound to face the Phillies, who are going with Joe Blanton.

 

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, SS

9) Joe Blanton, P

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Chad Tracy, 3B

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Andrew Miller, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

 

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