April 2012

Reyes back in leadoff spot

MIAMI — Two days after being dropped to second in the order, Jose Reyes was back in the leadoff spot on Monday.

The Marlins are looking for an offensive spark as they strive for a four-game split with Arizona.

Reyes was switched to the second spot on Saturday, as Emilio Bonifacio led off. But now Reyes is hitting first again, followed by Bonifacio.

Mark Buehrle makes the start for Miami on Monday afternoon.


1) Reyes, SS

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Kearns, LF

5) Infante, 2B

6) Stanton, RF

7) Sanchez, 1B

8) Buck, C

9) Buehrle, P

Joe Frisaro


Infante returns to lineup on Sunday

MIAMI — The plan initially was to give Omar Infante a day off on Sunday.

Plans changed.

Infante, who delivered a pinch-hit triple in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the D-backs, returned to the starting lineup on Sunday at Marlins Park.

Infante has been dealing with a sore left groin/hamstring issue for most of the season, and the team is closely monitoring him. To clarify what exactly is bothering him, Infante said on Sunday morning it is more of a hamstring problem.


1) Bonifacio, CF

2) Reyes, SS

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, LF

5) Infante, 2B

6) Stanton, RF

7) Sanchez, 1B

8) Buck, C

9) Johnson, P

Joe Frisaro

Sanchez flirts with Marlins’ history with 14 ks

MIAMI — Anibal Sanchez may have given up two runs in the first inning, but did the Marlins right-hander ever settle after that.

On Saturday night, Sanchez struck out 14 in seven innings against the D-backs, the team he no-hit in 2006.

The 14 strikeouts are a personal best, and they also tie him for the second most strikeouts ever by a Marlin.

Twice A.J. Burnett fanned 14 — Aug. 29, 2004 vs. Colorado, and July 6, 2005 vs. Milwaukee.

The Marlins record is 16 by Ricky Nolasco on Sept. 30, 2009 at Atlanta. In that game, Nolasco had a string of nine straight strikeouts.

Sanchez’s previous high was 11, set on Sept. 10, 2011 at Pittsburgh.

Joe Frisaro

Scoring drought rare in Marlins’ history

MIAMI — Scoring six runs total over six games isn’t something that happens too often.

In fact, it’s only occurred twice in Marlins history. At least, that is my quick calculation after scanning game results on a year-to-year basis since the inaugural 1993 season.

If my research is correct, it also occurred Sept. 11-17, 1993. In that span, the Marlins also had six runs in six consecutive games. But the team won two of those.

The Marlins have dropped six in a row, and their offensive struggles continue. They were blanked on Friday night by Arizona’s Joe Saunders.

Miami’s slump is magnified because the team is losing. But producing runs has been an issue all season, not just this past week.

In their first 19 games, the Marlins have scored two or less runs 10 times. They’ve been shut out three times this season, with two during the six-game losing streak.

Over the course of long seasons, all teams will go through tough times.

It appears what the Marlins are mired in is a bit different.

The 1996 club had seven runs over six games, April 10-16. And the 1994 squad posted six runs in their first four game, and then they put up 15 at San Diego on April 9.

The 2011 team had some problems getting on the board last September. From Sept. 13-15, they had a string of four straight one-run games, including a double-header sweep at the hands of the Phillies on Sept. 15.

To put this current collective slump into perspective, consider in 2007, the Marlins had an eight-game losing streak from Aug. 15-22, and they scored 31 runs in that span, an average of 3.9 runs per loss.

The 2006 Marlins, a team that sported more than 20 rookies over the season, got off to an 11-31 start. They had a seven-game losing streak in May, and scored 23 runs in that period.

The 1998 team, which lost a franchise most 108 games, dropped 11 in a row after they won on Opening Day. They averaged 3.8 runs in each of those setbacks.

On Saturday night, the Marlins’ task doesn’t get any easier as Arizona is going with Ian Kennedy, a 21-game winner a year ago.

Joe Frisaro  

Reyes dropped to second in lineup shuffle

MIAMI — For the first time since July 10, 2010 against the Braves, Jose Reyes is batting second.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen decided to flip-flop the top of his order. Emilio Bonifacio is batting first in the second of four games against the D-backs at Marlins Park.

Giancarlo Stanton also was given Saturday off, as Greg Dobbs started in right field. And Omar Infante, who has dealt with a sore left groin, was given a breather. Infante is not expected to play on Sunday either, after Guillen noticed the second baseman was moving gingerly on Friday night.

The hope is Infante will be back on Monday, but that is not definitive.


1) Bonifacio, 2B

2) Reyes, SS

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, LF

5) G. Sanchez, 1B

6) Dobbs, RF

7) Hayes, C

8) Coghlan, CF

9) A. Sanchez, P

Joe Frisaro

MAJIC 102.7 FM airing Marlins game Saturday

MIAMI — Due to a programming conflict, the Marlins-D’backs game on Saturday night will be on a different radio station.

You can check out the Marlins on MAJIC 102.7 FM, instead of flagship station, 790 The Ticket in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metro area.

The change is being made because of the Miami Heat NBA playoff game against the New York Knicks.

The Marlins and Heat each make 790 The Ticket their flagship station. During the NBA regular season, the Marlins have priority. But in the postseason, when both teams are playing the same day, the Heat get the nod on 790 The Ticket.

So look for the Marlins to be on MAJIC 102.7 FM on occasion as long as the Heat are alive in the playoffs.


WEFL 760 AM  – West Palm Beach

WKWF 1600 AM – Key West

WFFG 1300 AM –  Marathon

WWCN 770 AM – Naples/Ft. Myers

WSTU 1450 AM –  Port St. Lucie

WELE 1380 AM  – Daytona

WSWN 900 AM – Belle Glade

WFLN 1480 AM – Arcadia

WIXC  1060 AM  – Titusville

Joe Frisaro

Marlins president running for workers

Marlins president David Samson is going the extra mile — and then some — to recognize the workers who built Marlins Park.

Samson is running a double-marathon on Friday to honor the workers as well as raise money for various charities.

The 52-mile trek started in Pompano, and the Marlins president will wind his way down into Miami-Dade County. If all goes according to plan, Samson will be jogging into Marlins Park about a half hour before the Marlins are set to open a four-game series with Arizona.

Details on the run and how to make donations can be found on www.marlins.com .


Marlins president David Samson running for workers and charities. Photo by Robert Vigon/Miami Marlins

Marlins-Mets lineups for Wednesday

NEW YORK — The Marlins look to snap a three-game losing streak as they take on the Mets on Wednesdy night at Citi Field.

Mark Buehrle goes for Miami. New York counters with R.A. Dickey.


1) Reyes, SS

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, LF

5) Stanton, RF

6) Infante, 2B

7) Sanchez, 1B

8) Buck, C

9) Buehrle, P


1) Nieuwenhuis, CF

2) Tejada, SS

3) Murphy, 2B

4) Wright, 3B

5) Duda, RF

6) Hairston, LF

7) Davis, 1B

8) Thole, C

9) Dickey, P

Joe Frisaro


Samson appears in Three Stooges movie

NEW YORK – Marlins president and movie buff David Samson has now made it to the silver screen.

If you look closely at the party scene of “The Three Stooges” movie, you will see Samson as one of guests. It’s a non-speaking role, but it is a still his brush with Hollywood fame.

Marlins president David Samson with the Farrelly brothers during shooting of movie.

The movie is directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, who have done such comedies as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Hall Pass and Fever Pitch.

The Marlins are gaining unprecedented notoriety these days. They are the subject of Showtime’s The Franchise reality series.

Now, Samson is in a movie that is at a theater near you.

The small role in The Three Stooges was about a year in the making.

“In a Challenged Athletes Foundation live auction, I won a walk-on roll for the new Farrelly brothers movie, as yet untitled,” Samson said of how it came about. “About a year later, I got a call from one of the producers, who had discovered my name and realized I was president of the Marlins. He said, ‘Are you still interested?’

“I said I’m interested as long as you let me read for a part. He said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘Let me read for a part, I think I can be in the movie.’ “

Samson traveled to Atlanta and met with the Farrelly brothers, and the rest is history.

“We had an amazing day together, talking baseball, and they put me in the movie,” Samson said. During the party scene, Samson found himself making facial expressions with actor, Chris Diamantopoulos, who plays the role of Moe.

“I was forced to make a facial expression with one of the Stooges,” Samson said.  “He’s so funny, that he was making me laugh. All I kept hearing in the background was Pete Farrelly yelling, ‘Samson, stop laughing, you’re ruining the take!’ I felt like, ‘Wow, I am being directed by the Farrelly brothers!

“I stood there and I made a face at Moe, and Moe made a face at me.” After the filming was done in Atlanta, Samson still didn’t know if his scene actually was in the movie.

“I didn’t hear from them for a month before it was released, so I assumed I didn’t make the movie,” Samson said. “The day it was released, I started getting e-mails from people that I know and people that I don’t know, asking me if it was me in ‘The Three Stooges.’ It occurred to me that I made the movie.

“If you blink, you’ll miss it. So don’t blink.”

Joe Frisaro

JJ used Central Park to warm up in New York

NEW YORK — If you were waltzing through Central Park on Monday afternoon and spotted an extremely tall man playing catch, you didn’t see some random weekend player looking for a pickup game.

You saw Josh Johnson.

The Marlins ace did his between starts throwing session with pitching coach Randy St. Claire.

Because Johnson started on Tuesday night against the Mets, he stayed on his schedule, even if it meant being near those casually walking their dogs or flinging frisbees.

The Marlins were off on Monday, and Citi Field was occupied as the Mets were playing a  the Giants.

“We didn’t really want to take a cab all the way out here, even if it was available,” Johnson said. “We just said we’d just walk over [to Central Park] and find a flat spot and play a little catch.”

It worked out fine as Central Park isn’t too far from the team hotel.

It’s not uncommon for St. Claire to warm up his pitchers on fields, lots or parks. He did it last August in Philadelphia with Anibal Sanchez. The two threw across the street from the team hotel the day after a Hurricane Irene threatened the East Coast.

Johnson has also thrown in various parks, but never Central Park.

“I’ll go to a park or whatever is close to the hotel,” said the 6-foot-7 right-hander. “In Philly, I played catch in some park that was barely 90 feet. My son was playing baseball so I think people thought we were getting loose to pitch to him or something.”

In Central Park, Johnson wore a Long Beach State sweatshirt, and he said nobody seemed to recognize who he was.

“Everybody was looking like, ‘Why is this guy throwing in the park?’ It’s not like he’s just throwing catch,” the two-time All-Star said. “I was like throwing from 120 feet.”

Joe Frisaro