April 2012

Reyes greeted with mixed reviews

NEW YORK — Reaction was mixed for Jose Reyes in his first game at Citi Field as a member of the Miamii Marlins.

A four-time All-Star with the Mets, Reyes heard his share of cheers and jeers during warmups and his first at-bat on Tuesday night.

A pocket of fans held up a huge sign in support of Reyes, and they chanted: “Jose! Jose! Jose! Jose!”

On the flip side, there were some who gave Reyes an earful during batting practice. They stood above the Marlins dugout, wearing Reyes shirts with an X taped over the shortstop’s name.

The Marlins signed Reyes to a six-year, $106 million contract in December.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins make a morning appearance on NBC

NEW YORK — The Miami Marlins received some more national media attention on Tuesday morning as nine players stopped by the NBC studios to appear on The Today Show 4th Hour, featuring Kathie Lee & Hoda.

Guest host, Willie Geist, was with Hoda. The players presented each with a personalized Miami Marlins jersey.

The segment featured a video clip of Sara Haines working out with the Marlins during Spring Training. Haines and the NBC crew were at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., about a month ago.

Appearing on the show were Gaby Sanchez, Donnie Murphy, Heath Bell, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Mark Buehrle, Brett Hayes, John Buck and Steve Cishek.

This picture was sent out via Twitter, @klgandhoda, shortly after the segment aired.

JJ vs. Johan on tap in series opener

NEW YORK — Rained out on Sunday, the Marlins had an extra day of rest before they open their three-game series with the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Josh Johnson, initially scheduled to start on Sunday at Washington, goes in the first game at Citi Field.

New York is starting Johan Santana in a battle of aces.

The Marlins have dropped two straight, and look to get back to the .500 mark.

Johnson is 8-1 lifetime against the Mets.


David Wright .207 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

Daniel Murphy .294

Jason Bay .417 1 HR, 2 RBIs

Ike Davis .143

Justin Turner 1-for-2 .500

MARLINS vs. Santana

Omar Infante .205 (8-for-39)

Hanley Ramirez .143 (3-for-21)

John Buck .235

Emilio Bonifacio .083 (1-for-12)

Gaby Sanchez .800 (4-for-5)

Jose Reyes .250 (1-for-4)

Joe Frisaro


Preview of The Franchise a big hit

Showtime hit a home run with its preview episode of “The Franchise,” the reality TV series featuring the Miami Marlins.

A glimpse at what to expect aired on Saturday night, and nothing was held back. We saw and heard it all — the good and the bad. The for print words and the bad words. Doors normally shut to the public were swung wide open.

Preview of The Franchise

If you want a truly inside look, this series is for you. If you want high drama, again, this episode knocked the ball out of the park.

The most gripping TV centered on manager Ozzie Guillen’s five-game suspension, and how the organization handled it before, during and afterwards.

“Here’s the universe of things that you do when you have an issue with your employee.” Marlins president David Samson said on camera. “Nothing. Termination. … This is about as bad as it can get, without getting to termination.”

We saw a distraught Guillen admit: “This is one of the biggest mistake so far in my life.”

Once the suspension ended, Samson had another meeting with Guillen. The message the team president made was clear.

“I’m going to tell you where we are as an organization,” Samson said. “It’s been the worst week we’ve ever had. Just on the phone all day, every day, dealing with it.”

In moving forward, Samson encouraged his manager to be himself.

“Just manage your game. Do everything you do. I hope you’re not changed,” Samson told Guillen. “I hope that we’ve all learned from this. But I hope that you’re still going to be Ozzie.”

Other highlights included:

* Hanley Ramirez playing video games with Jose Reyes.

“A lot of people think that after he signed here, it was going to be any issue between me and him,” Ramirez said. “Nope. We’re still the best friends.”

Added Reyes: “I don’t where the people had that coming from. We’ve always had a very good relationship.”

* At a team meeting, Guillen stressed the team to focus on the goal of winning.

“Don’t get caught up in the new ballpark,” the manager said. “How pretty we’re going to look in this uniform. Just one thing in mind, just to win a championship. That’s it. When you win, everything is beautiful. Even your wife likes you a little bit better.”

* On his car ride to the ballpark one day, Samson spoke about the potential reward for all the years of fighting to get the new, retractable-roof building.

“The payoff is seeing people enjoy the ballpark and winning games,” Samson said. “If we don’t get that payoff, then I’m not sure that being bloodied was all that it was cracked up to be.”

* The message to win was driven home by Guillen at his team meeting before Opening Night.

“We want people to hate this [expletive] ballclub,” Guillen said. “Because the manager has a [expletive] big mouth. He’s arrogant, he is cocky, whatever he is. I want people to [expletive] hate Ozzie. Because when people hate somebody, it’s because they’re good. Good teams win a lot of games. [Expletive] teams, they have a lot of meetings.

“Hopefully, the next meeting we have with you guys is going to be at the All-Star Break and in the first game of the playoffs. Good luck, and stay healthy. And everybody is in this together.”

More to come in July.

Joe Frisaro





Marlins lineup for Friday

Omar Infante will get at least another day to rest his strained left groin.

Infante was not in the starting lineup for the third straight day. Donnie Murphy will play second base on Friday when the Marlins open their three-game set at the Nationals.


1) Reyes, SS

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Stanton, RF

5) Sanchez, 1B

6) Kearns, LF

7) Buck, C

8) Murphy, 2B

9) Zambrano, P

Joe Frisaro


Special inscription on Marlins Park baseballs

MIAMI — Even catching a foul ball or home run ball at Marlins Park is like nowhere else in Major League Baseball.

To commemorate the opening of the Marlins new home, the baseballs have a special inscription on them. Displayed is a stamp that reads: “Marlins Park inaugural season 2012.”

Many thanks to Tom Jelke @tjelke for sharing this picture for the readers of The Fish Pond.

Joe Frisaro


Marlins Park baseball inscription



Give Buehrle an assist for Thursday’s win

Much of the credit in Miami’s 5-3 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon goes to the bullpen.

Five relievers didn’t allow a hit or walk in 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

The group effort picked up after Ricky Nolasco, who executed enough quality pitches to minimize damage in 5 1/3 innings. But in the sixth, Nolasco was lifted.

Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb, Randy Choate, Edward Mujica and Heath Bell were able to slam the door shut on the Marlins’ first sweep of the season.

While the pen did their part, also give an assist to Mark Buehrle for Thursday’s effort.

What the Marlins saw on Thursday is how strong starting pitching from the night before can help the team the next day.

Because Buehrle worked eight impressive innings on Wednesday night, the bullpen was fresh for the quick turnaround game at Marlins Park.

Miami went from playing at night on Wednesday to a 12:40 p.m. ET start on Thursday.

“That was pretty important, what Buehrle did,” Mujica said. “We got very good rest.”

For the most part, Miami’s starting pitchers have been doing a good job logging innings. Marlins starters have tossed 79 2/3 innings, which is the fourth most in the National League.

Earlier in the week, the Marlins’ bullpen was tapped out in the series finale against the Astros. On Sunday, Chad Gaudin was the lone reliever left, and he had to hit for himself in the 10th inning because no other pitcher was available.

Gaudin worked three innings that day, and Miami ended up winning in the 11th.

So getting eight innings from Buehrle helped the bullpen regroup to close out the Cubs.

“That’s important for the bullpen, because a couple of days ago, before we had the day off [Monday], everybody was down the last game against the Astros,” Mujica said. “We had like four guys down in the bullpen, because we pitched like three or four days in a row.”

Joe Frisaro

Reyes presented with Silver Bat award

MIAMI — Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes collected some hardware on Wednesday night for what he did last season while with the Mets.

The four-time All-Star received the Silver Bat, awarded to the batting champion of each league. While with New York in 2011, Reyes paced the National League with a .337 average.

The Silver Bat is presented by Louisville Slugger, which also hands out Silver Slugger Awards.

photo by Kelly Gavin/Miami Marlins

Roof closed for Marlins’ finale with Cubs

MIAMI — After two straight nights of the roof being open, and the window in left field closed, Marlins Park will have its first 12:40 p.m. weekday day game in Miami.

The roof will be closed for the series finale with the Cubs.

Ricky Nolasco gets the nod for the Marlins, seeking career win No. 66. Nolasco enters the day three wins shy of Dontrelle Willis’ team mark of 68.

Hanley Ramirez has a string of homering in three straight games. Omar Infante, meanwhile, will get another day to rest his strained left groin.


1) Reyes, SS

2) Bonifacio, CF

3) Ramirez, 3B

4) Morrison, LF

5) Stanton, RF

6) Dobbs, 1B

7) Murphy, 2B

8) Hayes, C

9) Nolasco, P

Joe Frisaro


Hanley moving up Marlins’ home run ladder

MIAMI — Hanley Ramirez’s third home run in as many games moved him closer to the Marlins’ all-time home run mark.

The Miami third baseman now has 138 career home runs, which is tied with Miguel Cabrera for third in club history.

Dan Uggla holds the mark with 154, followed by Mike Lowell’s 143.

Home Run leaders

Dan Uggla, 154

Mike Lowell, 143

Hanley Ramirez, 138

Miguel Cabrera, 138

Derrek Lee, 129

Gary Sheffield, 122

Jeff Conine, 120

Cliff Floyd, 110

Preston Wilson, 104

Joe Frisaro