Marlins gearing up for start of Spring Training
JUPITER, Fla. — Throughout Monday morning, players filtered into Roger Dean Stadium in anticipation of the start of Spring Training.
Marlins pitchers and catchers took their physicals in the morning, as well as a number of position players.
All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton arrived with Ricky Nolasco, the projected Opening Day starter, to get his physical.
New manager Mike Redmond was eager to get things started. The 41-year-old, who retired as a player in 2010, was at the Roger Dean Stadium complex around 5 a.m. ET, beating early-riser Juan Pierre, who showed up about 6.
“All I cared about is I beat JP here,” Redmond joked with reporters mid-morning.
Pitchers and catchers will be on the field on Tuesday at 10 a.m., and the workouts are free and open to the public. Full-squad workouts get underway on Friday.
Redmond says the slate has been wiped clean, and he and his staff are ready to move the franchise forward.
“It’s a great opportunity for guys,” Redmond said. “I know every guy in that clubhouse right now is going, ‘Man, this is a great opportunity for me to go out and do something.’ We’ll see who steps up.”
The Marlins will have 74 players in camp, including 38 pitchers. Health-wise, the team is in good shape. None of the pitchers at this point will be on any injury limitations.
Redmond already is thinking about what he will tell his young club in their first meeting.
“I haven’t rehearsed it,” he said. “I’ve written some things down. I’m always better when I’m just me talking. I think that’s one of the things I’ve learned, not only through playing, but through managing, I’m always better when it just comes from the heart. It will have a direction. I’m excited. I can’t wait.”
– Joe Frisaro