Opening Day firsts for nine players
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Opening Day, obviously, marks a new beginning.
For the young Marlins, Monday marked a completely new experience.
Nine of Miami’s players are going celebrating their first MLB Opening Day — Rob Brantly, Donovan Solano, Adeiny Hechavarria, Justin Ruggiano, Chris Valaika, Wade LeBlanc, A.J. Ramos, Alex Sanabia and Jose Fernandez.
It’s also a first for Mike Redmond as a big league manager, and Tino Martinez as a hitting coach.
“I’ve been through enough of these as a player,” said Redmond, who spent 13 years as a big league catcher. “But, I think, everybody is a little bit nervous. I know as a player, I got a little bit nervous. I think it’s more just excitement and being ready to get this thing going.”
The Marlins open the season with the youngest pitching rotation in the National League (26.62 years), and second youngest in the Majors. Only Oakland’s staff (25.03) is younger.
The Marlins have the seventh youngest active roster (29.19) in the Majors, according to STATS LLC.
– Joe Frisaro