Nolasco thankful for times with Marlins
ST. LOUIS — Ricky Nolasco, a Southern California native, is thankful for his years with the Marlins and he welcomes his opportunity to return home.
The Marlins on Saturday night completed a trade with the Dodgers, sending Nolasco to Los Angeles for three pitching prospects.
“I’m definitely excited. It’s L.A., the team that I grew up going to the games as a kid and stuff,” Nolasco told MLB.com. “It’s kind of surreal now, until I’m actually there. It will take time to sink in, but I’m definitely excited. My whole family couldn’t be happier. I’ll try to blend in as quickly as I can.”
Nolasco thanked the Marlins for giving him his first big league shot, including team owner Jeffrey Loria, team president David Samson, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill. He also expressed his gratitude to manager Mike Redmond, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, the rest of the staff and his teammates.
“I definitely want to say thank you to the whole Marlins organization, from top to bottom,” Nolasco said. “These last eight years I will obviously never forget. They’ve been great, although we didn’t go to the playoffs any of the years I was there. I am really glad to have been part of that organization.”
– Joe Frisaro