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Marlins baseball is back, and beginning on Thursday, so are the voices of the organization.
The opening of the Grapefruit League season matches the Marlins against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Thursday also marks the first radio broadcast of Spring Training.
Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner will call the action of the 1:05 p.m. ET contest.
“It’s an exciting time for baseball, and it’s an exciting time for the Marlins,” said Van Horne, who has broadcasted MLB games for more than 40 years. “I feel very strongly that if the Marlins can get good production out of the third and fourth spots in their starting rotation that they can really do some damage in the East Division.”
After winning 87 games a year ago, the Marlins are talking playoffs in 2010.
“They can not only contend with all the powers in the division, and even the Phillies, deemed by most peoples’ estimations the team to beat in the division,” Van Horne said. “It’s a very exciting time for the Marlins and the Marlins fans.”
In all, the Marlins flagship station, 790 The Ticket, will broadcast 15 Grapefruit League games.
“We’re back on our same keystone station, of course, 790 The Ticket, in Miami,” Van Horne said. “Glenn Geffner and I begin our third year working together on the broadcast. We have made a pact. We’ve talked about it all winter long. We have promised our listeners that we will broadcast more winning games this year than last year.”
The intimacy of Spring Training is an attraction for fans.
“It’s a great time for the fans because they can get close to the players,” Van Horne said. “They can get down on the field, and watch a team work out. They are close to the batting cages, the pitching mounds, and watch all these things in person that are tougher to see when the regular season begins. It’s a great time fans, but I’ve got to admit, it’s a great time for broadcasters, too.”
The Marlins opened their exhibition season with an impressive 19-3 win over the University of Miami on Wednesday.
In their Grapefruit League opener, Anibal Sanchez will get the start. Rick VandenHurk will pitch in relief.
— Joe Frisaro
It was a first. For for the most part, it was a success.
For the first time, the Marlins opened their day-before-the-opener workout to the public. Admission and parking were free, and the team used it as a select-a-seat opportunity.
About 1,000 showed up, and the team plans on making this a tradition for Opening Day home games.
If you didn’t make it to the park, here is what you missed:
* Radio voice Glenn Geffner addressed the crowd and did some player interviews when players had a free few minutes during the workout.
* Jeffrey Urgelles is filling in for Pierre Arsenault as the interim bullpen coordinator. Arsenault, the lone coach remaining from the 2003 World Series title team, is dealing with a left hip condition. He is hoping to return in four to six weeks. The bullpen coordinator regularly catches pitchers warming up.
* Cody Ross raised chants of “Cody! Cody! Cody!” after he entertained the crowd by belting several home runs during his batting practice round.
* Players were very accommodating signings autographs when they could.
* Dan Uggla, who has been resting tightness in his left calf, took batting practice and he will be good to go on Monday.
* The batting order on Monday will be: Emilio Bonifacio, John Baker, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Ross, Cameron Maybin and Ricky Nolasco.
* Bonifacio, hearing the “Cody! Cody! Cody!” chants, was asked when he last hit a home run. He said, in the Dominican Republic Winter League. Bonifacio has not hit an MLB homer in 192 at-bats. He had 12 homers in his Minor League career, including one in 367 at-bats for Tucson last year.
* Scott Proctor will have another test by the doctor in a day or two, and that will determine when he will be cleared to start throwing.
— Joe Frisaro