Results tagged ‘ Ichiro Suzuki ’

Coghlan joins elite company

Chris Coghlan now has something in common with Ichiro Suzuki and Todd Helton.

Coghlan slapped a single to center in the seventh inning on Saturday against Adam Russell of the Padres.

It was the rookie’s 45th hit in August, matching a franchise record for most hits in a month. Hanley Ramirez also has 45 hits this month.

Luis Castillo previously set the mark, collecting 45 in August in 1999.

The hit also was the most by a rookie in the big leagues since Suzuki collected 51 for Seattle in August of 2001. Coghlan’s hit total is the most by an N.L. rookie since Helton of the Rockies had 45 in August of 1998.

Here’s the Marlins most hits in a single month:

Coghlan, 45 (Aug., 2009)

Ramirez 45, (Aug. 2009)

Castillo, 45 (Aug. 1999)

Juan Pierre, 43, (Sept. 2004)

Ramirez, 43 (Sept. 2006)

Miguel Cabrera, 42 (May 2006)

Dan Uggla, 42 (May 2006)

Kevin Millar, 41, (Sept. 2002)

Terry Pendleton, 40 (Aug. 1995)

Mike Lowell, 40 (Aug. 2002)

Ramirez, 40 (June 2009)

— Joe Frisaro




Bonifacio speed by numbers

There is fast, and then there is Bonifacio-fast.

Hanley Ramirez calls Emilio Bonifacio the fastest person he’s ever seen. Cody Ross says Boni makes what would be a triple for a fast runner an inside-the-park home run.

Bonifacio’s inside-the-park homer on Monday awed the crowd of 34,323 at Dolphin Stadium.

According to the Marlins personnel department, Bonifacio’s speed on the bases ranks in the top five of anyone in the big leagues.

Batting from the left-side on a full swing, he’s been clocked at 3.86 seconds to first base. On a bunt, he’s at 3.68 seconds.

Compare that to Juan Pierre. In 2003, JP was at 3.9 seconds.

The 3.68 speed on the bunt for Bonifacio ranks up there with players like Ichiro Suzuki, who also is one of the fastest in the game.

From the right-side going down to first base, Bonifacio’s been clocked at 3.9. Cameron Maybin is at 4.0, and Hanley is around 3.9 and 4.0 seconds.

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu pitching World Baseball Classic

Looking at the television on Sunday morning, Jorge Cantu was mildly suprised to see himself in an ESPN commercial.

Cantu was one of four players used to advertise the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which begins in March.

In January, the Marlins third baseman received a call to participate in the commercial. Cantu is representing Mexico in the Classic, and he was dressed in his country’s uniform. Derek Jeter also was showcased to represent Team USA. Alex Rodriguez is in it for the Dominican Republic and Ichiro Suzuki is on hand for Japan.

“I saw it for the first time today, I was so pumped,” Cantu said. “Wow, they did such a great job.”

To the skeptics, Cantu said the Classic is worth watching.

“People have to watch it. It’s like a playoff game,” he said. “It’s all or nothing for every country. It’s just a lot of pride for me. Obviously, in Mexico, soccer is the national sport. But in Mexico we have a lot of baseball talent. It’s a chance to show the rest of the country the talent we have in baseball.”

— Joe Frisaro