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Marlins to again visit troops

Logan Morrison and Wes Helms will be among the contingent of Marlins traveling overseas to visit the troops in early 2011.

For the second straight year, the Marlins will be spending time and supporting those serving in the armed forces. The trip will be from Feb. 3-11.

A year ago, John Baker and Chris Coghlan were among the group that traveled to Iraq and Kuwait.

Also scheduled to make the trip are Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson, David Samson and three Marlins Mermaids.

More details on the upcoming visit will be forthcoming, and will once again provide extensive coverage of the trip.

— Joe Frisaro


Uggla on brink of 100 RBIs

Dan Uggla is on the brink of joining an exclusive Marlins’ club.

With his next RBI, he will place himself on the franchise’s 100 RBI list. In their history, the benchmark has been reached 14 times.

Uggla1z2.jpgUggla has been stuck on 99 since his run-scoring single in the seventh inning last Thursday at Milwaukee. He has gone four games without driving in a run heading into Tuesday night at Atlanta.

The 99 RBIs by Uggla are the most of any National League second baseman. Robinson Cano of the Yankees has 105, which tops all MLB second basemen.

Uggla is having a career season across the board, and he’s already topped his season best for RBIs. Previously it was 92 in 2008.

Preston Wilson holds the franchise record with 121, posted in 2000. A year ago, Hanley Ramirez (106) and Jorge Cantu (100) reached the century mark.

Florida’s season RBI leaders:

* Preston Wilson, 121, 2000
* Gary Sheffield, 120, 1996
* Miguel Cabrera, 119, 2007
* Miguel Cabrera, 116, 2005
* Moises Alou, 115, 1997
* Carlos Delgado, 115, 2005
* Miguel Cabrera, 114, 2006
* Miguel Cabrera, 112, 2004
* Hanley Ramirez, 106, 2009
* Jeff Conine, 105, 1995
* Mike Lowell, 105, 2003
* Cliff Floyd, 103, 2001
* Jorge Cantu, 100, 2009
* Mike Lowell, 100, 2001
* Dan Uggla, 99, 2010

— Joe Frisaro

Stanton showcases strong arm

Mike Stanton has created plenty of attention with his bat. The 20-year-old rookie right fielder has 20 home runs since arriving to the big leagues on June 8.

During the first two games in Milwaukee, though, Stanton has made an impact with his arm. On Friday night, he threw out two runners, giving him three assists thus far in the series.

In his first 89 big league games, Stanton now leads all Marlins outfielders in assists with nine.

Stanton’s surge moved him past Chris Coghlan, who had seven in 90 games before he was sidelined with season-ending knee surgery.

As a team, the Marlins have had 35 outfield assists this year. Cody Ross had six assists, while Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison each have four. Emilio Bonifacio has three, while Brett Carroll added two.

In terms of team history, Stanton’s nine assists ties him with Todd Dunwoody (1998) for the fourth most by a Marlins’ rookie outfielder.

Stanton is now closing in on Preston Wilson, who is third on the team list with10 in 1999. Jeff Conine is second with 11 in 1993.

Still, don’t look for Stanton to challenge the club rookie record. 

The Marlins all-time mark for rookie outfield assists has stood for 12 years, and it should remain for a while longer. In 1998, Mark Kotsay posted 20 assists, which also is an overall franchise record.

— Joe Frisaro

Uggla ties D-Lee

With two swings of the bat on Friday night, Dan Uggla gained a piece of Marlins history.

Batting cleanup with Jorge Cantu getting the night off, Uggla connected on two home runs off Mets lefty Oliver Perez.

uggla1b.jpgNow with 129 for his career, Uggla tied Derrek Lee for third place all-time in Marlins history.

The Marlins went on to win, 7-2, and Uggla finished with four RBIs.

Prior to Friday, Uggla had never homered from the cleanup spot. Not that he had a lot of opportunity there. He entered the game with 11 at-bats while hitting fourth. Now, he has two homers in the prime power spot. The two-time All-Star second baseman has hit primarily fifth all season.

Uggla has 61 career homers while batting No. 2, where he hit first few seasons. In his first two years, Uggla primary batted between Hanley Ramirez, who led off back then, and Miguel Cabrera.

The past few years he has batted mostly in the fifth spot, where he has 42 career homers.

Friday marked the 10th time in his career that Uggla has hit two homers in the game. He last did it on June 20, 2008 at Oakland.

Marlins All-Time HR leaders:

Mike Lowell 143

Miguel Cabrera 138

Dan Uggla 129

Derrek Lee 129

Jeff Conine 120

— Joe Frisaro

(Photo courtesy of Kelly Gavin/Florida Marlins) 



Coghlan continues being a hit

Lost in all the swings and misses on Wednesday night at Turner Field was rookie Chris Coghlan continuing to do his thing.

Coghlan went 1-for-5, and his single was his 47th hit in September.

Once again, there was historical value on the hit. The last MLB rookie to have as many as 47 hits in September was Chuck Klein, who had 50, in 1928.

The Marlins have three more games to go, beginning on Friday night at Philadelphia.

An NL Rookie of the Year favorite, Coghlan is batting .318 on the season. He will establish a franchise record for highest batting average. Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Jeff Conine (1993) each finished at .292.

Coghlan’s 107 hits since the All-Star Break are the most of any player in the Major Leagues.

The Marlins record for hits after the break is 113, set by Juan Pierre in 2004. That may be a tough number for Coghlan to catch.

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley on brink of 100

Even though Hanley Ramirez didn’t get a hit in the Marlins’ 11-3 win on Saturday night against the Nationals, the All-Star shortstop did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Now with 99 on the season, Ramirez is on the brink of his first 100 RBI campaign.

In his first three seasons, Ramirez was primarily a leadoff hitter, and he established franchise records for runs scored in a season with 125, which he did in 2007-08. He’s hit third this year.

Previously, his RBI high was 81 in 2007.

Ramirez is having an MVP-caliber season, although the frontrunner for the award is St. Louis’ Albert Pujols.

Still, Ramirez is enjoying a remarkable season, and worthy of serious MVP consideration. Now he’s shown he can be a big-time run producer batting in the third spot.

The last Marlin to reach 100 RBIs was Miguel Cabrera, who posted 119 in 2007.

Here’s Florida’s all-time 100 RBI leaders:

121 Preston Wilson 2000

120 Gary Sheffield 1996

119 Miguel Cabrera 2007

116 Miguel Cabrera 2005

115 Carlos Delgado 2005

115 Moises Alou 1997

114 Miguel Cabrera 2006

112 Miguel Cabrera 2004

105 Mike Lowell 2003

105 Jeff Conine 1995

— Joe Frisaro




Making case for Coghlan

Welcome to the national stage, Chris Coghlan.

As much as the Marlins 24-year-old left fielder wants to avoid drawing attention to himself, it’s now unavoidable.

Coghlan officially is among the frontrunners for the National League Rookie of the Year.

With the team in the media glare of New York City, Coghlan’s name is being tossed about for top rookie honors. Coghlan this week has done an interview at the studios of the MLB Network, and is featuring him on its web site.

“I know it comes with the territory,” Coghlan said of the publicity.

Coghlan adds that he will reflect upon individual honors after the season. For now, the left-handed hitting left fielder is striving to help the Marlins reach the postseason.

Still, his numbers are difficult to overlook. And they no longer are. This week, Coghlan picked up the endorsement for top rookie honors from Ken Rosenthal of

Based on statistics, it’s hard to ignore what Coghlan has been accomplishing. His .305 batting average and .382 on-base percentage are the highest of any N.L. Rookie. Arizona’s Gerardo Parra is batting .291 as is Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee. Both have fewer at-bats.

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates is an exciting player, and he’s batting .278 with a .356 on-base percentage.

Power numbers may hurt Coghlan. Yet, he has nine home runs and 40 RBIs. Those are highly respectable, considering he is hitting leadoff. His 67 runs scored also are the most among rookies.

Coghlan also on a team still in the playoff mix.

In their histiroy, the Marlins have had two Rookie of the Year winners — Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Hanley Ramirez (2006). Ramirez and Jeff Conine (1993) share the Marlins record for highest batting average by a rookie — .292. Coghlan has a chance to beat that.

In August, Coghlan set a franchise record with 47 hits in a month, the highest by any N.L. rookie since Wally Moon in 1954.

Coghlan’s stiffest competition for the rookie award appears to be Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ, who has a 10-4 record and 2.77 ERA. Happ has the benefit of pitching for a first-place team, and he’s logged 149 2/3 innings over 31 games and 19 starts.

The race appears to be tight, meaning these final weeks will likely determine how the award plays out. The way Coghlan has played of late, his chances are good. It’s encouraging for his supporters that people are taking notice. 

— Joe Frisaro


Curtain call for Hanley


Photo by Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins

Hanley Ramirez gives a curtain call after his grand slam in the eighth inning on Thursday night against the Orioles.

The slam was Ramirez’s third of the season, and second in the series. He now ties the club record for a season with Cody Ross, who also has three this year. Jeff Conine (2004) and Bobby Bonilla (1997) also previously had three.

Ramirez entered the year without connecting a slam. In the three games with the Orioles, Ramirez had 11 RBIs, giving him a team most 47.

— Joe Frisaro


Johnson befuddles hitters

Josh Johnson wasted little time bringing the heat.

Pitching live batting practices to hitters on Wednesday, the 6-foot-7 right-hander basically dominated.

“Nasty,” said Cody Ross, who had the unenviable task of facing Johnson. “The ball was cutting four or five inches at 95 mph.”

Marlins special assistant Jeff Conine joked with Johnson: “Way to help the [hitters] get dialed-in.”

The group that faced Johnson had Ross, John Baker, Dallas McPherson and Jay Gibbons. The first foul ball was greeted with a, “Take that, Johnson!” from hitting coach Jim Presley.

— Joe Frisaro