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Marlins payroll projects at $58 million

The Marlins aren’t waiting until moving into their new ballpark to bump up payroll.

After taking care of all their arbitration business on Tuesday, the Marlins’ have already allocated more than $52 million on 13 players. By the time their 25-man roster is completed, their Opening Day number projects to be about $58 million.

It’s the franchise’s highest payroll since it opened 2005 with a $60.4 million figure. That squad featured Carlos Delgado, Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis, Paul Lo Duca and Juan Pierre.

In 2010, the Marlins’ payroll to start the season was $47.4 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Hanley Ramirez will be the highest paid player on the team with a base salary of $11 million. Josh Johnson will be making $7.75 million, while Javier Vazquez is signed for $7 million, and Ricky Nolasco is set to earn $6 million.

Payroll increases are expected over the next few seasons, after the team moves into their new retractable-roof ballpark, which is set to open in 2012.

— Joe Frisaro


Stanton matches hit record

One day Mike Stanton may indeed tie the Marlins record for home runs in a game. It is three done twice, by Mike Lowell and Cody Ross.

On Wednesday night, Stanton ended up matching a team mark for hits in a game. By going 5-for-5, Stanton posted the 14th five-hit game in club history.

“It could have easily been 3-for-5,” Stanton said.

In the second inning, Stanton singled on a hard liner that was juggled by shortstop Ian Desmond. In the ninth inning, he hit the ball off the end of his bat that fluttered into right field for another single.

“I didn’t try to change anything,” Stanton said. “It was just one of those nights where everything went my way, I guess.”

Stanton is the second Marlin to have five hits and four RBIs in the same game. Gary Sheffield previously did it on Sept. 17, 1995 at the Rockies. At 20 years, 276 days old, Stanton is the second youngest player ever to register five hits and four RBIs in a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phil Cavarretta did it at 19 years, 33 days.

Aug. 11, 2010: Mike Stanton vs. Nationals
July 10, 2008: Hanley Ramirez vs. Dodgers
July 1, 2007: Josh Willingham vs. Braves
June 16, 2007: Miguel Olivo vs. Royals
April 28, 2007: Miguel Cabrera vs. Phillies
Sept. 11, 2006: Dan Uggla vs. Mets
Oct. 2, 2005: Juan Pierre vs. Braves
May 8, 2005: Juan Pierre vs. Rockies
April 27, 2001: Eric Owens vs. Astros
June 22, 1998: Mark Kotsay vs. Rays
Sept. 17, 1995: Gary Sheffield vs. Rockies
May 29, 1995: Terry Pendleton vs. Astros
July 24, 1994: Gary Sheffield vs. Rockies
May 3, 1994: Chuck Carr vs. Braves

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins-White Sox Sunday lineups

The Marlins and White Sox conclude their three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday afternoon. Josh Johnson starts for Florida. Freddy Garcia takes the mound for Chicago.







1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, DH

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Brett Carroll, RF







1) Juan Pierre, LF

2) A.J. Pierzynski, C

3) Alex Rios, CF

4) Paul Konerko, 1B

5) Mark Kotsay, DH

6) Carlos Quinten, RF

7) Mark Teahen, 3B

8) Alexei Ramirez, SS

9) Gordon Beckham, 2B

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-White Sox lineups

The Marlins and White Sox resume their Interleague series on Saturday afternoon. Chris Volstad looks to help Florida even the series at U.S. Cellular Field. Gavin Floyd gets the start for Chicago.




1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, DH

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Cameron Maybin, CF







1) Juan Pierre, LF

2) Alexei Ramirez, SS

3) Alex Rios, CF

4) Paul Konerko, DH

5) Mark Kotsay, 1B

6) Carlos Quentin, RF

7) Mark Teahen, 3B

8) Ramon Castro, C

9) Gordon Beckham, 2B

— Joe Frisaro


Similarities to 2003?

WStrophy.jpgWhen the Marlins entered Spring Training in 2003, many thought it would be a stretch if the team posted a winning record.

Yet, magic happened that year. As Juan Pierre said after the parade: “We shocked the world!”

The ’03 Marlins certainly did. They went on to win 91 games and capture the second World Series title in franchise history. That squad featured Ivan Rodriguez, Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo, Derrek Lee, and a core of players who had been together a few seasons.

They won with pitching, speed and defense.

Marlins management and players have entered Spring Training this year openly talking playoffs. The nucleus of the squad has been together since 2006. Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco are building-block-type players who have raised hopes in camp.

But do the two teams compare? The 2010 Marlins have more power potential, and Ramirez is on his way to being the greatest player in franchise history. The ’03 squad was better defensively, and the starting pitching was deeper and it clicked at the right time that year.

“I think all teams are different,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. “I wouldn’t compare them. But I would say, the talent pool, having been together for all these years is very similar. They [2010 Marlins] are about ready to break out now.”

Full-squad workouts began for the Marlins on Wednesday, and practices are open free to the public.

Loria envisions a big season for his maturing roster.

“I think you can compare some aspects of it,” the owner said, referring to 2003 and now. “You’ve got guys who can do certain things. You’ve got guys who can hit home runs. You’ve got pitchers now who have been together for a couple of years. That’s where we were in ’03 when the pitchers started to turn. After all, this game is a lot about pitching, bullpen. We think we have a strong bullpen.

“I think we’re in really good shape. I just hope that we stay healthy. I think what’s here is quite capable of getting it done.”

— Joe Frisaro


Hanley-Jeter breakdown

They are All-Star shortstops who each wear No. 2.

Derek Jeter, the captain of the defending World Series champion Yankees, is regarded as the standard at his position. Based on his overall numbers and five rings, it is easy to see why.

Still, when discussing the best shortstops in the game, don’t discount Florida’s Hanley Ramirez. The 26-year-old is the defending N.L. batting champion, coming off a .342 season. He’s won two straight Silver Slugger Awards. Manager Fredi Gonzalez quipped to Ramirez, “I was telling him, hey, ‘We’ve got enough silver, we’ve got to get gold this year.” Ramirez hopes to reach Gold Glove status in the field. He committed 10 errors in 2009 after racking up 22 in ’08.

Across the board, Ramirez stands above the rest at his position. He has speed, power, hits for average and he is one of the best baserunners in the game.

If scoring runs and stealing bases are qualifications for being a great base runner, then Hanley (nicknamed H2R) stands alone.

According to Elias, since 2006, Hanley’s rookie season, the Marlins shortstop is the only player in baseball to rank in the top five in runs scored and stolen bases.

Here are the stolen base leaders over that span:

* Jose Reyes, 209
* Carl Crawford, 193
* Juan Pierre, 192
* Chone Figgins, 169
* Hanley Ramirez, 164

The top run scorers since 2006:

* Hanley Ramirez, 470
* Chase Utley, 460
* Albert Pujols, 442
* Jimmy Rollins, 442
* Matt Holliday, 440

“I don’t think there is anything he can’t do on a baseball field,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez says of his two-time All-Star shortstop. “He’s got good instincts on the bases. The speed is still there. He goes from first-to-home. That’s when I like to see him run, when he goes first-to-third, or first-to-home on a double. That’s when you see his athleticism.”

The days of Ramirez stealing 50 bases may be over, because he is batting third now.

“You don’t want to beat up that body too much,” Gonzalez said. “But I think he’s a guy who can still run you 30. It’s when you steal them. I’ve seen guys with 50, stealing third with two outs, swiping a base that is really meaningless.”

Since his rookie season, Hanley’s numbers certainly hold up when next to Jeter.

From 2006-09, Ramirez has compiled: 470 runs, 771 hits, 170 doubles, 22 triples, 103 HRs, 313 RBIs, 164 stolen bases, .316 BA, .387 OBP, .531 slug, .918 OPS.

Jeter from 2006-09 posted: 415 runs, 811 hits, 130 doubles, 11 triples, 55 HRs, 305 RBIs, 90 stolen bases, .325 BA, .394 OBP, .453 Slug, .847 OPS.

In his first four big league seasons, from 1996-99, Jeter turned in these figures: 481 runs, 795 hits, 118 doubles, 30 triples, 63 HRs, 334 RBIs, 86 stolen bases, .319 BA, .391 OBP, .467 slg, .858 OPS.

Jeter’s obvious edge … five rings.

— Joe Frisaro

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


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




Marlins Sunday lineup

The Marlins have their primary lineup for Sunday’s series finale with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are giving Manny Ramirez the day off, and former Marlin Juan Pierre is in the lineup, batting ninth.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Boni, 3B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Hermida, RF

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, CF

8) Baker, C

9) Volstad, P


1) Furcal, SS

2) Hudson, 2B

3) Ethier, RF

4) Loney, 1B

5) Kemp, CF

6) Martin, C

7) Loretta, 3B

8) Schmidt, P

9) Pierre, LF

— Joe Frisaro



Bucky Dent visits

A day doesn’t go by where Bucky Dent isn’t reminded of the home run.

Dent’s historic three-run homer in 1978 at Fenway Park in the division playoff game lifted the Yankees past the Red Sox, giving New York the AL East title. Praised by Yankee fans and hated by Red Sox fans, Dent is just happy people remember.

Asked how often he hears mention of the homer, Dent said on Tuesday: “Every day. Walking in here just a minute ago. A guy came up to me, and said, ‘I’m a big Bronx Bomber guy. Thanks for the home run.’ It’s a nice feeling, [31] years later and people still remember.”

Dent was at Marlins camp on Tuesday, talking with players and coaches. He is promoting his Bucky Dent Baseball School in Delray Beach.

Dent approached Dan Uggla to see if he would speak to kids at the baseball school. Uggla then surprised Dent by saying that he attended the Bucky Dent Baseball School when he was 13-years-old.

In recent years, a number of Marlins have spoken to the kids at the school. The list includes Kevin Gregg, Juan Pierre, Jeremy Hermida and Matt Treanor.

When Dent was a Minor League manager in the Yankees system, his backup catcher was Fredi Gonzalez.

— Joe Frisaro