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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 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Johnson wows 'em

Mention the name Josh Johnson to MLB scouts, and the praises start to flow.

Johnson certainly didn’t disappoint on Tuesday night, as the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings,striking out eight with no walks.

For the sake of discussion, I asked a few scouts what the Marlins could get in return if they put J.J. name on the trade market. Now, before anyone gets too excited, the Marlins ARE NOT doing that. I anticiapte Florida will try signing Johnson long-term at some point.

But for the sake of measuring what his value would be, I threw out the question.

Here is feedback, I received: “The best of the best.”

The Marlins obtained Hanley Ramirez in return for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. Johnson will bring back a player in the class of Hanley, one scout said.

“He’s a true ace,” another scout said. “You’d get two established big leaguers and a couple of top prospects.”

– Joe Frisaro

The new Mike Lowell?

Ask around about Matt Dominguez and the name that pops up on a regular basis is Mike Lowell.

Dominguez, Florida’s first-round pick in 2007, is a slick-fielding 19-year-old third baseman. His style of play reminds the team of Lowell, the former Marlin who is now with Boston.

When drafted, Dominguez drew comparisons to Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman.

On Friday, Dominguez showed some bat speed, too. He had a challenge, facing live pitching from Ricky Nolasco. While Dominguez is a few years away from being big league ready, he is has the potential to move very quickly through the system.

– Joe Frisaro

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