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Halladay ticket souvenir offer

History was made last Saturday at Sun Life Stadium when Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins.

A crowd of 25,086 was on hand to watch Halladay retire all 27 Marlins he faced in a 1-0 victory.

Those wanting a piece of history will get a chance on Tuesday when remaining tickets that were available for that night will go on sale at

Tickets to all Marlins home games are available on

Halladay become the 20th pitcher in MLB history to log a perfect game.

— Joe Frisaro



Home plate part of history

Home plate didn’t get much use in the Marlins-Phillies three-game series at Sun Life Stadium. In three games, just seven total runs were scored.

Still, the plate will forever be part of baseball history.

homeplate.jpgOn Saturday night, Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Immediately following the Phillies, 1-0, victory, home plate and the pitching rubber were authenticated. The rubber was dislodged on Friday night, with grounds crew workers digging it up as the Super Saturday’s Concert act was performing.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had the rubber presented to Halladay, who struck out 11 on a night for the ages.

After the Marlins rebounded and won on Sunday — ironically, 1-0 — the grounds crew was back at work. For several hours after the final out, they dug up home place, which now will be part of Marlins history.

The Marlins are opening their new retractable-roof ballpark in 2012, and the team will recognize its history in the building. The home plate used in Halladay’s perfect game will eventually be displayed once the new ballpark opens.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Phillies lineups

Pitching matchups don’t get much bigger than this. The Marlins on Saturday night are sending Josh Johnson to the mound, while the Phillies counter with Roy Halladay.

The Marlins have dropped three straight, and they are looking to even their three-game set with first-place Philadelphia.







1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Wilson Valdez, SS

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Juan Castro, 3B

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Roy Halladay, P







1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Brett Hayes, C

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Josh Johnson, P


— Joe Frisaro


Nolasco completed what he started

When Ricky Nolasco last took the mound, he took care of business all by himself.

At Philadelphia last Saturday night, the 27-year-old right-hander turned in a complete game. Scattering five hits, Nolasco worked all nine innings in the Marlins, 5-1, victory.

ricky-nolasco.jpgNolasco takes the mound on Friday night at Colorado, when the Marlins open a three-game set with the Rockies at Coors Field (weather permitting, it’s cold and rainy).

Nolasco was one out away from also tossing a shutout, but Jayson Werth jumped on a first-pitch fastball for a solo home run. Nolasco ended it by retiring Raul Ibanez on a soft grounder back to the mound.

Complete games are rare these days. Not only for the Marlins, but throughout baseball.

Nolasco is the only Marlin to go the distance this season. And in the entire Major Leagues, just 12 pitchers have thrown complete games. Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia each have tossed two. There have been three complete-game shutouts — Halladay, Livan Hernandez and Ubaldo Jimenez (who no-hit the Braves).

No team, thus far, has had two seperate pitchers go the distance.

How rare have complete games for Florida been? Consider this fact. In 2005, the Marlins had 14 as a team. Since then, Nolasco’s complete game was the 14th total for Florida over the past five seasons.

With so much attention paid to pitch counts these days, pitchers are conditioned — mentally and physically — that six innings is a solid outing.

Another factor is the amount of strikes being thrown. Baseball insiders have noted — privately and publicly — that the strike zone has become so tight it makes it very difficult for pitchers to last deeper into games.

Marlins bench coach Carlos Tosca offered a suggestion to help speed up the game, and improve the action — raise the mound. 

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Phillies lineups Friday

The Marlins get their first shot at the three-time defending N.L. East champion Phillies. Anibal Sanchez makes the start while Philadelphia is going with Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.








1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) John Baker, C

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Mike Lamb, 1B

8) Brett Carroll, LF

9) Anibal Sanchez, P







1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Juan Castro, SS

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Roy Halladay, P


— Joe Frisaro


Condor taking off in camp

A little advice for prospects in their first big league camp — be careful what you wish for.

If you’re not, you might find a picture of yourself with your face photo-shopped on top of a large vulture.

condor1a.jpgProspect Bryan Petersen inadvertently coined his own nickname, and veteran Wes Helms has made sure it sticks.

Petersen recently stated he wanted a cool, bird-like nickname, and the outfielder tossed out the named, “Condor.”

Now, the name plate above Petersen’s locker reads, “Condor.”

Ok, it doesn’t roll off the tongue like Roy “Doc” Halladay, or the “Sultan of Swat,” or Hanley Ramirez’s “H2R” moniker, but it works in the Marlins clubhouse.

The nickname evolved earlier in camp when Petersen saw Andre Dawson walk through the clubhouse. Because Dawson is commonly called “Hawk,” Petersen basically made a throw-away comment that he wished he had a cool nickname like Hawk.

The exchange between Petersen and Helms went something like this:

Petersen: “I wish I had a cool one syllable nickname like Condor.”

Helms replied: “First of all, Condor is two syllables, and second, that’s your nickname.”

Called “Uncle Wes” by his teammates, Helms is taking Petersen under his wing. So much so that Helms insisted on Petersen’s locker be moved next to his, so he can keep close tabs on the young outfielder.

The nickname Petersen commonly goes by is “Petey.” But “Condor” is catching on.

— Joe Frisaro

(photo courtesy of Wes Helms)




Samson says all is quiet

Everything is subject to change, but for now, it appears all is quiet on the Marlins’ trade front.

On Thursday night, Marlins president David Samson told Dan LeBatard on 790 The Ticket:

“I don’t think people want to deal with us anymore. We have a low payroll, we win games, and I think people are afraid of getting burned maybe.”

As Friday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline approaches, Samson added no deals are imminent.

“I think our team feels it can [succeed] as is,” Samson said. “We’d like to bring in reinforcements. But we don’t want to be one of those teams that causes themselves to not win 81 games by making foolish deals.”

The Marlins continue to have no interest in trading their top prospect, outfielder Mike Stanton, a 19-year-old slugger at Double-A Jacksonville. Teams also are coveting Double-A first baseman Logan Morrison. Both are pretty much untouchable.

Samson did reveal the Marlins expressed interest in Roy Halladay, but talks immediately stalled when Stanton’s name was attached. Reports say the Blue Jays wanted Stanton and Cameron Maybin.

— Joe Frisaro

Weighing trade options

At the trade deadline last year, the Marlins courted Manny Ramirez and ended up acquiring lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes.

The front office continues to engage in conversations in hopes of upgrading for the final two months.

Padres closer Heath Bell, accordingly to a few reports, may be the most realistic option. The Marlins may be able to secure a deal for Bell if they are willing to part with 23-year-old lefty Sean West or lefty Andrew Miller.

If or when a trade is made, the Marlins players are prepared to push forward with what they have.

“They have our best interest in mind,” center fielder Cody Ross said. “They want to win this year, and they know that we want to. I think they’re trying everything they possibly can.

“I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They’re at it constantly. This past week isn’t the first time they’ve been talking about trades. I’m sure they’ve been trying for a while. They’ve been trying to make our club better. It’s not just the deadline.”

Ross joked that if he were a general manager that he’d made big pushes for the best players on the market. He said he’d want Roy Halladay and Matt Holliday.

“That’s why I’m not a GM,” Ross said. “I’d put all my eggs in one basket, and then I’d be fired the next year. That’s why these guys are so good at what they do. You can’t second guess what they do. They’re professional.”

Still, if a trade is made, the impact could be huge in the clubhouse. Ross recalls what Rhodes meant in the final two months to the bullpen.

“Last year when we got Arthur, it was huge,” Ross said. “He was incredible. He did more than you can ask for. It wasn’t enough to get to the playoffs. But he did his part. As a team, we just didn’t get in. Any time you get a player like him, or anybody like that, it’s a positive.”

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins Cy Young stretch

In their history, the Marlns have never had a Cy Young award winner. Dontrelle Willis came close in 2005, finishing second to Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals.

Of late, the Marlins certainly have faced their share of former Cy Young winners. In fact, they are seeing them at a record pace.

On Friday in Toronto, Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco will be matched against Toronto ace Roy Halladay. 

Halladay will be the fifth different Cy Young winner the Marlins will face in the past eight days.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in MLB history has faced five different Cy Young winners in an eight-day span. In fact, Florida just faced four in five days, which also is an MLB record.

Thus far the Marlins are 2-2 in the stretch against former winners. Now, San Francisco features three Cy Young pitchers — Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum and Randy Johnson.

Here’s how the Marlins have fared: 

* June 6 vs. Zito, 2-1 loss

* June 7 vs. Lincecum, 3-2 loss

* June 8 vs. Johnson, 4-0 win

* June 9 vs. Carpenter (Cardinals), 4-3 win.

— Joe Frisaro