Found February 11, 2014 on Total Sports Blog:
The Miami Marlins will be a much improved team in 2014. But by how much? Major League Baseball team by team record predictions are really difficult to do, but it’s time to have some fun. I have always done these and kept them to myself for “entertainment” purposes, but never actually explained my thoughts behind them. Since I have the itch for baseball and can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report in the next few days, it’s time to put those thoughts to paper. As I am writing this, there are still some pretty good free agents out there. Players like Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, and Kendrys Morales are still looking for jobs. For the sake of argument, whoever these players wind up signing with, I would bump that team’s win total up by two. Now on to the predictions. Biggest changes from 2013 to 2014 Houston Astros – 51 wins in 2013 to 65 wins in 2014 (+14) Could George Springer be the next Mike Trout? 51 wins. YIKES. That’s not a typo, the 2013 Ast...

Marlins to have special fan zone for Jose Fernandez in 2014

Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez dominated opposing hitters on his way to National League Rookie of the Year and NL Cy Young finalist honors in 2013. Hoping to feed off his success, the Marlins announced the launch of a special fan zone -- "Jose's Heroes" -- that will be located in three sections of left field bullpen reserved. Fans will be able to purchase a full...

Marlins announce promotion schedule for 2014 season

With baseball season just around the corner, the Marlins announced their 2014 promotion schedule. Miami will present 15 fan giveaways as well as special ticket offers, beginning Opening Night when all fans receive a magnetic schedule. There will be giveaways each Sunday home game, which will once again be designated Marlins Family Sundays. Items include a Marlins calendar (April...

2014 season preview: Miami Marlins

After an absolutely disastrous offseason last winter, expectations were low for the Miami Marlins heading into 2013. Predictably, they finished with the worst record in the National League. However, things were a little different this offseason. The Marlins actually had a really solid winter, perhaps one of the best in baseball. They didn't guarantee any players money past 2016...

Marlins officially sign reliever Carlos Marmol to 1-year deal

The Marlins officially announced the signing of reliever Carlos Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million deal on Tuesday afternoon. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 23-32 record and 3.46 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons. The Cubs traded him to the Dodgers in 2013 after he struggled in 31 appearances with a 5.36 ERA. With Los Angeles, he posted a 2.53 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. Marmol...

The four horsemen of the Miami Marlins

When it comes to the Miami Marlins, you immediately think about two names - Fernandez and Stanton. They are, essentially, 1 and 1A in the rankings of Miami's best players. And because of that, they're obviously on this list of Miami's four horsemen - our name given to four players on each team that will determine how much success the club has in 2014. But while Fernandez...

Three key questions for the Miami Marlins

Miami isn't going to contend for a playoff berth in 2014 - but that doesn't mean that this won't be a club worth watching this season. There are still a few questions surrounding the Marlins going into this season, which could turn ugly in a hurry. Anyway, here are the three key questions for the 2014 Miami Marlins, and why each question has significance. 1) Can...

Giancarlo Stanton open to long-term deal if team heads 'in right direction'

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton says that he would be willing to sign a long-term extension with the club if it shows a focus on competing, reports Joe Frisaro of Stanton, 24, recently agreed to a $6.5 million deal with the team for 2014 to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season when, at just 27 years...

Dugout Digest - welcome to Marlins Day

The TOC season preview series has arrived. Like last year, each day will be dedicated to one team, and each week over the next six weeks will be dedicated to one division. We've changed our topics up a bit this year, and will have four posts dedicated to each team on their day: a comprehensive season preview, a look at the two biggest weaknesses for each club, three key questions...

Official: Marlins sign Carlos Marmol to one-year deal

The Miami Marlins have signed relief pitcher Carlos Marmol to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million. Marmol, 31, split the 2013 season between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers posting a 4.41 ERA and a unsettling 59/40 K/BB ratio. The deal was agreed to last week and became official after Marmol passed a physical. The Marlins are hoping to get anything out of Marmol.

The two biggest weaknesses of the Miami Marlins

With a young, talented team and a solid farm system, the Miami Marlins have positioned themselves very well for future success. Contention likely won't come in 2014, but this team could start turning heads in 2015. However, despite the club trending in a positive direction, the Marlins aren't a flawless team. In fact, their two biggest weaknesses don't have much to do...

The Marlins and the Coming Giancarlo Stanton Reality

The Marlins lost 100 games last year, and there’s no way around it: that’s a terrible season. It’s the low point to date of a slide that started after an 87-75 2009, dropping to 82, 90, and 93 losses before hitting the century mark last year, and that’s embarrassing even if we’re just sticking to the […]

Why Giancarlo Stanton Needs to Flee Miami

When we look at the youth of Major League Baseball, there's Mike Trout ... and everyone else. One could argue Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is a couple of tiers below him. Why a couple? Nobody is near Trout's level of performance right now. Stanton doesn't get on base as often, isn't as big a threat defensively, and isn't nearly as quick. However...
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