JUPITER, Fla. Ricky Nolasco stood in the Miami Marlins spring training clubhouse sounding like a man who gladly would surrender his status as the rotations elder statesman.
At 30, Nolasco said he didnt see himself as a mentor to the staffs young guns.
Nah. Im going to be the same, he said Tuesday morning. Im a quiet guy by nature. Im not going to change that. Im going to keep going about my business and do what I have to do to prepare myself.
A year ago, it was easy for Nolasco to go about his business on the day that pitchers and catchers reported to camp. If media members wanted to discuss the state of the Marlins rotation, then-newcomer Mark Buehrle and ace Josh Johnson were more likely to be surrounded by tape recorders and cameras. Veteran Anibal Sanchez was available, too.
Not this year.
Buehrle and Johnson were dealt in the offseason blockbuster with Toronto. Sanchez went to Detroit before last seasons trade deadline.
Instead of relishing his de facto leadership role with Mi...