Found February 09, 2012 on The Flagrant Fan:
This is the third post in a series looking at the newly fascinating National League East Division. In the first two installments, the Phillies were given the top spot they deserve until some team dethrones them. They have been the king. The Braves finished a distant second last season with a fade at the end but were found to be capable of winning 95 games if everything goes according to plan. But that's a long shot. The truth is that they still look like an 89-win team. The early post season was dominated by the newly renamed, Miami Marlins. They have a new manager, a new ballpark, a new shortstop, new pitchers and a new outlook on life. Can this team that lost 90 games a year ago compete with the big boys this year? Let's take a look. The Miami Marlins' quest for legitimacy rests largely on the starting rotation. Carlos Zambrano and Mark Buehrle should provide some stability to what has been a rotation in flux for multiple seasons. Of course, "stability," is ...

Miami Marlins: Hanley Ramirez responds to critics in Powerade commercial

  The advertising folks at Powerade seized on the hubbub surrounding Hanley Ramirez’s move to third base. Panned for his less than warm reaction about Jose Reyes’ arrival and having to slide from short to third as a result, Ramirez in this Spanish ad says his peace. The translation: To all those who sent me critical messages, I want to ask for your forgiveness for not having...

The New Marlins Ballpark Looks Pretty Sweet

The new home of the Miami Marlins is just about ready to go, and I’m not going to lie – it looks pretty sweet. From the website: The future home of the Marlins will be a first-class baseball stadium that will be owned by Miami-Dade County. It will be constructed on approximately 17 acres of the historic 42-acre Orange Bowl site in the Little Havana section of Miami. The ballpark...

Video: Hanley Ramirez has message for critics in new Powerade commercial

    Miami Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez is one of the better all-around players in Major League Baseball. He was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2006, has been named to 3 All-Star teams, and finished 2nd in the NL MVP voting in 2009. 2011 was one to forget with Hanley posting [...]

Miami Marlins Signing Yoenis Cespedes Appears Most Natural Fit

The Miami Marlins would love to sign Yoenis Cespedes, a Cuban outfielder looking to make a splash at the Major League Baseball level in 2012, provided he can become legally cleared by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. As of now, his status has yet to be “unblocked.” Cespedes has been granted a travel visa to leave Cuba to come to...

All In: Emilio Bonifacio

I've come a long way T... Bonified: Sleeper 2012 Emilio Bonifacio enters 2012 the same way he entered 2011…without a lock on a position. Difference in 2012 is that we know it will be somewhere. Bonifacio can play anywhere outside of pitcher, catcher, and 1B, which makes him a 2012 fantasy sleeper. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the 50 steal potential. The light...

Grandfather inspires charitable Beckham

Georgia Tech's official athletic website features a special section containing everything possible to know about Hank McCamish Pavilion. The state-of-the art arena's namesake also has a direct connection to the Chicago White Sox as Gordon Beckham's grandfather and one of the second baseman's greatest supporters.

Yoenis Cespedes, Miami Marlins a perfect fit

The Miami Marlins are such a natural fit for Yoenis Cespedes and such a prohibitive favorite to sign the Cuban-defector outfielder that one struggles to imagine what could possibly prevent it happening.

Bonifacio 2nd Marlin to beat team in arbitration

Emilio Bonifacio became the second player to defeat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration this year.

Marlins give Cuban OF Cespedes tour of park

Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes toured the Miami Marlins' new downtown ballpark Wednesday, the first leg of what's expected to be his tour of interested clubs.

White Sox org. preview, Top 20 Prospects

The strength of the White Sox organization lies in projectable arms, but most of them will have to take the long developmental route to the Major Leagues.

Social Leadership

When we last left Hanley Ramirez, he was deciding whether he was happy or angry about moving to third base for Jose Reyes. As we catch up with Hanley now, he's found a new way to use social media (courtesy of Big League Stew):[youtube]D3kFEXsGg3s[/youtube]So Hanley is writing twitter handles on a bat with a black sharpie. I'm surprised he didn't write the names on his...

Peavy, Danks ready to fill in as White Sox ace

Mark Buehrle has moved on to Miami, leaving a "Help Wanted" sign hung up for a staff ace both in consistency and the leadership Buehrle brought on a daily basis. Luckily for the White Sox, they have two potential candidates in Jake Peavy and John Danks.
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