Found December 21, 2011 on The Flagrant Fan:
Quick quiz: Who had the higher home run to fly ball ratio in 2011 between Mike Stanton and Jose Bautista? Why yes, that would be Mike Stanton, who led the majors in that category among all qualified batters. In fact, Stanton's home run to fly ball ratio was higher than Bautista's in 2010 too. The problem (if you want to call it that) is Bautista hits a lot more fly balls than Mike Stanton. Among all power hitters in the game in 2011, only Prince Fielder and Michael Morse had lower fly ball rates than Stanton. All of that plus a brand new ballpark makes projecting Mike Stanton in 2012 very difficult. Let's start with the new ballpark. The Marlins' new stadium has larger dimensions than Sun Life Stadium. The left field line is ten feet further. Left center is thirteen feet further and dead center is eight feet further. But as most of us know, when Mike Stanton hits a homer, dimensions don't matter. Mike Stanton does not hit cheap homers. What we don't know ...

2012 Outfield

The Miami Marlins have an outfield that seems to change every time it’s looked into.   There is one guarantee barring injury, in right field on Opening Day will be Mike Stanton.  Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess what happens between now and April.   Whether it be via trade or free agency, it is likely the outfield will remain in flux for the foreseeable future. There has...

Miami Marlins: Ex-manager Edwin Rodriguez questions Jose Reyes signing

Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned from his post last June, questioned why the Marlins would sign an All-Star shortstop in Jose Reyes when they already had one in Hanley Ramirez. Rodriguez offered his observations during an interview with MLB Network Radio Wednesday with Jim Memolo and Todd Hollandsworth. “I think it’s going to be [a] very interesting situation...

Former Marlins Manager Edwin Rodriguez Questions Jose Reyes Signing

The shortstop situation with the Marlins is going to be one to monitor as the MLB season creeps closer. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins shortstop for the past six years. He also happened to be one of the best in the National League during that span. Only 27 years old and just now entering the prime of his career, the Marlins have asked Ramirez to move to third base to make room for...

Miami Marlins: Next season could prove 2003 run manufacturing redux

Last week I wrote about the 2011 Marlins ranking last in the majors in manufactured runs, according to The Bill James Handbook. Baseball Info Solutions has a way to calculate manufactured runs, as explained in the story. Big thanks to Ben Jedlovec at BIS for providing the Marlins’ manufactured runs data from 2002-’05. The Marlins recently have struggled in that department, but they...

Edwin Rodriguez on Reyes and Ramirez

MIAMI — Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez offered some interesting comments and observations on Wednesday on MLB Network Radio. A guest of Jeff Nelson and Jim Memolo, Rodriguez questioned why Miami would sign Jose Reyes when they already had an All-Star shortstop in Hanley Ramirez. But the former manager added that if Ramirez buys into the move, he and Reyes could form one...

Miami Marlins: Gio Gonzalez would have cost Mike Stanton or Logan Morrison

Tough pill for Marlins fans to swallow Thursday. Not only is native son Gio Gonzalez not coming to the Marlins, he’s headed to the division rival Washington Nationals. The Marlins, as did many other teams, coveted Gonzalez. At 26, he’s already one of the game’s top left-handed starters. Asked during the Winter Meetings to characterize the starting pitching trade market, President...

BOB:  SEC to investigate Miami Marlins stadium deal

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Nationals are among Dobbs' final suitors

The Nationals are one of three teams still in the hunt for free-agent infielder Greg Dobbs, who is expected to make a decision soon, according to a baseball source. The Marlins are reportedly another team involved in the hunt for Dobbs.
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