Young Marlins learning to adjust in second major-league season

MIAMI -- Eleven players made their major-league debuts for the Marlins during a 100-loss season in 2013. A rebuilding year proved to be the perfect time for future everyday players like Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna to acquaint themselves with baseball's highest level of play. "You never know how long the learning process is going to take in the big leagues," manager...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Marlins handed 8th straight defeat with loss to Nationals

Garrett Jones hits his second home run of the season, but Miami Marlins starter Brad Hand lasts just three innings as Miami falls at home to the Nationals.
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Garrett Jones aiming to be more aggressive at plate

MIAMI -- When the Marlins signed first baseman Garrett Jones over the offseason, they knew about his consistency. He has averaged not only 149 games over his past four seasons but also 20 home runs over the past five years. Jones didn't knock his first dinger until Sunday on the first pitch from Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick. His swing sent a 91 mph sinker to right field...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins’ Garrett Jones Honors The Ultimate Warrior With Walk-Up Song

Shortly following the unexpected death of the Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday, Miami Marlins’ first baseman Garrett Jones decided to honor the WWE legend by using the wrestler’s theme song as his walk-up music from now until the end of the season. The Warrior, whose name was James Hellwig, inspired Jones from a young age. “The Ultimate Warrior was my number one favorite. I was...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Honor Ultimate Warrior

Whether it is professional wrestlers appearing at baseball games or Major Leaguers posing for pictures with their favorite WWE Superstars, the crossover between sports entertainment and baseball has been pretty well documented. So, it should have come as no surprise that beginning Tuesday, following the death of WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior (real name James Hellwig), the tributes...
Via Hall of Very Good
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Garrett Jones uses The Ultimate Warrior's theme as walk-up song

Marlin to pay tribute with walk-up music
Via Beer Mug Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres at Miami Marlins series primer

The Miami Marlins (3-1) got off to a promising start in 2014 by taking their four-game series over the Colorado Rockies. After a blowout victory to open the season, the Marlins won two of the next three -- one by a run and the other in comeback fashion. Last season, Miami went 24-35 in one-run games and 7-78 when trailing after seven innings. That ballclub needed a full month to...
Via Fox Sports Florida
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins feeling good after taking season-opening series from Rockies

MIAMI -- Though it's a long season in its very early stages, the Miami Marlins have already avoided trends that troubled them during a 100-loss season. In an 8-5 comeback victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon, the Marlins (3-1) secured the series win. It took them until the last series of April -- ninth of the season -- to accomplish that feat in 2013. Through...
Via Fox Sports Florida
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins lineup breakdown

While the Miami Marlins pitching staff set a franchise record for lowest ERA last season, the bats found themselves written about for their futility. The Marlins finished last in almost all offensive categories from runs scored to homers. As a result, Miami revamped its infield this offseason, signing free agents Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee to complement young...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Koehler shows mettle in grinding through tough outing against Nationals

JUPITER, Fla. -- When Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones turned a double play in the sixth inning of Monday afternoon's game against the Nationals, all but right-hander Tom Koehler bolted for the dugout. Apparently Koehler -- focused on every pitch during his "roughest" spring outing -- was the only player on the field who knew there were only two outs. "I was...
Via Fox Sports Florida
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins beat Astros 7-2 for fourth spring win in a row

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Garrett Jones homered in the first inning and drove in three runs, leading the Miami Marlins to a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Friday. It was the second home run of spring training for Jones, who also had an RBI during the Marlins' error-aided, three-run fifth. Jake Marisnick went 3 for 3 and scored twice for Miami. Marisnick is batting .429 in 16...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Jones homers in Marlins' win over Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Garrett Jones homered in the first inning and drove in three runs, leading the Miami Marlins to a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Friday.
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Newcomer spotlight: Garrett Jones envisions turnaround in Miami

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones wants to recreate the magic Pittsburgh did last year. Jones, who spent five seasons with the Pirates from 2009-13, helped the club snap a streak of 21 straight years without a postseason appearance. Miami has not reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003. The 32-year-old replaces oft-injured Logan Morrison at...
Via Fox Sports Florida
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Newcomer spotlight: Garrett Jones envisions turnaround in Miami

Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones wants to recreate the magic Pittsburgh did last year. Jones, who spent five seasons with the Pirates from 2009-13, helped the club snap a streak of 21 straight years without a postseason appearance. Miami has not reached the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003.
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the new-look Marlins infield

JUPITER, Fla. -- "Stop it! Stop it!" It's hard not to hear Marlins infield coach Perry Hill when he's working in the Bone Yard located at Miami's spring training complex at Roger Dean Stadium. Hill, an infield guru nicknamed "Bone," doesn't contain his excitement when a player makes a solid defensive play during drills. "Sometimes you work...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Starting pitching was not a problem for the Pirates last season, a big reason why they returned to the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh starters finished with a 3.50 ERA in 2013, the fourth-best mark in the NL, while an opponents' .667 OPS led the league. The rotation had depth, getting 19 starts or more from five pitchers, with two of them making 30 starts...
Via The Outside Corner
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball's Best Lineup - NL East

The Braves lost Brian McCann.  The Marlins added Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal, Casey McGehee and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but traded Logan Morison.  The Mets signed Curtis Granderson and Chris Young.  The Phillies added Marlon Byrd while the Nationals return with the same lineup. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif font-size...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jones, McGehee get hits, Marlins beat U of Miami

Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee singled in their only at-bats and the Miami Marlins beat the University of Miami 5-2 Wednesday. Marlins starter Angel Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out two. Acquired by the Marlins as part of a trade that sent Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers last summer, Sanchez is likely to begin the season in the minors. Four...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

New-look Marlins assemble as one for first time

JUPITER, Fla. -- All In. That's the motto printed across Miami Marlins workout shirts this season, a mantra the entire organization has bought into to as it works together as a family and unit. "We talked a lot about leadership and chemistry and being a family and all of those things that were so important to me when I played," manager Mike Redmond said. "Any guy...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Projecting the five least valuable MLB players of 2014

Without much else to do in this dead zone waiting to see where the last remaining free agents wind up and Spring Training games, looking at projections is a fun way to pass the time. Whether you do this for fantasy baseball purposes or--if you are like me and do not play fantasy--just for the fun of it, There is a lot of stuff to sort through and ponder. Projection systems are difficult...
Via The Flagrant Fan
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New-look Marlins infield to present challenges at spring training

Marlins infield coach Perry Hill won't require nametags when he arrives in Jupiter, Fla. next month for the start of spring training. Hill does, however, expect it to take some time for Miami's infield additions to acclimate themselves to their teammates and organization. Over the offseason the Marlins upgraded their lineup with the signings of veterans Rafael Furcal, Garrett...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins optimistic about free-agent additions

Much like holiday shoppers, the Miami Marlins made a list and checked it several times. Not too long after the organization's second 100-loss season, president of baseball operations Michael Hill, other members of the front office and coaching staff formulated a plan to improve the ballclub. It looked a lot like this: UPGRADE 1. Third baseman 2. Catcher 3. Speed 4. Offensive...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins: Offseason trades, grades and needs

Garrett Jones becomes the new first baseman for the Miami Marlins. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports) The Miami Marlins as few would have guessed, have been rather busy this offseason. Miami has brought in a number of veterans who have been around winning cultures to try to help the Marlins turnaround from what was a National League worst record of 62-100 in 2013. Despite losing 100...
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Busy Marlins still looking for upgrade at 3B

The thrifty Miami Marlins were nonetheless busy at this week's winter meetings, and they're not done trying to upgrade an offense that ranked a distant last in the majors. ''We've made tremendous strides in improving our offense and improving our ability to win more games in 2014,'' president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday. Miami signed...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: James Loney or Ike Davis?

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue their search for a new first baseman after designating Garrett Jones for Assignment and watching him sign with the Florida Marlins. Jones had been with the Pirates for five seasons and played in 677-games, hitting exactly 100 home runs with the ball club. His production had slipped, and as he was never anything more than a platoon player – the Pirates...
Via The Farm Club
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

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