Posts Tagged ‘Marlins’

It Really Is About A-Rod Now

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Yankees were down and now they’re up again, having won two at home against the same Marlins they lost ugly to in Miami. Why are they up again? Last night the big reason was Pineda, who was superb, and Betances, who held/saved the game in an impressive way. Tonight, A-Rod drew to within one hit of 3,000 and while others made big contributions to the win (CC, Gardner, Beltran, Tex), the story was about whether he would get to 3,000 and how everybody would react, including him.

Unfortunately, the suspense will have to continue. It’s unlikely he won’t reach the magic number this weekend against the Tigers. I think it’ll happen tomorrow night. It’ll be a spectacle of some sort – not the Jeter sort where everything stops and he gives a speech and the Stadium goes wild, but where there’s genuine excitement on the part of the crowd and at the very least a press conference by A-Rod after the game. The Yankees may not want to pay him his bonuses, but they’ll give him the podium. I expect him to say he’s humbled to be among the greats in the sport, that he’s having fun playing again, that he feels fortunate to be healthy, that he’s grateful to the fans and his teammates for their support…..What am I missing?

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Suddenly, The Jays Are Contenders

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

What a crazy trade that was reported today. I get that the Marlins wanted to dump payroll, but weren’t they having enough trouble with attendance at their new stadium? Who’s going to show up without marquee players?

And why did the swap have to benefit one of our division rivals?

I know this is a traditionally slow time of year for Brian Cashman – isn’t he usually rappelling down a building or tending bar? – and I don’t anticipate that he’ll make any headlines until next month. But I always go into a bit of a panic when I read about other teams getting stronger and scarier. I mean Mark Buehrle is no slouch, but Josh Johnson is gooood.

 

 

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The Marlins Are Like Kids In A Candy Store

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Last winter the Nationals surprised everybody by spending big on Jayson Werth. Are the Marlins this year’s Nats? According to MLB.com, they’re on a spending spree or are about to be.

Pujols to meet with Marlins, possibly Saturday
By Matthew Leach

The wooing of Albert Pujols is about to get under way in earnest.

An industry source told MLB.com on Thursday that Pujols’ camp is scheduled to meet in Miami with the Marlins within the next few days, possibly as early as Saturday. Pujols is a free agent for the first time after he and the Cardinals were unable to reach an agreement last winter.

Pujols, 31, is the biggest-name free agent on the market this offseason, but one of several that Florida (soon to be Miami on Friday) is considering. The Marlins move into a new ballpark next season, and their payroll is expected to increase dramatically.

They have already met with pitcher Mark Buehrle and shortstop Jose Reyes, and a Marlins contingent traveled to the Dominican Republic to see Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this week as well. The Marlins have Gaby Sanchez at first base, but Pujols is the kind of unique talent who could certainly cause a team to rethink what it has in-house.

Normally, I wouldn’t pay any attention to what an NL team does. But with the Yankees having a quiet off-season so far (yes, it’s early, but still), the entitled fan in me is getting itchy. Aside from locking up CC, all we’re hearing about is how Cashman is placing calls to various agents, acknowledging that he wants to add a starter but reiterating that the Yankees don’t have “a need” for much else.

I admit it. I like when we go shopping. Nothing against any of our guys, but it’s not as much fun when we stand pat while other teams are wheeling and dealing.

Maybe I just need to go buy a pair of shoes or something.

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