Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans are still desperately waiting for baseball to resume. On Opening Day for the Florida Marlins on this day 15 years ago, fans went home happy as the Fish teed off on a future Hall of Fame pitcher. After recording 144 saves over three seasons as the Atlanta Braves’ closer, John Smoltz was moved back to the rotation for the 2005 season.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 11:00 am
To help fill the void created by the delayed 2020 regular season, I dusted off the Fish Stripes Sporcle account! Each Saturday, I’ll share an original Marlins quiz with all of you. This should be the easiest exercise yet: name the all-time franchise leaders in games played at each position.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 11:00 am
Home Plate Meals Relief Fund The Miami Marlins and health insurer Florida Blue have contributed a total of $150,000 to fund drive-thru food distribution for the South Florida community. Here is Derek Jeter’s statement on the relief fund: “With this rapidly evolving situation, we are dedicated to serving our community during these unprecedented times.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 11:30 am
I have come to accept that it’s impossible for the Marlins fanbase to unanimously agree on any issue. You also see this across Major League Baseball, other sports and completely unrelated segments of society—our beliefs are influenced by our unique experiences and personal values. Even with a common goal, that doesn’t mean there’s only one route to get there.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 3:56 pm
It’s about time Derek Jeter got the band back together in Miami. We simulated a reassembled Marlins core in “MLB The Show 20.”
Posted: April 2, 2020, 1:27 pm
Ten seasons have passed since the Marlins won 80 games for the last time, back in 2010. It’s always good to look back in time and see how the team has changed over the years. Stars have come and gone, eight men have taken over the skipper role—including the interim ones—and even a change of stadium has occurred since then.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 7:00 pm
According to a story in D1Baseball.com, sources in baseball are reporting that the draft will likely range between five and 10 rounds, and bonus money will not be paid all at once but rather staggered — 50 percent by July 1, 2021, and the rest by July 1, 2022. Should a player go undrafted, his signing bonus would be capped at $20,000, and that limit will also be in place next year.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 4:36 pm
The 30 incumbent owners would realize a $50 million windfall if expansion teams coughed up $1.5 billion, a figure not out of the realm of possibility. Baseball revenues came to a sudden stop March 12, when Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred cancelled spring training and delayed the season indefinitely. In the wake of that unprecedented development, owners agreed to give players a $170 million grant, designed to cover salaries of major-league players through the month of May, and also granted u…
Posted: April 1, 2020, 5:00 am
Even on a bad roster like the Marlins’, Scott Pianowski thinks there’s still something to buy in fantasy drafts.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 3:08 pm
Nothing compares with the rush of tuning in to live Marlins games. But as you are all aware, unfortunate circumstances have delayed the start of the 2020 regular season. Need help filling that void?
Posted: March 31, 2020, 12:00 pm
The Miami Marlins make a statement and defeat the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals 3-1 in front of 13,369 at Marlins Park on Monday to improve to 3-2 on the season. As most should know, this game didn’t actually happen. The Marlins and the rest of Major League Baseball aren’t playing right now.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 6:29 pm
Sundays are lazy days. They’re for sitting in your recliner, grabbing a drink and watching baseball. Today, Zach Eflin gave us something to watch.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 9:00 pm
The 2020 Marlins regular season has been shoved off its axis and will inevitably be shortened to far fewer than 162 games. But technology is a beautiful thing, ain’t it? Across the internet, we can peek inside the alternative universes in which this much-anticipated campaign is being simulated precisely on schedule, featuring many of the players who were projected to make an impact for the real-life Fish.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 7:05 pm
He cracks the Opening Day roster and if he struggled through the first quarter, then I could see him being sent down. Jon Berti—You need a utility guy like Berti if you want to give the infield some rest. He is a better Sean Rodriguez who I see as his backup this season.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 12:00 pm
The Marlins gave us something to discuss on Saturday, announcing that outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Nick Neidert have been optioned to their Triple-A Wichita affiliate. Harrison and Neidert ranked No. and No.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:30 pm
To help fill the void created by the delayed 2020 regular season, I dusted off the Fish Stripes Sporcle account! Each Saturday, I’ll share an original Marlins quiz with all of you. This one challenges you to name the pitchers behind the top 25 single-season strikeout totals in Marlins history.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 11:00 am
Then on Thursday night, MLB players and owners agreed to alleviate financial issues by downsizing the draft, deferring signing bonuses and reducing the total number of rounds from 40 to as few as five, according to The Athletic. The deal was made official on Friday. Generally, the most successful drafted and developed Marlins players were blue-chip prospects from the beginning—think José Fernández, Christian Yelich and Josh Beckett (first round), Giancarlo Stanton (second), J.T. Realmuto (third)…
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:00 pm
Thursday would have been Opening Day in Major League Baseball. Fifteen games were on the docket, including the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals facing the New York Mets; the New York Yankees squaring off against the Baltimore Orioles; the Houston Astros meeting the Los Angeles Angels; and the California matchup of the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 1:38 am
There were glitches, a couple technical issues and a home run wiped off the board. But after about 20 minutes of troubleshoots and a pair of resets, Opening Day took place as best as it possibly could for the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon. It wasn’t a live game at Marlins Park like originally planned, but it was the next best thing.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 11:43 pm
The Miami Marlins’ classic isn’t altogether surprising: World Series, Game 6, 2013; Josh Beckett dominates the New York Yankees to give the then-Florida Marlins their improbable second championship. If you have seen this one too many times or are jonesing for some other Miami classics, fear not. MLB has five classic Marlins games available on its official MLB Vault YouTube channel you can use to cope with an Opening Day with no baseball.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:06 pm
Fish Stripes Top 30 update Regardless of whether or not there will be a 2020 season, the Fish Stripes staff wanted to put together a new Top 30 that better reflects the state of this loaded Marlins farm system. Behold: The full article contains 4,000-plus words and, as always, plenty of player highlights. Plus we added a new wrinkle by recording and publishing the full rankings process in podcast form (audio player embedded in the article).
Posted: March 26, 2020, 1:30 pm
In these unprecedented times, as the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic has brought Major League Baseball and countless other enterprises to a halt, nobody knows what will happen next. The only thing we’re sure of is that the Fish Stripes Marlins top prospects list was overdue for an update. Regardless of whether or not there will be a 2020 season, the staff wanted to put together a new Top 30 that better reflects the state of this loaded farm system.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:00 pm
It’s the first time since 1995 that an MLB season did not start as originally scheduled. Marlins Park is now serving as a drive-thru testing site for people 65 and older with possible symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Florida National Guard is helping manage logistics at the ballpark, which already has surrounding streets closed and a parking lot marked off with cones for a staging area.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 8:07 pm
A quick look at the Marlins’ potential options, with Miami picking behind Detroit and Baltimore: ▪ Georgia right-hander Emerson Hancock: Has as good a chance as anybody to be Miami’s pick. A dominant college pitcher who went 8-3 with a 2.09 ERA last season (58 hits, 18 walks, 97 strikeouts in 90 ⅓ innings) and 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts this season (22 hits, three walks, 34 strikeouts in 24 innings).
Posted: March 25, 2020, 7:22 pm
Get to know the Miami Marlins’ Top 10 prospects The Marlins are leaning on these players to be the future of the organization. Get to know them and see how they fared last season.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:52 pm
Fish Stripes will be presenting full-length FOX Sports Florida broadcasts from the 2010-2019 Marlins seasons. The “Games of the Decade” series is a collaborative process between the Fish Stripes staff and audience. Please continue recommending games that deserve to be rewatched!
Posted: March 24, 2020, 12:00 pm
Marlins Park to provide free, drive-through coronavirus testing Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced Sunday afternoon that, with the cooperation of Derek Jeter and the Marlins, the stadium will soon become a public testing site for COVID-19. Additional details are expected on Monday regarding a more specific timeline and instructions for how to make an appointment. Hard Rock Stadium and Festival Flea Market are among the other testing sites in South Florida.
Posted: March 23, 2020, 10:30 am