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  • What's it like to be a Miami Marlin? *Rolls eyes, takes deep breath*

    ESPN "Jarlin Garcia has been in the Marlins organization longer than almost any other player. He's been there so long, fans in and around Miami refer to him as Jarlin the Marlin. But much like the team he plays for, Garcia felt it was time to mix things up. So, early in spring training,..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Marlins should cut Wei-Yin Chen

    Fish Stripes "Wei-Yin Chen is not the enemy here. That’s where I’d like to begin: by making it clear that professional athletes who use free agency to secure the best possible deals for themselves and their families are just doing what any of us would do under the same..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Marlins shut down catcher Alfaro (knee) again

    CBS Sports "Alfaro was recommended rest after a visit to the doctor revealed knee inflammation, Joe Frisaro of reports. Alfaro returned to action last Monday after missing a week with a bruised knee, but apparently isn't fully past the injury. " March 08

  • The Marlins have embraced the defensive shift

    Fish Stripes "If you have danced the Cha-Cha Slide, you have essentially performed a baseball shift. Sliding fielder position to the left, right, or “taking it back now (y’all)” when a batter like Giancarlo Stantoncomes to the plate has become an increasingly common practice around the..." March 07

  • Derek Jeter wants Marlins fans to remember ballpark experience, not the scoreboard in 2019

    New York Post "Derek Jeter spent two decades in pinstripes talking about how winning was the only thing that mattered to him. Not even into his second season as a part-owner in Miami, Jeter is banking on Marlins fans not remembering what happened on the field. After contributing to the..." March 07

  • Report: Marlins expected to add Curtis Granderson to big league roster soon

    Yardbarker "Veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, in camp with the Marlins on a minor league contract, is expected to break camp with the team, per SiriusXM’s Craig Mish. Granderson has a March 15 opt-out clause in his contract, Mish reports, adding that the Marlins “will add him” to the..." March 07

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Giants Claim Merandy Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Giants have claimed righty Merandy Gonzalez off outright waivers from Miami. Gonzalez, 23, flashed electric stuff as a fast-rising arm in the Mets system before being shipped to Miami in a 2017 deadline deal for A.J. Ramos. The righty has worked primarily as a..." March 02

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Andy Pettitte spurned Derek Jeter for ‘laid back’ Yankees job

    New York Post "The Core Four, it turns out, is not quite ready to fully reunite in Miami a la “The Golden Girls.” Andy Pettitte has decided to keep his talents in The Bronx. The beloved left-hander announced Monday, here at George M. Steinbrenner Field, that he will become a special..." February 25

  • Marlins rookie Victor Victor Mesa suffers right hamstring strain

    ESPN "Miami Marlins outfield prospect Victor Victor Mesa suffered a right hamstring strain in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mesa pulled up and grabbed his hamstring while trying to beat out a ground ball in the sixth inning Sunday. The Marlins told..." February 24

  • Jorge Alfaro displays tough-guy mentality after scary dugout spill in Marlins’ spring opener

    Miami Herald "The Marlins lost their first spring game. But they may have gained a never-quit attitude in the process thanks to the gritty efforts of new catcher Jorge Alfaro. “There’s a reason they call him ‘Bear,’” said pitcher Austin..." February 23

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Marlins job brings Jorge Posada back to baseball on his terms

    New York Post "Jorge Posada started a new chapter in his baseball life Monday as he began working for the Marlins. Yankees South keeps growing day by day. In CEO Derek Jeter and Posada, a special adviser, half of the Core Four are Marlins. Sure, New Yorkers going to Miami is nothing new,..." February 19

  • Giancarlo Stanton takes shot at Marlins for not contending

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton the largest contract in MLB history in terms of total dollars, but those 325 million reasons still are not enough to make the slugger feel warm and fuzzy about his time with the franchise. Stanton was asked by reporters on Monday about the..." February 18

  • Marlins place RHP Julian Fernández on 60-day injured list

    Fish Stripes "Just like the Marlins themselves, another MLB institution has rebranded for the 2019 season: the “disabled list” is now known as the injured list. And the Fish wasted no time putting it to use. Right-hander Julian Fernández (elbow) was placed on the 60-day..." February 15

  • Marlins name José Ureña their 2019 Opening Day starter

    Fish Stripes "It’s one of the enduring images of the 2018 Miami Marlins. On a beautiful afternoon—sun shining, roof open, the ballpark (mostly) full—José Ureña winds up and delivers the very first pitch of the MLB season. Ian Happ pulverized it. And..." February 15

  • A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

    NBC Sports Bay Area "At the rate they're going, the Marlins might not be able to field a team on Opening Day. Last week, Miami traded talented young catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, continuing their seemingly never-ending fire sale. As ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, the..." February 15

  • Marlins, Romo agree to $2.5M deal

    The Score "The Miami Marlins and right-handed reliever Sergio Romo reportedly agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday worth $2.5 million plus incentives, according to Jesse Sanchez of It was reported Monday that the Toronto Blue Jays had offered Romo a major-league contract, while the..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Jorge Posada joining Marlins front office

    Fish Stripes "It’s an exciting (though not too surprising) addition to the Marlins organization: longtime major league catcher Jorge Posada will become a special advisor to their baseball operations department, according to SiriusXM/Five Reasons Sports host Craig..." February 12

  • Derek Jeter Has ‘Zero Patience’ And Wants The Marlins To Improve In 2019

    Uproxx "After a 2018 season that saw the Miami Marlins win only 63 games to finish in the basement of the largely underwhelming NL East, many project the team to produce a similar performance in 2019. The Marlins are likely to have one of Major League Baseball’s lowest payrolls and, while the..." February 11

  • Christian Yelich fires back at former Marlins executive over free agency comments

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s pretty clear that Major League Baseball players have had it with owners and executives telling them to adjust their contractual and financial expectations on the open market. On Monday, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander sent several tweets critical of the state..." February 11

  • Marlins president implores fans to 'give us a chance'

    The Score "The latest phase of the Miami Marlins' rebuild is complete after the team traded All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies. Now, all eyes in south Florida are on the future. Despite the ongoing teardown that began during the 2017-18 offseason when the Marlins..." February 10

  • J.T. Realmuto trade: Prospect expert weighs in on Marlins' return of Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro and Will Stewart

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international bonus pool money and three players: catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart. To help make better sense of the trade, we decided..." February 09

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Report: Marlins, J.T. Realmuto were $100 million apart in talks before trade

    Sportsnaut "The Miami Marlins received a nice little haul in the deal that sent J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Having waited until the last minute prior to the start of spring training, it didn’t look like a deal would get worked out this winter. Obviously,..." February 08

  • Derek Jeter’s J.T. Realmuto ask from Yankees was absurd

    New York Post "Derek Jeter finally traded his cash cow for some magic beans, sending J.T. Realmuto to the Philliesfor a couple pitching prospects and catcher Jorge Alfaro. But the Marlins CEO wasn’t above asking for a king’s ransom from his former team early in the..." February 08

  • Phillies “Gaining Momentum” In Pursuit Of J.T. Realmuto

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are “gaining momentum” in their pursuit of Realmuto, according to’s Jon Morosi. Precisely what that means isn’t clear, but it seems the sides have reason to believe they could line up on a swap. Mish tweets that he expects a..." February 07

  • Report: Marlins trade all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Phillies

    Sportsnet "The Miami Marlins have traded all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies in for a package including catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, according to Jim Bowden of the Athletic. February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • Marlins ‘focused on trading J.T. Realmuto’ before spring training

    Sportsnaut "Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has been one of the most discussed names on the trade block in the offseason. And the Marlins reportedly want to make a deal happen. Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Wednesday that Miami wants to trade Realmuto before..." February 06