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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Articles tagged: Miami Marlins

Watch: Marlins pitcher ejected after hitting Ronald Acuna with first pitch

Marlins Braves fight

Well, the Miami Marlins figured out one way to make sure Ronald Acuna doesn’t hit a leadoff home run against them.

Pitcher Jose Urena hit Acuna with his first of the game, leading to benches clearing between the Marlins and Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

The umpires convened to discuss matters and decided to eject both Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker.

That was the right move since it was so obvious the Marlins intentionally hit Acuna. Acuna had homered in five straight games, seven of eight, and was looking to lead off a game with a homer for the fourth straight game. The Marlins made sure that didn’t happen again.

Martin Prado calls out Marlins for being ‘comfortable’ with losing

The Miami Marlins have lived up to the expectation that they would be one of the worst teams in baseball in 2018, but one of the team’s veterans is not willing to excuse the lack of fight he has seen over the past month.

The Marlins, who are currently 48-73 and in last place in the NL East, have lost a whopping 16 of their last 21 games. As he heads to the disabled list with a quad injury, 34-year-old third baseman Martin Prado lit into his teammates for being “comfortable” with losing.

Losing has become an all too familiar concept for the Marlins and their fans, and you can’t blame Prado for feeling like his team has packed it in. Miami has traded away numerous veteran players and there are indications that others want out. It’s almost impossible to create a winning culture under those circumstances, and that is obviously taking its toll on Prado.

Marlins reportedly trade reliever Brad Ziegler to Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks are fighting for the lead in the NL West division, and they made a move on Tuesday that should help bolster their bullpen for the stretch run to the postseason.

According to multiple reports, the Miami Marlins have agreed to a deal with the D-Backs that will send veteran reliever Brad Ziegler to Arizona.

Ziegler has struggled some over the past two seasons with Miami, but he has been one of the most dependable relievers in baseball for many years. Prior to the time he spent with the Marlins, the right-hander had an ERA of 2.82 or less in six of seven seasons. He should help solidify the D-Backs’ bullpen as they try to get the best of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the next two months.

Yankees have reportedly discussed Cameron Maybin trade with Marlins

The New York Yankees are exploring possible avenues to add an outfielder with both Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier on the disabled list, and Cameron Maybin could be a name to watch as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have reached out to the Miami Marlins about Maybin.

Maybin is batting just .251 this year after he hit .228 with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels a year ago. The 31-year-old wouldn’t give the Yankees much at the plate, but they’re only looking for a temporary fill-in with Judge expected to miss about a month due to a wrist injury.

There have been reports that the Yankees could be eyeing a much better outfielder, but Maybin would come at a more reasonable price.

Marlins reportedly do not want to trade JT Realmuto

JT Realmuto

J.T. Realmuto has drawn plenty of interest heading into the trade deadline with the Miami Marlins nowhere near playoff contention, but the team apparently has limits to the fire sale it began over the winter.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that teams have been given the impression that the Marlins have no intention of trading Realmuto. In fact, they may want to extend the star catcher and build around him this offseason.

Realmuto has been one of the few bright spots for the 43-58 Marlins. The 27-year-old is hitting .307 with 12 home runs, 45 RBI and an OPS of .886. He’s on pace to set career highs in almost every major category, which makes him a valuable piece at a position that teams typically do not get much offense from.

It’s no secret that the Marlins want a big return for Realmuto, and at least one team may be willing to part with its top prospect to acquire him. Based what Realmuto reportedly thought about Miami’s approach over the offseason, it’s probably safe to assume he would welcome a trade.

Giants manager responds to hit by pitch war with Marlins

The Giants and Marlins have been throwing a lot of baseballs at each other over the past week, and Bruce Bochy thinks Miami took things too far in the latest installment of the hit by pitch war.

Two members of the Marlins were ejected on Tuesday night for seemingly trying to get even after Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez plunked Lewis Brinson to load the bases in the top of the second inning. Brinson had a big hit off Hunter Strickland the night before, and the Giants reliever was so upset about blowing the game that he punched a door and injured his hand.

Both teams were issued warnings, but that didn’t stop Marlins pitcher Dan Straily from plunking Buster Posey after he gave up two runs in the bottom of the second. Straily and Marlins manager Don Mattingly were immediately ejected, and Bochy indicated after the game that he felt they deserved to be tossed.

“I don’t know what happened there when (Mattingly) came out,” Bochy said. “He was upset about the warning and said something about, ‘Not tonight, tomorrow.’ I guess they thought they had to do something. There’s a little fuzzy math going on when I have my third baseman on the DL for eight weeks and a guy got hit in the back last night.”

Bochy was referring to a game between the Marlins and Giants last week, when Evan Longoria was drilled in the hand by — you guessed it — Straily. Longoria had to undergo surgery and will miss up to two months, and the sound of the ball hitting his hand was cringeworthy.

The two teams will wrap up their latest series on Wednesday afternoon, and you can bet the umpiring crew won’t allow much leeway if balls start hitting or coming close to hitting batters.

Marlins Man aiding county in lawsuit against team

Marlins Man

In today’s episode of the soap opera that is the Miami Marlins, one of the team’s most prominent former fans is aiding in a lawsuit against the team.

Miami-Dade County is locked in a legal dispute with former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria that centers around the accusation that Loria used underhanded methods to get out of a profit-sharing agreement with the city and county governments that came about as part of the construction of a new stadium. One sticking point is the allegation that the Marlins were attempting to claim foreign ownership, headquartered in the British Virgin Islands.

Marlins Man, real name Laurence Leavy, took a trip there to discover how far-fetched this assertion was, and the governments are now using his deposition against the team.

“Inside the Post Office, there were no Miami Marlins signs or logos anywhere, the employees in the Post Office were not wearing Miami Marlins clothes, and the employees stated they had no Miami Marlins forms or stationery,” Leavy stated in an affidavit, via Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald.

This whole ordeal has turned into a PR nightmare for current Marlins ownership, who are also named in the suit, and the steps they’ve taken have only made things worse for them.