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Posted on: November 20, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Ramirez Manager Edwin Rodriguez revealed Saturday that he already knows who will be the first three hitters in his lineup for 2011.

As Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reveals, Chris Coghlan will lead off, followed by new Marlin Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez (pictured).

Coghlan, who is expected to play center field (or possibly second or third base), is not a burner, but is still capable of keeing pitchers honest on the bases. He had 10 swiped bags in 91 games before suffering a season-ending injury. Coghlan struggled with a .335 OBP in 2010, but had a .390 mark the year prior and should settle in around a .380 OBP, more than capable enough for a leadoff man.

Infante, meanwhile, is slated to play second but could end up moved to third. It will be his first truly full season as a starter although he cracked 500 plate appearances twice in 2004 and 2010, when he was an All-Star with Atlanta and hit .321/.359/.416 in 506 PA. Infante's on-base percentage isn't exactly impressive (career .274/.319/.395 line) but has shown the last few seasons he can handle the stick and should hit for a bating average around .300. The No. 2 spot is general looked at to be filled with someone who has good contact skills, and that's Infante.

Then you have star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is one of the rare five-tool players in the game and can impact the game many different ways. Hitting Ramirez third is a no-brainer, as he's the best hitter on the team.

The rest of the lineup is unclear, although Rodriguez did say that power-hitter Mike Stanton should end up in the No. 5 or 6 spot. The club also has left fielder Logan Morrison, first baseman Gaby Sanchez and catcher John Buck in the fold, with one vacancy. Given the club's flexibility, that vacancy could be filled by either a center fielder, second baseman or third baseman, with Coghlan and Infante filling whichever spots are open.

Given Buck's power bat and pricey three-year, $18 million pact, he's likely to clean up. Assuming Stanton hits behind him, that likely leaves Morrison slotted in at the sixth spot. It's difficult to place Morrison in the No. 5 spot ahead of Stanton, but Rodriguez may want to break up the slew of right-handed batters starting with Infante and continuing through Buck. However, Stanton's power commands a spot near the top of the order, which will leave No. 6 for Morrison.

Behind Morrison figures to be first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who bats lefty. That leaves one vacant spot. If the Marlins opt to fill it internally, either Emilio Bonifacio -- who couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with a bat -- will fill in or prospect Matt Dominguez. Bonifacio is a switch-hitter, Dominguez bats right-handed.

Here's a projected Marlins lineup, plus their handedness:

Chris Coghlan, L
Omar Infante, R
Hanley Ramirez, R
John Buck, R
Mike Stanton, R
Logan Morrison, L
Gaby Sanchez, R
Vacant

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 12:55 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Marlins may shut down Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez Could Hanley Ramirez' season be done?

Ramirez was out of the lineup Wednesday a day after delivering an eighth-inning hit that was crucial to the team's 5-2 win over the Mets -- and prior to Tuesday, had been out of the lineup for four games due to left elbow inflammation.


"He’s not OK," manager Edwin Rodriguez told the Miami Herald . "He came out after the game [on Tuesday] and said he was feeling worse. That’s not a good sign. Right now, he’s not in the lineup and we’ll see how everything develops after that."

Ramirez had ice packs on both his left and right elbows Wednesday afternoon, and Rodriguez noted that he saw Ramirez grabbing his elbow in the dugout after his first at-bat Tuesday.

With under two weeks left of games remaining, Rodriguez wasn't prepared to speculate on the shortstop's availability for the rest of the season, saying that it's possible the All-Star could be shut down.

"We have to leave that door open,” Rodriguez said. “We have to do what’s in the best interest of the organization.”
If Ramirez does indeed get shut down, he will finish 2010 with a .300/378/.475 mark in 619 plate appearances along with 21 homers and 32 stolen bases, which represents his worst mark since his rookie year of 2006.


-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:36 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 7:06 pm
 

Marlins talking extension with Uggla

Dan Uggla
At the trade deadline, the Marlins were supposedly prepared to part with second baseman Dan Uggla in the right deal. Apparently they're going to keep him around for a while instead.

Uggla's agent, Terry Bross, told MLB.com he is in "preliminary" talks about an extension for Uggla, who would be eligible for free agency after 2011. They are believed to be talking about a three-year deal.

Uggla went to arbitration last year and won, and this year avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $7.8 million deal that made him the highest-paid Marlin. The two-time All-Star is having his best year, batting .284/.372/.520 with 26 homers, 72 RBI and 80 runs scored (tied for the National League lead).

Moving into a new ballpark in 2012, the Marlins are projecting a better financial picture. Locking up Uggla, already the franchise home run leader, to go with Hanley Ramirez would be a smart move toward creating a solid core for the future.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:34 am
 

Uggla ruins Strasmas


Stephen Strasburg Dan Uggla has welcomed Stephen Strasburg back from the disabled list with a a two-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the third.

Strasburg was making his first start since going on the disabled list last month and allowed one other hit in his first three innings. Through three innings, Strasburg has walked two and struck out three, allowing three hits -- Uggla's two and a double by Hanley Ramirez.

Strasburg needed 60 pitches to get through three innings.

UPDATE: Strasburg gave up another hit and added a strikeout in a scoreless fourth. He's at 71 pitches.

UPDATE: Strasburg is out of the game after a Gaby Sanchez double made it 5-1 in the fifth. He was replaced by Miguel Batista with one out and a runner on second. Sanchez scored on a Wes Helms double, closing the book on Strasburg. His final line: 4 1/3 innings, six hits, six runs (all earned), two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches, 51 strikes.

UPDATE: From MASN's Ben Goessling , here's what Strasburg had to say after the game: "I'm a little disappointed in myself because I really went out there not focusing on the one thing you've got to focus on every other start, just going out there and competing and going with what you have. I spent the whole time worrying about trying to fix what was going wrong, instead of just letting it go and throwing the ball."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:04 pm
 

This week in free stuff: Aug. 2-9

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Monday, Aug. 2
Ike Davis bobblehead Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Ike Davis bobblehead -- or bobblesomething. The Cyclones are celebrating Davis' three heads-over-heels caches over the dugout railing with an upside-down bobblehead, although I'm not sure what exactly bobbles.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- duffel bag. The practical giveaways are the best -- who can't use another duffel bag?

Tuesday, Aug. 3
Ryan Howard gnome Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) Whitey Herzog bobblehead. If you missed the big league team giving away Whitey bobbleheads last week, here's another chance.
Reading Phillies (Eastern League) -- Ryan Howard garden gnome. It kind of looks more like a wizard version of Ryan Howard, but, you know, either way my wife would love this, not because she likes Ryan Howard but because she has a really weird things with gnomes. When she saw our local nine had a gnome giveaway this year, she circled that date on the calendar.

Wednesday, Aug. 4
Chicago Cubs -- beer koozie. What else could you want or need at Wrigley Field?
Los Angeles Dodgers -- beach towel
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Hanley Ramirez bobblehead. I always appreciate when minor league clubs honor players who played for them, even if they're no longer in the organization. Kudos Sea Dogs.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- Daniel Moskos & Tony Sanchez double bobblehead

Thursday, Aug. 5
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Brian Schneider bobblehead
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- beach towel
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Irish Heritage Jersey
State College Spikes (New York-Penn league) -- kids Roberto Clemente Kids activity book. It's good to educate the kids.

Friday, Aug. 6
Baltimore Orioles -- Nick Markakis mini bobblehead
Detroit Tigers -- island-themed Tigers floppy hat. It's like a combo Magnum costume -- in floppy hat form. The pattern of a Hawaiian shirt and the Detroit Tigers' D
Pittsburgh Pirates --  Andrew McCutchen bobblehead
Buffalo Bisons (International League) -- toothbrush. This may be one of the lamer giveaways, I've got to admit.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- David Robertson bobblehead
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) Buster Olney bobblehead. When sportswriters get their own bobblehead, you may have run out of ideas. Olney grew up in the state.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- recycled tote bag

Saturday, Aug. 7
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians -- Kenny Lofton "The Catch" bobblehead. This one is great, I love bobbleheads from specific events, hence my Endy Chavez bobblehead. This one is from Lofton's catch over the wall of a sure homer by Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff on Aug. 4, 1996.
Florida Marlins -- samba whistle. Better than a vuvuzela.
Arizona Diamondbacks -- Luis Gonzalez bobblehead. In an added bonus, 50 fans will get an autographed, bronze version.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League) -- Goose Gossage figurine.
Round Rock Express (Pacific Coast League) -- souvenir desk batting helmets
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League) -- lunchbox
Stockton Ports (California League) -- Grant Desme bobblehead
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- reusable grocery bag
South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League) -- reusable grocery bag
Princeton Rays (Appalachian League) -- Wade Davis bobblehead
Billings Mustakens (Pioneer League) -- Jason LaRue bobblehead. See what Jason LaRue looked like before his awesome mustache (hint: less awesome).

Sunday, August 8
Milwaukee Brewers -- Italian sausage racing sausage bobblehead. I've gotten the bratwurst and a previous italian sausage bobblehead off of eBay, and I can tell you it's great. Although my wife said she didn't think it looked like a sausage.
Chicago Cubs -- light switch cover. Really, a nice, simple giveaway. It's got pinstripes and if you're a Cubs fan and have a man room or something, it's pretty cool.
Pittsburgh Pirates -- batting helmet. The classics never die.
Harrisburg Senators (Eastern League) -- Stephen Strasburg bobblehead. How'd he get his own bobblehead? Oh yeah. He's good.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- MCU Park model.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 8:27 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Home Run Derby blog: Big Papi victorious

David Ortiz The 2010 Home Run Derby kicks off with four American League competitors trying to take out the National League competitors and establish some momentum heading into the All-Star Game Tuesday night.

The AL does battle with Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Nick Swisher and Vernon Wells while the NL will answer with Corey Hart, Matt Holliday, Hanley Ramirez and Chris Young .

CHAMPION : David Ortiz. Eight, 13, 11 home runs by round, respectively. His 32 total blasts place him third on the list for most total home runs in a Home Run Derby. Bobby Abreu's 41 in 2005 and Josh Hamilton's 35 in 2008 are the top two.

Ortiz was most appreciative of the fans, saying that the players want to give the fans a good experience to thank them for following the team. He called Ramirez "a son" to him, saying "the longer he is here, I will be a mentor to him."

THIRD ROUND

Hanley Ramirez - 6

Hanley Ramirez couldn't find the magic even after David Ortiz gave him a mid-round hug, and Big Papi is the Home Run Derby champion.

Ramirez started off with two outs before blasting a 449-foot shot, but followed that up with two more outs to dig himself a big hole. He was able to start sending balls to the rocks in center field -- at one point ripping off consecutive shots -- but then fell back into a slump with two outs, making poor contact each time. That sparked the pep talk from Big Papi, but could only muster one more home run the rest of the way.

David Ortiz - 11

Hanley Ramirez has his work cut out for him, as Big Papi cranked 11 home runs in the final round. That's tied for the most in the final round, and Papi peppered the right-field bleachers with his longest blast in the right-field well, 450 feet away.

Papi continued his tradition of taking a drink and towel midway through but still couldn't recover his energy. He dinged three homers after the respite, but that's enough to get a comfortable lead over the Florida shortstop. Win or lose, it was a very impressive showing for the DH who has shown that he really is back to being a self-titled "bad man."

SECOND ROUND

Corey Hart - 0 (13)

Well, that was anti-climatic. After the possibility of a Hanley Ramirez-David Ortiz tiebreaker to see who advances to the finals, Corey Hart followed up with a disappointing oh-fer.

"I don't feel too tired but it was a long break and I wasn't able to get my body back [to where he could hit home runs again,]" Hart told a reporter after his second-round performance.

Ortiz and Ramirez will square off in the finals next.

Hanley Ramirez - 12 (21)

Hanley Ramirez certainly didn't go quietly, bashing 13 home runs to tie Big Papi at 21 home runs apiece, meaning Corey Hart needs to boom at least nine to assure himself of a place in the finals.

After two outs, Ramirez decided that the center left-field bullpen and rocks had angered him and pummeled them without mercy. He amassed five home runs before turning his attention to left field and cranking a 476-foot blast followed by a 465-foot bomb. He then eked one over the left-field bleachers by the foul pole for a puny 373-foot home run. After seven straight home runs, he took several pitches before launching his final homer of the round to tie Big Papi.

Miguel Cabrera - 5 (12)

Miguel Cabrera only hit five home runs and won't reach the final round as he couldn't even combine to defeat Corey Hart's first-round total. However, he had some doozies, denting the rocks in center field with the farthest going 474 feet. An ice-cold streak halts his night, however

David Ortiz - 13 (21)

David Ortiz just put on an incredible power display, bashing 12 home runs with his longest going 478 feet. He made his living hanging around right-center field and the right-field well, chipping in a 413-foot wraparound of the right-field foul pole at one point. With five outs and nine homers in the bank, Ortiz grabbed a drink and towel but couldn't sustain his barrage, "just" hitting four bombs the rest of the way.

Ortiz stuck to pulling the ball, averaging 420 feet with his homers. Only his second home run of the day has been on the left side of center field. Big Papi seems near guaranteed to reach the finals now, but there's still plenty more Home Run Derby to be had.

FIRST ROUND

Miguel Cabrera - 7

Miguel Cabrera, a veritable Triple Crown candidate, will finish off the first round by stepping to the plate with 22 long balls on the season. He got things started with what seemed to be a requisite first round. He then rocked four straight home runs, the farthest going in deep left at 469 feet. It's not the farthest homer he would blast, however, which went 476 feet. It looked like he'd be stuck on six after four straight outs to take him to eight outs, but blasted one more to solidify his ranking in the second round.

It's Corey Hart, David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Cabrera who advance.

Hanley Ramirez - 9

Hanley Ramirez gets things started with a home run to center as Will Ferrell is delivering plenty of punch lines on the air as an announcer, complimenting the broadcasters for their difficult job as HanRam rips off three straight outs before skying a 417-foot fly for his second homer.

Ramirez then put on a power display, jacking three straight with a deep fly of 472 feet. He spread his homers between left and center and took a cue from Big Papi by summoning a drink and towel -- except earlier in the round than Ortiz did. The renewed strength got Ramirez to power past Big Papi for nine total home runs, popping a 462-foot and 455-foot home run as part of his barrage, causing Ferrell to claim "If that ball wasn't hit hard, I'm Santa Claus!"

David Ortiz - 8

David Ortiz, continuing his resurrection from a pitiful April, blasts eight home runs and is in prime position entering the second round. Hitting off of Yankees coach Tony Pena who also delivered to Swisher, Ortiz' first fly came after one out and was straight away into the rocks after initially looking it would die a quick death.

His next swing saw his farthest pitch, a 440-foot shot, end up in right field before getting friendly with the area by the right-field foul pole. His next four home runs spread over four outs were in the vicinity of the foul pole. Ortiz, wearing padded cleats to protect his feet in case of foul balls, then moved over to traditional right field for his remaining home runs. After eight outs, he grabbed a towel and drink although it didn't do any good as he registered two outs.

Matt Holliday - 5

It looked like Matt Holliday was going to follow in the footsteps of Chris Young with just one home run a 434-foot bomb to left field once he reached nine outs. However, he took a liking to the gold ball and ripped four consecutive home runs which may be enough to land him in the second round.

He skied an absolute bomb over the left-field foul pole, going an impressive 497 feet and drawing quite the impression from teammate Albert Pujols who was on the sidelines. Two of his home runs landed in the bullpen and averaged 441 feet, the longest average to date.

Nick Swisher - 4

Nick Swisher -- who, let's be honest, shouldn't have beaten Kevin Youkilis in the Final Vote -- cranked four home runs to pull into second place on the leaderboard. The switch-hitter batted lefty, where he has had the most success in the power department over his career.

He got things started with a 424-foot home run pulled into the left-field bleachers and wrapped one around the foul pole as well to jump out to two home runs against one out. He'd crank just two the rest of the way, although he did bomb a 440-foot home run. Eyeing several balls with eight outs left wasn't enough as a fly ball dies at the wall to finish the first round for Swish.

Corey Hart - 13

Corey Hart certainly put on a show, registering back-to-back deep flies after his first out to immediately pull even within Vernon Wells for the lead in the Home Run Derby.

He then tacked on three additional home runs before his second out. He flashed tremendous opposite-field power on his third and fourth blasts, knocking homers over 420 feet away. His deepest home run was his ninth, just after eking a 382-foot shot into the bullpens in left field. This one went into deep left at 464 feet but he wasn't done with the long bombs. He skied a 459-foot shot, lined an out into center then rapped a 453-foot bomb. He ended his barrage with a 451-foot drive into the rocks in center field and finished with an average of 433-foot home runs.

Vernon Wells - 2

Vernon Wells ripped some traditional big flies, but most didn't have much juice on it. He received a gift with his first home run after three outs when a fan caught a 361-foot homer by sticking his glove out over the fence, much to Wells' amusement. He then skied some shots dying at the warning track before ripping the most legitimate home run of the night, a 428-foot blast.

That's all Wells can do, however, and takes quite the imposing lead with two home runs. While most of Young's shots were liners, Wells at least had the pretty looping fly ball, just not enough distance.

Chris Young - 1

Young could only grab a single home run, going 410 feet after notching two outs. The outfielder predominantly pulled the ball but could only get major air on the lone home run, the rest dying out as liners. Several went foul, a groundball was mixed in there and the only ball not to be pulled was on the last out of round one when Young skied one to center field.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:50 am
 

Baseball reacts to LeBron news ... sort of

LeBron James Since the world apparently revolves around LeBron James, the basketball star who now plays for ... was it Vitamin Water? ESPN? It all seemed like a blur. Anyway, here is your obligatory "baseball players react to news" item:

* The Marlins are happy. Hanley Ramirez held up a "Welcome LeBron" sign for TV cameras. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said, "It's going to be big. It's going to be huge ... I'm not a big [NBA] fan."

* The Indians are ... actually the Indians don't seem to care much.

"It's crazy; it's going to change up a lot of stuff," reliever Chris Perez said. "I'm sure Cleveland's not very happy about it -- it's a hometown guy that's leaving -- but it's a business. And he left money on the table, so obviously it's not all about the money, it was about winning, and Miami gave him the best chance, I guess."

"I don't even know what happened," center fielder Michael Brantley said. "[Miami's] a good choice for him, I guess."

* Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is one of James' close friends, and James angered fans in Cleveland by frequently being seen in a Yankees cap (though, as seen in this photo, he gave the Indians some love as well). He reportedly worked hard to try to convince James to join the Knicks, but to no avail.

"I'm happy for him," Sabathia said in a statement (seriously, there might be no better example of how ridiculous this thing became than the fact that a baseball pitcher was called upon to release a statement with his reaction to a basketball player choosing what team to play for). "He made a decision and it had a lot to do with trying to win a championship. You can't fault him for that. I do feel bad for the city of Cleveland, though. He meant a lot to that city and the people there."

More reactions as they become available. OK, probably not.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:57 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Ramirez might back out of Derby

Hanley Ramirez If this trend continues, will anyone be willing to compete in the Home Run Derby a few years from now?

Hours after Hanley Ramirez was announced as a participant in next week's event, the Marlins shortstop said Thursday night he was pulling out. Then he changed his mind back. Halfway.

"I'm not doing that," Ramirez told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'm going to cancel it." A few moments later he said it was "50-50."

Ramirez said he was worried about how participating might affect his swing in the second half, a sentiment that's getting very familiar.

It doesn't seem like participating in one unconventional batting practice, which is essentially what the Derby is, could throw off a player's swing on a long-term basis, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of the "Derby curse," and participating is becoming seen as a real risk.

Where sluggers used to clamor to get into the showcase, baseball seems to have more trouble filling the field every year. And teams are telling players not to participate, as the Yankees did this week with Robinson Cano.

At the moment, assuming Ramirez is in, he's on the NL squad with Corey Hart and Matt Holliday. The AL squad is Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz and Vernon Wells. Both leagues still need to add one hitter. If they can find one.

-- David Andriesen

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