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Getting to know the 2015 Miami Marlins

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

In the last 20 years, there have been four Major League baseball franchises that have won multiple World Series championships: New York Yankess (5), San Franciscio Giants (3), Boston Red Sox (2), and…. the Florida (now Miami) Marlins (2).

When you think about this franchise, your first thought is them dumping players and salaries, and being perhaps a bit of a “shady” organization. In 2013, Miami made a blockbuster deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that looked like a steal for the Jays. But in hindsight, maybe Miami was onto something. Here is that trade summary:

Toronto Traded:

shortstop Yunel Escobar,
infielder Adeiny Hechavarria,
right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez,
veteran backup catcher Jeff Mathis,
outfielder Jake Marisnick,
left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino
and right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.

for (Miami traded):

shortstop Jose Reyes,
right-hander Josh Johnson,
left-hander Mark Buehrle,
catcher John Buck,
infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio
and cash considerations.

What Miami did was…

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MLB Divisional Preview, Part 6: NL East, The worst for last

Curveball Sports

by Conway West 03.04.15

The NL East has seen better days. In the 1990s and 2000s, there was a 12-year stretch where the division represented the NL in the World Series 9 times. All five teams have either represented the NL in the Series or had the league’s best record in the past 16 seasons, an honor no other division holds.

At this point, the division looks weak. The division may have the two worst teams in baseball, and the second and third best teams do not look elite either. However, due to the disparity between the top tier and middle tier of teams in the National League, I predict two playoff teams from the East.

  1. Washington Nationals

2014: 87 wins; Steamer 2015: 91 wins; Conwaywest: 95 wins; JD Cam: 94 (1st place)
In: Max Scherzer, Yunel Escobar, Casey Janssen
Out: Tyler Clippard, Rafael Soriano, Adam LaRoche, Ross Detwiler…

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Mason Davis: Story and Interview

Chasing MLB Dreams

Growing up in Georgia, Mason Davis attended Redan High School, which has graduated the likes of Wally Joyner, Brandon Phillips, and Domonic Brown to the major leagues. Davis hopes to follow in their footsteps and become the next player from Redan High School to achieve success in the major leagues.

At Redan, Davis lettered all four years and hit .340 while swiping 21 bases his senior year. He did not get selected by any major league team during the 2011 amateur draft. Even though he was not selected, Davis had his sights set on continuing his education and his baseball career at The Citadel, which is located in Charleston, South Carolina. As a freshman, Davis who models his game after all-star infielder Jimmy Rollins started all 58 games at second base and flashed his speed stealing 14 bases. Davis picked up some accolades, being named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team once…

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How Did They Get Here?: The Miami Marlins

Ryan's Sports Blog

Last week I looked at the Atlanta Braves and tracked their progression as a franchise within the last 5 years. This week, I will continue my analysis of the National League East by looking at the team that finished 8 games under .500 and 4th in the division last year, but seems to be on the rise: the Miami Marlins.

In 2010, the Marlins finished the season 80-82. Over the next three year’s however they saw a steady decline losing 90, 93 and 100 games in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Within three years, the Marlins went from a middle of the pack team to the worst team in the National League. Things began to turn around in 2014 however, as the Marlins saw a 15 win improvement. Now, it looks as if the Marlins are back on the upswing. This leads me to two questions. First, what happened…

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