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LONG DISTANCE MEMORIES

FISH TALES

Stanton at Cage

Just putting together some notes on Giancarlo Stanton’s 2014 home runs. Here’s some fun stuff (all info culled from ESPN Stats and Info Group’s Hittrackeronline.com):

Stanton’s average 2014 home run traveled 415.3 feet. No major leaguer who hit more than 20 homers had a longer average distance.

There were 50 home runs in all of Baseball that traveled at least 450 feet last season. Giancarlo hit 7 of them.

10 teams didn’t hit a single long ball that traveled at least 450 feet.

No other team had more than the Giants’ 5 and the Blue Jays’ 4.

The Angels, Dodgers, Cubs and Royals hit 3, and the Red Sox, Braves, D-Backs, Twins, Rockies, Brewers and Athletics hit 2.

Outside of Stanton’s 7, only 4 major leaguers hit as many as 2 homers of at least 450 feet: Michael Morse of the Giants, Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays, Billy Butler…

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RBI Baseball: A Hit For All Involved

Beyond the Ballpark

After a look back at Ayudan Week and all it had to offer, all I can say is, WHAT A WEEK!

The past ten days or so have been extremely eventful for the Miami Marlins and the South Florida community — from the Coconut Grove Arts Festival on Sunday, to the action-packed Winter Warm-Up on Saturday, and everything in the middle.

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There was one event above all, though, that really stood out to me. This event really impacted me and truly opened my eyes to how amazing and engaged this organization is to its surrounding communities.

The 2nd Annual Ayudan Baseball Classic was as good as advertised. There was a little bit of everything; we had an honorary bench coach in Dee Gordon, Marlins World Series Head Coach Jack McKeon in attendance, web gems galore and even a home run.

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The reason this special event resonated with me is…

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Marlins Bullpen Options Pretty Much Set

The Fish Pond

JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins remained in the running for Francisco Rodriguez until the end, right up until K-Rod ultimately agreed to go back to the Brewers on a two-year, $13 million deal.

Miami stayed in talks with agent Scott Boras, at least through Wednesday. The Marlins’ initially were willing to offer a two-year deal in the $10 million range. It’s unclear if they moved much off that number.

Although Miami would have liked to add a proven veteran like Rodriguez to the back end of their ‘pen, the club is perfectly satisfied with the candidates already in camp.

And now that K-Rod is off the board, the Marlins are not likely to pursue either right-hander Rafael Soriano or lefty Phil Coke. At least not on a big league contract.

Had the Marlins signed K-Rod they would have had a safety net to close if Steve Cishek wasn’t available.

Miami…

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K-Rod rejoining Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers have re-signed relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year deal with a team option for a third season.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the total value of the deal is $13 million. The contract pays Rodriguez $3 million in 2015, $6 million in 2016 and the remaining $4 million is deferred. In 2014 Rodriguez made 69 appearances for Milwaukee, saving 44 games and posting a 3.04 earned run average as a National League All-Star.

The move ends the rumors of the Brewers making a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for Jonathan Papelbon, and leaves Rafael Soriano as the biggest name in relief pitching still available on the free agent market. For Milwaukee, it not only solidifies their closer role but all the other roles in their bullpen as well. It also means that other teams who were courting Rodriguez will have…

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President Obama With A Marlins Cap!

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Earlier today, President Barack Obama landed in Miami, where he was was greeted by Florida Governor and #FishFamily member, Rick Scott — and a Marlins cap.

A passionate Marlins fan, Scott told the media, “I brought him a hat for the All-Star Game,” referring to the recent announcement that Marlins Park will be hosting the Midsummer Classic for the first time in 2017.

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But this isn’t the first interaction a U.S. President has had with the Marlins

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Presidents are always welcome in the #FishFamily.

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