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9 Reasons to Come to Opening Day Early

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There’s just 11 days until Opening Day — otherwise known as the unofficial #TakeAHalfDay Day!

Did you know this year, Marlins Park is opening its doors at 2:00 PM – that’s two hours early – for fans to celebrate the big game?

HOT TIPS: Opening Day festivities start at 3:15 PM, and MLB is implementing Metal Detectors across the League which will slow things down a little bit, so give yourself plenty of time! We’d also recommend you reserve a parking pass at marlins.com/parking ahead of time to avoid any delays on that front.

With so many amusements and attractions to enjoy before 4:10 PM even rolls around, we’ve come up with nine reasons why you should #TakeAHalfDay and come to the ballpark early next Monday afternoon!

9) Watch Batting Practice! – Enjoy a view of Marlins BP beginning at 2:00 PM! Opening Day will be the only game this season where gates will open to the public two hours prior to the first…

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Ichiro Picks Up Two More Hits In Marlins Loss To Braves

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KISSIMMEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Marlins strong Spring Training record took a hit on Thursday.

Even though he won 10 games for the marlins last season, Tom Koehler isn’t considering himself a lock for Miami’s rotation.

Johnny Gomes drove in two runs and Kelly Johnson went 2 for 2, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Marlins 6-3 Thursday.

Koehler allowed four runs and walked three in four innings in his second start of the spring.

“I’m extremely disappointed with the hits and not being able to put guys away,” Koehler said.

Koehler walked Braves pitcher Cody Martin to lead off the third inning.

“I can’t be walking pitchers,” he said. “I have to stop worrying about building myself up and start worrying about execution. We’re getting close now to the season.”

Braves starter Manny Banuelos allowed one run and three hits in two innings…

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Source: Marlins Sign Yelich To 7-Year Deal For Nearly $50M

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Marlins have remained busy since the end of the 2014 season constructing a roster that can compete for a championship for years to come.

The Marlins have made another long-term investment in their young, talented outfield.

Left fielder Christian Yelich agreed to a seven-year contract worth about $49.6 million, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it hadn’t been announced.

Yelich is expected to sign the agreement this weekend, and a news conference tentatively is planned for Sunday.

Yelich, 23, is part of an outfield Miami considers the best in the majors, with $325 million slugger Giancarlo Stanton in right field and Marcell Ozuna in center. Two-thirds of that outfield will be under contract through at least 2021, with the 25-year-old Stanton signing a…

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2015 Miami Marlins minor league depth: Catcher

Yes, it’s true – Baseball Prospectus and the rest of Major League Baseball have dubbed the Miami Marlins the second to last minor league system in the big leagues. But are they wrong? The Marlins did trade away their 2013 first round draft pick (fifth overall) in Colin Moran midway through the season last year to the Houston Astros for players named Jarred Cosart and Kike Hernandez – who has since been traded away again this off-season. Hernandez wasn’t the only youngster on the move though, as the Marlins continued to back up the moving truck, sending top pitching prospects Andrew Heaney to the Los Angeles Dodgers and righty Anthony Delscalfani to the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins received just one high-ceiling prospect in return, major league doormat-ready reliever Kendry Flores from the Giants. If you combine those roster moves with the loss of mid-level catching prospects Austin Barnes and Chad Wallach, and then look at the Marlins aggressive approach to making minor league promotions, it’s easy to see why Baseball Prospectus and the baseball world in general see the Miami Marlins weak on the farm.

Given that everything I stated above is true, and you find yourself sitting there wondering what I’m going to say next, don’t be concerned. It’s my mission to doubt the doubters and dive deep into the Marlins organizational depth charts, in hopes of proving the nay-sayers wrong by finding hidden gems.

This week I will be diving into the Marlins depth at the catcher position. We already know that Salty will start behind the dish for the Marlins and Mathis will back him up while touted Marlins top prospect J.T Realmuto will play the waiting game.  So let’s look at the best of the rest, because three catchers do not constitute a franchise.

Best of the Rest

Arturo Rodriguez

Call me crazy, but I really like what Arturo brings to the Marlins organization. After signing a minor league contract this off-season, this 6’0″ 235 lbs. Monterrey, Nueva Leon, Mexico native has the build and the bat to make an impact this season. At age 23, he is a long shot to raise through the Marlins prospect ranks, but he put up solid enough contact and power numbers in 2014 with the Toros de Tijuana and Sultanes de Monterrey teams of the Triple-A Mexican League to be ranked above Miami Marlins 2014 first-round CBA pick Blake Anderson.

ARIn the 93 games played in the Mexican League, Arturo started 62 games behind the plate – throwing out forty percent of runners attempting to steal on his arm. He also had 15 starts at first base with a perfect fielding percentage. Not only does his bat show promise, so does his defensive abilities. This makes Arturo Rodriguez a strong candidate to watch in the Marlins minor league system this season.

Blake Anderson

As mentioned in the Arturo summary, Anderson was the 36th overall pick drafted in the first-round CBA by the Miami Marlins out of West Lauderdale HS in Collinsville, Mississippi. Fresh off his 19thbirthday Anderson will look to improve his numbers from his first taste of pro ball.

BALooking at his first year statistics at the plate it’s easy to see what scouts already know: he was drafted for his 6’4″ tall frame, an absolute hose for an arm, and his strong glove hand framing pitches. We all know the fast track to the big leagues for prospect catchers is based on their defensive ability, and Anderson has plenty of ability. The thing to watch though this season will be the comfort and improvement Anderson shows as he handles the bat at the plate. As his body matures and produces more power in his bat we might just have a Baltimore Orioles Matt Wieters comparable player down the line.

Brad Haynal

Brad is a 6’3″ 215 lbs. right-handed swinging 18th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins and the only catchers besides Chris Hoo selected in the 2014 Amateur Draft to have collegiate experience. He played for San Diego State University and this should give him a leg up on the rest of his competition. After crushing the ball his first 30 games for the Batavia Muckdogs, he was quickly promoted up to Low-A Greensboro to end the season splitting time with another 2014 draft selection in catcher Chris Hoo. Take a look in at his stats from 2014:

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It’s easy to see why Haynal could easily become a hidden gem for the Marlins. Even if he can’t hide behind his tall frame, Haynal offers advanced defensive abilities behind the plate that no one else in his draft class came in with, with the possible exception of Blake Anderson. It’s Haynals bat though that will carry him up the ranks. Already 23 years-old, he needs to  accelerate his time frame to make adjustments at the minor league level if he hopes to crack the big league roster one day. He is defintely another solid candidate to watch out for this season.

Other Notable Catcher to Watch

Roy Morales/6-foot-1, 210 pounds/Drafted 2014 in the 12th Round out of Colegio Angel David HS, PR.

Chris Hoo/5-foot-9, 190 pounds/Drafted 2014 in the 27th round out of Cal Poly.


*Please feel free to read this article in its original form at http://www.fishstripes.com/2015/3/19/8254347/2015-miami-marlins-minor-league-depth-catcher

Jason Tate writes for SB Nation-Fishstripes (A Miami Marlins News Website). Follow his blog at http://www.marlinsrising.com and on twitter @MarlinsRising.

Marlins Celebrity Lookalikes: 2015 Edition

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It’s time to play… Marlins Celebrity Lookalikes!

Last year, we had some fun pairing your favorite Fish players with their celebrity doppelgangers, which you can see here.

Marcell Ozuna and Kanye West… Mike Redmond and Dr. Cox from “Scrubs”… Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Hyde from “That 70’s Show”… the resemblance is uncanny.

With the 2015 season upon us, we’ve put together a whole new batch of Marlins lookalikes, starting with the obvious:

Christian Yelich = SNL cast member, Pete Davidson

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Fair skin, big smile, closely resembling a teenager… they’re basically one in the same.

Tom Koehler = actor, Jeff Daniels

IMG_5421With a resemblance like that, Koehler might as well add star of “Dumb and Dumber” to his resume.

David Phelps = actor Jason Statham

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Both Phelps and Statham have mastered the “Blue Steel” look. And check out those matching jawlines…

Andrew McKirahan = legendary Beatle, George Harrison

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Are we sure George Harrison isn’t still alive in the form of…

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Are the Marlins the real deal?

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Miami MarlinsGiancarlo Stanton and the Marlins are expected to make some noise in the National League East after a busy and productive winter. “I think they’ll make the playoffs.” “I don’t think they make the playoffs.” What do you think? Watch 120Sports.com to see what they think of Miami’s chances.

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Haren Goes 4 Scoreless For Marlins In Victory

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JUPITER (AP) — Dan Haren pitched four scoreless innings and Marcel Ozuna hit his first home run of the spring in the Miami Marlins 4-2 victory over Detroit the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Haren struck out two and only experienced trouble in the third, when he allowed singles to James McCann and Andrew Romine to open the inning. He worked out of the jam thanks in large part to Dee Gordon’s smooth turn of a double play at second.

“The results were good,” said Haren, who hasn’t allowed a run in his last two outings. “My stuff was moving pretty good. I wasn’t quite as sharp as last game.”

Haren threw 38 of his 58 pitches for strikes on a warm, muggy afternoon that saw the temperature climb into the mid 80s.

“I’m sure I’ll be a little sore tomorrow, but that’s the only way…

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