Pitching, defense top priorities for Marlins in 2009

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Post 6696

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Is there season over yet? When can we cover up that freakin' infield with nice green sod.

You Miami People are out of your minds to build a half a BILLION
DOLLAR stadium for a stupid baseball team in a town where everyone's favorite sport is soccer.
LennyP

United States

#2 Sep 25, 2008
Well..... commenting on the article.
Here we go again.
Essentially we will see a bunch of new minor leaguers next season and lets get rid of the first infield in baseball history to potentially finish with 4 positions with 30+ hommers and except for Cantu they just came up from the minors two or three years ago.
That is the Marlins 3 years and you are gone so someone else can pay you. Great way to build a team and interest.
LordBishop34

Alexandria, VA

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Well for pitching I think its simple. you keep Johnson, Nolasco, Volstad as the top three. Have Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller compete with Badenhop and a FA signee for the final two spots.

Look for a strong arm to add to bull pen. Find a real closer be it from the orginization or from FA. We can't have another Gregg as closer. He is a big reason we are not the Wild Card team this year.

As for the team. If healthy you install Dallas McPherson at 3rd base, he will strike out a bit but he has more pop then Jacobs or Cantu. I think you then decide whether you keep cantu or jacobs. I think Cantu has been the more consistent player of the two, but Jacobs has more power and is a left handed hitter. Neither are gold glove first basemen.

Hanley is safe obviously, though he shouldn't lead off anymore (great lead off hitter, but could be more productive for the team further down the lineup) and Baker should probably be given the shot to be the starting catcher next year.

Unless Mayben has a total meltdown next year in Spring Training I think its safe to say he will be the starting CF.

Now the debate comes on what to do with Uggla(poor defense and strike outs) Hermidia,(poor defense and underperforming), Ross (bench player but has earned starters time) and Willingham (health and defense could be better)
Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Sep 25, 2008
I think teh Marlins might hav emade the playoffs if Freddie G. had not chose Eric Gregg to finish/save a handful of games, when Eric couldn't do the job. Eric G. lost about 5-6 games 2 weeks ago and then Freddie shelved him. And of course the team defense laxed at times and also brought at least 5 games they should've won during the last few weeks. Amazing that if they won the past 3-4 games they would've been in contention and primed to defeat the N.Y. Mets during the last weekend and hope the Brewers lose at the same time.
JUAN YANES

Miami, FL

#5 Sep 25, 2008
YESTERDAY METS MANAGER LARRY MANUEL COMMITED SAME MISTAKE THAN FREDDY GONZALEZ AGAINST PHILLIES WITH RUNNER JORGE CANTU. IN BOTTOM INNING EIGHT DELGADO STARTED WITH A TWO BASES HIT BEING A TIE RUN WAS LEAVE RUN INSTEAD OF BE REPLACED FOR AN SPEEDY PINCH RUNNER, NEXT BELTRAN HIT TO CENTER BUT DELGADO CAN'T SCORE
Steve Bartman

Miami, FL

#6 Sep 25, 2008
Nice head lines..."Pitching, defense top priorities for Marlins in 2009" See... even the Paper gave up on your team. Man...you fans are all a JOKE! Never seems to amaze me. Oh..and how about them cubbies coming back from 5-1 down! HUH!!! How do you like them apples! See you next year losers!!!
CUBS WIN...CUBS WIN...HOLY COW CUBS WIN!!!!
peter - Boca

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 Sep 25, 2008
The article seems to me a repeat from last fall as the season was ending and last spring during spring training. The only conclusion is that there has been no improvement.

The Marlins now have Base America's All Star 2nd baseman, Chris Coghlan ready to take Uggla's spot. In addition you have established players Hermida and Jacobs who hit homers and can not field so well. You would think that since Beinfest is such a trading genius he should get good value back for these players to fill those priority needs.

As Tommy Hutton has said repeatedly on TV, even if the Marlins could spend as much money as they wanted, they would not bring back every player that was on this team. To do that would mean that the team would not be improving and would still have the same problems.
original florida native

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Sep 25, 2008
LordBishop34 wrote:
Well for pitching I think its simple. you keep Johnson, Nolasco, Volstad as the top three. Have Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller compete with Badenhop and a FA signee for the final two spots.
Look for a strong arm to add to bull pen. Find a real closer be it from the orginization or from FA. We can't have another Gregg as closer. He is a big reason we are not the Wild Card team this year.
As for the team. If healthy you install Dallas McPherson at 3rd base, he will strike out a bit but he has more pop then Jacobs or Cantu. I think you then decide whether you keep cantu or jacobs. I think Cantu has been the more consistent player of the two, but Jacobs has more power and is a left handed hitter. Neither are gold glove first basemen.
Hanley is safe obviously, though he shouldn't lead off anymore (great lead off hitter, but could be more productive for the team further down the lineup) and Baker should probably be given the shot to be the starting catcher next year.
Unless Mayben has a total meltdown next year in Spring Training I think its safe to say he will be the starting CF.
Now the debate comes on what to do with Uggla(poor defense and strike outs) Hermidia,(poor defense and underperforming), Ross (bench player but has earned starters time) and Willingham (health and defense could be better)
Jacobs is gone. They will trade him for a new bullpen and start Gaby Sanchez on first next year. Hopefully they sign Cantu, but Dallas McPherson is your third baseman of the future so who knows what they'll do there. Maybe put Cantu on second and move Uggla to the outfield. We all have to agree that Maybin will be our starting CF'er next season.

C - John Baker
1B - Gaby Sanchez
2B - Cantu
SS - Hanley
3B - Dallas McPherson
RF - Willingham/Ross
CF - Maybin
LF - Uggla
Utility - Amezega

Gone: Jacobs, Hermida
Brandon Bromley

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#9 Sep 25, 2008
The Marlins currently have eighty two wins to their seventy six losses with only four more games left to play. The marlins for the last couple of years have had the lowest payroll in all of baseball not leaving them with much room to pick up new players. Having the lowest payroll in baseball is the biggest reason why the Marlins’ players are so young. This team has the potential to be great, but they don’t have the experience yet in the big leagues. Once the players learn to play together and have a good amount of experience, the Marlins will make another run for the World Series. Hopefully this off season, the Marlins’ coaches can work with hitters on the number of strike outs, work with relief pitchers on not blowing saves, and working with the defense on not allowing so many defensive errors. If this offseason is a success the Marlins will have a great chance of winning another World Series.
Wet Dreamers

Boca Raton, FL

#10 Sep 25, 2008
The bottom line is Jeffrey Loria does not have the money. At the Marlins pay level you get errors and high ERA. Things that keep you out of the playoffs. Even with a winning record. The problem is Loria. He is worse than Wayne. At least Wayne has money. I didn't see Loria on the Forbes Billionaire list.
Steve Ferguson

Gainesville, FL

#11 Sep 25, 2008
It seems that if the Marlins' want to lower their strike out total they should put Cameron Maybin as lead off in front of Hanley Ramirez so they can speed on the bases for the power ,such as Mike Jacobs and Dan Uggla can drive them home.
Jeff

Deerfield Beach, FL

#12 Sep 25, 2008
Maybin, Ramirez, Cantu, Amezega, Johnson, Sanchez, Nolasco, Verstad, Baker, Uggla, Lindstrom, Mitre (if he comes back), Jacobs----these are players to keep.
Get what we can or let them go--Willingham, Hermida (Rally Killer) Ross(too streaky, theatrical), Gregg
Bubble--Gonzo--I hope, DeLuca, Treanor.
Allan B

Pompano Beach, FL

#13 Sep 25, 2008
Brandon Bromley wrote:
The Marlins currently have eighty two wins to their seventy six losses with only four more games left to play. The marlins for the last couple of years have had the lowest payroll in all of baseball not leaving them with much room to pick up new players. Having the lowest payroll in baseball is the biggest reason why the Marlins’ players are so young. This team has the potential to be great, but they don’t have the experience yet in the big leagues. Once the players learn to play together and have a good amount of experience, the Marlins will make another run for the World Series. Hopefully this off season, the Marlins’ coaches can work with hitters on the number of strike outs, work with relief pitchers on not blowing saves, and working with the defense on not allowing so many defensive errors. If this offseason is a success the Marlins will have a great chance of winning another World Series.
Getting rid of Hermida or at least benching him will cut down on the strikeouts without sacrificing any offense. I like Maybin alot , but he did have alot of strikeouts in the minors.
Hot Rod

Hollywood, FL

#14 Sep 25, 2008
Steve Bartman wrote:
Nice head lines..."Pitching, defense top priorities for Marlins in 2009" See... even the Paper gave up on your team. Man...you fans are all a JOKE! Never seems to amaze me. Oh..and how about them cubbies coming back from 5-1 down! HUH!!! How do you like them apples! See you next year losers!!!
CUBS WIN...CUBS WIN...HOLY COW CUBS WIN!!!!
I'll see you on youtube in a month crying "WHY? WHY DID MY CUBBIES LOSE?"
The Cubs, making their fans drink and cry since 1908.
Hot Rod

Hollywood, FL

#15 Sep 25, 2008
Jacobs, Willingham and Hermida definately have to go. I wouldn't miss Uggla at second either. Keep the starting rotation, although I think they'll trade Scott Olsen. Put Maybin in Center, Ross in right, another minor leager in left (Bozied or John Gall look good with good average and low strike outs)and let Gonzo retire. Keep Cantu, Baker and obviously Hanley in the infield. Who knows, we might actually even get a free agent in the off season. I want this club to show us they're serious about winning.

“Yes we did! ”

Since: Mar 08

United States

#16 Sep 25, 2008
The Marlins are not rebuilding. Things fall upwards. Catholic high school girls are virtuous to a fault. Alligators have feathers. Britney Spears can actually sing and dance. George Bush is joining MENSA. AMTRAK is being asked to consult on the next branch of the Bullet Train in Japan. Princess Di is living as a vegetable in the basement of Balmoral Castle. Elvis isn't dead either; he's running a car wash in Omaha with his partner, Jim Morrison.

What else would you like to sell me, Larry?
Lou Vales

United States

#17 Sep 25, 2008
Old Gator, I hope that return of certain dignitaries to DC heads off a Global Economic Meltdown(GEM). Give me a call, there are a couple of You Tube sites that you will either get a hoot from or be petrified into moving to Costa Rica or british Colunbia.

“Mr Knowitallski”

Since: Aug 08

Greenville, SC

#18 Sep 25, 2008
Lou Vales wrote:
Old Gator, I hope that return of certain dignitaries to DC heads off a Global Economic Meltdown(GEM). Give me a call, there are a couple of You Tube sites that you will either get a hoot from or be petrified into moving to Costa Rica or british Colunbia.
Stop using my name. I am the real deal. This must be my X BF.
Tim

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Sep 25, 2008
Raise the payroll and keep this team together. You're getting your stadium, give us a good product to root for and carry over into that new house. Imagine what this team could do with a healthy Nolasco, Johnson, and some bullpen help.
Joey

Boca Raton, FL

#20 Sep 25, 2008
Wet Dreamers wrote:
The bottom line is Jeffrey Loria does not have the money.
He's a billionaire. Duh.

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