Sound off: Interviews with Stanton, Hill, Redmond, Cishek and Koehler

Here are some reactions from players, coaches and  Marlins front office after Giancarlo Stanton was done signing a 13-year, $325 million deal on Wednesday.

Stanton

Pitcher Tom Koehler

Closer Steve Cishek

Manager Mike Redmond

President David Samson

President of Baseball Opertaions Mike Hill

November 18, 2014

Marlins announce spring training schedule, host Red Sox March 24

MARLINS SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

March 2: vs. FIU (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 3: vs. University of Miami (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 4: Off day
March 5: vs. Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 6: at Red Sox (Fort Myers), TBA
March 7: vs. Mets (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 8: vs. Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 9: at Mets (Port St. Lucie), 1:10 p.m.
March 10: vs. Nationals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 11: vs. Mets (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 12: at Minnesota (Fort Myers), 1:05 p.m.
March 13: vs. Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 14: at Nationals (ss) (Viera), 1:05 p.m.
March 15: vs. Tigers (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 16: Off Day
March 17: vs. Cardinals (ss) (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.; vs. Mets (ss) (Port St. Lucie), 1:10 p.m.
March 18: vs. Nationals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 19: at Braves (Orlando), 1:05 p.m.
March 20: vs. Braves (Jupiter), 7:05 p.m.
March 21: at Nationals (Viera), 1:05 p.m.
March 22: vs. Twins (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 23: vs. Mets (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 24: vs. Red Sox (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 25: at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05 p.m.
March 26: vs. Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 27: at Astros (Kissimmee), 6:05 p.m.
March 28: vs. Astros (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
March 29: at Nationals (Viera), 1:05 p.m.
March 30: at Mets (Port St. Lucie), 1:10 p.m.
March 31: vs. Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.
April 1: vs. Nationals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.

November 11, 2014

Miami Marlins might have to soften "no-trade" stance to secure Stanton

PHOENIX -- The Marlins have long resisted granting no-trade protection to players. Only pitcher Javier Vazquez during the Jeffrey Loria ownership regime managed to coerce the Marlins into awarding him that contractual right, and that was only because his deal was for just one year.

But if the Marlins hope to convince Giancarlo Stanton into agreeing to a long-term extension, they know they might have to soften their stance and make an exception for their prized slugger.

"It's been a long-standing policy, but you're talking about a tremendous talent," acknowledged Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations, in a group media session on Tuesday. "You look at the marketplace and what other elite players have gotten...it'll definitely be a topic of discussion."

With the exception of Vazquez, the Marlins have steadfastly refused to grant no-trade protection to any of their free-agent signings. Just ask Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, who were shipped off to Toronto just one year after working out multi-year deals. It was that 2012 firestorm, recall, that angered not only the Miami fan base, but one notable Marlins player in particular: Stanton.

Now, in order to get a deal done with the star outfielder, the Marlins are fully aware they might have to give in on their anti-no-trade policy.

"Not to get any specifics about anyting," Hill said of ongoing contract talks with Stanton. "But we want the player to be a Marlin, and whenever that time comes and you get into the details of it, it's something that (the team will examine)."

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With Stanton's long-term future serving as one of the major backdrops of the Hot Stove season, Hill and Marlins general manager Dan Jennings were swarmed instantly by baseball writers when they walked into a conference room Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore.

Not surprisingly, given the almost fetish-like fascination Boston sportswriters have shown for Stanton over the past year or so, writers who cover the Red Sox constituted about half of the throng of a dozen or so. No real news came out of it, other than for Hill to declare that the dialogue so far between team officials and Stanton's agent have been "positive."

Hill provided no concrete details on the negotiatons, however.

"We're going to do everything in our power to keep him as long as we can," Hill once again stated.

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Anthony DeSclafani was named the Arizona Fall League's Pitcher of the Week and will start Saturday's AFL championship game for the Salt River Rafters.

DeSclafani credits an improved curveball with his fall league success. The rookie pitcher for the Marlins led AFL pitchers in innings pitched with 27, ranked second in strikeouts with 24, and went 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA in six starts.

"It's something to change the eye level of hitters," DeSclafani said of his curve. "I think that's going to help me out in the future, and I'm kind of looking forward to taking that into spring training. I think anytime you can throw another pitch for a strike, it's definitely a plus, and it's defnitely another advantage for me pitching. I can definitely tell a difference when there's a hitter up the plate."

DeSclafani appeared in 13 games (including five starts) last season for the Marlins, going 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA.

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One free agent the Marlins have eyeballed as a possible fit at second base is Asdrubal Cabrera, who has spent most of his big-league career at shortstop. A two-time All-Star, Cabrera has defensive limitations at short, though, and might benefit from a permanent position switch to the other side of the infield.

Cabrera is a career .268 hitter with some pop.

November 04, 2014

Yelich becomes youngest Marlin ever to win a Gold Glove

He isn't the flashiest outfielder in baseball, but Marlins 22-year-old left fielder Christian Yelich now has the hardware to prove he's one of the best defensive players in the game.

Tuesday night Yelich became just the sixth Marlins player ever -- and the franchise's first outfielder -- to win a Gold Glove Award.

Playing in his first full big-league season in spacious Marlins Park, the club's 2010 first round pick paced all National League left fielders with only one error, six assists (one double play) and a .996 fielding percentage.

Up until last season, managers and coaches in each league were tasked with picking the best defensive players at each position (although they couldn't vote for their own players). Now, Gold Glove winners are selected as a collaboration between votes by managers and coaches and sabermetrics.

Even though he's not blessed with the strongest of arms, Yelich had a stellar season covering ground with his glove according to the folks who evaluate players beyond traditional statistics.

According to Bill James' plus/minus leaderboard (which measures the number of plays the player made above or below that of an average fielder), Yelich led all left fielders in baseball with a plus-34 rating. His 13 runs saved, meanwhile, ranked second to Kansas City's Alex Gordon (27) among all left fielders.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, also named finalists for Gold Gloves this season, weren't as highly rated when it came to sabermetrics.

Although Hechavarria finished fourth in putouts (200), sixth in fielding percentage (.979) and made dozens of highlight worthy plays this season, he inexplicably ranked last among 67 shortstops in total zone fielding Runs with a minus-10 average.

Stanton, who won the Hank Aaron Award last month for being the best hitter in the National League, ranked sixth in fielding percentage (.982) and finished tied for third with seven outfield assists among right fielders. But there was no way he was going to beat the Braves' Jason Heyward, who is a sabermetrics beast.

Stanton was close, though, finishing second in total zone fielding runs (28) and fourth in defensive runs saved (7) according to Baseball Info Solutions.

Yelich is the youngest Marlins player to win a Gold Glove. Former catcher Charles Johnson was 24 when he was awarded his first of three in 1995.

Johnson and second baseman Luis Castillo each won three Gold Gloves with the Marlins. Pitcher Mark Bueherle (2012), first baseman Derrek Lee (2005) and third baseman Mike Lowell (2005) each won a Gold Glove once with the Marlins.

Stanton named finalist for MVP along with Kershaw, McCutchen

Surprise, surprise!

Okay, maybe not.

As expected, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been named a finalist for the National League MVP award alongside Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who won the award last year.

Last month, Stanton was selected as the National League's Hank Aaron Award winner, given to the best hitter in each league. His biggest competition for the MVP will be Kershaw, who should win the Cy Young and is considered by many to be the favorite for the MVP.

The MVP winner will be announced Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

October 25, 2014

Stanton named NL's Hank Aaron Award winner

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and an 88-mile-an-hour fastball to the face from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers will probably prevent Giancarlo Stanton from earning the National League's highest honor this season. 

But nobody -- not even the great Kershaw -- could stop Stanton from being named the league's best offensive player this season. 

The 24-year-old All-Star right fielder became the first Marlins player ever to receive the Hank Aaron Award on Saturday night, a prize handed out to the best hitter in each league annually since 1999 and selected by a special panel of Hall of Fame players and fan votes. The Angels' Mike Trout won it for the the American League after leading the AL in runs scored (115) and RBI (111) while batting .287 with 36 home runs.

Stanton was in San Francisco for Game 4 of the World Series Saturday evening to receive his award alongside Aaron and commissioner Bud Selig.

Stanton missed the final 17 games of the regular season after that Fiers pitch broke cheekbones, chipped teeth, and required stitches to patch up a gash. He still led the league in home runs (37), finished second with 105 RBI (he was leading the league when he was hurt) and hit .288 while stealing 13 bases.

The Marlins have had four Rookies of the Year (Dontrelle Willis, Hanley Ramirez, Chris Coghlan and Jose Fernandez), two managers of the Year (Jack McKeon, Joe Girardi), five gold glove winners (Charles Johnson, Luis Castillo, Derrek Lee, Mike Lowell, Mark Buehrle) and five Silver Sluggers (Gary Sheffield, Mike Lowell, Miguel Cabrera, Dan Uggla and Ramirez), but have never had an MVP or Cy Young winner. 

Stanton's honor might qualify as the most prestigious yet.

"These first-time Hank Aaron Award winners are two of our game’s most exciting and talented young players," Selig said in a statement released by MLB. "For as much as they have already accomplished, Mike and Giancarlo have wonderful futures ahead of them, and they will make Major League Baseball proud in the years ahead.”

Asked how the recovery process is going, Stanton told World Series reporters: "It was a long process of just kind of laying around the house, not being able to leave too much. But I feel great now, and I'll be back to my normal off-season routine and shouldn't skip a beat."

October 23, 2014

Miami Marlins: Hechavarria, Stanton & Yelich are Gold Glove finalists

Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and left fielder Christian Yelich have been named as finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove award given to the top defensive players at each position.

None of the three players has ever won a Gold Glove.

There are three finalists at every position from both leagues. Among N.L. teams, the Dodgers have the most finalists with four.

The awards are voted on by big-league managers and coaches. Their vote counts for 75 percent of the selection process. The sabermetrics community accounts for the other 25 percent.

October 20, 2014

Casey McGehee voted NL Comeback Player of Year

The Sporting News announced Monday that Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee was named the National League's "Comeback Player of the Year."

McGehee, who spent the 2013 season in Japan, returned to the majors with the Marlins last season and turned in strong numbers at the plate and also excelled at the hot corner.

McGehee, 32, played in 160 games, hitting .287 with four homers. He was second in the NL with singles and fourth in hits. His .319 average with runners in scoring position led the Marlins and ranked 14th in the NL (min. 100 plate appearances w/RISP).

The award was voted on by big-league players.

McGehee is the first Marlins player to receive Comeback honors from the Sporting News. Marlins pitcher Alex Fernandez was the 1999 NL Comeback Player in the Players' Choice Awards.

Here are the voting results for TSN's NL Comeback award:

National League Comeback Player of the Year (voting by NL players only)
1. Casey McGehee, Marlins: 26 votes
2. Tim Hudson, Giants: 17 votes
3. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 15 votes
4. Starlin Castro, Cubs: 2 votes

October 10, 2014

Miami Marlins get dumber, lose Ed Lucas on waiver claim to Rangers

Ed Lucas, the articulate, Dartmouth-educated utility infielder for the Marlins, was claimed off waivers on Friday by the Texas Rangers.

Lucas toiled for years in the minors before finally receiving a shot with the Marlins in 2013.

The 32-year-old infielder hit .251 last season with one homer. He started the season on the disabed list with a broken left hand after being struck by a pitch in the Marlins' final Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

In his two seasons with the Marilns, Lucas hit .255 with five homers.

October 08, 2014

Miami Marlins World Series hero Josh Beckett to retire

Josh Beckett, who turned in an epic pitching performance for the Marlins when they knocked off the New York Yankees in the 2003 World Series, said he intends to retire.

Beckett, now with the Dodgers, has a torn labrum in his left hip that will require surgery. Beckett told MLB.com that at this stage of his career, he doesn't want to go through the rehab that would be needed to get him back on the mound.

BeckettSIBeckett, 34, was selected by the Marlins with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft and helped lead the team to its second World Series title four years later. Manager Jack McKeon sent Beckett to the mound at Yankee Stadium for Game 6 of the '03 Series on short rest, and the gamble paid off when the young pitcher hurled a complete-game shutout to clinch the title. Beckett was named Series MVP.

He was also instrumental in the Marlins win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the '03 NLCS -- the "Steve Bartman game" -- when he turned in four strong innings out of the bullpen, holding the Cubs at bay as the Marlins mounted their dramatic comeback.

Beckett pitched two more seasons with the Marlins before being traded with Mike Lowell to the Boston Red Sox in 2005 for Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez. Beckett had his ups and downs in Boston, where he won another Series ring and also posted his only 20-win season in 2007. He was later traded to the Dodgers, and this year pitched his first major league no-hitter before suffering yet another injury.

For his career, Beckett finished with a record of 138-106. With the Marlins from 2001-05, Beckett went 41-34.

September 28, 2014

Marlins extend manager Mike Redmond through 2017

WASHINGTON -- The Marlins extended manager Mike Redmond through the 2017 season on Sunday, adding one year to his existing contract.

"You talk about continuity and you talk about stability, and that's something (owner Jeffrey Loria) really wants for this franchise," said Marlins president David Samson. "The feeling that we have is the team is going in the right direction, and this is the right step for continuing that growth."

Under Redmond, who was in the second year of a three-year deal, the Marlins went from a 100-loss team last season to one that remained on the periphery of playoff contention until early September before fading down the stretch.

Samson said the entire coaching staff would also be returning next season.

"On this last day of the season, it's the perfect way to start this offseason, making sure everyone realizes Jeffrey's commitment to Red and our commitment to Red," Samson said. "We knew we were bringing him into a situation where he was going to grow with the team and we've watched that happen. The team and Mike have grown in lockstep."

Samson said Redmond and the Marlins agreed to the extension shortly before taking the field Sunday against the Nationals to close out the season.

"It's just a really good day for the Marlins to punctuate what we feel is a great season with great clubhouse chemistry," Samson said. "Red's a huge part of that."