The Marlins are scrimmaging on the big field at Roger Dean Stadium this afternoon (1 p.m.), but it's NOT open to the public. One would think that a club starving for fans would allow them a chance to see the team for free, perhaps get them interested in the '09 edition. After all, fans have been permitted to watch the team workout and scrimmage on the practice diamonds for the past 10 days. Why not allow them the same luxury this one last time before Grapefruit League action begins Wednesday and it costs to watch? Perhaps it's a staffing or insurance liability issue, but....
We have some pitching match-ups for the first two spring training games:
-- Anibal Sanchez takes on RHP Blake Hawksworth of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Grapefruit League opener on Wednesday at Roger Dean.
-- Chris Volstad faces Oliver Perez on Thursday when the Marlins head up the road to Port St. Lucie to challenge the New York Mets.
-- Burke Badenhop is down to start Wednesday's morning "B" game against Italy's World Baseball Classic team.