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Marlins Come Out Flat After Team Meeting

  Manager Edwin Rodriguez was all prepared to call a team meeting before Friday's game before Wes Helms intervened and said "allow us.' And so Helms and a few teammates orchestrated a players-only meeting to rally the troops and, well, they looked dead as a doornail in a 7-0 loss to Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals.

   "We're flat, there's no way around it," said Dan Uggla, who went 0 for 4 as Wainwright delivered a two-hit shutout.

   The Marlins have lost five straight, their longest losing streak since May of last season.

   Coming off Thursday's upsetting loss to the Phillies, Helms decided it was time to huddle and re-group before it's too late.

"This is a crucial part of the year for us as a team," Helms said. "There's two ways you can go, either north or south, and we want to go north the rest of the year. We want to finish strong. This is hwere it's going to show the true character of our team, when we're in a rut like this, falling nine or 10 games back, to find out what we're made of. We're going to fall or quit, or keep pushing and working hard. We want to finish over .500. We want to make a good stand so we can build on next year if we're not going to make it."

Helms said fellow veterans Uggla, Cody Ross and Hanley Ramirez also stood up and spoke at the meeting.

  SANCHEZ, ROSS DEALING WITH INJURIES....Gaby Sanchez is nursing a tight right hamstring that put him on the bench Friday and could do the same on Saturday. Sanchez injured the muscle while stealing second base in Thursday's game. He said he's not sure when he'll be available. Ross has a stiff neck and is also day-to-day. Chad Tracy started at first for Sanchez while Emilio Bonifacio got the call in center for Ross.   

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E L

Hanley, what he spoke in Spanglish, cannt understand anything he says. How about TRADE HIS ASS BACK TO BOSTON... OVER PRICED PIECE OF GARBAGE, FULL OF HIMSELF. Another typical Dominican who will be nothing in the long run..
See if we can Bucholtz, Beckett and a reliever for the Starrrrrrrrrrrr.
While u r at it, how about signing a True Major League Manager?? You have the WORST CALL IN BASEBALL HISTORY AND YOU DONT EXPLODE ON THE FIELD AND GET EJECTED. I WOULD BE SCREAMING FOR 20 MINUTES TILL THEY REVIEWED THE PLAY.
We need someone with balls, oopps Giraldi is not available, oh well, another loosing season.

NWFL fan

I agree it was a dumb move to dump Freddie and replace him with this minor league guy. HanRam is Loria's pet so he is not going anywhere and neither is this team.

theIbis

Umps are walking all over the in-over-his-head Rodriguez. There were two calls in a week, one at a critical juncture and another that cost us the game. Calls that he needed to get tossed for to draw attention to them. Vet managers can afford to walk away from these fights, umps will remember and perhaps compensate. But temp managers are nothing and that is obvious by the way the ump dismissed the replay. Edwin has to tear into these guys if they are going to continue to shortchange us.

Jacob

Hard to take the first post here seriously, when this loser thinks the old Marlins manager was named GIRALDI. Get a clue.

mike33076

EL I see you know little about baseball, and didn't see the game you talk about. Edwin did explode on to the field and did everything to have himself booted. It seems the umpire didn't throw him out of the game because he knew he was wrong......so watch the games.

As for Hanley, yes he's lazy, is unaccountable, and probably surly, but he has great talent. He's having an off year, period. The Red Sox would trade for him in a heartbeat, but the Marlins would trade one of the best 5 players in baseball. You could never get equal talent back. Look at the Cabrera trade, we got little talent back, and that includes Maybin. You can't trade a superstar, and mo matter what you think of Hanley, he is a superstar.

Villa26

Hanley sucks!!!

mabsports

Hanley is boss and Edwin has done a great job so everyone who doesn't agree is stupid

Mark Thompson

Edwin Rodriguez was hired to be the first Puerto Rican manager and he has done everything expected of him. He became the first Puerto Rican manager.

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