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McKeon's All-Stars: Sanchez and Sanchez

    SEATTLE -- Jack McKeon put two Marlins on his All-Star ballot: Gaby Sanchez and Anibal Sanchez.

    Gaby's been the Marlins' best hitter and enjoyed an outstanding May but, as a first baseman, will have his work cut out trying to make the N.L. team. There are five first basemen with higher averages than his .300, five with more home runs than his 14, and four with a higher OPS than his .869, though he outranks Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard in that category.

     McKeon included Anibal on his ballot of three pitchers, along with Philadelphia's Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

     Anibal has made an immediate impression on McKeon, not only with how he performs on the mound, but with his work habits on days he's not pitching.

      "He's average big-league stuff but he's got great command," McKeoon said of Sanchez, who takes the mound tonight for the Marlins as they go for their first series win since sweeping the Giants in May. "I like his attitude. He's the hardest worker we've got out there."

      McKeon said when he showed up at Safeco Field at 10 a.m. the morning after the team flew in Thursday night, he saw Sanchez working out on the field. McKeon said that he pulled Sanchez aside and encouraged him to convince a few of his other teammates to get with the program.

       "I said, 'Do me a favor. There's a couple of other guys on this club. Start taking them with you."

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       When Bobby Cox retired as Braves manager last year at the age of 69, the median age of an National League East manager declined somewhat. Now, with the 80-year-old McKeon back on board with the Marlins and 68-year-old Davey Johnson joining the Nationals, the NL East is suddenly a division for old-timers. That suits McKeon just fine.

        "I think they're bringing back guys with experience," McKeon said. "This (manure) of you've got to have a young guy to relate to the young guys, (fiddlesticks). They all get fired, so what's the difference?

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FlagstaffBri

Just throwing this out there....but what do you think the chances are that the Marlins and Jack agree to one more year? I know the popular choice is Ozzie going into the new ballpark and don't know if Jack would do it but he's got some valid ideas when it comes to motivating players. Just wondering....

Samsons Boyfriend

That would make too much sense for Loria to do.

Roger S

Jack is a stopgap. I wouldn't mind him getting extended through 2012 or so, but I think it's pretty apparent that Samson and Loria want a big name leading the club. The thing about that is though is if the big name would want to manage under this regime. I'm not surprised to hear that the Tigers have a good laugh everyday concerning Samson. I think Samson is probably the least respected team president in all of baseball.

Flav C

I'm not sure Jack would still have the will and physical strength to endure a whole season of trips, etc...But it is a good idea.
Roger, what you mentioned it is so true. Yesterday at night on ESPN Radio during the Jimmy V program, they were lashing at the Marlins organization due to the "home stand" at the Safeco.

spitballer

The best deal would be to "retire" Samson & have Jack as the Prez.

laurelbowie

Listen, guys! Jack McKeon IS a big name! He's a bigger name than Ozzie and at least as big a name as Bobby V. The Marlins haven't had as much national attention in years as they got when McKeon came back to manage. And the crowds, though still small by anyone else's standards, were twice as big and twice as enthusiastic on the recent homestand as they would have been without McKeon. Trouble is, as Flav C and others have noted, it's unlikely that Trader Jack has the stamina to manage an entire season effectively at his age. Hotfooting it around the country and living in hotel rooms can get awful old and tiring for geezers like Jack and I, and nobody (almost nobody) wants to see him keel over dead in the dugout or on the field while arguing with some blind, potbellied umpire.

Flav C

Andrew Miller track: Today vs. Pirates - 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 BB and 1 Earned Run. Second consecutive quality outing for Miller. It seems like good pitching coaches pay off in the end. He was throwing very good fastball on the low outside corner.

Lou Vales

Sparky Anderson Day at Comerica Park.

Diamondbacks lead the Tigers 2-1, bottom of the 8th, Tigers load the bases with 2 outs for Cabrera, 43,000 Rise in Unison, 1st pitch strike, two balls taken just out of the zone, Cabrera gets a 97 MPH fastball from Hernandez and drills it down the left field line.

3-2 Detroit. Crowd goes nuts.

David Samson IS A MORON!!!

laurelbowie

When the Nationals fired Randy St. Claire in '09, baseball insiders were saying the guy had a knack for taking promising young pitchers and totally destroying them, and that the Nats wanted to get rid of him before he had a chance to ruin their crew of hot young arms. St. Claire was looking for work, the Marlins got him cheap and the rest is history.

laurelbowie

Lou,
If you're gonna mouth off, get your facts straight. Technically, Samson is an imbecile. That's slightly dumber than a moron but a little smarter than an idiot. Just sayin'.

Lou Vales

The reason I get so aggitated and angry about the Marlins is because I'm sure "most" fans don't know the depth of absolute dissolution of this farm system. It is repulsive and revolting. I can't believe any "big name" who does his homework could consider this job. Probably does not have to do too much homework, just the observation that 2!!!!!!!! "Bullpen Games" needed to be played this year reveals it all.

Lou Vales

I actually wish I still lived there to stir things up.It's not really necessary to help lead a boycott because South Florida already boycotts the Marlins. It would still be fun down there to sit whereever you want in a stadium to watch MLB even if it's only 1 of 2 teams playing it.I just don't know if I could tolerate the idea that only 1 of the 2 teams on the field is trying.It's fun to have 2 World Series Championships but the lack of competitive desire on the part of ownership is ruinous.

Lou Vales

To paraphrase Trader Whack--"Wouldn't it be (fiddlesticks) hilarious if Miller goes on to be a (Another Fiddlesticks} really good pitcher. Don't think that other (waste product) that we acquired could ever develop, but it would be a (fiddlesticks) joke if we gave away (fiddlesticks) Cabrera for (doogie) and the (doogie) ends up being good too. MANURE!!!!

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SEATTLE -- Jack McKeon put two Marlins on his All-Star ballot: Gaby Sanchez and Anibal Sanchez. Gaby's been the Marlins' best hitter and enjoyed an outstanding May but, as a first baseman, will have his work cut out trying to...

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