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Gary Thurman joins Marlins coaching staff

     Former major league outfielder Gary Thurman has joined the Marlins coaching staff. Thurman was named the team's "first base/outfield/baserunning"coach as the Marlins formally announced their on-field staff to serve under new manager Ozzie Guillen.

  Thurman   Thurman, 46, spent nine seasons (1989-97) in the majors with the Royals, Tigers, Mariners and Mets. He spent the past four seasons as a coach in the Indians minor-league system. Before that, he worked in the Seattle organization, mostly at the minor league level. His only previous coaching stint in the majors came with Seattle in 2007 when he was the Mariners' first base coach.

      Thurman is one of two newcomers to the Marlins' coaching staff. The other is bench coach Joey Cora, who worked with Guillen with the White Sox. Coaching holdovers for the Marlins are pitching coach Randy St. Claire, hitting coach Eduardo Perez, third base coach Joe Espada and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

       Not returning are first base/infield coach Perry Hill and bench coach Brandon Hyde. Cora will assume Hill's infield coaching duties.


       -- Emilio Bonifacio drove in two runs with a single and was on board, along with Marlins teammate Logan Morrison, when Curtis Granderson connected on a grand slam as a team of U.S. stars defeated the Chinese Taipei national team, 7-0. Bonifacio and Morrison made the trip to Taiwan to play for the U.S. in the five-game series.     


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I have never seen what impresses the Marlin Mngmnt staff about LeClaire as a pitching coach.He should have been canned years ago.To this day...it s very perplexing.I know he s ancient...experience-wise but geezzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Flav C

This is a puzzle to me. The only thing i can think of is that he is pals with Loria from the old times at the Expos.
Maybe the FO sees something in him that we don't. All i know is that since 2009 when he joined the Marlins, no starting pitcher has really excelled or improved. In fact, pitchers like Nolasco has been declining his key stats year after year, JJ has been hurt, Volstad same ol' poor performances. The only pitcher showing positive results is Anibal.

Stan M

Here is something we can all agree on. Our pitching coach needs replacing. The absolute best off-season signing that the Marlins could possibly hope for would be LaRusso's pitching coach from the Cards now that he has retired. He would be worth more than any other signing in my opinion. Unfortunately, it's not going to happen.


In case you guys missed it on the earlier blog, I'm trying to get a contest going where everyone guesses who they think will be the first new Marlins acquisition, by trade or free agency, this offseason. Since I don't have money to award anybody a Lamborghini, it's for bragging rights only. So far, Flav C has put in a bid on Grady Sizemore and I guessed Ryan Madson. Only one guess per customer. I believe the teams can begin announcing signings Thursday. Good luck. (By the way, this is for NEW acquisitions, not re-signing of guys like Javy or Dobbs.)
Stan M,
Dave Duncan is one of the best pitching coaches ever and who knows? — maybe he will leave St. Louie now that Tony's not around.
Trouble is, we just signed a pitching coach. (Sigh.)

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