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Surprise storm cell washes out batting practice at Marlins Park, but game will start on time

Normally, the retractable roof at Marlins Park closes before storms arrive and soak the field.

That didn't happen Wednesday.

Soaked dugoutA surprise storm cell in Little Havana around 3:30 p.m. caught the stadium crew a little off guard, drenching the field and leaving more than a foot of water in the photographer and TV camera well adjacent to the Marlins dugout near third base

Luckily, the protective tarp was already on the infield. While batting practice was wiped out for both teams, the game is expected to start on time at 7:10 p.m.

"As soon as we saw it was above us, we made the decision to cover the infield and then activate the roof," Marlins Executive Vice President of Operations Claude Delorme said.

"With this weather, and we saw it at [the team's previous home] Sun Life Stadium, you do get surprises. The cells -- one minute there's nothing -- and then all of a sudden it turns on you. I'm glad it happened now. The worst thing is if the roof was open and it happened a half an hour before the game. Three hours before the game we can deal with."

Squigee tarpAfter drying the field, the camera well and parts of the dugout where standing water remained, stadium workers turned their attention to wiping down all of the 37,000 seats in the stadium and using squeegees to remove water in the aisles as fans enter the stadium around 5 p.m. The press box and suites were also soaked because they were kept open from the night before.

Delorme said it's the first time stadium officials were surprised by a storm cell on a game day since the park opened back in March. Delorme said the Marlins receive a phone call from a meteorologist off-site when rough weather or surprise cells are in the area. At that point, it takes about 10 minutes to go through the safety measures before the roof can be closed, he said. The roof then closes in about 13 minutes.

The Marlins leave the roof open throughout the morning and afternoon on most days so the grass can receive sun light and light rain.

WEDNESDAY'S LINEUPS

> Nationals (29-20): 1. Steve Lombardozzi LF, 2. Bryce Harper CF, 3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B, 4. Adam LaRoche 1B, 5. Ian Desmond SS, 6. Danny Espinosa 2B, 7. Roger Bernadina RF, 8. Jhonatan Solano C, 9. Chien-Ming Wang P.

> Marlins (28-22): 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2. Omar Infante 2B, 3. Hanley Ramirez 3B, 4. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 5. Logan Morrison 1B, 6. Bryan Petersen CF, 7. John Buck C, 8. Chris Coghlan LF, 9. Josh Johnson P.

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laurelbowie

I notice that when the Marlins are playing well, none of us has nearly as much to say. Guess it isn't as much fun when you can't take potshots at somebody. But wait till they drop a couple in a row — which is bound to happen in June — and the boo birds will return from Capistrano. Everybody who predicted the Fish would sweep the Nats, please stand up.

Alex

These Marlins are an exciting team that has the main ingredients for winning: great starting pitching. Add to that an emerging young talent like Stanton, who seems destined for greatness, plus guys like Reyes, Infante and a suddenly surging Hanley, and this is a team that should capture this city's attention. True the Heat are taking up the spotlight now, and I hope they win soon, because this is a team that the city should get behind. The hel l with how people feel about Ozzie or Loria or whoever; we have an exciting team playing in a gorgeous new ballpark! Fans need to get behind them and support them. I will be going to a game during the Braves Series. Can't wait to see this stadium. Go Fish!

Alex

I wonder where the MORON is who had fun in April dissing Giancarlo Stanton and calling him "The Whiffer". I guess now that Stanton is hitting .300 with 13 HRs and about 40 RBIs, stupid idiots with stupid nicknames are hard to find. LMFAO!

Alex

I don't make predictions, so I can't stand up, LB, but I have been very high on this team since the season started. The reason is simple: we are getting excellent starting pitching just about every night, and as long as a team has that going for it, they will be a force to be reckoned with. We are still not hitting consistently well and I think Perez is a lousy batting coach, but as long as the starting pitching continues the way it's been, it should be a fun year to be a Fish fan.

DD

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DD

I WONDER WHERE IS DA MORON WHO HAD FUN IN APRIL SAYING:

"HANLEY DISAPPEARS IN IMPORTANT GAMES, LIKE HE DOESN'T EXIST.IN 8 INTRA-DIVISION GAMES SO FAR, HANLEY IS 1-33, AND HAVE SOMEONE CHECK IT.BUT I'VE BEEN CALLING FOR HANLEY'S HEAD FOR OVER 2 YEARS, AND NO ONE HEARS."

THE SAME MORON WHO ALSO SAID IN APRIL:
"BOTTOMLINE---- EVER SINCE DOMBROWSKI LEFT, THE MARLINS ARE --PURE-- SHHTT. NO USE PAINTING A MULE IN BRIGHT COLORS, A MULE'S A MULE, AND NO RACEHORSE. CURRENT F.O,, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT, ARE RECEIPTS. PUTTING ON A $-MAKING SHOW.

THE SAME MORON WHO IN APRIL WROTE:
"HANLEY AND REYES? BOTH TALENT POWERPUFFS"

AND KEPT GOING ON WRITING:

"JOHNSON, HE HAS STUNK SO FAR. AND BUEHRLE IS LOOKING TIRED, OLD, TOO."
"AND FORGET THIS YEAR SO FAR, SINCE IT'S JUST A RE-TREAD, OF LAST YEAR.FOR I SAID REPEATEDLY, SINCE LAST YEAR, -EVERY- QUALITY HITTER IN MARLINS,
DROPPED 40 TO 60 POINTS -OFF- THEIR BATTING AVERAGE, WITH EDUARDITO AT HELM"

MAYBE IT IS THE SAME MORON WHO NOW SAYS "I HAVE BEEN VERY HIGH ON THIS TEAM SINCE THE SEASON STARTED", "..EXCELLENT PITCHING".

JUSSSST MAYBE!!!

laurelbowie

You proved my point, DD. We don't have as much to say when the Fish are winning.
The story of the Solano brothers' reunion as big-leaguers and their parents' trip to Miami to see them play was inspiring. And the way Jhonatan played last night, handling the pitchers and throwing out Hanley twice, was impressive.
The Marlins are catching the Phillies when both their pitching and hitting are depleted, so these are games they really need to win.

laurelbowie

DD,
When I said you didn't have much to say, I hadn't seen your latest post and was referring jokingly to the blank post above it. I now retract that comment.

Stan M

LB, my internet was down for the past 3 days or I would have been here dancing with joy. So many are now hitting very well and both LoMo and Coghlan are starting to contribute as well. Last time I could get on internet we were all talking about our major need...a catcher. Someone said the only real good one was Joe Mauer, but that he wasn't available. In my opinion, he is very much available. He has an obscene salary and his corresponding production, while good by catching standards, doesn't come close to justifying his salary. The Twins are going nowhere...fast. He is probably available if someone takes the bulk of his salary. He could secure a legitimate pennant push for the marlins, so I'd say..."grab 'em!"

laurelbowie

Stan M,
No one should have to endure three days without the internet (even though I managed to endure over 60 years without it).
I, too, would love to have Mauer this year, but his contract runs through 2018 at $23 million per. As you said, that's obscene — and insane as well. With all the wear and tear on a catcher, you'd wind up with a $23-million-a-year stiff a few years down the road. It'd be great for the next couple of years, but it ain't going to happen. I think we're stuck with Buck, if you don't mind a little poetry.

Flav C

Stan/LB - The word I was looking for is "sustainable". Is Marlins success in May sustainable? I would say no. Not because of pitching. I think they will continue to be very competitive and keeping the team in the games.
But I say no because Stanton and Hanley will not keep the bat avg they had in May, way above .300.
And unfortunately, those two are carrying the load of driving RBIs for the Fish (more than 40%). When they were cold (April) we saw the results.
You guys talk about Buck. Yes, he's a horrible hitter and I'd be happy with him hitting .230 again. However, he's doing his job decently behind the plate. He seems to have figured out the other hitters pretty well, for the most part. And that helps our pitchers a lot.
But the one who concerns me the most is Morrison. He hits behind Stanton. In April, he hit .310. Excellent avg but 90% of the hits for singles, which means he rarely drove runners home. Only 8 RBIs.
In May his avg plummeted to .176. In a few games, he gave us a little bit of the "Logan of old" with HR and a few doubles. And moving to 1B didn't change a bit his numbers. He went 7-40 (.175) since he took over for Gaby on 1B.
When pitchers figure out how to pitch around Stanton or even IBB him, we'll be in serious trouble if LoMo bat doesn't wake up.
Buck, Petersen, LoMo, Coghlan...those guys have to contribute much more than the sporadic sac-fly.
On the other side, if Stanton/Hanley can continue at 70% of the production they had in May, and some of those guys step up, it will be very hard to find any team in the NL East to compete against the Marlins.

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Only phony douchebags post in capital letters and use fake names

Flav C

Since Buck is the hot-topic my projection is that he will bat .244 from his next game until the end of the regular season, which will put his season avg at .219.
He will contribute with 40 more RBIs and 8 more HRs, finishing these 2 stats at 53 and 12 for the season.

laurelbowie

Flav C,
I don't think anybody should expect the Marlins to achieve in June, or any other month, what they did in May. With the schedule they face, if they can be even a couple of games over in June, they'll be in great shape for the remainder of the year.
I've been saying the same thing you're saying — that if they don't stack the lineup to give Stanton at least a little protection, he's never going to see anything to hit at all. With LoMo, Peterson, Buck, Cogs and the pitcher batting behind him in the order, managers know they can pitch around Stanton in key situations and then bring in any halfway decent lefty to mow down the rest of the order. I still think it wouldn't hurt to try batting Stanton third, with Hanley and Infante behind him.
Let's hope that Gaby will return with his swing intact and provide some needed punch in the order.

Stan M

Flav, I think we should take into consideration that LoMo was playing on one leg during April. He is one Marlin that I feel confident about. He is too fundamentaly sound not to be a .280 to .320 hitter with gap power. With regard to Buck, his ABs are essentially empty. He is too easily pitched to in key situations. When a grounder to the right side or a fly ball is called for, he seldom delivers despite any consideration of his batting average. Right now, I can't find fault with any other member of the essential Marlins. Buck is, right now, our only serious malfactor and there is absolutely no reason to expect any significant improvement. Yes, his throwing has improved to the point that he is no longer the worst (maybe still close to the worst) thrower in the league. And our pitching has improved to the point that even I must give him a modicum of credit. But he is, and always will be, a "second division ballplayer" and IF he can be replaced, it would be a significant improvement to our lineup. There is no where else, infield, outfield (especially when kearns returns) or pitching that I would currently want to upgrade.

Stan M

With regard to my last sentence I should have added...at the expense of another position or a depletion of our primary prospects.

Alex

LMFAO @ this "DD" moron! Not even ONE of the quotes he posted there was mine. Not one. I mean not even ONE THING that Dumb & Dumber just posted was actually said by me. Best comment regarding that clown: "Only phony douchebags post in capital letters and use fake names."

Alex

Flav C, I like reading your posts, yours, LB's, Stan's, and a few other guys'. But I have to disagree with you. We might not have many more months like we just had in May, but we should be able to maintain close to that. Here's why I say this: You are 100% correct that only a dew guys have been carrying the team offensively so far: Infante, Stanton, and Hanley, especially lately. But I do not expect the rest of the line up, which has been under-performing so far, to continue to underperform all year. When all is said & done, most of our players should have numbers similar to what their numbers usually are. Which means that guys like Reyes, Coghlan, Lomo, and yes, even Buck, are due to get hot sometime during the course of the year. Otherwise they will all post career worst batting numbers, which I really do not see happening. But these are the reasons I am so down on Edwin Perez. Too many guys are hitting way below their usual numbers.

Alex

Good points about Lomo too, Flav C and the rest of you guys, LB, Stan, etc. If Lomo doesn't improve, Stanton is going to start getting the Barry Bonds treatment; in other words, pitchers simply will refuse to pitch to him.Stanton absolutely does need someone hitting well behind him to provide some protection.

I still believe that playing 1st base, his natural position, will help Lomo to get going offensively. Although if he winds up being platooned with Gaby, who knows how that will affect him. I guess time will tell!

Flav C

Alex, agree with you. And apparently the managers also liked LoMo on 1B. Believe it or not, Gaby's lack of production is a blessing in disguise for them. They were able to move LoMo to 1B and give Coghlan one more shot at the majors. IMO, if Coghlan is able to put some good numbers while playing at LF and LoMo plays at least his average best on 1B, Gaby will be trade-bait sooner than later.

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