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Marlins to call up C Rob Brantly; Hayes optioned to NOLA

           The Marlins optioned catcher Brett Hayes to Triple-A New Orleans following Sunday’s game and will bring up recently-acquired catcher Rob Brantly.

            Brantly, a 23-year old left-handed hitting catcher, was part of the trade July 23 that sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. Brantly hit .365 with two home runs, four doubles and 11 RBI in 14 games for New Orleans.

            “When we traded for him, we knew he had pretty good offensive upside,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. “It’s a small sample size, but he’s hit the ball very well. The pitchers down there love him. He’s still working on some defensive stuff, but we feel like he can work on them up here and take a look at him.”

            Beinfest said although John Buck remains the starting catcher, the team will find ways to get Brantly a good amount of playing time to get him Major League experience and begin to evaluate him at that level.

            “When you give up the kind of guys we did to get him, it’s because we felt he can be an every day catcher in this league,” Beinfest said. “I don’t think you want to bring him up and have him sit. You want to look for some advantageous situations for him, but he needs to play.”

            Guillen said: “We’re going to try to figure out playing time and how many games a week because he’s being brought up to play.”

 

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richiej

another Cy Young Clone, this time using the name Chris Capuano.
Certainly can't question the ability of the hitting coach for the continued weak, non existant, offensive production of the Marlins over the past 150 or so games.
Hard to replace him as he works very cheap.

zookeeper

Heard he works for plantains,and daddy throws him peanuts.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
If you read my response to your last question on the previous thread, also be sure to read my correction. I think MY days as a notorious Scotch drinker have killed off a few brain cells.

laurelbowie

Also, Stan M, I believe it was you who urged the Fish to acquire Capuano in the offseason. I couldn't understand your enthusiam, but Marlins hitters made you look like Einstein this afternoon.

Lou

Where are you going in Oregon? I love the beauty of Oregon and the wit, intelligence and genuineness of its people. AND I really don't care if it rains a lot.

In 1986, my wife and I were in Portland and Pia Zadora's(Sure you remember Pia) husband owned the Portland Beavers. For some reason the Hurricane mascot was taking a West Coast trip and appearing at minor league stadiums. Around the 5th inning to fire up the crowd I started a chant--"To Pia Zadora the Biggest and Best Beaver of Them All", my wife has tolerated a lot.

ed

was at game last night. disgusted to watch Loria barking into the Marlin dugout. that's why Girardi told him where to shove it. Between Loria, the cougar, and the diminutive Samson...and PR guy Larry down there kissing butt.....what a piss poor product all around.

Philo Beddoe

Happy to see the Meyami Marleens in last place where they belong...Looking forward to the Phillies,this time with Utley and Howard,kick their rainbow ass and keep them there. What a freakin joke.

andy

what the hell happened to hayes perez he struck out 50%of the time good job

laurelbowie

Lou,
Who could forget perky Pia? Your line about her actually brought a smile to my lips, which doesn't happen often in the life of a Fish fan.
Pia and her husband Meshulam Riklis each owned a share of the Beavers for a while. I grew in a little town outside of Portland (St. Helens), which is where I'm headed. I saw many, many Beavers games before finally getting to see my first Big League game as a teenager (Warren Spahn shut out the Cubs 1-0 at Wrigley).
Pia and her husband bought their share of the Beavers from a guy whose last name I believe was Bukas. Bukas (if that was his name) made a small fortune as owner of several minor league baseball teams, in part because he would use a pencil eraser to remove scuff marks from used baseballs so they could be re-used in games. Maybe somebody should throw that idea out to Loria.
Yes, Oregon is a beautiful place. And yes, I'm sure your wife must be a saint to have stuck around all these years.

LOU

My wife aqnd I loved the entire area and actually spent 2 additional days in a resort at Otter Crest that I'm happy to see is still around--The Inn At Otter Crest.

I wonder if Pia is still doing whatever it was that she did with such pizazz. If she would have been 5 inches taller, she would have been in Tina Turner's class.

LOU

I guess the passage of time would preclude Pia from still being a "Portland" Beaver??

LOU

My wife who owns an HR company says she is disappointed in my discussing Portland Beavers. She should know that since I'm not in a position of power or authority with that franchise that I can discuss the beloved mascot of the Portland minor league team as much as I desire.

LOU

Laurel, You must read about Pia on Wikipedia. She is only 58. She was born in Hoboken and Frank actually took her "Under his wing"ROTFLMAO in the 80's and encouraged her singing career after she was devastated by acting critics--or anyone who could see. She is now, and has been for 7 years, married to a Las Vegas cop and resides in Vegas. She actually--could NOT make this up--- was at Palm Beach Community College last year where she introduced a new act. This is some unbelievable stuff. No pictures!!

laurelbowie

Unfortunately, the Beavers are no more, having closed up shop two years ago when their ballpark was converted to a soccer-only stadium for the Portland Timbers. So I guess you can say anything you want about Pia and their mascot. When the Marlins FO was talking about moving the team, Portland was one of the cities allegedly being considered, and the state of Oregon promised to build them a stadium. But of course, we all know the real story there.
I read the Pia saga on Wikipedia and it is interesting that she wound up married to a cop. But I have no idea what ROTFLMAO means. LMAO must mean laugh my ass off and I can guess what the F means. I'm going to have to learn to speak bubblegummer just to keep up with you young guys.

LOU

F=Floor
ROT=Rolling On The

LOU

I can't believe you knew Buchwald. What % of the people on this BLOG have even heard of Buchwald?? You know who I thought were really overrated---Murray and Cannon. Just never got Cannon's schitk(Sp??) and I thought Murray was silly. And don't even get me started on the "Nobody ever asked me, but" guy.

laurelbowie

I liked Murray in small doses, but he tried a little too hard sometimes.
So who do you guys think are the best sports writers of all time, past or present? For me it would have to be someone who knew and appreciated the language as well as the sports they covered. That narrows it down quite a bit.

The Only True Fake Alex

what are you women rambling about??

talk about marlins please

amoral liberals

Stan M

LB, thank you for remembering about Capuano. He was a steal for the Dodgers for he had been excellent as a Met.

A sportswriter whom I admired wrote for the NY Times and his name was Leonard Koppett. He made his readers think and was ahead of his time regarding how we view performance on the field. Dick Young was an interesting read, but too much of a shill to have been considered great. Among today's scribes, I think Jason Stark nearly always is right on target. His book about the most underated players of all time was a terrific read. I will almost always read anything Frank Deford has to say. There was a time when Peter Gammons was a terrific read but he started to drive me nuts with Liberal inuendos that had nothing to do with baseball.

I started buying Bill James Handbooks back in 1984 and he is a giant for he changed the way many of us understand baseball. His article that destroyed the decades old myth that Fenway was a righthand hitter's paradise made a convert out of me.

If there is a better or "more endearing" sportswriter today than Joe Posnanski, I don't know him.

I started buying "The Sporting News" when it was a quarter. JG Taylor Spink probably had more influence upon the baseball scene than anyone before or since...except maybe Bill James. His influence was not always positive, however.

I remember once when sychophantic Jimmy Powers interviewed Mel Hutchins the All American basketball player whose sister was Miss America. At the end of the interview, he handed a carton of cigarettes to Hutchens who handled it like a time bomb and immediately passed it to the fellow next to him. Sponsor must have loved that.

Marlin Fan

Happy Brantley is finally getting the call up . LeBlanc pitched great , but hid effort was completely wasted . I like the interview during the game with Perez , he's horrible . He should have been gone at all star break .can't wait for Tommy bahama to broadcast from the Clevlander. What a complete joke this entire organization is .

Granpa McCoy

What century are these boring old geezers talking about. They probably dated Dr Ruth,on horseback.

LOU

See, I loke young people and nearly ALL my friends are ubder 40. I think your comments about us talking about the past are blanking hilarious. When ALL of us are functioning--and I mean ALL---this can be one FUNNY Blog.

My homework assignment for today is for everyone to check out Pia Zadora on You Tube. She looked like she was 25 at the age of 45 and she probably looks 30 at the age of 58. I'm not saying how old she looked when that "OLD" geezer married her. I'm sure --and I'll clean this up---she is a mother that we all would like to meet.


Laurel, To your original question. I really liked a slew of journalists that covered real news. I guess I started with Walter Lippmann, and Royko and just many guys. The sports guys never impressed me that much because they were covering games. I know that sounds silly because I like the games they cover but they always seemed--except for Dick Young--so interested in NEVER offending the people they covered. Sound familiar? Does that make any sense. This will aggravate you, but I really like Maureen Dowd although she does mention her legs a little too much.

If I can give you a number to call around 4:00 PM today--a restaurant---you could ask for me and I'll ask a question only you could answer for verification and we could trade numbers. I know we will now get the "Get a room comments", but just dismiss them. You know we're cool.

LOU

"There's grandpappy Amos, the head of the clan, he roars like a lion but he's gentle as a lamb"---Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna in a TV series. Kathy Nolan quits to be in the movies and she disappears. kinda like Shelley Long. Know your place!!

Slip Mahoney

Where's Pepino? In the barn? Doing What? With a What?

LOU

Peter, What the Hell do you think?? I know she's no Chris Wallace!!

LOU

Forgot about Pepino. More ethnic slurs in one episode than that coming from the crowd in a soccer match between Italy and Ghana.

LOU

in Fact--Let us You Tube Maureen Dowd.

LOU

"The Flame Haired Flame Thrower", now you must agree that Coulter looks like the advance party for a famine while Dowd looks like she would be a lot of FUN and she apparently believes in ingesting food on a daily basis. I tend to like women that look like women and I don't necessarily mean the corpulent figures portrayed in the 1500's, just a woman who you would like to bsee at the beach and not at a restaurant getting an intravenous feeding of carbs to prevent Ricketts.

Stan M

Dowd over Coulter? Oh, Lou, did you have a sexally repressed childhood in an all male school? I love ya, Lou, but Dowd would make an excellent nun. I would have other ideas for Coulter. You could sit down and have a scotch with Coulter, no several scotches. Dowd looks like she would be delighted with a trip to Dairy Queen. Now don't get mad, I'm only putting you on.

Stan M

Is Brantly dating Dowd? How in the world did we get here? I will just mention that I has a Catholic grammar and High School upbringing, and college was all male (back then) and run by Dominican Monks. There was an 11 PM bedcheck by one of the priests every night, including weekends. How's that for repressed, Lou? At least it was a very small school of about 1,200 and I was there with Lenny Wilkins, Johnny Egan and John Thompson. You should have seen the rivalry between our Dominicans and the Jesuits when we played one of their schools. Little college, great basketball team.

LOU

Should have been there when "Bad News" Barnes was there, at least you would never have had to worry about bus fare if he was your buddy. Stan, you ain't going to make me mad. I just have never been a fan of the aneorexic or bolemic look.If I wanted Coulter type---regardless of politics---I would go to Ethiopa. Remember Dowd won that Pulitzer for being all over--No Pun--Clinton and Lewinsky. By the way, I would have taken Ernie D and News over that Wilkins, Egan and Thompson group.

laurelbowie

Maureen Dowd was a sports writer for the Washington Star when I worked in D.C. I used to spend my lunch break (on days I actually got a lunch break) reading her and Andrew Beyer. Now there is a guy (Beyer) who changed the face of the sport he covered.
Lou,
I'm getting ready to fly out of town, but if you give me a number to call around 4 p.m., I will try to get in touch.

Marlin Fan

Maybe we could talk about baseball again one day

LOU

Brantly better be here to play. I'm so sick of Buck that I'm actually turning Anti-Bald.

I hope to Hell that they didn't option Hayes' wife to New Orleans. She is a keeper and probably has better gap power than Brett. He only has 3 more RBI's than she has this year.

Billy the Marlin's GF

Plus....heard she's a switch-hitter

LOU

Laurel, The number is (864)297-5142. It's a restaurant. They know me and I will be at the bar. I will ask you a question that only you know the answer to. That will insure I don't give my number to one of these Phi Beta Kappas. I'll be there at 4:05.

LOU

Dear Marlin Fan, Let's start talking baseball. You lead it off. I have not seen baseball in so long that I believe I'm not well suited to discuss it.

laurelbowie

Watching the Marlins with their current lineup has become almost unbearable.
The uncertainty principle of quantum physics states that you can never know the exact location and the exact velocity of an object at the same time. The more precisely you measure its velocity, the less precisely you can determine its location (and vice versa). The validity of this principle has been established by tens of thousands of experiments and observations — the most recent of which occurred yesterday afternoon at Marlins Park as Fish hitters tried in vain to determine the location and velocity of Capuano's changeup.

Stan M

Coulter was picked by poll as the sexiest political consultant a couple of years ago. Lou, you should have seen Johnny Egan in his freshman year before he blew his knee out. Never the same but still played in NBA for many years. When we meet ask me about the Korean war vet who was better than Egan or Wilkins but wouldn't go to class and flunked out. That earlier team would have been even better, but the center who was coming to Providence went to some damn Texas college because they bought his mother a house. I wonder what Barnes is doing now. It wouldn't surprise me if he was in jail. The incident you refer to was when he tried to rob a bus in town while wearing his Providence College warm up jacket with his name on it.

Stan M

Lou, whereas I disagree about Dowd, there is no doubt that Hayes wife is "arm candy". Glags, what did Hanley's wife look like. Just saw a stat that Hanley is tied in all of majors with hitting the most go ahead runs in the eighth inning or later. Can't believe it.

Marlin Fan

I could care less about player's wives . Hope Brantley continues to hit as he has in the minors . I know he can't do worse than Buck or Brantley . Hopefully Turner will be up shortly , although with no hitting , does it even matter ?
Does anyone know when Bonifacio will be back ?
Sad to see Hanley hit . Helps with Kemp and Ethier .

LOU

I sound like a sexist pig on this blog and I most certainly am not. As I mentioned my wife owns an HR company and she would surely be disappointed in my discussion of attributes. I always find it reprehensible that a woman's flaws, as they grow older, are made fun of, while men who deteriorate rapidly and tend to look like Fatty Arbuckle get to skate.Check out Pia again!! or even Joey Heatherton or Fonda or so many others!!!!!!!!

Laurel, I'll be there at 4:05.

LOU

Dear Marlin Fan, I'm afraid we will have to wait for Yelich in center, Ozuna in left, Boni at 2B, Stanton in right, Brantley as the catcher, Reyes at SS and then the holes at 1B and 3B. SloMo--IMHO---is a cat of a different type. I exoect nothing from him except for the occasional unfunny tweet. Since I wouldn't follow him if you paid me, I must rely on some buddies who say he makes Roseanne look like Groucho Marx. Don't buy into that 3B acquired from the Cards----FILLER!!! Fernandez and Conley may be ready quickly and if you can get Turner up and confident to go with Evoldi, we could be almost ready by 2014. I'm going to keep running my 7 a day so hopefully I get to see it,however, the spectre of The Three Stooges and the Art Dealer hangs over every hope.

Would you bet a 1,000 that SloMo has the brains to get his knee fixed in time for 2013 and would you wager anything that Coghlin doesn't decide to join a Triple A celebration and mess something else up?

I'm telling you, there CAN be a correlation between an IQ in at least the low 3 digits and longevity in this game.

Marlin Fan

Thanks Lou. I think you may be right in us having to wait on those guys. I would like to think by end of 2013 , but I'm sure I'm overly optimistic . Since we are so pathetic , I can't understand why some of the younger guys aren't up sooner , AT LEAST for a look . By the way , who ranks our prospects ? Is it the Marlin organization , or MLB ? How is Brantley 13th?
Next year , do we make Chishek the full time closer and not waste anymore time with fatso? Johnson is he here long term or only one more yr at most? Do we see
coughln again in a meaningfull role or even a starter ?
Anyone know of any first basemen available next yr? Let's hope Perez isn't back , and it would be askig too much to send Ozzie on his way. The front office ......

Marlin Fan

I was wondering , could be completely wrong or even maybe comparing apples to oranges , but , do you think the Marlins should have stayed with Gaby Snachez ?? He was an all star , in his two previous yrs he hit .266 and .273 , both times with 19 hrs . I think he had 66 and 73 RBI , so consistent . I know he hit very poorly , but the Mets Ike Davis was actually hitting worse during that time ( around .160 or so) . The Mets stuck with him ,
Now he's hitting around .215 ( still very poor but considering how bad the first three months of the season were for him) and around 20hrs . Just wondering

Stan M

Marlin Fan,
It's nice to see you posting regularly. You are perfectly right to swing us back to baseball. Please believe that if the Marlins were worthy of writing about in depth, these sidetracks wouldn't be here.

Regarding the farm system, I'm one who believes that it doesn't have to be stacked full of prospects unless the excess is to be traded for first string regulars. This will happen very infrequently because of budget restrictions and Loria's big pockets (for himself that is). We have a few excellent prospects and in general, only one or two make the regular lineup in any given year anyway. Here is my personal opinion of our future.
*LoMo will be a fine long term fixture at 1B. The guy has both a good eye and a fine swing. We shouldn't judge him by this year or his off the field exploits.
*We will be fine at 2B or 3B with Bono at one of those places. Especially if Cox doesn't develop. Remember, he was a first round draft choice and the Cards don't make many mistakes with hitters.
*SS is fine
*It is easier to find a 2B than a 3B. Whether Solarno will fill the bill remains to be seen. Personally, I don't see him as a regular. He was really exploited the other night with the bases loaded.
*We are talking about the future so Stanton and Yelich are 2 givens. I still have faith in Coghlan, but if he fails, then the big free agent splash should be for an OF. I'd love Bourne...another rabbit. Ruggiano is a fine fill in and maybe a platooned regular for just next year. Did you ever hear of Hurricane Hazel?
*Brantley is at least as good as Martin was and he was fine. Buck will certainly be gone. Glags has reported that Remaldo(sic?) will do fine. Even Sizemore, who is still very young, can hit better than Buck ...who can't?
*It's pitching where we will excel and that is what is needed in our huge park. And the pieces are already in place. I don't see us keeping JJ, but he will be only 30 in 2 years, or about 5 years younger than Halladay or Lee. Fernandez, who was fantastic again last night, and his LH wing man, Conley are 2 givens. Turner has NOT looked good in AAA to date, but with his potential, we must figure he's another starter as is Eovaldi. There is another kid with excellent stats of whom I spoke yesterday. Austin Brice. Watch him for number 5 starter. If these fellows work out as planned, we have several current starters to move in trades. I really like Burhlie for his steadiness and possible influence on others. Regarding our relief corps, more new faces will appear, maybe in trades for our excess starters. Those that are here, Bell excluded, have the arms to excell and 2 more years under their belt can't hurt.
*Regarding Gabby. He was an All Star by default; we had no one better. In essense, even when he was hitting well, he would rank in the lower 3rd of ML 1st basemen except in fielding.

In summation, our minor leagues aren't running over with prospects, but what we need is primarily there. Cox and Coglan are question marks, but far from hopeless. We have 2 young catchers to compliment Brantley, both with good defensive qualifications. In 2 years, we should be an above .500 club. Where it goes from there is up in the air. I just can't picture a young team responding to Ozzie's old school tactics and language. He and not Bell was our primary Winter mistake.

LOU

Was a pleasure to speak with Laurel today. Such a good man!!! I was not surprised how nice he was but he may have been a bit surprised that my persona in real life is not what you see on this silly blog. Would still like to get in touch with Flags, Glags,Marlin Fan and a few others and then I could just call people on the phone and leave this blog to the others.

Laurel had a million stories but he had to catch a plane. I think that semi-complicated system of getting the phone numbers works pretty well. I had 2 questions ready to ask Laurel when he called the restaurant. One would have been--What is the "Bay" in the Bowie Baysox and Who was Ben Bradlee's third wife? Of course the erudite Laurel would have known answers to both questions. I only asked one.

Marlin Fan, Stan and I will NEVER agree about SloMotion and Chris Celebration. I hope desperately that Stan is right and I'm wrong because that would really expedite the healing process. Unfortunately I believe both are headed to Palookaville. It serves me NO good to be right about this.I hope that Coghlin learns how to pull the ball and I hope SloMotion develops one of those characteristics needed by a character in The Wizard of Oz.

Marlin Fan

Thanks for your input guys. Is there a way to contact members from this blog privately ? Would be great to talk . Anyway let's hope he can beat the Phils .

LOU

Check on page 1 of blog. If you are interested it can be arranged. All you need is a neutral phone number for an incoming call. Use the neutral number(restaurant), someone at restaurant answers phone and calls over the blog member who has arranged with the hostess or maitre'd in advance to know a call will be coming in at a specific time. You can then have person who answers the phone ask a prearranged question that blogger at the restaurant knows can only be answered by guy calling restaurant. Once he answers question, hostess passes phone to you and you exchange numbers. Of course you must have a relationship with the establishment that will allow this. You don't want a Whack Job calling the number and then getting your number. Thus the need for the question.

LOU

It's not as complicated as it sounds. I might try to get Pia Zadora to call me.

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