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Marlins surprise Tom Koehler with call-up

      A few days ago, pitcher Tom Koehler was convinced he was heading home for the winter. The right-hander for Triple A New Orleans was told he probably wouldn't be among the Marlins' September call-ups, and so began junking his equipment.

      "I originally was told it wasn't going to happen," Koehler said. "I got a little frustrated and threw away some of my cleats and stuff. This was probably a couple of days ago and I thought the season was over. And then they called me when I was on the bus back to New Orleans to let me know that it was happening. I was a hoarder, so I had plenty of stuff in my locker, luckily."

      Koehler was one of two players the Marlins promoted Sunday from NOLA. The Marlins also recalled left-handed reliever Dan Jennings. Whether more are coming remains to be seen. Double A Jacksonville was eliminated from postseason play on Saturday, so those players are now free to go. One player the Marlins might consider: Suns reliever A.J. Ramos, who recorded 21 saves and a 1.44 ERA while striking out 89 in 68 2/3 innings.

      Koehler was used as a starter at New Orleans, where he went 12-11 with a 4.17 ERA this season. But, given the overflow of starters on the Marlins roster, he figures he'll be pitching out of the bullpen.

      "I'm going to assume I'm going to be in the pen with there being 13 starters right now," Koehler said. "But, whatever way they use me, I don't care. It's pitching regardless of whether it's one inning or six."

      It's been a trying past couple of weeks for Koehler and the rest of the Zephyrs. They were forced to move their next-to-last series from New Orleans to Round Rock, Texas, due to the approach of Hurricane Isaac. The team's final home series this weekend was then canceled because of the storm, bringing their season to an early end.

      "I don't know if there can be a worse week in professional baseball than that week," Koehler said. "We started in Omaha, leaving Omaha at 5 o'clock in the morning to fly back to New Orleans. We got on the plane, and the plane broke. We had to get off the plane. Then we had to fly to Chicago at 2 o'clock, so we had to sit in the airport for seven hours. Got back to New Orleans at about 7. Got on a bus to Round Rock at 9. We had like a 26-hour travel day, and then had to play a doubleheader. We did not win a single game from there on out. We lost four straight. It was tough. A lot of guys were worried about the flooding (in New Orleans) and everything. It was kind of tough to focus on baseball. When you spend a whole year somehwhere, you start to become a part of the community."

      Perhaps even more interesting than the players the Marlins decided to call up or those they didn't, such as outfielders Chris Coghlan and Scott Cousins, for example, as well as catcher Brett Hayes. The Marlins, at the moment, now have an odd roster mix, with 15 pitchers and only 12 position players. 

      _________________

      Today's lineup has one slight new twist. Giancarlo Stanton returns to the cleanup spot:

      Marlins: 1. Bryan Petersen, lf; 2. Justin Ruggiano, cf; 3. Jose Reyes, ss; 4. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 5. Carlos Lee, 1b; 6. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 7. Donovan Solano, 2b; 8. Rob Brantly, c; 9. Mark Buehrle, p.

      Mets: 1. Ronny Cedeno, ss; 2. Justin Turner, 2b; 3. David Wright, 3b; 4. Scott Hairston, rf; 5. Ike Davis, 1b; 6. Kelly Shoppach, c; 7. Jason Bay, lf; 8. Andres Torres, cf; 9. Chris Young, p.

      Umpires: HP -- Gary Darling, 1B -- Paul Emmel; 2B -- Scott Barry; 3B -- Jerry Meals

 

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Dr. NO

Stanton finally batting clean-up. Took long enough. Ozzie is a slow learner with ADD.

bob

Does Giancarlo seem distracted today? Overran one ball, almost overran another, just missed hitting the ball on the K. Giancarlo is slumping.

Flav C.

Dr. NO, and cleaning up he is!

laurelbowie

Dr. NO,
Stanton's not hitting the last couple of days, but even when he is, what difference does it make whether he's hitting 4th or 5th? Is there something magic about hitting cleanup that I don't know about?

Lou

Laurel, If he was batting cleanup he would provide protection for Cabrera and then he aslo would be hitting in front of Willingham-----Ooops!!!

The only thing magic is that there have been no major indictments.

laurelbowie

Good grief, Lou, did you forget already? They traded away Cabrera and Hammer.

Camera Mike

With only a month left in the season I am prepared to make some predictions. The fish will finish 2012 witna record of 70-92. During the offseason Loria will keep the front office in its entirety while trading Josh Johnson and retaining both Heath Bell and John Buck. Do you guys agree or disagree?

Lou

Dear Camera Mike, It would not surprise me to hear that Loria had eloped with a Kardashian, would not surprise me if Samson wasa distant cousin of Gary Coleman, would not surprise me in Beinfest is somehow related to someone we don't know about, would not surprise me if Hill is Richard Steele's double, would not surprise me if major structural defects come into question in next 5 years, would not surprise me if SloMo goes on to break Cal Ripken's Iron Man record, would not surprise me if the Clevelander on South Beach went bankrupt due to negative association with the Marlins,would not surprise me if some of the Manatees were former Beinfest draft selections, would not surprise me if Samson goes to Ethiopia to participate in marathon training, would not surprise me if Alex won the Nobel Peace Prize, would not surprise me if Laurel was the REAL Deep Throat.

It would surprise me if there is one iota of improvement in this team before 2013.

Stan M

Unfortunately, I agree. If we could get Gordon from KC and more for JJ, I'd do it. Yes, the FO, all under contract, will be retained. I'm no Buck fan, but at least the guy always hustles and seems very popular in the clubhouse. Bell is an entirely different problem and I hope he's gone. They didn't call up Coghlan. Hmmm. Met announcers couldn't understand why the team didn't flip flop Stanton and Lee. It seemed that Lee kept coming up with men on while Stanton led off innings. Not always, but too much, they thought.

Dr. NO

They didnt call up the usual suspects,because they're no longer prospects. It is late in their careers,very soon.

Kill All the Lawyers

Say bye-bye to Coghlan,as the Marlins will probably non-tender him and Boras will swindle a team on a contract for him.

Marlin Fan

Great call ups. I guess they get their moment in the sun , after a career in the minors . Not building for anything . We may have seen the last of Couglin as a Marlin . I guess Cox isn't in future plans .

ed

Samson and Loria deserve this. I'm loving every minute of this grease fire. Swindle Miami....Bad Karma. Loria, the cougar, and the dwarf will have front row seats to an empty stadium next year.

Camera Mike

Stan,

I think Gordon could be a player involved in a JJ trade but I would hope the more offered would be considerable as JJ is more valuable. If they get some decent current players for him and stop trading for prospects it would temper the anger and disappointment some, but not completely. Like you I do hope Bell is gone, but I seriously doubt they can find anyone willing to trade for him and I don't see Loria willing to eat the loss and cut him.

pauly the putz

she's way too old to be a cougar...she's a jewgar...

thejuandiggler

The Dolphins are even better...........shwucks!

Lou

Can you imagine a guy being consistently pitched around to get to Prince Fielder who has the highest OBP in the AL. I'm amazed every time I see it but it actually makes sense because Miguel Cabrera is that good. Scary!!!

The Tigers should be the Marlins a Cuban catcher, African American 1B, Venezuelan 2B, ss is Hispanic, Venezuelan at 3B, African-American LF, African American CF and soon to be a Venezuelan RF--Avasail Garcia is a Cabrera clone. Now this would be a DIVERSE team that would actually fill that beautiful stadium. I forgot, mnme Ozzie manager---which I would love, and we would be good to go.

Lou

Marlins Fan, You don't have to thank me fopr answering you. You post good stuff. I don't know a thing about you EXCEPT for I can tell you are a good person.

Don't know how long you have followed the game but I trust you understand the gravity of walking anyone on a regular basis to get to Prince Fielder. They did not walk Mays to get to McCovey, Mathews to get to AAron or Mantle to get to Howard or Griffey to whoever was hitting 4th. Miguel Cabrera is a monster. Of course we got a few years of a funky delivery and a silly nickname and a guy with a great knowledge of minor league nicknames.

Lou

Does anyone else wonder why people are so proud of labeling themselves FANaticS? It's well known and accepted that Americans don't like FANaticS as they blindly follow leaders otenets often with an adverse reaction to themselves and others. We basically believe that anyone who professes to being a FANatic must be an idiot and yet we will call out people who get aggravated with the "sports" teams they follow and are labeled Bad FANaticS for not being loyal, no matter the level of bad play and/or incompetence. Wouldn't a "Bad FANatic" actually be an oxymoron because by the very nature of being a "Bad FANatic" you show that you are willing to break the cycle of craziness and move on with your life in a positive direction? Just wondering.

jewsforjesus@overunder.com

Now they have C-sheck....similar funky delivery with similar goofy looks on their face. C-sheck is also a Bible-thumper. Jesus had the Mets last Sat. nite.

laurelbowie

Lou,
Speaking of fanatics, it's disheartening to realize how much of our lives we waste fretting over the travails and tribulations of athletes we look down our noses at, playing for businessmen we despise, representing cities we don't really have much use for. Think what a better place the world would be if we could all somehow get together and actually DO something worthwhile with that time.
But enough of that. I have to rush out and buy beer and snacks for today's game.

marx

the opiate of the masses

laurelbowie

"So it is that among you, a taste for trivial things replaces a taste for great ones — that the time which ought to be devoted to the latter is frittered away on futilities."

That was the Marquis de Sade, clearly speaking to Marlins fans.

Lou

Folks, This is why I'm proud to be in the possession of laurelbowie's cell phone number. Still would like to know if he was the real "Deep throat", I don't think our favororite Portlandite was in DC was at that time.

JUAN YANES

JOSE REYES MUST BE ALWAYS # 1 IN THE LINE UP FOR MANY REASONS BUT GUILLEN DECISION, GULIANO MUST BE THE # 3 BECAUSE HE HAS THE BEST AVE. CARLOS LEE # 4 BY THE SAME REASONS, STILL STANTON SHOULD REMAIN AS # 5 OR 6 BECAUSE HE IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT

JUAN YANES

GUILLEN IS HURTING JOSE REYES PLACING THIS PLAYER IN # 3 LINE-UP BECAUSE REYES IS A NATURAL LEADOFF; # 3 SHOULD BE A PLAYER WITH OTHER CHARACTERISTICS THAN REYES HAS, EXAMPLE RUGGIANO IS THE GUY TO BE PENCIL # 3 IN THE BATTING ORDER SINCE MANY GAMES AGO.

JUAN YANES

MARLINS OWNER SHOULD SPEND SOME MONEY RETAINING CARLOS LEE FOR NEXT SEASON, LEE IS THE BEST FOURTH IN BATTING ORDER (SEE STADISTIC NUMBERS) MORRISON AND STANTON CAN'T BE FOURTH YET, BOTH NEED MORE MILES, ONLY GUILLEN AND THE FRONT OFFICE THINK SO; MAKE A POLL AMONG 25 FANS AND YOU CAN SEE.

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