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Mike Redmond: Giancarlo Stanton likely to hit 3rd

     Now that he's had some time to think about his lineup, manager Mike Redmond said Saturday he's leaning toward having Giancarlo Stanton hit in the third spot rather than the clean-up position.

     Redmond's reasoning:

     "I'd like to see him come up in the first inning," Redmond said. "You think about other power hitters. Mark McGwire, he hit third."

     Redmond cautioned that there's "nothing etched in stone" and he still might position Stanton in the fourth spot.

     "Initially we were thinking the four hole, and it could still end up being the four hole," Redmond said. "But I'm leaning toward third at this point."

      Stanton was used a bit in the 3 spot in 2011 (.279 with 9 home runs in 86 at bats) and by former manager Ozzie Guillen last year (.263 with 5 homers in 57 at bats), so it wouldn't exactly be a foreign experience to the Marlins' slugger.

      Redmond is more certain about the top half of the lineup than he is the lower part of the order. He's penciling in Juan Pierre in the leadoff spot and projects Placido Polanco to bat second. But he is unsure about who to hit behind Stanton. Part of the decision hinges on whether first baseman Logan Morrison is ready to go when the season starts.

      "Somebody's going to have an opportunity to hit behind him, so we've got to find somebody," he said.

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Boycott Opening Day

Boycott Opening Day and the Fat Pig Loria.

FIUJM

The lineup will be brutal to watch. Sad!

Can you give us figures on attendance for today's event? I usually go to Fanfest but can't do it anymore.

Orlando Dolphan

The only way that Stanton will be the face of this franchise long term is if Loria sells the team. Otherwise, Stanton will be gone in 2 or 3 years for minor leaguers.

As much a I liked following the Marlins in the past. I am going to make an effort not to go to a game or watch them on TV. It is sad for us to have this man laughing at us and for us to give him our hard earned money. If he wants fans to come to the game then he is going to have to field a competitive team. This garbage that he is throwing out there after deceiving the city of Miami last year is pitiful. Major League Baseball should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen to their game.

analyst

Samson quoted as saying that loria enjoys owning the team and has no intention of selling the team. The good news about this...samson and loria are more likely to be lying than to be telling the truth.

Flav C.

There were more players than fans today at the ballpark.

Stan M

Really Flav? Were you there? I'd really love to think that it was a resounding failure. The acompanying article used the word "thousands". Not so?

georgeB

Flav...have enjoyed your repartee with a certain Mlb writer...as an actuary,I know you realize that the moves by the Marlins are well thought out in advance of several years. With that in mind,keep up the good work. My compliments,my friend.

Flav C.

georgeB, thanks.

Hope to see you at the ballpark in 2013!

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