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Frozen Fish: Marlins set for wintry doubleheader with Twins

    [UPDATE: The Marlins just announced they're flip-flopping today's starters, with Jose Fernandez in the first game and Ricky Nolasco starting the second. Also, the Game 1 lineup is posted: 1. Pierre, lf; 2. Polanco, 3b; 3. Stanton, rf; 4. Dobbs DH; 5. Ruggiano, cf; 6. Mahoney, 1b; 7. Olivo, c; 8. Green, ss; 9. Solano, 2b -- Fernandez - P]

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Workers are busy clearing Target Field of snow and ice left from the storm that blew through Minnesota and forced the postponement of last night's Marlins/Twins game. But it doesn't look like there will be any delays, and the first game should start on time at 2:10 p.m. (EST). The second game is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. (EST) but, unlike the first game, will not be televised.

     The field is relatively clear, save for patches of snow in right field that should be gone by game time.

     Still waiting for lineups but, just to give you some idea of how things look, here are a couple of photos I took on the way in:

     The top photo shows a worker clearning snow from the seats in right while the bottom photo is the icy backstop screen.

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flagstaffishfan

Ahh lovely Minneapolis in late April.

Lou

Looks like the Marlins have an excellent chance of 4-17 after 21 games. They are on target for about 25 wins. I do expect them to approach 40-45. 25 is just not doable. Is it??

Sunny Dee

Does Loria fire Redmond if they come back 4-17? Loria has to blame someone and it can't be his fault, right?

Glags

Or better yet, does Red quit on the team mid season a la Edwin Rodriguez. Looks like the June Swoon came early this year.

JUAN YANES

WHAT HAPPEN WITH TINO MARTINEZ (HITING COACH) HE SHOULD AT LEAST RECOMMEND STANTON BE RELOCATE IN THE LINEUP BATTING ORDER TO AVOID MORE DAMAGE TO THE STRUGGLING HITTER. THE BEST WAY IN HELP STANTON IS PENCIL HIM DOWN IN THE LINE UP TO NUMBERS 6 TO 8.

rbleigh

Juan, if Stanton is that much of a mental midget as you're implying he doesn't belong in the majors. I give Stanton a pass only because he is the one true power bat in the lineup regardless of how he's done this season. If he's not there who do you put there? Polanco again or maybe Mahoney.

As we've pointed out this lineup has so many holes that there's little if any Redmond can do, I mean he's already insisting on keeping Pierre at leadoff.

JUAN YANES

MY TEACHER WAS PRESTON GOMES IN CUBA I LEARN FROM HIM A LOT OF BASEBALL PRINCIPLES. I REMEMBER HE SAID WHEN A HITTER FALL IN LONG SLUMP THE BEST WAY IS MOVE HIM 3 OR MORE STEPS IN THE LINE UP, ALWAYS THIS CHANGE GIVE GOOD RESULTS.

flagstaffishfan

Juan is Preston Gomes still in Cuba because we could use him with the Marlins. I agree that Stanton does need to have some of the pressure taken off but who can fill his spot? It's like shuffling a deck of blank cards right now.

It's pointless. This could take 10-15 years after the damage that Loria and Beinfest have inflicted on this team. There was always a rich tradition of watching this team overachieve that fans could enjoy. Prospects with talent (of course later traded) but still solid athletic skills. Not much to get juicy about watching what "baseball insiders" say will develop into top tier talent.

spitballer

I'm starting to wonder if my 55-107 season prediction was a little too optimistic. Lou are you revising your win/lost prediction downward????

Lou

The 1962 Mets Opening Day Roster:

Richie Ashburn-CF
Felix Mantilla-SS
Charlie Neal-2B
Frank Thomas-LF
Gus Bell-RF
Gil Hodges-1B
Don Zimmer-3B
Hobie Landrith-C

The Marlins have a decided advantage in RF, an advantage at 3B and catchers are equal. This is the team that went 40-120

Lou

And at least Casey was humorous:

Reporter--"Why did you take a catcher with 1st pick in the draft?"

Casey----"If you don't have a catcher the ball will keep rolling to the screen."

Casey actually said that. Who could possibly care if they lost 120?

Mets trail the Cards 3-2 in bottom of the 9th. Marv Throneberry hits what appears to be a game winning triple with runners on 1st and 2nd. While Mets are celebrating the Cards exercise Appeal Play and umpire rules Throneberry missed 1st, he's out and runs of course don't count. Casey goes nuts and starts screaming at the umpires. After an interval, 2nd base umpire strolls over and tells Casey that Marvelous Marv also missed 2nd, the nonplussed Casey retorted "Well, I know he touched 3rd because he's blanking standing on it." True Story!!!

Lou

Spitballer, To answer your question---YES!!!!! I now believe they will go 42-120. I also believe that could be the impetus to remove Loria. You can't have your product sullied in this fashion without there being repurcussions to the brand. I do believe under those circumstances that Loria could be forced out with little in legal recourse as to his defense.

Lou

Any funny Redmond stories out there? That's what I thought. We must listen to sweater vest quips and watch the clowns hitting on Rosie Red. My favorite material is Richie's determination in calling this a slump. If this is a slump, The Hindenburg was a home gas leak.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Lou, believe me when I say I wish this were not the case, but strictly speaking, there's just no basis or precedent for removing an owner simply because of a W-L record. Dodger ownership was removed for financial shenanigans (even regardless of the fact that the team itself was a perennial contender).

Continued public outrage and financial losses is the only way he can be motivated to sell. Even those posters who think he's waiting for the penalty clause to lapse before he sells, imho, are missing the point. Why should he sell, if he's making money year in and year out? And believe this... THAT was the one and only reason for his salary purge... profit. Even on the heels of the humongous jump in the team's valuation because of the new stadium he hustled out of us, he's still all about profit.

Fan looking for a Team

Casey actually said "if you don't have a Catcher, you get a lot of passed balls".

I also agree that the Marlins are not in a "slump". This is what they are capable of. Hard to believe after all that Eduardo taught them about hitting last year.

Who's on first base

Hey Stan M -- after reading some of the comments on Clark's piece about the doubleheader, looks like you found a real friend on a moron called Alex Stepanyk. Looks like you left some impression on this guy.

frisaroito

Alex is a manic depressive that has been banned from every Marlins blog in the world.

JUAN YANES

PRESTON GOMES DIES TWO YEAR AGO IN CALIFORNIA WHEN HE WAS IN A GAS STATION AND A CAR HIT HIM ACCIDENTALLY, HE WAS WANAGER IN CUBA AND HERE TOO. ABOUT STRUGGLING STANTON, IT IS REGRETABLE HE PLAYS UNDER A WILLFULL unexperience MANAGER. ABOUT THE # 3 IN LINE UP, IN THIS MOMENT THE PLAYER SHOULD BE PLACIDO POLANCO (ave .300) or anybody who is hot at bat, examples Mahoney, Doggs, Brandley. but Stanton should be drop to six or sevent in the line up until he recover his trust again.

Marlin Fan

I see potential in Mahoney and Valaika . Does anyone feel that they could be everyday big leaguers ?

Flav C.

Marlin Fan,

Unclear how the future will look like for Valaika, but it is clear he is a better hitter than Solano.

Lou

Don Zimmer at his current age is a better hitter than Solano.

That win yesterday got them back to a 40 win pace--Very disappointing. I'm looking forward to Redmond and Pierre's appearances on Kimmel, Stewart, Colbert, Letterman and Leno. Imagine Pierre on the old "What's My Line", Bennett Cerf would have guessed hat model.

flagstaffishfan

Sorry to hear Juan about your old coach.

Flav C.

Lou,

Don Zimmer at 82 would never swing the bat at pitches two feet out of the strike zone.

Juan,

I agree with you on Polanco. And Stanton went through the same hurdle in 2011 and 2012. He was struggling in April, until he was moved to #6 and #5. Only then things started to go back to normal.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Does anybody really need a Miami Heral article to learn that the Marlins attendance figures are way bloated by giveaways and deals that offer Marlins tickets for as little as ONE DOLLAR? Their attendance claims are no more believable now than were Loria's claims of losing money.

E. Pope

That article was written by the Heralds Sports Dept. dingbat , alleged sportswriter Linda Robertson, who must have seriously damaging blackmail info on her bosses ,to have kept her job at least 10 yrs too long.

Foxsports/Sunsports Fl

Tonites Marlins/Cubs game will not be on TV , due to a total lack of interest.

bill

loria sucks

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