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Struggling Brantly demoted to minors

ATLANTA -- Catcher Rob Brantly, who had been struggling at the plate and behind it for the Marlins, was optioned Friday to Triple A New Orleans. The Marlins selected the contract of catcher Koyie Hill, a veteran of nine big-league seasons.

Brantly's demotion might not be permanent, as the Marlins will very likely call him back up after rosters expand on Sept. 1. But given how mightily he has struggled, it was a while in coming. Brantly, who was the Marlins' Opening Day catcher, saw his playing time diminish with the return of Jeff Mathis from the disabled list in May and his declining play offensively and defensively.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said that, even visibly, Brantly had lost confidence.

"It's been a thing I've been concerned about for a while," Redmond said. "Part of what concerned me was that he kind of maybe lost his personality a little bit. We saw a guy in spring training that was really confident, bouncing around, having fun, joking around. And then, over the last month, I think he really kind of lost that."

While Redmond said Brantly had improved on throwing and blocking pitches, he still needed work in other areas.

"There's still some game plan stuff, and things he needs to work on as far as day-to-day preparation, and calling pitches and working with pitchers, and carrying out a game plan," Redmond said. "Some of those are experience things. Some of them are focus things."

Brantly, a key piece in the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade with Detroit last year, hit .225 with one home run overall this season -- but just .175 since July 1 and .091 since the All-Star break. He also had his share of issues on the receiving end behind the plate. Brantly was behind the plate last weekend when the Cleveland Indians stole six bases, equaling a Marlins franchise record for most stolen bases allowed in one game, though the blame didn't rest squarely on his shoulder.

The Marlins were counting on Brantly to handle the bulk of the catching chores this season, with Mathis providing veteran backup assistance. But their roles reversed, even though Mathis has struggled offensively, as well, hitting just .199.

Koyie is a career .210 hitter in his MLB career with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Dodgers. He was hitting .237 this season at New Orleans.

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While rookie Christian Yelich hit his first major league home run in Pittsburgh on Thursday, he lost a base hit on his personal ledger overnight. That's because the league office took away one of his three hits when he made his major league debut in Colorado on July 26 and charged an error to Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu. The league was asked to review the play after the Rockies questioned the scoring decision. Because of the scoring change, Mike Redmond remains the only Marlin to begin his MLB career with three hits in each of his first three at bats.

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Frank S.

cause he had Highhhh Hopes...he had Highhhh Hopes...he had High apple pie ,in the sky hopes...Oops there goes another Detroit ant..

Flagstafffishfan

Another Beinfest BUST!!

Trader Jack

Add Brantley to Dealin Dave's Marlins dumpster file with Miller,Maybin,Rabelo,DeLaCruz,Trahern and Badenhop. Keep the file open. To be continued.

smith&wessonoil

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.
Brantly will return, bigger and better than ever.

bob

If you bench him to play Jeff Mathis (of all people!), of course that will hurt his confidence. In what world do you play Jeff Mathis ahead of ANYBODY?

laurelbowie

Did Koyie Hill ever get his thumb reattached? Most one-thumbed catchers have not fared well in the Major Leagues.

General Tom Thumb

Yes...Hill had his thumb reattached up an area that will make his squatting behind the plate alot more pleasurable for him at his age,although it didnt help his hitting any.

Beinfart

Where's Olivo when you need him? Marlins have quite the powerhouse lefty catching duo at NOLA with Skipworthless and now Brantly. Ouch.

Camera Mike

The Rockies questioned a play that in what was a mid-season meaningless game for both teams knowing full well it could result in lessing the impressive stats for a player in his MLB debut and hurting one of their own players stats by giving him an error. Is it just me or is this a somewhat classless move?

unofficial scorekeeper

Surprised they didnt take away Lomos,ahem,double that popped out of the CF'ers glove.

Stan M

Well Flav, it's pretty obvious that the Marlin FO reads this blog and hangs on my every word. No sooner do I say that Brantly needs time in the minors that he is sent down. It Well Flav, it's pretty obvious that the Marlin FO reads this blog and hangs on my every word. No sooner do I say that Brantly needs time in the minors that he is sent down. It just shows to go you.
On a serious note, I respect your position that a continuity of clubhouse management can be important. However, in this case I must disagree. It's not just that Red makes mistakes, he doesn't seem to learn from them. I really think that we need someone else. At this stage, I think more would be interested in taking over this team with all its promise whereas before I would agree with you that no one would want the job. We seem to have lucked into a good pitching coach and he is doing a fine job. Is Red signed for more than one year. I don't remember. If they don't replace him, then they really need a bench coach who can steer Red to the true and narrow.just shows to go you.
On a serious note, I respect your position that a continuity of clubhouse management can be important. However, in this case I must disagree. It's not just that Red makes mistakes, he doesn't seem to learn from them. I really think that we need someone else. At this stage, I think more would be interested in taking over this team with all its promise whereas before I would agree with you that no one would want the job. We seem to have lucked into a good pitching coach and he is doing a fine job. Is Red signed for more than one year. I don't remember. If they don't replace him, then they really need a bench coach who can steer Red to the true and narrow.

Stan M

Sorry the above is screwed up. I timed out and had to copy and paste it. Must have hit "paste" twice

Lou

I hope nobody minds me posting this---I fortunately am only 65 and have therefore never seen Babe Ruth play, however, IF Miguel Cabrera is not a latter day Babe Ruth, then I really don't understand this game. actually called people to tell them to hurry up and turn on DIRECTV when I realized Cabrera would be facing Mariano in the bottom of the 9th(ON ONE LEG)----BOOM!!!!!!

Stan M

Lou, I would compare him more to Rogers Hornsby as a hitter...and that ain't bad.

rfdtd@aol.com

What a mess this is and an insult to South Florida baseball fans.

We need a new owner and I vote for Disney. Look we could have the really Mickey Mouse instead of Loria and his gang of fools.

Clarkie

What are the Marlins gonna brag about now that they are back to 28 games under ,the same as their 13-41 start. Time for the Marlins shillmiesters to come up with new spin. Ah yes. The stadium experience,twitter polls, and the social media cuntessa will provide the distraction from the impotent team on the field. Rich and Tommy will talk up the potential,between lame jokes. Good thing football season is here.

Rich

This team has plenty of young pitching talent but falls way short on some good hitters. After a while even these young promising pitchers will begin to get discouraged. They might just set a new record for being shut out. If we had a normal owner it's pretty certain he would spend the off season trying to acquire some players that can really hit. They are out there but of course Loria would then have to pay for them like most normal owners do. Without getting some much needed hitting help, our group of good young pitchers will find winning next season a difficult task. Not a very good morale booster to look forward to is it ? Maybe someone within the organization will point this out to him. Whether he listens is another story. Florida

smith&wessonoil

Yeah, point things out to Loria, like Joe Girardi did.

Stan M

Just pointing this out as food for thought. The entire baseball world has finally discovered Fernandez and everyone is raving about him and that he is only now 21 years old. After Dwight Gooden's fantastic rookie year , he went 24-4 the following year and everyone was saying stuff like, "wait till he matures." HOF pitcher Bob Gibson came out and said that he will never be better than he was right then. He turned out to be right; in fact, he was never as good again. I only point this out so that we fans don't expect a whole lot more in the years to come. If he stays just the way he is, that will be just fine.

smith&wessonoil

Gooden had serious drug and alcohol problems. Let's hope Fernandez has people around him who will prevent that from ever happening.
Also, it's pretty hard to get any better than Gooden was when he was that age. Fernandez still has plenty of room to grow. If Jose stays the way he is, that will be "fine," but it will be a big disappointment and big waste of potential.

Lou

Stan, If you could and I need it by 4:00--BEST restaurant on Main St in Hendersonville? Thank You.

Stan M

No idea.

Stan M

S&W, he can probably improve his changup, but that's about it. Did you see where Eovaldi has the fastest fast ball on average in all of baseball? The TV announcers say he is trying to take a little off it so it will move more. I really think we have a diamond in the rough here. With an improved breaking ball, we have another staff ace on our hands...but not everyone develops a great breaking ball. At this stage, Alvarez surprises me the most. To date he has been much better than what I expected. Good!

Lach

But...can he hit?

Stan M

Eovaldi pitching his best game of the year. One hit and only 90 pitches. And the reason Red pulled him was....

LaRussa

the book he's reading sez so

hometown cheerleader

Maybe they should send the journalist down to the minor single A division because whomever reported on BRANTLY faced to spell his name correctly and also said he was 24 when Mathis came back he was still 23. Rob Brantly is a damn good ballplayer. Just you wait and see!!

ruin a perfect game

I have a much different opinion of umpire Jim Joyce after the job he did behind the plate last night. He was terrible and then the arrogance, lecturing Gattis and throwing Johnson out of the game. There were quite a few called third strikes, off the outside of the plate, with the batter staring in disbelief, before walking away. Some day, an umpire is going to get hit over the head by a batter.

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