A day after saying his young ace "ruined the night" for hot-dogging his first career home run in his last start of the season, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Thursday it's time to move on and the focus should be on Jose Fernandez's bid to earn National League Rookie of the Year honors.
"He's a young kid and he's going to be one of the top pitchers in this league for a long time. You want your pitchers and players to be judged for the way they pitch and the way they compete, not the theatrics," Redmond said.
"Unfortunately for him what gets overshadowed by last night is the year that he's had and how dominant he's really gone out there and pitched. We should be talking about him for rookie of the year. For me he is. We should be talking about how great a year he had as a pitcher and rookie of the year instead of what we are."
Redmond took some criticism from the public and a few MLB analysts for being too harsh on his best player.
"Everybody has their opinion and if you're only watching two clips of that game than I can see how they can say whatever they want," Redmond said. "But if you're around here and this clubhouse every single day... I think the important thing is we're a young team, 30 games under, we're teaching guys to respect the game and play the game the right way. That's a teaching moment, learning moment for Jose. I know he understands where I'm coming from and where his teammates are coming from and that's it."
Fernandez, who apologized profusely after the game Wednesday for embarrassing his teammates and coaches, admitted he was a little too amped up. After the benches cleared and play returned to normal, he said several of his teammates took him into the batting cage area underneath the stadium to talk to him.
"For sure, I can promise 120 percent that will never ever happen again," Fernandez said. "No matter what happens in the game, I'll never show anybody up. To me that's embarrassing."
Closer Steve Cishek said the situation was also addressed in the clubhouse after the game.
"He's a competitor and you want to play around anyone that is like that," Cishek said. "Every single game he's gone out there he's been fiery, yelling at himself, whatever it is to get himself going. He's fun to watch. Like I said before, he's good kid, but let one get away from him, got a little too excited. It happens. He's going to learn from it, we're going to learn from it and we're all going to move on."
Cishek there is no doubt in his mind Fernandez should be the rookie of the year.
"I'm not disappointed. He was unbelievable this year," Cishek said. "If you've ever seen him throw a bullpen we knew he was going to be good. But we never expected, I don't anybody knew it was going to be ridiculous like this. He was outstanding all year. It's no surprise he finished it well or that he capped it off with a homer. It's all he tries to do in pitcher's [batting practice] anyway.
"Everyone is not going to be puppy dogs out there and he has that little extra gear. But like I said he's young. You see a lot of young guys lose it out there. But like I said before I guarantee you he'll learn from this and it will be forgotten about."
> With Nathan Eovaldi getting scratched from his scheduled start Thursday and his back still tight, the Marlins are moving their rotation around before opening a four-game series Friday against the Mets.
Left-hander Brad Hand (1-9, 4.54 ERA in his career) will make his first start of the season Friday. Right-handers Henderson Alvarez and Jacob Turner will pitch in Saturday's double-header. New York native Tom Koehler will pitch Sunday. The Marlins still haven't decided who will start Monday when the team heads to Philadelphia.
> Braves (87-58): 1. Elliot Johnson LF, 2. Justin Upton RF, 3. Freddie Freeman 1B, 4. Evan Gattis C, 5. Chris Johnson 3B, 6. Andrelton Simmons SS, 7. Dan Uggla 2B, 8. B.J. Upton CF, 9. Freddy Garcia RHP.
> Marlins (54-9): 1. Chris Coghlan LF, 2. Donovan Solano 2B, 3. Christian Yelich CF, 4. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 5. Logan Morrison 1B, 6. Ed Lucas 3B, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Rob Brantly C, 9. Brian Flynn LHP.