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Dempster becomes latest former Marlin to join MLB Network; Dietrich says he's just in defensive slump

In case you haven't noticed, there's a quite a former Marlins sharing their opinions on TV these days.

Ryan Dempster will be the next one. He's been hired by the MLB Network as an analyst and will make his debut on TV Wednesday. 

Dempster is the fifth former Marlins player to become an analyst for the network, joining Mike Lowell, Cliff Floyd, Kevin Millar and Al Leiter. Except for Leiter, four were teammates of Marlins manager Mike Redmond when he was with the team as a player from 1998 to 2004.

Other Marlins on TV who are part of the FoxSports broadcasts are Carl Pavano and Preston Wilson. Redmond said he thinks Dempster will be great on TV because he's funny.

"Those guys took the easy road instead of coaching," Redmond quipped Tuesday. "Now they can sit up there and second guess me. I love it."

> Although Redmond suggested Monday Dietrich's defensive struggles might be related to the ground ball in spring training which broke his nose, Dietrich says he's just in a defensive slump.

Dietrich, hitting .290 with three homers and nine RBI, is on the bench for the fourth game in a row Tuesday in part because of his struggles on defense. He has a team-leading four errors in 47 chances. Last season, he made just two errors in 258 chances, but hit just .214 in 57 games.

"I played great defense for this team last year and I'm confident really on the defensive side," Dietrich said. "I know I'm helping the team offensively. I'm just looking every day to help this team win. Whether its off the bench or playing everyday at second -- you know you want to play every day and have a chance. I think I'm doing that."

Said infield coach Perry Hill: "He's a good worker and a tough kid. He'll come out of this. He'll be fine." 

> Even though Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna have been very productive at the top of the lineup, Redmond said he still hasn't decided what he'll do when Rafael Furcal (hamstring) returns from the disabled list. Furcal signed a $3.5 million deal to bat leadoff and play second for the Marlins in 2014.

"I haven't really thought about it yet because we're still waiting for that day [when Furcal returns] to happen," Redmond said. "It definitely  will be a [tough] decision to make with Yelich leading off and hitting the ball well too. But we'll figure that out when that day comes.

"[It's a good problem to have]. Last year I spent about an hour and a half a day on that lineup trying to piece that together. Now, I spend about 10 minutes. If it takes me 15 minutes when he comes back then I'm fine with that."


> Marlins (9-11): 1. Christian Yelich LF, 2. Marcell Ozuna CF, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Casey McGehee 3B, 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 6. Garrett Jones 1B, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Jose Fernandez RHP.

> Braves (13-6): 1. Jason Heyward RF, 2. B.J. Upton CF, 3. Freddie Freeman 1B, 4. Justin Upton LF, 5. Chris Johnson 3B, 6. Dan Uggla 2B, 7. Evan Gattis C, 8. Andrelton Simmons SS, 9. Alex Wood LHP.


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Lou Vales

How did Tony Kubek react after having his neck nearly broken by a bad hop, how did Miguel Cabrera react after having a smash nearly take his head off? The guy plays 2b, not exactly the HOT corner.

Lou Vales

By the way, will Furcal be the first Major Leaguer on Rehab in history to have played with 4!!!!!!1 minor league affiliates before he returns. I know he did Jupiter, he is now touring Jacksonville, am not sure if he made it to Greensboro but how can he pass on New Orleans. Raffy, take your time. It's only a 1 year deal. Maybe you can spend entire year hanging around Jackson Square and eating beignets at Café du Monde.

Stan M

How many more games will pass before Redmond notices that Jones doesn't hit lefties particularly well. Because of a blackout, I had to watch the Brave telecast. They praised Fernandez throughout the game, then were incredulous when he didn't pitch the ninth inning. So was I.
Fernandez needs a nickname so that he's known just by this name throughout his career. At my home, we refer to him simply as "the kid". Any ideas?

Lou Vales

I have learned to MUTE Chip Caray. The Chipper should be the greatest example demonstrating the extreme danger of abject nepotism. Have you learned of another middle infielder being impacted by a ball to the face affecting him this long??Kubek and Cabrera were just off the top of my head. How many pitchers have taken shortstop the body and they still get back on the mound at 60 feet 6 inches. Get Dietrich a goalie's mask


If Red even thinks about changing the top of the lineup, he's thinking too much.

Marlin Fan

Hopefully Solano isn't sent down when Furcal comes back. I wouldn't want ( in spite of his defensive woes ) see Dietrich go either . Maybe Baker ? Yes he's versatile , but can't hit . Also Lucas will be coming back and can play more positions than baker . I never liked the Furcal pick up from day one . ....great performance again by Fernandez. Chischek is at what 34 consecutive saves now , including last yr . Nice to see Yelich extend his hit streak .

Stan M

Some positive thoughts:
Should NY, Phil, and Wash lose tonight, and Miami win, the Marlins would be tied for 2nd place.

The other day I gave a progress report on some of our better known minor leaguers. Here are some lesser know players who are doing well:
*Viosergy Rosa is a LH 1st baseman in high A ball. He will be 24 in mid season. In 18 games, he is hitting .371 with a .500 OBP. What is very impressive is that he has walked 15 times and only Ked 8.
*Scott Lyman is a RH pitcher, also in high A ball, but already 24 YO. In 25 innings, he has only given up 13 hits and 1 run. He has walked only 4 and Ked 20. The league is hitting .151 against him.
*Grant Dayton is a LH reliever in AA ball. In 10 innings he has allowed 6 hits, walked 2 and ked 12. league is hitting .171 agains him. Bring him up!
*DeSciafani has a 3-1 record, but he has been more lucky than effective in all but one start.
*Silverio, an older OF in AA ball who lost several years to injury, but had vast potential before being hurt, has started to hit and raised his BA considerably
*Realmuto, our top catching prospect in AA ball started off poorly, but is now hitting quite well.

Can this team justify keeping Boggs when Furcal returns. He is one dimensional and that dimension isn't performing. But he'll stay because of his contract.

Juan Yanes

Marlins should bring RHP Henry Rodriguez 0.84 pcl in triple A right now for the bullpen reliever since 6th inning or 7th; because he has good stuff and throws 100 miles.
Redmond should start using 2nd base Dietrich off righties pitchers until inning 6th or 7th. after that if score is in favor he should be replace for Solano.

Flav C.

Juan Yanes - Henry DOES NOT have good stuff. He's walked more hitters than you can imagine and he's been lucky he's faced very poor hitters so far. Again, if you dislike Caminero and Marmol, you will hate Henry. He is a worsened version of both.

Missed the Marlins game last night, had to listen to it on the radio while at Roger Dean. I don't have DVR or any of those fancy things that allow us to record the game, so I'll take everybody's words about the player's performances.

On the other hand, I had the opportunity to see Scott Lyman pitching. I had seen him last season playing for the Hammerheads, I guess he had been recently called up. At that time, he didn't impress me too much, probably because of all the other great arms we had in Jupiter last season. However, yesterday he showed a very mature performance. Not a power-pitcher, his FB tops 94 sometimes. His delivery reminds me of Derek Lowe, well located pitches on the lower part of the strikezone and lots of groundouts to the right side of the infield. What impressed me the most was the fact that he was never behind in the count. Not even once. First pitch for strike all times. Due to his age, it is possible that the Marlins Organization promote him in the mid-part of the season to AA, and then they can evaluate how he performs against better hitters.

Stan - Viosergy showed good maturity at the plate. He has a history of lots of strikeouts, but apparently he's been working hard to have better discipline and stop chasing bad pitches.

Alex - Dayton had another 2-inning save performance last night. Again, no runs allowed and the lefty continue dominating righties and lefties alike. 0.00 era so far.

Flav C.

Apparently Caminero was optioned to AAA. More than likely Capps will be called up.

Stan M

Flav, due to blackout, I had to watch Braves telecast. In game there were 28 strikeouts and no walks. I believe they said it hadn't been done in about 100 years. My favorite player, Keys, is still on the DL in AA ball.

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