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Conine on Ozuna's throw: "Oh my God -- way better than mine"

There may never be a more meaningful throw to the plate to get a runner out in Marlins history than when Jeff Conine threw a perfect strike from left field to nail J.T. Snow in the 2003 National League playoffs.

The collision with catcher Pudge Rodriguez made it all the more special. But even Mr. Marlin had to admit what he saw Marcell Ozuna do Friday night -- throw a perfect strike from left on the fly to nail the Mets' Kirk Nieuwenheis and a cap 3-2 victory -- was special.

"Oh my God, way better than mine," Conine said Saturday when asked to compare the throws. "He was 50 feet back, 100 feet back further than I was. He made it all the way in the air. Mine only was picked up on the side and I was able to get right behind it. No question his arm is better than mine ever was."

Like everyone else inside Marlins Park -- including Nieuwenheis -- Conine said he didn't think Ozuna had a chance.

"Mechanically as an outfielder he played it perfectly," Conine said. "Weight behind the ball. Took his momentum through it so much it probably gave him the extra carry he needed to get it all the way to home plate. Pretty cool way to end the game. He said it perfectly in the post-game press conference. 'I didn't do it with the bat. But I can still do something on the other side.'"

MORE TIME IN LEFT?

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said having Ozuna's arm in left field has given him something to consider and he might end up playing Christian Yelich over in center field more often when he returns from the disabled list.

Since joining the Marlins last year, Ozuna has seven assists in 43 games playing in the corner outfield spots. He has five in 97 starts in center field.

"When you see plays like that happen it definitely makes you think maybe Yeli could play center a little bit more often," Redmond said. "Maybe he'll have more chances. I don't know over the course of this year how many plays we could have had [if Ozuna was in left]. I can't remember a whole lot.

"Ozuna is so good in center too. That's the beauty of him. He can play right as well. We have that flexibility with him and Yeli too. Jake [Marisnick] can play all over too. But that's what you want. You want options with guys and for them to be able to feel comfortable in all the different positions. Last night we had him in the right spot."

Ozuna said he likes playing in left field in part because he's closer to the fans and can chats them up throughout the game. 

"I enjoy it. If you don't enjoy the game you don't have fun in the game," Ozuna said. "I enjoy every game no matter what happens. If I go 0-for-4, 0-for-5, same attitude every time. Just play the game."

What does he say to the fans? "At times they tell me 'Good catch or nice run'," he said. "I say 'Thanks.' And I go do my work, concentrate."

METS GM ALDERSON UPSET BY CALLS

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson expressed his displeasure after Friday's game with the application of the new home plate collision rules on David Wright’s out in th eighth. Alderson told Mets reporters after the game he contacted the league about the play to better understand how the rule is applied.

“I can’t really comment on the plays [Friday] because it would compromise my league-wide position as chairman of the playing rules committee,” Alderson said. “I do have several thoughts as general manager of the Mets that I can’t really share [Friday].”

Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he, Redmond, and bench coach Rob Leary would have been thrown out of the game had umpires ruled he blocked the plate and didn't give Wright a lane. Conine said it would have been a crime had umpires overturned the call.

"I gave him a lane," Saltalamacchia said. "At the last second, I might have been put my foot in front, but I was also receiving the ball at the same time. It didn’t deceive where he was going. The ball got there before him. If the ball didn’t, then it’s on me.

"I think [the rule] says, if you catch the ball and you’re blocking the plate, the runner is allowed to run you over. So in theory, David probably could have run me over. I had plenty of time. On that one, I don’t mind that as a catcher because I had plenty of time of protect myself."

> Pitcher Henderson Alvarez said he tweaked his hamstring hitting in the batting cages on Thursday and it flared up during Friday's start. But Alvarez contends he's fine and will make his next start.

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Voice of Truth

Stan M's evaluations of baseball talent are laughable.

Voice of Truth

Stan M's Greatest Stupidities:

1) Let's trade Stanton for a middle infielder.

2) Stanton will never improve. I know this because I'm an old idiot who can tell these things because I've seen a lot of Mets games on TV.

3) Chris Coghlan should have been our CFer.

4) Ozuna should have been sent down to the minors.

5) Nathan Eovaldi is a very good pitcher who can help pick up the slack for Jose Fernandez.

6) Henderson Alvarez? Not on Stan M's list of good players.

7) Stanton is another Dave Kingman ( a lifetime .239 hitter who hit long HRs)

8) Defensively Stanton is another Ron Swoboda (a total bum in the outfield who made one great catch in his entire life). Never mind that Stanton is rated as one the best outfielders this year.

I could go on and on, but what's the point? This tam guy passes himself off as some kind of baseball expert around here but he is nothing but an old fool with some really laughable opinions. But don't try to point that out! You will get BANNED if you do!

yelnats

Look what the cat dragged in. It was so nice without him for a while.

Voice of Free Opinions

Hey Voice of Truth...everybody is entitled to their own opinion, even a jerk-off like you.

ALEX

After further THOUGHT on the subject, I have to say I was wrong. I have been watching STANTON play for the marlins for a few years, and he DOES need to improve his pitch selection, but He's only 24! He is a HOMERUN machine, and can change the game with one SWING of the bat. unfortunately, it is a TEAM game, and these guys need to get BATTERS out on the mound. Stanton seems to have trouble with the LOW outside pitch, as I have mentioned BEFORE. HE is a top ten player in the LEAGUE, despite his numbers taking a bit of a TUMBLE in JUNE. It is hot, and HE will learn. Stan M can't seem to UNDERSTAND it's a privledge to WATCH Stanton, and pause the TV to look at HIM, and KISS the screen. I find that when I kiss the screen, he doesn't MAKE an out. Now I have WATCHED many games, and COACHED baseball, I know baseball. NOT like STAN M. I didn't comb Sal the Barber's BEARD, or drink SHOTS with Nap, but I HAVE kissed STANTON on screen, and I know STAN M has not done that. He's the BASEBALL guru here, and I am so OBSESSED with him, so much so that I curse his NAME before I KISS the screen. I even wipe away the Grape Kool aid from my lips before I do. Soon YOU PEOPLE will see that STANTON makes bad pitch SELECTONS and can't HIT the low outside pitch, as I've MENTIONED before. NOW I usually post very VANILLA comments, after the FACT and they're ALWAYS obvious, but like STANTON, I will change and make predictions, just like he will change and not MISS the ball after I KISS the screen. I predict that the MARLINS will win some games and LOSE some games because they play BASEBALL and that is what happens when you PLAY baseball. GAMES are won or LOST. Pitchers need to LEARN this to win. I WILL wear chap stick. STAN M does not wear CHAP stick.

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