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WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez not only dominated the competition in winning National League Rookie of the Year but had a blast doing it --- chit-chatting with opponents during games or grinning after striking them out, to the annoyance of some on the other end of those outs.

Fernandez has said he has no intention of changing, but a few Marlins people wonder whether he should, especially with regard to his playful exchanges with opponents during games.

“I wouldn’t want to see that because you are sending mixed messages,” Marlins special assistant Andre Dawson said. “I played in an era you couldn’t do that. I would like to see the concentration level different. I like to see more intensity on the mound like, “I’m here to stick it up your rear end.’”

Still, Dawson said: “He’s a good kid. He’ll learn. You can’t fault him for animation.”

In a conversation at the end of last season, Marlins infielder Greg Dobbs expressed some concern about Fernandez’s theatrics but did not want to give the impression that he’s chastising him.

“You never want to come across to teammates and opponents as being pompous or grandstanding or insulting,” Dobbs said. “If someone does that a lot, they may open themselves up to the perception of others. I’m not saying those are his intentions. But you don’t want to give that perception. We’re not here to grandstand or boast.”

He said the “best pitchers do not” talk to batters during at-bats. “Mariano Rivera doesn’t do that,” Dobbs said. “You don’t need to do that. You can draw extra criticism. You have to put a governor on that excitability. You don’t want that to distract.”

Dobbs said if it ever “gets to the point where it’s a detriment, it would have to be addressed” with Fernandez.

Fernandez’s theatrics led to only on-field incident last season, in September against Atlanta. Annoyed by Evan Gattis’ reaction to a home run off him, Fernandez screamed at the Braves dugout.

After Fernandez hit a home run during the bottom half of that sixth inning, he admired it and spat on third base. Fernandez apologized afterward.

“He’s a playful guy on the mound and he likes to have fun,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “… Then he shouldn’t get upset when we hit a home run and have fun ourselves… You can’t have it both ways.”

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson said Fernandez irritates opponents by grinning after getting them out.

Fernandez and Marlins manager Mike Redmond have said they don’t believe Fernandez needs to change his on-field demeanor.

“That’s how I am,” Fernandez said late last season. “I like to have fun. I can’t be someone I’m not. [Hall of Fame pitcher] Don Sutton told me, ‘Don’t change. Be who you are.’”

And what about opponents who have a problem with that? “They’re not on my team, so,” he said, his point clear without feeling like he needed to complete the sentence.

The view here: I have no problem with Fernandez engaging opposing players in playful banter, as long as he doesn’t cross the line like he did against Atlanta. His personality is an asset, and his chattiness clearly didn’t affect his concentration during a remarkable rookie season (12-6, 2.19 ERA and third place in Cy Young balloting).

Incidentally, Fernandez told mlb.com that he biked 70 to 80 miles a day five or six times a week during the offseason and has lost 20 pounds.   

CHATTER

### Pitchers and catchers report Sunday, and though Redmond will determine the lineup, president/baseball operations Michael Hill mentioned this as a logical batting order: Rafael Furcal, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Garrett Jones (against right-handers) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia fourth and fifth in some order, then Marcell Ozuna, Casey McGehee, Adeiny Hechavarria and the pitcher. Jeff Baker figures to replace Jones against some lefties, though Hill didn’t say that.

"That would give you a balanced lineup, a mixture of left or right or switch hitters... to keep pitchers off balance," Hill said.

### The Marlins are dropping prices on every seat in the ballpark, from 20 to 25 percent on average.

###  Giancarlo Stanton told MLB.com that before he even considers a long-term offer from the Marlins, “I want some team security [stability].... That doesn’t happen in two seconds. That happens over a season or two seasons. You show me that and we can get something going.” Neither the Marlins nor Stanton want to negotiate during the season, so an offer isn’t expected until next winter.

### An ESPN.com story last week mentioned the Clippers as potentially the Heat’s most serious competition for LeBron James this summer. But a close associate of James said he highly doubts the Clippers scenario would happen and added the Heat remains the heavy front-runner to keep him.

“He’s happy here, really happy with the organization,” said the associate, who believes Cleveland is the only other realistic possibility for James this summer.

The capped-out Clippers would need to do a sign-and-trade with the Heat for James, with Blake Griffin going to Miami in ESPN’s hypothetical. But as his associate said, why would James want to uproot his family again when a nucleus of James, buddy Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan isn’t better than Jordan, Dwyane Wade (if healthy) and Chris Bosh?

### LeBron was magnificent in Phoenix Tuesday (37 points, nine rebounds, five steals), and only Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson have more 35-point, 5-steal games in the past quarter century, according to ESPN. "My shoulder, knee and groin are feeling a lot better," he said after the game.

### With Wade out with a migraine Tuesday, Toney Douglas made his first start since January 2012, when he was a member of the Knicks, and missed seven of his nine shots.

Erik Spoelstra opted to start Douglas in order to keep Ray Allen with the second unit, and also because "in terms of pick and roll, defense --- we've been drilling it for three weeks --- he has been as disruptive on the ball as anybody we've had those three weeks. Yesterday, he was blowing up every pick and roll by himself."

Spoelstra bypassed Roger Mason Jr., who was inactive. 

And even without Wade, Spoelstra bypassed Michael Beasley, opting instead for Rashard Lewis (one point in 11 minutes). Spoelstra didn't play Greg Oden, whose playing time appears to be based entirely on the style and size of the opponent.

### Former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland had no interest in short, light linebackers (Miami’s lightest linebacker is 240 pounds) and was disinclined to make exceptions to his size/weight prototypes at other positions.

But whereas new GM Dennis Hickey prefers big players at certain positions, he has no stringent requirements if he likes a player. So Hickey appears far more likely to draft some smaller, playmaking linebackers than Ireland would.

Case in point: Hickey strongly advocated Tampa Bay’s decision to draft 6-1, 233-pound Lavonte David, who was far better than any Miami linebacker this past season.

Keep that in mind with a player such as Ohio State’s 6-2, 229-pound Ryan Shazier, who led the Big 10 with 144 tackles and could go late in the first round or during the second round in May. “He’s got a lot of Lavonte David in him,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper said. “He’s all over the field, heck of a player.”  

### Ray Farmer, who was named Brown GM on Tuesday, said he didn't know he would be getting the Cleveland job when he turned down a chance for a second interview with the Dolphins a few weeks ago. "That job was not right for Ray Farmer," he said Tuesday, oddly using the third person. (Farmer wouldn't give the Dolphins a specific reason, either.)

### UM recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll said UM's new quarterback additions are "like a rematch
of the Super Bowl. We have Peyton Manning with Brad Kaaya and Russell Wilson with Malik Rosier."....

For those who like to hear Al Golden speak during his annual Hurricanes Club spring tour, he will do three in-state appearances this year: May 1 at UM, May 8 in Orlando and May 9 in Jacksonville. Check hurricanesports.com for prices and details. And Golden, Jonathan Vilma, Clinton Portis, Michael Irvin, Russell Maryland and Brock Berlin will appear at a May 22 dinner in Chicago where Gino Torretta will be honored.

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Bill Thompson

I wonder why Michael Beasley's playing time has diminished so much. He was very active earlier in the season. Is it his defense or playing within the team's style of offense?

Eddie

Marlins will win 78.

u are u

### UM recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll said UM's new quarterback additions are "like a rematch
of the Super Bowl. We have Peyton Manning with Brad Kaaya and Russell Wilson with Malik Rosier."....

.

easy to see now where so many of u dumb canes get ur info from.

Reality Bites

### UM recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll said UM's new quarterback additions are "like a rematch
of the Super Bowl. We have Peyton Manning with Brad Kaaya and Russell Wilson with Malik Rosier."....

What happened to the supposed starting QB, Williams and his backup Olsen?????
Is Williams Drew Brees and Olsen Tom Brady?
Is this the return of QB U??
Or is this more likely a bunch of baloney, some Ibis make believe wishful thinking manure?
I believe it is the latter.
Bet you that dom is excited though. Hey dom it's never too soon to hype up the 2015 recruiting class, how is it looking now. That 2015 WR Barry talked about recently is looking good right?
Usual cane bloviating in the Spring and Summer, but now the clueless "coordinator" starts the idiocy in the Winter.
Winter, Spring and Summer champs, Fall chumps.

Gary

Once again "reality bites" knows that this is the reality-you bite! Such a moron you are! What mom didn't let you out to play today.

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 02/12/2014 at 11:01 AM

Hush nerd, no one's interested in your fake internet rivalry.

Reality Bites

Once again the dumb blog policeman and his minion Gary have nothing to contribute. Bet you two agree with Carroll and want to discuss the 2015 recruits with dom.
Kaaya and Rosier are the new saviors of the sorry cane program. Two froshs who probably won't see any playing time in 2014, what a joke.
Wonder why GoldenFraud was so hot and heavy after Treon Harris. After all he already had Peyton, Wilson, Brees and Brady. Who needs another QB when you got all those studs?

The SEC is overrated and top heavy

BITE this
you punka s55 jive turkey

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 02/12/2014 at 12:41 PM

UM has beaten UF 7 of the last 8 games, we beat you last season, and WE ARE NOT SCHEDULED TO PLAY AGAIN.

We're not rivals in real life, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry.

Reality Bites

Guess truth hurts, no need to get so angry cane clucks.

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 02/12/2014 at 01:43 PM

Grow up child, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry. Go find a chat room if you want to troll people on the internet.

jo jo

Reality Bites continues his negative talk and hatred about denigrating a proud Hurricane program with a matching history to boot.His self esteem and personal values as an individual are obviously lacking for him.He is merely projecting his envy and jealousy at Miami fans because they clearly have much more to be proud of than he does of his allegiance to the Gators and his love for the SEC.I d agree the SEC is an excellent conference but why the steady bashing and negativity constantly in trying to prove your point?He will NEVER get Cane fans to agree with him...yet he continues as life s little loner ...and loser with his personal spewing of self-hatred.

Reality Bites

Wow, thanks jo jo, didn't know you were a shrink. Why is it hatred to just point out what everyone knows to be true. We can agree to disagree without the personal attacks.
It is asinine to say two high school kids are the next Manning and Wilson.
But then again it was asinine to say the Jacory would win a Heisman.
It was asinine to say Morris would win a Heisman too.
Yet cane fans said all of the above, and now it is the cane administrators who join the asinine prediction derby.
Dom should be proud.

Not our rival

No, that's the whole point, no one's listening to your thoughts on UM football because UF isn't our rival.

It is personal, forget about the Gators, who cares about the Gators, we don't even play them in football anymore. You, personally, are a huge loser and an Internet troll who spends his days spouting negativity trying to make UM fans feel as miserable as you obviously do.

Just pathetic.

Marios

Why isn't Beasley getting any minutes??
I'm not a big fan of his but you should give him PT now in case we need him in playoffs. Save LBJ, Ray and D Wade, for the playoffs.

Riley used to do that too, I don't get it.

averagecane

"asinine prediction derby"

dom is the Queen of asinine predictions

"not our rival" getting hot under the collar

too funny

naplescane

Well whoever the quaterbacks are. I hope they kick butt. Come on Coach Coley.

dunnelloncane

The last 4 UF starting QBs were John Brantley, Jeff Driskell(who blew last years UF-UM game with turnovers and ovethrows) Louis Murphy and Morningweg. No wonder reality bites is jealous of our QBs! Right now Syracuse nbr 1 in hoops, Virginia nbr 1 in preseason baseball and of course FSU was nbr 1 in football. All ACC shcools! Where is the SEC? And remember, his Gayturds have never had an undefeated season while UM and FS have 3 each! Not too mention UM owning Uf with 7 wins in last 8 and 12 of last 15 in football! Total domination, u loser

Not our rival

Posted by: averagecane | 02/12/2014 at 04:00 PM

No one knows who "Dom" is nerd, stop using other names to talk about your fake internet rivalry.

Dom

Reality Bites. Considering the sanctions loomed till Nov(FSU week), to get 11 espn 300 players and 2 Rivals Juco 100 ,the top qb in California, 1 of the best RB in country ,and all 3 stars or higher, 7 D lineman. 2 ESPN 300 WR's. 3 ESPN 300 o lineman, a Stud Speedy OLB like the armstead darrin smith barrow days in Darrion Owens also on the espn 300 is a great haul.

Had Golden kept the 3 that left, we would have been TOP 3=4/ Either way we are bringing in 13 of 26 Ranked the best of the best, and the other 13 all Highly regarded players. NO REACHES. WITH SANCTIONS WHEN KIDS MADE DECISIONS ALREADY

Now , yes, 2015 class WILL b GREAT......still finshed #10 on espn.com recruit rankings with Sanctions most of the yr

Dom

They are idiots. We are all on Manny's blog, and he is taking it to Barry's Blog now. They are all UFelon fans, the 4-8 gators. Oh, and I think that shows what recruiting means. Injuries or not, when you have top 5 classes every year, U should be able to withstand injuries with that depth.

Miami by next class 2015, will finally have same depth and talent level as FSU.... 1 class away. Goldens 1st class in 2011 was pieced togehter in 2 weeks, and he had 12,13,14, and we have a ton of young depth and talent now

Dom

Dunnelo Cane, the UF elons never ever had an undefeated regular season let alone full season. EVER. always 1 loss in their 3 titles. UM Regular season had this many undefeated seasons
1986 11-0
1987 11=0
1988 (1 loss by 1 pt at notre dame but got ROBBED )on the U documentary the cleveand gary fumble
89=won title w /1 loss
1991 Undeafeated, won title
1992= went 11-0. Lost to ALA in Title game
2001 undeafeated won title
2002 12-0 reg sesason . AGain, beat Ohio state but Ref called foul after miami was celebrating on field

So Counting Regular seasons only Miami has had 6 undefeated regular seasons from 1986=2002 WITH THE Pell GRANT SANCTION SCANDAL from 95-98 6 out of 16 years they went undefeated.

Not counting the 1988 Season where we beat Notre Deme and they called fumble and lost by 1 point.

averagecane

Well nerd you asked and he delivered 3 delusional and dumb posts in a row right after yours.
This is dom.
domasse
Nostradommase
He of the dumb predictions
he of the delusional posts
typical stupid cane fan

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