The Marlins on Wednesday were scheduled to take a moment to recognize Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sheffield, Jeff Conine and Mike Lowell, who were selected by fans earlier this season as the organization's Franchise Four.
Among those who will be watching from the opposing dugout: Hanley Ramirez, who somehow didn't even make the Marlins' top eight finalists despite having his name all over the franchise record book and being the only player in club history voted to start three All-Star games.
Did the fact Ramirez didn't make the top four or eight surprise manager Dan Jennings, who has been in the club's front office since 2002?
"Not the top four when you look at who they are, when you think of each of these guys and what they've done," Jennings said. "The fact that Sheffield could truly go in as the first Marlins Hall of Famer, look at his numbers and then what Mikey [Lowell] meant to this organization. Hey, Mr. Marlin, he's got to be in there right? He is Mount Rushmore. He's the first one. It's a tough decision. It was for every organization. But there's just a special bond each of those guys had and it bridges the past and the future. I hope Giancarlo erases all of their records. He's certainly capable of doing that."
Ramirez, though, at least had a strong case to make the top eight. He won a batting title in 2009 and ranks second in club history in hits (1,103), career average (.300), runs (666), stolen bases (230), doubles (232), third in triples (26), homers (148) and walks (406) and fourth in RBI (482).
"You look at Hanley, you look at Miguel Cabrera, had we had more space you could put a couple of other guys," Jennings said. "Josh Beckett was pretty well known around this joint. But you're right, it was tough decisions. You never know what fans [are thinking] when they vote. Maybe some of them harbored ill feelings or were more about a special moment when they were a kid -- the '97 Series or something like that. But it's good. I think it's awesome the fans got to vote them.
"It's tough to go wrong. I wish [the franchise four] were in the lineup today."
> The Marlins gave Christian Yelich (bruised left knee) another day off Wednesday and are hoping he will be back in the lineup Friday in St. Louis.
> Jennings said Jarred Cosart (vertigo) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Thursday before beginning a rehab assignment. The Marlins are hoping to have him back in a week to 10 days.