Unlike the infield and its myriad of woes at one time or another, the outfield was a pleasant surprise for Miami this season, featuring a core of young and talented ballplayers that got their first taste of the Major Leagues alongside an established regular.
For this part of the Machinegun Offense series, we’ll take a look at the rest of the infield. The diagnosis is fairly balanced, ranging from the strong to the utterly weak in terms of performance and projection.
With the basic concepts of the Machinegun Offense explained, it’s time to see which Marlins players would be the best fits for every position. We’ll also take a look at history, seeing how the 1998 BayStars filled those spots and how they performed. A good way to start would be by evaluating two major weakspots for the 2013 Feesh: catcher and first base.
The Marlins posted their second 100-loss season in franchise history largely because of an extremely incompetent offense. No matter which rankings or stats you look at, the Feesh finished dead last in practically every offensive category.
Despite our pitching keeping us in most games, Mike Redmond’s squad went 24-35 in contests decided by one run and 7-13 in extra-inning affairs. The inevitable question arising is: how many of those games could’ve been won if we had scored one or two more runs, avoiding that rally-killing double play, strikeout or lineout?
Sé que muchos van a querer colgarme por publicar esto, pero la tercera edición del Clásico Mundial de Béisbol está en marcha y, tal como las dos anteriores, no podría importarme menos.
Tal cual lo leen. Esta nueva gesta pelotera global no va a ser algo que me quite el sueño, con la excepción de querer que Japón gane su tercer título. Después de todo, ya tengo más problemas de los necesarios con tener que escribir sobre los Marlins este año.
Es un hecho que haber invertido casi US$200 millones en agentes libres durante el invierno pasado no trajo los resultados esperados. Ahora, cuando es un hecho que se vendrán recortes -con lo que la nómina quedaría, por lo bajo, en US$65 millones-, la principal forma que tienen los Marlins para recomponer su roster es a través de traspasos o fichando agentes libres bajo el radar.
I usually don’t write about former Marlins, but considering the current news, I guess I’ll have to make an exception.
Remember Brad Penny? He started his career with the Fish in 2000, and spent four-and-a-half seasons in Miami, before being acquired by the Dodgers in the 2004 trade deadline. He also played an integral role in the 2003 team that won the World Series, getting the victory in Game 6 of the NLCS and winning his two starts in the WS against the Yankees.
And now, after being a journeyman who played for five teams in the last seven years, Penny will pack his bags and go to the other side of the planet. Yes, because the defending Nippon Series champions, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, have signed him to a one-year deal worth 228 million yen -approximately $3MM-, plus performance bonuses.
Aside from the impact a different scenery will have on him, he’ll have huge shoes to fill. The Hawks lost their top three rotation members -which combined for 43 of Fukuoka’s 88 regular season wins- after Tsuyoshi Wada was posted to the Majors and acquired by the Baltimore Orioles, while aces Toshiya Sugiuchi and D.J. Houlton departed to the Yomiuri Giants.