Wednesday, August 31, 2011
- Those are some sweet stirrups on Mets reliever DJ Carrasco
- Mike Stanton can't be human. He is a robot sent from the future to save humanity via the long ball.
Yesterday, Dave wrote about the ongoing reports of Ozzie Guillen and the increasing likelihood the Marlins will try to pry him away from the White Sox to manage the team in 2012. As we've stated many times, our position is to not hire a manager at all. But with very unlikely, here is the official Marlins Diehards short list for managerial candidates in 2012.
While Dave and I don't believe in managers, if the Marlins are going to be dumb enough to waste money and/or give away prospect(s) for someone (they will!), why not Ozzie? Even when the Fish are 10+ games under .500 in late August there should be plenty to write about. Bonus: He'll probably redecorate the clubhouse and dugout and line it with scented candles.
You may have seen me mention Wally on Twitter a few times. He's best known for his priceless YouTube clips of some ejections while he managed the South Georgia Peanuts, which you can see here and here (audio NSFW). He'd be just as entertaining as Ozzie methinks, plus the team can get such great motivational speeches like the following
Seriously, just stop the charade and bring Jack back. Or at the very least, hire a blogger. We come fairly cheap.Normally, I'd offer mine or David's services, but Dave just moved to Seattle and honestly, I couldn't last a week as a big league manager before falling asleep in the dugout during a game or leaving to the clubhouse in the 6th inning to play dominoes.
There have been at least two known heated blowups between Guillen and Williams, according to sources. But even more significant is the recent talk in baseball circles that the White Sox have been getting a feel for managerial candidates. Sources said that also included renewing talks with the Florida Marlins about compensation for Guillen with the team set to open its new stadium next season.Loria likes Ozzie, and so does Jack McKeon, who has Loria's ear. The Marlins will keep inquiring as to Guillen's availability unless they can lure a better manager to Miami this winter. Thankfully, the team showed the restraint last year to not give up Mike Stanton or Logan Morrison (depending on the report) for Guillen. There is no way any manager is worth as many wins per year as either of those two.
Lots of empty seats at Citi Field 10 minutes before start of #Mets #MarlinsI'm sure we'll be seeing blog posts about how awful Mets fans are (and maybe even a few questioning their very existence) any second now...
|via Pleated Jeans|
Ramirez was hitting just .243, nearly 100 points lower than his league-leading .342 average in 2009, when he landed on the disabled list for the second time this season. Despite his off season, the Marlins have tanked in his absence.With Hanley, the Marlins are a bubble team; without, they are the 1962 Mets. Think of how wide the disparity might be if Hanley were playing to his usual standards (1899 Cleveland Spiders, anyone?).
The Marlins are 50-39 in games Ramirez has started and an abysmal 9-33 when his name has not appeared on the lineup card.
Hurricane Irene gives us a surprise off-day. Here's what you can watch/read/do:
8:00 (NBC): Community. It's a rerun, but a good one: the fake clip episode. This was one of my top three episodes from season 2. Here's a Slate essay about it.
8:00 (ESPN2): Little League World Series, if that's your thing. ESPN has a Redskins/Ravens preseason game at the same time.
9:00 (Travel): Man vs. Food in Miami. "The host tries to devour a 48-ounce steak in less than 20 minutes at Shula's Steak House in Miami." I could think of ten better places to go in Miami, and I'm sure you guys can as well...
9:00 (USA): Burn Notice. Does anyone watch this show? Should I?
10:00 (FX): Wilfred/Louie. Loving both of these shows for different reasons. The Louie episode is one hour.
Book rec: The 50th anniversary of the publication of Catch-22 just passed, and there have been a swarm of excellent essays about Heller's seminal novel in recent weeks (my favorite is from Ron Rosenbaum at Slate - I know, two Slate links in one post, I don't care). I read this one in undergrad, and it is usually in my top 5 novels list (my top 5/10 lists constantly change). It is hilarious and poignant, and everyone should read it, so get on it.
Culture: Hurricane Irene will not be making landfall in Florida most likely, but that shouldn't stop you from throwing a hurricane party. Since you'll be getting wasted, you should probably go ahead and take Friday off from work as well.
When asked if he has talked to anybody in the organization since the demotion, Morrison said, "I haven't talked to anybody. I didn't really care."Those are the words of a man who knows he should just say nothing, but really wants to make his empty statement pack a punch. Who knew Morrison was so into postmodern theory?
When asked why he believes he was send down, Morrison said, "I have no idea."
When asked how he will change, Morrison said, "I'll be the same person."
When asked what was accomplished by him being in New Orleans for 10 days, Morrison said, "I don’t know."
When asked to describe his relationship with the organization, Morrison said, "I'm the baseball player and they provide the uniform."
|Image via BLS|
Ever attend or watch a Marlins game on TV and wonder what the discrepancy between the announced crowd and the actual crowd is?Click through for my ace Strip Club With Stanton reference (blogger unity and all).
One fan decided to do just that while attending the first leg of today's Marlins double-header against the Cincinnati Reds at Sun Life Stadium.
Twitter user @790Justin took a headcount at the first pitch of Wednesday's first game at 4:10 and tweeted the result: "Unofficial count of 347 at Sun Life for first pitch...myself included! Counted by hand. Still not the smallest crowd I've seen here."
From Joe Frisaro:
Logan Morrison, sporting a Hanley Ramirez t-shirt, stood at his locker on Wednesday afternoon talking about being glad to be back.Later on:
Morrison says he wore the Hanley Ramirez "H2R Boombah" t-shirt because it was in his locker.
|For those who find Affliction shirts to be too subtle, via boombah.com|
First: a rant. Having moved to Seattle this month, I had to contact Comcast to get my cable and internet set up. I ordered my service on August 5, and today (hopefully), I will finally have my cable and internet set up, following 2 SEPARATE incidents in which Comcast failed to notify my that something was wrong with my order. Only when I contacted support myself did I find out about these snags. If I hadn't taken the trouble to contact them, I would probably still be in the dark.
Hey Comcast, it makes NO SENSE whatsoever that you would fail to follow up with a guy WHO WANTS TO GIVE YOU MONEY EVERY MONTH for cable and internet.
On top of that, when you call Comcast's 800 number and navigate the phone tree so that you can speak to a live person, their phone system usually hangs up on you. I am not the only person who has noticed it. This proves my theory on corporate customer service: If you have to produce and air TV ads touting your commitment to customer service, then your support team probably blows.
The saddest part? Because I can't live without college football, and don't care to try my hand at navigating another media company with poor customer service (DirecTV), I am stuck with Comcast. America: the leader in world capitalism that also props up some of the least efficient government-supported monopolies in the history of mankind.
Rant over. At least I don't have to watch the Marlins tonight, amirite?!?!
8:00 (ESPN): Monday Night Football, Bears at Giants. Fake football, real concussions.
8:00 (ESPN): Little League World Series. If you really need to watch baseball tonight, this will have to do. If you don't feel icky about ESPN making money off the dreams of children and their helicopter parents, that is...
9:00 (Travel): Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Bourdain goes to the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Turkey. This has to be his most dangerous trip yet, no?
9:00 (Comedy Central): It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Four episodes, including the sublime "The Gang Hits the Road."
Book rec: I went to Portland this weekend, and it goes without saying I visited Powell's Books (or as nerds like me call it, church). Among my haul was a copy of Michael Lewis' seminal Liar's Poker, a wonderful look inside the world of Wall Street bond traders. As with all his other work, it is an engrossing read full of great stories and sharp insights.
Culture: I saw 30 Minutes or Less yesterday. It is a fantastic caper/buddy comedy, well acted and sharply written. Jesse Eisenberg is the only star of the movie that is not a comedian, but he is regardless a skilled comic actor who holds his own alongside Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, and Danny McBride. Definitely worth your time.
"It's getting embarrassing."
So says our skipper Jack McKeon. Trader Jack used the wrong tense though. It's gotten embarrassing.
Overview: Six losses and just one win, we've seen our fair share of these this season.
Positives: [looks over box scores from last seven games] [20 minutes elapses] Nope.
Negatives: The team is in the cellar and there isn't much hope on the horizon. JJ is out for the year and speculation is that Hanley won't come back either. The Fish have struggled to beat teams over .500 and a glance at the schedule induces:
Line of the Week: Mike Stanton had a nice week.
6-21, 2, 2B, 4 HR, 4 BB
Highlight of the Week: Stanton, with his longest #Monsterdong of the year
Looking Ahead: A day off then three home games against the Reds. This weekend they will
get swept travel to Philadelphia.
Tonight Ricky Nolasco drew even with Dontrelle Willis in the Marlins record books by striking out out his 757th batter. That's where the good news ends. In true Marlins fashion Ricky's achievement (and half that really, because he was only two short entering tonight) was overshadowed by another club record he earned.
Coolest. Ballpark. Ever.
Worst. Start. Ever.
Nolasco allowed a five-spot in the first. He nearly escaped with just a 2-0 deficit, but Mike Cameron misplayed a ball in centerfield (yet not poorly enough to be an error) which allowed a bases clearing double. After a scoreless second in which the Rockies were too busy playing Candyland in the dugout, they put up a six-bomb in the third, punctuated by a three run homer by Carlos Gonzalez. 11 runs, all earned.
A search of the Baseball Reference play index indicates that no Marlins starting pitcher has ever given up 11 ER, let alone in 3 IP or less. Ricky bravely went where no Marlins (even scrubs like Ryan Bowen, Jack Armstrong, Dennis Springer, Carl Pavano) have ever gone.
|Not pictured: Erections of Marlins fans|
In his second year and his first full big league season, Stanton doesn't feel he has enough time in the game to do anything to draw additional attention to himself.So there you go, Mike Stanton is the anti-Hanley. And his Twitter is super boring, so he's also the anti-LoMo while we're at it. Glad we've sorted that out.
So when he unloads on his big blasts, he simply drops the bat and runs. On those shots he isn't sure have a chance, he is hustling, just in case the ball doesn't clear the fence.
What would it take for Stanton to "pimp" a home run?
"If they threw at me, for no reason," he said. "Or to intimidate me or whatever, then I will. If I'm upset about something."
Another time he would show more excitement is if it is a walk-off homer.
"Other than that, there is no need to," he said.
|Angry Twitter Bird is nobody's scapegoat|
On Monday, catcher John Buck told the Miami Herald he and "several" other veterans on the team advised LoMo to spend a little less time coming up with witty remarks on the social media service and more time focusing on baseball.As you might expect, I don't think Twitter is to blame for LoMo's decline at the plate:
"He's an awesome dude, a great teammate and a great person," Buck said, but he had become known too much for his social media presence, and not enough for his baseball skills.
"Just don't let it be the main focus of who you are, because you're a pretty dang good baseball player. That, for him, I think that should be good enough. And the other good stuff coming out of him, being who he is, should be icing on the cake. It shouldn't be flip-flopped, which I think it has become."
But Buck and his teammates (he did not specify to the Herald which teammates had joined him in warning LoMo about the perils of Twitter) seem to be missing an important point when it comes to Twitter: that it is possible to use the service without it becoming a "distraction."
People expect professional athletes to take a monastic approach to their sport. Only complete devotion to improving themselves is enough to satisfy the fans. And athletes, coaches, and front offices for the most part share this belief. If one player struggles (as Morrison has since early June), all of a sudden the hour or so a day he spends on Twitter signifies an unacceptable work ethic.
But when LoMo was tearing the cover off the ball in April and May, no one seemed to think that Twitter was preventing him from becoming a better baseball player.
To put it another way, if instead of tweeting, Morrison spent most of his time learning to speak Spanish and reading the complete works of Hemingway, would his teammates say "don't let it be the main focus of who you are"?
The point is not that Twitter is as worthwhile a hobby as learning another language, but that neither are detrimental to one's skill at baseball. To cite either as a cause of Morrison's declining batting average is beyond ridiculous.
By now you've probably heard the Marlins have demoted Logan Morrison to Triple-A, ostensibly for both his struggles at the plate and his big mouth (and it didn't help that he missed a meet-and-greet with season ticket holders). I haven't fully digested the story yet, I was at a wedding last night (which is to say I was quite drunk - Russian weddings are ridiculously awesome). But needless to say, we'll have more on this later. Lots of stuff to unpack here.
But as for my initial reaction, I can't say that anything this team does surprises me anymore. And if you're going to be as outspoken as LoMo is, you damn sure better back it up with solid play. Playing the game the right way means little if the result is a. 240 batting average.
More to come later.
When asked by the Sun-Sentinel whether Ramirez could become a veteran anchor, Morrison replied, "I guess, but he's not there every game. It's 162 games. It's not a 100-game season."He preceded that sentence with "What we don't have is experience and a veteran who is in the lineup every day that can be an anchor for us. We don't have it."
Going into Monday’s game against the Braves, they were 5-20 in games in which Ramirez did not start as opposed to 50-39 when he did.
Overview: Feast and famine. The Marlins swept the Mets in an abbreviated series (bringing them back to .500 for the first time since my early 20s), then dropped four in a row against the Cardinals.
Positives: Alfredo Amezega is back, making him the Eddie House (i.e. high-five specialist) of the Marlins. Emilio Bonifacio won NL Player of the Month for July. I'm still wrapping my head around that.
Negatives: Now we know why Hanley usually doesn't hustle. The four-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals puts Florida out of playoff contention, 10 games behind Wild Card leader Atlanta with eight weeks to go.
Line of the Week: Leo Nunez had a line Monday night that would make Antonio Alfonseca blush (he got the win, of course):
Mike Stanton could be offered a Hanley-like extension sometime in the not-too-distant future:
The Marlins have been having preliminary internal talks about a possible long-term contract for the 21-year-old right fielder.Needless to say, the Marlins would be wise to lock up Stanton soon. He won't be arbitration-eligible until after the 2013 season, but if he gets an offer that moves his payday up a year or two and gives him peace of mind that he will be set for life, the Fish could get Stanton at a relative discount for the next few years (as they are with Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson and the Rays are getting with Evan Longoria).
The team hasn't come up with anything specific in terms of money and years, according to a person familiar with the situation, who said an offer probably wouldn't be made until next year.
Hanley Ramirez is totally never hustling again:
A few weeks ago, Hanley would have turned around and jogged after that pop-up, letting it drop in for an uncontested single. There was no way he was getting to it anyway, so he'd have just let Logan Morrison pick it up, shrugged and walked back to his position, ready to half-heartedly chase after the next ball that might seem just a bit out of his reach.gif via SB Nation
Mike Pelfrey, via BLS:
I think Major League Baseball might want to find a way to get him out of the game, because he's going to hurt somebody.Perhaps Jason Isringhausen (-0.4 WAR in 2011) should be the dude out of baseball, since he suffers from the delusion that one should pitch to Giancarlo Cruz Stanton...
Marlins lead 3-1, bottom of the ninth, 2 outs, one pitch away from a ho-hum victory over the Mets:
L Duda homered to center, A Pagan scored.
Leo Nunez's winter trade value plummets, much like the riders of the proverbial LeoCoaster toward a ravine.
Top of the 10th, score still tied:
M Stanton homered to left center, G Sanchez, H Ramirez and D Wise scored.
#MONSTERDONG sits at bottom of ravine, saves everyone from imminent death.