Yesterday, the Miami Marlins Social Media team had a little extra fun announcing the team’s newest free agent signing.
Around 3:00 P.M. the following Vine was tweeted:
(Warning: be sure to unmute the Vine before playing)
Breaking News: https://t.co/6N06fMyKHs
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 17, 2014
What was that? Did you miss something? Maybe this will clarify things…
Sorry, that was confusing. Translation: — .- .-. .-.. .. -. … / … .. –. -. / — — .-. … . — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 17, 2014
Still scratching your head? Finally, all was revealed:
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 17, 2014
In honor of his Twitter handle @MCode38, the Marlins announced the signing by tweeting the morse code message “Marlins sign Morse.”
Naturally, Marlins mascot, prankster and one-fish welcome wagon, Billy The Marlin took welcoming Michael to Miami one step further:
— Billy The Marlin (@BillytheMarlin) December 17, 2014
No word yet on if Billy’s morse code message has reached Michael.
3 – August 23rd – #Hech4GG, Really – Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria keeps adding to his long list outstanding #HechOfAPlay moments (read more here). This Gold Glove-worthy candidate has wow-ed the crowds not only at Marlins Park but also on the road. The best example of his star-studded defensive plays took place when the Fish were out in Colorado. Although the Fish did not win the game that night, this particular #HechOfAPlay in the 12th inning while Justin Morneau was at bat had every Marlins fan watching at home on their feet, including Rich & Tommy.
Relive the 12th top moment here, the 11th top moment here, the 10th top moment here, the 9th top moment here, the 8th top moment here, the 7th top moment here, the 6th top moment here, the 5th top moment here and the 4th top moment here.
4 – August 11th – The Human Highlight Reel - Is this guy even human? This was a spectacular, standing-ovation-from-the-fans type of night for MVP runner-up, Giancarlo Stanton, offensively and defensively against the St. Louis Cardinals. The highlight reel speaks for itself, so sit back and enjoy two home runs, a dazzling catch in right field and the only reaction you can have when your team is playing against someone like Giancarlo.
This reaction sums it all up… what a night!
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In need of a good laugh to get you through the work day? Billy The Marlin is here to save the day!
Billy has quite a sense of humor for being a fish. And he’s getting pretty tech-savvy as well, using Twitter any chance he can get!
18 – He knows he’s got it going on.
17 – He’s a smooth one with the ladies…
16 – He wouldn’t hurt a fly, but he can talk a little trash…
15 – He’s an aspiring Broadcaster.
14 – He loves selfies.
13 – His game analysis is top-notch.
12 – That Reds game was interesting.
11 – Slime happens.
10 – The cold…
9 – He can get out the vote.
8 – Marlins Foundation Fish ‘N Chips casino nights are where he looks the flyest.
7 – He rolls deep.
6 – He likes winning.
5 – He’s a savvy shopper.
4 – He trains with the boys.
3 – He supports the troops.
2 – Sometimes he misunderstands.
1 – He hates goodbyes…
Obviously the Marlins Park Team Store is the year-round go-to for Marlins gear, especially this holiday season. But what about the stuff that’s no longer on the shelves?
If you’re feeling nostalgic, eBay can be an absolute gold mine for old school Marlins jewels. Take a look at some unbelievable items you can find on eBay– #FishForLife!
5 – Classic photos of Jeff Conine like this…
… and this!
4 – Those old Chevron Fotoballs! Who remembers this old promotion from 1993 and 1994? For two straight years, Chevon gave away these bad boys with the headshots of some of the greatest original Fish!
3 – Before there were bobbleheads, there were pins! Although no one collected more of these bad boys than the Marlins Pin Man (who is memorialized at Marlins Park in Section 15), in the 90s, collecting all the pin giveaways was all the rage!
2 – Programs! Get your programs! Nothing brings back the memories like an old-time program from the early days!
1 – Some Old Time Marlins Giveaways! There have been some awesome Marlins giveaways over the years! The good news is that even if you are missing some from your collection, you can always hunt them down online!
Who can forget Marlins Oven Mitt?
Or Marlins Cow Bell?
Or Marlins “Puzzle Cube” Night?
Or Billy The Marlin Plush Doll?
Then there was Gary Sheffield Glove night…
… and the original desktop calendar!
If it’s new gear you want, the Marlins Park Team Store is the place to go all year-round! Stop by the store on the West Plaza and be sure to say hi to Robyn while you’re there! You can also give them a call at (305) 480-1651 to place an order on the phone. But if it’s the old time nostalgic stuff that you want to finish your collection with… the #MarlinFamily has some gems to be had online!
5 – June 3rd – Henderson Does It Again - A little over two months into the season, Henderson Alvarez threw his third shutout in 2014 on 88 pitches in a 1-0 win over the Rays at Marlins Park. Let us repeat that again — THIRD — shutout in a span of two months. It was his third consecutive complete game shutout against Interleague teams (remember that no-hitter vs. Detroit in 2013?). It’s safe to say that this was one way that Henderson secured a spot on the 2014 All-Star Game roster.
The legend of #MarlinsMan just keeps growing.
First this #FishForLife showed up at random sporting events including the World Series. Then he gave up his World Series seat for a member of military. Then dressing up as #MarlinsMan for Halloween became a thing. Then the Internet memes attempted to break the internets…
Well now this “Pay It Forward” advocate is continuing to show that he can use all this attention for a great cause.
There’s only about another day left to bid!
Thank you, #MarlinsMan, for showing that the #MarlinFamily is not only passionate, but is also good-hearted and giving!
6 – April 29th – May 7th Homestand – Your #FightinFish won nine out of 10 games when they faced the Braves, Dodgers and Mets from April 29th through May 7th. Not only did they win 90 percent of their games, but fans at Marlins Park witnessed three walk-offs in a span of four days!
May 4th: Jeff Baker walk-off hit vs. the Dodgers (5-4 final score)
May 5th: Casey McGehee walk-off hit vs. the Mets (4-3 final score)
May 7th: Marcell walk-off sac-fly vs. the Mets (1-0 final score)
7 – August 2nd – Yelich Walk-Off - The night before his bobblehead giveaway, 22-year-old left fielder and future 2014 Gold Glove Award winner Christian Yelich saved the day with an RBI single to mark the Marlins’ ninth walk-off win of the season to date and beat the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1. Yelich’s walk-off single not only brought the fans at Marlins Park to their feet, but also led to a quick sellout of all 12,000 Christian Yelich Bobbleheads the next day on Family Sunday.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 1, 2014
As the youngest, and perhaps brightest rotation in the Majors, 2014 was a season of growth, development and resiliency for Marlins starting pitching.
From the ascension of Henderson Alvarez, to the devastating injury of Jose Fernandez, to the mid-season acquisition of Jarred Cosart, 2014 had many up and down moments for a staff quietly growing together.
Here are 6 of our favorite performances:
HENDERSON ALVAREZ | April 19th vs. SEA
In his fourth start of the season, “The Entertainer” dazzled, tossing a two-hit shutout over the visiting Seattle Mariners.
Pitching with increased velocity, Alvarez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a Dustin Ackley single. Ackley’s single and a Mike Zunino 9th inning-double would be the lone blemishes on a stellar outing.
Overall, Alvarez would face just 28 batters — just one over the minimum.
What a night for Henderson Alvarez. Complete-game 2-hit SHO. No BB. Faced 1 over minimum. 17 groundball outs, 4 K’s, 6 outs in air. #Marlins
— Glenn Geffner (@GlennGeffner) April 20, 2014
Even more impressive? Alvarez required just 90 pitches to shutout the Mariners.
His 90-pitch shutout would finish well below the 100 pitch maximum to qualify for the ever-popular baseball stat the maddux. Named after Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, the maddux signifies pitching dominance with incredible efficiency.
Little did we know, we wouldn’t have to wait very long for Henderson to throw his next maddux.
JOSE FERNANDEZ | April 22nd vs. ATL
In his first start against the Braves since this happened, Fernandez matched a career-high 14 strikeouts while tossing eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball.
More importantly, he outdueled fellow National League East phenom Alex Wood in a 1-0 win for the Fish.
Armed with a fastball touching 100 mph and a devastating breaking ball, Fernandez was nearly untouchable.
Simply one of the best pitching performances of the season by a young man we can’t wait to see again in 2015.
TOM KOEHLER | May 7th vs. NYM
In 2014, no Marlins pitcher was more consistent than Tom “The Big Salad” Koehler. Every five days, the veteran righty took the mound and delivered outings that put the Fish in position to win.
Up against the Mets in May, Koehler was at his best, scattering two hits across eight shutout innings.
The Fish would go on to walk-off against the Metropolitans and complete a series sweep.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) May 8, 2014
HENDERSON ALVAREZ | June 3rd vs. TB
Facing interstate rivals the Tampa Bay Rays, Henderson dominated once again. Throwing a mere 88-pitches, Henderson finished off his major league leading third complete game shutout:
Dating back to his no-hitter on Closing Day 2013, Henderson had thrown four shutouts in his last 13 starts:
One thing is for sure. When The Entertainer takes the mound, it is always interesting:
NATHAN EOVALDI | August 8th vs. CIN
In what was an up and down season, Nathan Eovaldi had Cincinnati seeing red on August 8th.
Armed with a fastball consistently touching the upper 90’s, Eovaldi baffled the Reds over eight shutout innings.
JARRED COSART | August 25th vs. LAA
Acquired from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline, Cosart provided a huge boost to the Marlins’ rotation down the stretch.
In his fourth start as a Miami Marlin, he was at his best. Pounding the strike zone versus a familiar AL West opponent, Cosart dominated for seven and two-third innings.
His performance brought the Marlins back to the .500 mark (65-65) and helped keep the Fish in the postseason hunt entering September.
— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2014
So #MarlinFamily, who did we miss? What pitcher do you think will have the biggest impact on the Marlins 2015 season?