Why Fernando Rodney wears his cap crooked

RV5_1151Recently acquired pitcher, Fernando Rodney has been a welcomed addition to a loaded Marlins bullpen that already features A.J. Ramos, David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough. In only two short weeks, the new Marlins setup man is already turning heads, as well as caps, with his high velocity fastball and Cotton-eyed Joe dance moves:

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Recently, many Fish took to Twitter to ask why Rodney, a 14-year veteran, dons his baseball cap crooked to the left. Marlins radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner has got the scoop:

As a child in the Dominican Republic, Fernando’s father, Ulise, guided him towards baseball even though he was more interested in pursuing boxing. Ulise lost his battle with cancer just one week before Fernando made his Major League debut for the Tigers in 2002. Fernando honors his father’s memory every day, not only by wearing his cap to the side, but also by his unique bow and arrow celebration, where he says he’s pointing to his dad.

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Fernando was named to his third All-Star Game this year. Watch him as he represents the National League tonight at 8 PM on FOX.

What’s the one thing the Marlins four All-Stars have in common?

José Fernández, Marcell Ozuna, A.J. Ramos and Fernando Rodney were named to the National League All-Star team yesterday, tying the Marlins franchise record for most players named to the All-Star roster. It’s also the first time in franchise history that three pitchers have made the team.

Now, there’s no doubt that all four Marlins All-Stars are great at baseball and deserving of the trip to San Diego. However, did you know that all four also have moves like Jagger, too?

José Fernández has recorded the most strikeouts before the All-Star break in franchise history and he can get jiggy with it:

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A.J. Ramos ranks third in the Majors in saves and earned his first trip to the MLB All-Star Game and likely could make the Just Dance All-Star team as well:

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Fernando Rodney leads all Major League relievers with a .143 average against. Fernando’s been with the Fish for a week and he’s already Cotton-Eye-Joeing:

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Marcell Ozuna is in the top five among NL outfielders in batting average, home runs, hits, runs, triples and slugging percentage. When he busts a move it usually involves a very elaborate handshake:

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Be sure to tune in to the MLB All-Star Game next Tuesday at 8 PM on FOX as four Fish take their talents to the Pacific coast. With any luck, we’ll see a few of them bust a move as well.

 

 

The Marlins infield did something no one’s done in at least 100 years

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It’s no secret that Marlins first base/infield coach Perry Hill is the best in the business. In his four consecutive seasons with the Fish, and ninth overall, Hill has turned promising infielder after promising infielder into Gold Glovers, including Luis Castillo, Derrek Lee and, most recently, Dee Gordon.

Good defense is nothing new for the recent Marlins, either. In 2015, the Fish set single-season fielding records in fewest errors committed (77) and fielding percentage (.987). This year, the Fish have taken defense to a new level:

According to STATS LLC, the Marlins infield’s streak of 26 games without an error by an infielder is the longest by any team since at least 1913 (when official records began).

The last time a Marlins infielder had a miscue? Almost a full months ago on May 29th in a 7-3 win over Atlanta.

The best infield defense in over 103 years? In the famous words of Perry Hill, “Stop It!”

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Is Tom Koehler the true King of the North?

You know nothing… Tom Koehler?!

Twitter was a buzz last night following the Marlins big series win over the Cubs, and of course the Season 6 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the Fish coming off a 7-3 homestand and moving a season-best six games over .500, Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler summoned his inner-direwolf by sharing his best Jon Snow impersonation on Instagram.

Huge season finale tonight. @bour41 @bighill525 @christianyelich #gameofthrones #iknownothing

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The North may remember, but T.K.’s teammates were not impressed:

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While he may not be the real King of the North, as of late, T.K. has been a warrior on the mound. In his last 10 starts, Tom has posted a 2.92 ERA, picking up wins in three of his last four starts.

A not-so-secret way to get a Marlins autograph this weekend

Pro tip. The Fish are offering a way to get a player autograph this weekend.

Any fan that donates a new or gently-used piece of baseball or softball equipment will automatically receive an autographed card from a select Marlins player. It’s all part of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive. The equipment will be donated to children throughout South Florida who can’t afford their own equipment.

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Bring your items for donation to either the 1st or 3rd Base Entrance on Saturday from 2-4 PM or on Sunday from 11:30 AM-1 PM.

Oh, and we hear a local sporting good store is going out-of-business and has some deals. Just sayin’.

Boom.

Ichiro approaches 3,000 hits in front of doppelgänger

The road to #Ichiro3000 became a lot closer following last night’s 13-4 win in San Diego.

Batting out of the leadoff spot, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki kept on rolling, notching three hits, including two in a decisive seven run 3rd inning. For the season, Ichiro is now batting a robust .350, thanks in part to a blistering 11-for-21 streak during the Marlins’ current road trip. Yesterday’s performance also moved Ichiro just 23 hits from 3,000 career MLB hits, and just one hit from tying Pete Rose’s 4,256 professional hits across both his Japanese and Major League career.

At 42 years old, what’s Ichiro’s secret? Look no further than the doppelgänger of all doppelgängers:

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Will the real Ichiro please stand up? Throughout last night’s win, the doppelgänger masterfully impersonated Ichiro while the legend recorded hit after hit after hit:

 

Jess Blaylock caught up with the doppelgänger who’s been impersonating Ichiro since he was 11 years old:

 

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. When your as legendary as Ichiro, it’s hard to fault this doppelgänger.

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Brax Garrett joins a list of Marlins best draft picks

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The Marlins drafted Brax Garrett, a high school pitcher from Florence, AL, with the seventh overall pick of last night’s draft. Brax has “probably the best curveball in the draft and a plus changeup to go with that,” according to President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill:

 

 

In the spirit of Draft Weekend, we thought we’d look back at some of the best picks in Marlins history:

1992 | Charles Johnson | First Round | 28th Overall Pick

In 1992 with their first draft pick ever, the Marlins selected a catcher from just down the road at the University of Miami. It was Charles Johnson, better known as the Original Marlin:

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1999 | Josh Beckett | First Round | Second Overall Pick

With the second overall pick in 1999, the Fish went with a high school righty from Texas who was throwing 95 mph with pinpoint accuracy, averaging 14 strikeouts per game with a 0.39 ERA who also hit .545 at Spring High School:

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2002 | Josh Johnson | Fourth Round | 113th Overall Pick

The Fish have found gems outside of the first round, as well. In 2002, the Marlins drafted Oklahoma high school pitcher Josh Johnson in the fourth round. The right-hander went on to be a two-time All-Star during his time with the Marlins and led the National League in 2010 with a 2.30 ERA:

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2007 | Giancarlo Stanton | Second Round | 76th Overall Pick

The Fish Family is very familiar with the 2007 second round pick: Giancarlo Stanton. Giancarlo was a three-sport standout at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA who was voted by his classmates “Most Likely to Succeed.” We’d say his classmates were right:

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2010 | Christian Yelich | First Round | 23rd Overall Pick

In 2010, the Marlins once again went to Southern Cali for a day one pick when they took current standout left fielder Christian Yelich. Yeli was actually a first baseman in high school who shot up the draft boards with a stellar senior season at Westlake High School. Here was his draft profile:

 

2011 | José Fernández | First Round | 14th Overall Pick

In 2011, the Fish drafted a high school righty who was profiled as having an “above average” fastball-slider combo and #JoséDay was born:

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Rounds 3-10 of the draft are on Friday followed by rounds 11-40 on Saturday. Here are  a few of the few sleeper picks the Fish have had in the later rounds:

2009 | A.J. Ramos | 21st Round | 638th Overall Pick

A.J. Ramos, currently chasing the Marlins’ consecutive saves record, was a 21st round pick out of Texas Tech in 2009:

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2008 | Tom Koehler | 18st Round | 538th Overall Pick

A year earlier, the Marlins’ most durable starter, Tom Koehler was taken in the 18th round from Stony Brook:

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Who will be next on this list? We shall soon see. Follow the rest of the MLB Draft on Friday and Saturday on MLB.com.

What we thought the future would look like in 1999

You may remember last year the Marlins celebrated the Back To The Future prediction. Though the movie was made in the 1980s, the depicted Miami baseball team playing in the futuristic year of 2015 had made the World Series in the film after all.

What less people may remember is that in real life, way back in 1999, 20 teams across Major League Baseball, including the Fish, took part in “Turn Ahead The Clock” Day. Players across baseball dressed in what people thought uniforms would look like in the year 2020.

Now only four years away from that prediction, how close do you think they came?

Lookin’ good Luis Castillo and Mike Lowell!

Speaking of Louie, Castillo is next up in our All-Star Saturdays bobblehead series. Be one of the first 5,000 fans next Saturday, June 18, to get yours. Tickets here.

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Bonus photo! Take a look at our hitting coach, Barry Bonds, in his futuristic Giants uniform:

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Kevin Brown Returns to South Florida

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1997 World Series Champion. National League ERA leader. No-hit stuff.

Kevin Brown, one of the most dominant pitchers in Marlins history, returned to South Florida for his bobblehead night on May 21st. We caught up with him just before he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Take a look:

Legendary! Is there anything better than reminiscing about that magical 1997 season?

Reminder, at every Saturday home game this season the Marlins will be giving away a bobblehead of a legendary Marlins All-Star player or manager. It’s called All-Star Saturdays.

Next up? Mike Lowell Bobblehead Day this Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Tickets here.

On his no-hitter anniversary, here is a first look at the Al Leiter bobblehead Marlins giveaway

20 years ago today, Al Leiter tossed the first no-hitter of his career. The game, an 11-0 drubbing of the Marlins’ fellow 1993 expansion baseball club, the Colorado Rockies, was also the first no-hitter in Marlins history:

Today, in honor of the anniversary, we’re giving the Fish Fam an On Cloud Conine exclusive: a first look at the Al Leiter Bobblehead giveaway.

Drumroll please…

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Boom! That teal though!

The Fish are doing 13 bobblehead giveaways this season. Every Saturday home game is an “All-Star Saturday” featuring a bobblehead of a former Marlins All-Star. Here’s the full schedule.

Until then, we can all catch Al frequent the Fox Sports Florida broadcast booth.

Check out this interview of Al reminiscing that magical ’96 South Florida night:

When the toughest part of a no-hitter is figuring out how to celebrate, you know you had a good night.

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