12 Times This Year Adeiny Hechavarría’s Defense Shocked The World

Three things are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and Adeiny Hechavarría making insane defensive plays on a nightly basis.


But really. Have you seen the show Hech has been putting on in the field this year?

Here are a few numbers that prove it:

  • 21.6 Defensive Runs Above Average (2nd among NL SS)
  • 15.8 Ultimate Zone Rating (2nd among NL SS)
  • .984 fielding percentage (4th among NL SS)
  • 93 double plays (T-2nd among NL SS)

With one #HechOfAPlay after another, it’s no wonder the shortstop is up for MLB’s Best Defensive Player Award. You can vote for him here.

Not convinced of his Gold Glove candidacy? Take a look at 12 times this season Adeiny proved he’s a force to be reckoned with:

Adeiny’s got ups: 


He even impresses himself:


That range, though:


On the run? No problem:


From the ground? No problem:


I mean, who needs a glove, anyway?:


He’s so fly:


He’s basically an acrobat:


What a thing of beauty:


That’ll make your pitcher happy!:


He does it all with ease:


Derek Jeter? Is that you?:


Plenty more where these came from! (But really — it was hard trying to narrow these down to just 12.)

Remember, Fish Family, you have until November 13th to vote Adeiny as MLB’s Best Defensive Player. There’s no one more deserving, so vote now and vote often!

10 Times This Year Ichiro Proved He’s A Legend

Every time Ichiro Suzuki steps to the plate, you can expect fan reaction similar to this:


That’s because right in front of our eyes each night is one of the greatest players the game’s ever seen. A future Hall of Famer. A legend.

This season alone, Ichiro’s reached incredible milestones and broken records seemingly every week. Don’t believe us? Scroll down to see his biggest accomplishments of the year:


10) On Opening Day, Ichiro became the first Japanese player in Marlins history. It was also his first career appearance at Marlins Park!

9) With 11 steals this season, Ichiro now has 498 in his Major League career, the most among active players.


8) On April 25th, he scored the 1,968th run of his career between Japan (658) and MLB (1,310), passing Sadaharu Oh for the most runs scored by a Japanese player.



7) On August 15th, he recorded career hit #4,192 and #4,193, unofficially passing Ty Cobb for the most all-time professional hits. As of today, he owns 4,212 career hits between Japan (1,278) and MLB (2,934)!



6) On August 18th, he became the oldest player in Marlins history to have 4+ hits in a game, going 4-for-5 at 41 years, 301 days old. 

5) On August 25th, he recorded his 10,000th plate appearance, joining Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Jimmy Rollins as only active players with 10,000+ plate appearances. He was the second-fastest player ever to reach this mark!


4) On August 31st, Ichiro reached 2,000 runs scored between MLB and Japan.



3) With 115 career triples between MLB and Japan, he is just 1 shy of tying Yutaka Fukumoto for the most by a Japanese player.

2) Ichiro ranks 35th on MLB’s all-time hits list with 2,934. He’s just 1 hit away from tying Barry Bonds and only 66 away from 3,000 for his big league career! #IchiRoadTo3000

The possibility of seeing Ichiro reach that plateau next year, if he returns to the Marlins, gives us the chills!




1) On September 5th, Ichiro recorded his 100th assist in right field over his Major League career.




Don’t take your eyes off him for one second or you may miss him reaching another ridiculous milestone!

In conclusion, Ichiro is a stud. (As if you needed any proof.)

Dee Gordon Shares Heartwarming Moment With 93-Year-Old Marlins Fan

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all from All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon…

A 93-year-old Fish fan was left startled when a foul ball came her way during last night’s game. Leave it to Dee, though — who had hit the ball — to remedy the occurrence by paying Janet Balian a visit.

As soon as the inning ended, Dee ran over to Janet, who was sitting with her grandson, daughter and son-in-law. After making sure she was okay, he presented her the gift of a signed bat and helped them claim the foul ball.


Watch the heartwarming scene unfold here:


We caught up with Janet, who recalled the moment Dee visited her:

It’s safe to say Dee has a new fan for life.

Remember, Dee is the Marlins’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, an honor for the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” This is yet another example of how Dee is an All-Star both on the field and in the stands. Fish Family, vote for him now here.

Top Most Fun Things Happening This Homestand

Is it just us, or has this been the quickest baseball season since… ever?

The final Marlins homestand of the year begins tonight! Fish Family, that means you only have six more chances to see the Fish up close and personal until they hibernate for the winter. In a division-rival battle, Miami will face the Phillies for three games, followed by three against the Braves.

We’re going out with a bang! Here’s proof, with the top most fun things happening this homestand:


Back to the Future Night – Friday, September 25th vs. Braves (7:10 PM)

The most highly-anticipated Special Event of the season is here! Great Scott! Fans who purchase the $25 Ticket Package will receive:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Billy McFly bobblehead
  • Meet-and-greet with Bob Gale (producer and co-writer of the trilogy) and Claudia Wells (actress who played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend)
  • In-game BTTF entertainment including a real DeLorean!
    • The DeLorean will be available for all fans to take photos with on the Skyline Terrace throughout the game
  • Post-game fireworks

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation.


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Hispanic Heritage Night – Saturday, September 26th vs. Braves (7:10 PM)

Grab your handheld instruments and head to Marlins Park to celebrate your Hispanic heritage! The Ticket Package is just $25 and features:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Marlins maracas
  • Marlins Panchanga band performing in the stands


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Domestic Violence Prevention Night – Thursday, September 24th vs. Phillies (7:10 PM)

Join Dee Gordon and the Marlins in supporting the prevention of domestic violence. The $25 Special Event package includes:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Dee Gordon “Flash of Hope” t-shirt

A portion of the proceeds will benefit local domestic violence prevention centers including Women in Distress of Broward County, The Flash of Hope Program and The Lodge of Miami-Dade.

To read how this cause has a special significance to Dee, click here.


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Art at the Park – Sunday, September 27th vs. Braves (7:10 PM)

Get in touch with your artistic side during Art at the Park! The $25 Ticket Package will get you:

  • Game ticket
  • Access to interactive and educational art activities and more provided by Young At Art Museum
  • Limited-edition Marlins 2016 magnetic schedule
  • Post-game Diamond Dash (kids 12 and under)

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Marlins Foundation and Young At Art Museum.


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Nicaraguan Heritage Day – Sunday, September 27th vs. Braves (1:10 PM)

Join the Marlins as we celebrate Nicaraguan Heritage Day! Fans who purchase the Ticket Package for as little as $25 will receive:

  • Game ticket
  • Meet-and-greet with Dennis Martínez, the first Nicaraguan to ever play in the big leagues
  • Marlins Panchanga band performing in the stands
  • Limited-edition Marlins 2016 magnetic schedule
  • Post-game Diamond Dash (kids 12 and under)

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Nicaraguan Foundation.


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Marlins 2016 Magnetic Schedule Giveaway – Sunday, September 27th vs. Braves (1:10 PM)

All fans who enter the ballpark on Closing Day will receive a free Marlins 2016 magnetic schedule! The best part? Tickets to this game start at just $17!


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Don’t forget: On Closing Day (Sunday), be sure to stay in your seats after the game as your Marlins players thank the Fish Family for their continued support!

There you have it, folks! Until next season…

SNL Comedian Pete Davidson Surprises His Baseball Player Lookalike Christian Yelich of Miami Marlins

UPDATE: Our friends at Fox Sports Florida had Pete mic’ed up! Check out this video behind-the-scenes!

We caught up with him here for an interview too:

Have you ever noticed how Marlins Gold Glove outfielder Christian Yelich bears a striking resemblance to comedian and Saturday Night Live featured player, Pete Davidson? Well you wouldn’t be the first! (Scroll to bottom of the post for fan commentary)

Today, in a surprise organized by the Miami Marlins, the comedian surprised Christian and his teammates at Citi Field by going full Yelich – uniform and all – and joining the squad during BP! Here are the exclusive behind-the-scenes pics…

PS: Our friends at Fox Sports Florida have got the funnyman mic’ed up, so we’ll update this post with the exclusive video soon.




























And watch FOX Sports Florida’s Preston Wilson catch up with the doppelgängers:

What do you think? Do you see the resemblance?

Okay, here’s the background…

March 2015: We’ll pat ourselves on the back on this one and remind you that On Cloud Conine first pointed out the resemblance between the NBC funnyman and the Marlins outfielder.

Christian Yelich of Miami Marlins and Pete Davidson

June 2015: Then in June, Christian mentioned it on an episode of Intentional Talk:

Later in June: It even led to a little Twitter exchange between the doppelgängers:

It seems like fans just can’t get enough of this comparison:

Where Are They Now? Craig Counsell

He tied the game in the bottom of the 9th, then scored the winning run in extra innings to clinch the 1997 World Series. Craig Counsell was clutch.

This week as the Miami Marlins hosted the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park, the Fish Family got a close look at a familiar face: Marlins alumn Craig Counsell, now first-year manager of the “Brew Crew”.

We caught up with the 1997 World Series champion for this On Cloud Conine exclusive:

Ah, the memories! What made the 1997 team so special to Craig?

“It was a talented, talented team. And I think the other part of it that has always stuck out to me is Jim Leyland. Jim Leyland stuck out.

They didn’t play together a long time, they were put together kind of quickly that season. I got there late, obviously, and I think it took a while for the team to figure out who they were. I don’t think it happened until some time in August that the team figured out who they were.”

What did it mean to score the World Series-winning run?

It was a thrill. That more than anything was something that you never forget. Just running across home plate and just celebrating and acting like a little kid.

Leyland always used to say, ‘This is the time when grown men get to act like little kids.’

And that’s what we got to do very shortly after.”

Here’s that magical final moment of 1997 one more time:

Thanks for taking us back to ’97, Craig!

MIAMI, : Florida Marlins player Craig Counsell jumps in the air after crossing the plate with the winning run as Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar (R) walks off the field at the end of game seven of the World Series 26 October at Pro Player Stadium. The Marlins won in 11 innings 3-2. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)


New Markers Celebrate Famous Home Runs In Marlins Park History

Newly installed markers recognize famous Marlins home runs in Marlins Park history. 

Marlins Park may only be four seasons old, but it’s already seen it’s fair share of monster and notable home runs. When Giancarlo Stanton plays here 81 times a year, that’s to be expected, right?

Recently,  four special markers were added throughout the ballpark to recognize famous dingers in Miami Marlins history. Here they are in chronological order:


Omar Infante – April 15th, 2012 

In the fourth regular season game ever played at Marlins Park, infielder Omar Infante blast a 393-foot dinger into The Clevelander in left field, lighting up the Red Grooms-designed Home Run Sculpture for the very first time.

The marker honoring the first home run at Marlins Park by a Marlins player can be found beyond left field in front of The Clevelander pool:



Giancarlo Stanton – May 21st, 2012

The Stanton Smash that put Giancarlo on the map. Trailing the Rockies 4-2 with the bases loaded, Big G launched a line-drive down the left field for a grand slam, breaking a scoreboard and sending the Fish Family into a frenzy.

The longest home run of 2012, Big G’s 462-foot blast can be found down the line at the base of the left field scoreboard:



Logan Morrison – September 6th, 2013

The lone home run hit by a left-handed batter. LoMo blasted a moonshot where few baseballs have reached: the second deck of the Home Run Porch.

The longest home run of 2013, the marker can be found in Row 6, Section 136 of the Home Run Porch:



Giancarlo Stanton (AGAIN) – April 4th, 2014

Over the Bud Balcony! This one’s for you! Estimated as the longest home run ever hit at Marlins Park, Giancarlo’s titanic blast literally almost left the building.

The final marker and the longest home run of the 2014 season, can be found beyond the Budweiser Bowtie Bar in center field:



What’s the longest home run you’ve ever seen at Marlins Park?

With Giancarlo Stanton scheduled to come off the DL soon, more monster home runs (and hopefully more markers) could be in the future.

Top Most Fun Things Happening This Homestand

This is the face of a man who just realized there are only TWO Marlins homestands left this season:


(We feel the same, Marcell.)

Fresh off a series sweep in Atlanta and now in 3rd place among the NL East, it’s safe to say the Marlins are en fuego! Lucky for you, Fish Family, you can catch the team at home when they return on Friday, hoping to #BeatNY.

What else makes Friday special!? Oh, just the return one of the most popular promotions of the year. Here’s a throwback to last year’s as a clue:


Billy, watch out with that thing!

Take a look at the top most fun things happening this homestand! In no particular order…


Star Wars Night – Friday, September 4th vs. Mets (7:10 PM)

The force is gonna be strong for this one! Star Wars Night returns to Marlins Park for the 6th time this Friday, and Ticket Packages for the event start at just $25. All fans who purchase one will receive:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition Marlins R2-DEE2 t-shirt
  • Post-game fireworks

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Stand Up To Cancer.


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Jewish Heritage Day – Sunday, September 6th vs. Mets (1:10 PM)

Celebrate the Jewish culture at the ballpark! For as low as $25, the Special Event Ticket Packages include:

  • Lower Level game ticket
  • Exclusive Marlins yarmulke
  • Marcell Ozuna bobblehead
  • A selection of kosher food options at the Section 1 Kosher Korner

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Jewish education in South Florida.


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Marcell Ozuna Bobblehead Giveaway – Sunday, September 6th vs. Mets (1:10 PM)

Sunday is your chance to add this Big Bear bobblehead to your collection! The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive one of these bad boys.


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Patriotic Night (9/11 Remembrance ) – Friday, September 11th vs. Nationals (7:10 PM)

On the anniversary of 9/11, join us in honoring our first responders at Marlins Park. The $25 Special Event Ticket Package features:

  • Game ticket
  • Limited-edition stars and stripes baseball cap
  • Special on-field pre-game ceremony
  • Post-game fireworks



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Beerfest – Saturday, September 12th vs. Nationals (7:10 PM)

It’s the final Beerfest of the year! $30 gets you an afternoon full of beer

  • Clevelander ticket
  • Souvenir 4oz Beerfest sampling mug
  • Samples of international, domestic, and local craft beer


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José Fernández Figurine Giveaway – Sunday, September 13th vs. Nationals (7:10 PM)

Head to the ballpark early on Sunday! The first 10,000 fans will go home with this José figurine.


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With so much going on 

If Marlins Players Were Star Wars Characters

Tonight, “A New Hope” arrives at Marlins Park: the 6th annual Star Wars Night!


All Jedi Knights that purchase a ticket at marlins.com/specialevents will be receiving a limited-edition “R2-Dee2” t-shirt, a game ticket, a postgame Fireworks display and more! A portion of proceeds will also benefit Stand Up 2 Cancer.

With Wookies, Jedi Knights, Ewoks and Stormtroopers descending on Marlins Park like it’s a Mos Eisley cantina, Star Wars Night is the galactic event of the season.

In honor of tomorrow’s interstellar special event, here’s our list if Marlins players were part of the Star Wars Universe.

Justin Bour – Boba Fett


Tough and enigmatic, Justin has come on strong in the second 1/3 of the season. They’ve both also been known to rock a pretty cool visor and jetpack, on occasion.

Christian Yelich – Luke Skywalker


The one that can bring balance to the Force, or at least be a force in the lineup. A Gold Glover at just 22 years old, the Force is definitely strong in this one.

José Fernández – Han Solo 


Young, brash and heroic. Armed with 99 mph blasters, both are quick to fire away and answer questions later. As one of the best pitchers/star pilots in the galaxy the future is bright for young Fernández. Great shot, Kid-K! Now don’t get cocky…

Dee Gordon – R2-D2


The life of the party! R2-“Dee”2 is known for wheeling around the galaxy (and the base paths). Always up for an adventure, R2-“Dee”2 is a favorite among fans.

Adeiny Hechavarria – C-3PO


Fluent in over six million forms of communication and capable of making a million more jaw-dropping defensive plays, C-#3PO is always in the mix on every play.

Giancarlo Stanton – Chewbacca


The big fella! Lovable, loyal and the strongest member of the Star Wars universe, Big G is a force to be reckoned with. Just remember Wookies are known for their temper, so always let a Wookie win…

Jeff Mathis – Obi-Wan Kenobi


Wise and mysterious, Jeff Mathis is a guiding force in the clubhouse and among the many young Jedi Knights on the mound for the Fish.

Ichiro Suzuki – Yoda


A legend throughout the universe, Master Ichiro is revered for his wisdom and skills with a baseball bat. When he hangs up his lightsaber for good, Ichiro will certainly be enshrined as one of the greatest ever at the Jedi Temple in Cooperstown.

Who in the Star Wars/Marlins universe did we miss?

Star Wars Night returns tonight at Marlins Park! May the Force be with you.


Mike Lowell Tells Us The Secrets of His Infamous Hidden Ball Trick

You don’t become a Franchise Four member without a few tricks up your sleeve…

During a recent visit to the Fox Sports Florida TV booth, former Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell sat down with Rich and Tommy to discuss the execution of the legendary hidden ball trick:

The date was August 10th, 2005 and the Florida Marlins were hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dolphins Stadium. In the 8th inning of a tight one-run ballgame, Tony Clark of the D-backs stroked a pinch-hit single to left field, moving the tying run, Luis Terrero, from second to third base. As the left fielder lobbed the ball in, Lowell decided to go for it:

“The guy on second, Luis Terrero, was a good prospect but kind of a little showy. Right there, I remember Todd Jones is behind home plate. So I just kind of walked over there and I noticed that the third base coach and the runner were just looking down. So I said, ‘Well, I’m going to wait until Jonesy gets to the mound.’ I was just hoping that he (Jones) knew the rules. Because I was like man, I don’t want him to step on the mound and then I look like the idiot trying to do something. And I didn’t say anything to Terrero. It’s not like I said, ‘Hey what kind of shoes are those?’ I was just quiet. I didn’t say a word.”

Here’s the full play:

In an effort to lure Terrero off third base, Marlins closer Todd Jones had delayed stepping on the mound by stretching his legs and touching his toes.

Looking back, Lowell quipped:

“I don’t think Todd Jones had stretched all year.”

In the dugout, after recording the third out of the inning, Lowell asked Jones what else he would have done to delay the game and to get Terrero off third base. Jones replied:

“I think I was going to start doing cartwheels or something.”

An unplanned, classic moment in Marlins history.

Lowell HBT



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