Offishial news, 10/27/23: Friday start times; Johnny Almaraz; Jack McKeon

Today’s Marlins news roundup also gets you prepped for the 2023 World Series.

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  • The Marlins website is now updated with the scheduled start times of every 2024 home game. This fully confirms that first pitch for Friday games has been pushed back to 7:10 p.m.—in recent years, typical Monday-Friday night games had 6:40 p.m. starts. Seems like a logical change to me. The later start time gives fans a better chance of seeing the entire game once they’re done navigating traffic around the ballpark, and with the implementation of the pitch clock, the final out will still be recorded before 10:00 p.m. on most nights.
  • Elsewhere around baseball, the Red Sox officially hired Craig Breslow to be their chief baseball officer. Hopefully, that will accelerate the Marlins’ job search. Jack McKeon retired from his Washington Nationals special adviser position. He won a 2019 World Series ring with them. McKeon had been in professional baseball since 1949!
  • The latest Fish On First LIVE included our World Series predictions. I’ll tell you mine here: Rangers in six games with Marcus Semien earning MVP honors. With chiropractic care and functional health, La Pop takes a preventative approach that optimizes wellness and quality of life for all ages. Find out more here!
  • Pictured atop this article, old friends Nathan Eovaldi and Zac Gallen will toe the rubber for tonight’s Game 1 of the Fall Classic. The Diamondbacks made it thus far in spite of Gallen, who allowed nine runs (all earned) in 11 total innings over the course of his two NLCS losses.
  • Our 2023 Marlins Season Review series keeps expanding. The latest installments cover Andrew Nardi, Garrett Hampson and Trevor Rogers. Check back daily for more articles from the FOF staff.
  • I found lots of similarities between the D-backs and the World Series-winning Marlins of 20 years ago.
  • Joe Frisaro reports that Johnny Almaraz quietly joined the Marlins’ scouting department and has made a great impression on his colleagues, so much so that some of them want him to be considered in the franchise’s front office executive search. Almaraz’s career has included gigs with the Reds, Braves and Phillies. At the very least, he figures to be a candidate for Miami’s vacant director of amateur scouting position, having run the MLB Draft in Philadelphia as recently as 2019.
  • Darragh McDonald of MLB Trade Rumors writes an offseason outlook for the Marlins (“Whoever is eventually hired to make the baseball decisions in Miami will have quite a to-do list”).
  • Regardless of lottery results, the Marlins are set to hold the 19th overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft. It will be the lowest first-round draft position for the Fish since 2010, though that worked out pretty well: they took Christian Yelich with the 23rd pick that year.
  • Fish Army asks what would it take for you to stop being a Marlins fan. The most common response is “relocation,” but there’s an interesting range, including fans who are close to decommitting and others who insist they’re locked in for life no matter what the team does.

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2 responses to “Offishial news, 10/27/23: Friday start times; Johnny Almaraz; Jack McKeon”

  1. Almaraz is the best man to be the GM. Well spoken in both languages and knowledge beyond reproach in all baseball areas

  2. I should’ve also mentioned: Jon Berti finished runner-up to Mookie Betts for the Fielding Bible Award for multi-position players.

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