Offishial news, 9/14/23: Kim Ng’s future still unclear; Braves clinch NL East

Today’s Marlins news roundup also updates the status of injured workhorse Sandy Alcantara.

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  • Wednesday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: No extra-base hits for Jacksonville in their 2-1 loss. RHP Ike Buxton (Pensacola) tossed four scoreless innings in his Double-A debut and finished the minor league regular season with a 2.45 earned run average in 77 innings pitched across three levels. C Will Banfield hit his 23rd home run.
  • Braxton Garrett racked up seven strikeouts, his most in a start since June 22, and the Marlins defense turned three double plays. Tanner Scott hasn’t allowed any earned runs in his last 16 appearances.
  • Sandy Alcantara began a throwing progression and feels pain-free, but the Marlins are going to be very careful with their workhorse after an MRI revealed a sprain to his UCL.
  • Principal owner Bruce Sherman still won’t say whether he’s retaining Kim Ng as general manager beyond this season, per Craig Mish and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. They also report that Jorge Soler (right oblique strain) is “hopeful he can return in the final week of the season.”
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Giants and Reds won, while the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Phillies lost. The Marlins are a half-game back of the third Wild Card spot.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Nationals announced a multi-year extension for Mike Rizzo to continue leading their baseball operations department. Max Scherzer (right teres major muscle strain) will miss the rest of the regular season and likely the entire postseason as well, assuming the Rangers even make it there without him. Scherzer’s 3.77 ERA was his worst for a single season since 2011 and his 4.33 FIP was worse than ever. The Braves clinched their sixth consecutive NL East title. Five Astros pitchers took a combined no-hit bid into the ninth inning before the Athletics spoiled it.
  • The Marlins have a 45.9% chance to win their series finale against the Brewers, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET) and Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET) are at home. Single-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) is the nominal road team for Game 2 of their best-of-three Florida State League playoff series.
  • According to Pensacola Blue Wahoos writer Bill Vilona, the plan for Sixto Sánchez is to “pitch again in the near future and be able to go an extra inning or two.” Sánchez looked extremely rusty over the course of 18 pitches on Tuesday in his 2023 MiLB debut.
  • Best of luck to Melissa Hampton, who has left the Marlins organization after seven seasons. She had spent the last two years as the athletic trainer for Double-A Pensacola.

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5 responses to “Offishial news, 9/14/23: Kim Ng’s future still unclear; Braves clinch NL East”

  1. After years of trying to understand Miami Marlins management decisions, I guess I give up. Kim’s efforts have finally come to fruition with a contending team that’s half a game out of a Wild Card spot and still int it with two weeks to go. As a long time Fish fan, I can confidently say this is their best season in years. There must be more going on behind the scenes that we’re not aware of.

  2. Any additions made under Derek Jeter are questionable! He was the worst President in baseball history! I really want to root for Kim Ng, but her addition to the GM role is tainted by years of terrible decision making. I question whether these recent successful acquisitions were mostly decided by the assistant GM’s hired, and not so much Kim Ng making the decision.

  3. I hope Jazz is ok. Shocked, shocked, that he had to leave the game last night. After all, he has already played in almost 57% of the team’s games this year! Sorry, I could not resist being a little snarky this morning!

  4. Kim Ng being a woman and an Asian in a profession dominated by White men has performed admirably. While I have not agreed with all of the decisions that she has made it seems to me that she is getting better at her job. Her moves at the trading deadline has improved the club. I also think selecting Skip for manager was the right choice. It is difficult for a GM of the Marlins with our limited payroll to field a competitive team. Whether we get into the playoffs or not the Marlins are competitive in mid September and will continue to improve. I hope Sherman rewards Ng with a contract extension because it is well deserved.

    1. Yes, beyond just the results, I have been impressed with Kim’s overall acquisition process over the last calendar year, including the managerial search. The 2022 trade deadline was a low point that made me question her fit with the job. She has shown a lot of growth since then.

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