Offishial news, 9/25/23: Homestand ends on high note; 7 years without José Fernández

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a subtle change to the home game schedule that’s taking effect in 2024.

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  • Six different Marlins had multi-hit games in Sunday’s rubber match against the Brewers, including multiple home runs for Jon Berti (just the second time in his career that he’s done that). Edward Cabrera bested his own Statcast-era record for highest changeup velocity. Cabrera’s curveball was great in this start, too. He’s got a 1.89 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A.
  • The Marlins’ 81st win ensures a non-losing record for the first time in a full-length season since 2009. They went 46-35 in home games. They would have to advance to the NLDS to play at LoanDepot Park again.
  • Boarding the team plane for the final road trip of the regular season, all of the rookies fittingly dressed in marlin costumes. In the background of those photos, unfortunately, you can see that Luis Arraez is still wearing a walking boot on his ailing left ankle.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Reds won, while the Giants lost. Old friend Zac Gallen shoved six scoreless innings against the Yankees. That Giants defeat essentially ends their postseason push. It’ll be four teams fighting for two spots entering the final week of the regular season. The Marlins are one game back of the third Wild Card spot.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Rangers have regained control of the AL West after sweeping the Mariners and watching the Royals pull off a stunning road sweep of the Astros. Michael Lorenzen, who’s been utilized as a starter over the last two seasons, recorded his first save as a Phillie.
  • As revealed through the team’s magnet schedule giveaway, Friday night Marlins home games in 2024 will begin at 7:10 p.m. Other weeknight games will remain at 6:40 p.m. (as has been the case in recent seasons).
  • On this day seven years ago, a boating accident killed Marlins star pitcher José Fernández, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Jesus Macias. Fernández had seemingly limitless potential on the mound and it’s agonizing to wonder what more he could’ve accomplished if not for his own reckless actions. The circumstances surrounding his death understandably prevent the franchise from loudly celebrating his career, but at FOF, we believe it’s possible to reflect on his excellence as a player and his exuberant personality without disrespecting the victims and their families.

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4 responses to “Offishial news, 9/25/23: Homestand ends on high note; 7 years without José Fernández”

  1. Yesterday was Pat Monteverde’s 26th Bday… How cool was getting an award on your day?

    1. Hopefully he gets to make his 26-year-old pitching debut before the season ends. Scheduled to start the winner-take-all Game 3 for Pensacola if they win tomorrow to extend their playoff series.

  2. You continue to disrespect Fernandez’s victims by calling it an accident. It was not an accident. It was intensively investigated. A long report is publicly available on the internet. Under the laws everywhere in the world, when someone gets drunk and high, then gets behind the wheel and kills someone it is an intentional act, not an accident. The official ruling was that Jose Fernandez committed two acts of vessel homicide. His family paid his victims.
    Under Florida law, first degree vessel homicide carries a penalty of 30 years in prison. Had he lived, he would be in prison today. Anything one did in a game pales in comparision to intentionally killing two people. And we now know that his baseball performance was artificially enhanced with cocaine. Jose Fernandez will forever be known as a mass murderer and nothing else. Burn in hell for eternity Jose.

    1. You’re a loser kommenter. Go fuck off

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