Offishial news, 9/8/23: Stinky series finale; Roberto Clemente Award nominees

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes the latest episode of Fish Unfiltered.

Thursday’s Games

Marlins Podcast Episodes

  • Thursday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: 1B Troy Johnston (Jacksonville) went the other way for his 26th home run, though his teammates combined for only one additional hit the rest of the game. OF Jake Thompson and INF Josh Zamora each hit their first homers at the Double-A level. Pensacola RHP Zach McCambley pitched his longest outing of the season (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K). OF Jorge Caballero (Beloit) went 4-for-4 with two doubles. INF Johnny Olmstead (Jupiter) raised his Low-A slugging percentage to .550, the highest mark of anybody who has played multiple games for the Hammerheads this season.
  • After a brief start by Braxton Garrett, the Marlins bullpen allowed nine runs to the Dodgers. George Soriano and Devin Smeltzer combined to strike out only one of their 29 batters faced. It took the Miami offense until the seventh inning to record a hit.
  • Sandy Alcantara (right forearm flexor strain) is traveling with the Marlins on their road trip to Philadelphia and Milwaukee. In hindsight, perhaps the injury should not have totally blindsided us—he hinted during Sunday’s postgame interview that something had changed. Hopefully prior to tonight’s game, we’ll get more clarity about the severity.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Diamondbacks won, while the Cubs lost. The Marlins are a half-game back of the third Wild Card spot.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, Matt Olson hit his MLB-leading 47th home run and Ronald Acuña Jr. hit both his 33rd and 34th. Former No. 1 overall MLB Draft pick Spencer Torkelson is putting it all together, slashing .289/.405/.722 over the last 30 days for the Tigers.
  • We’ve got a new episode of Fish On First LIVE streaming tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET on YouTube/Twitch/Twitter. Super Subscribers, submit your series predictions before first pitch. 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!
  • The Marlins have a 45.8% chance to win their series opener against the Phillies, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:35 p.m. ET) and Low-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) are all on the road.
  • MLB Network is announcing the nominees for the 2023 Roberto Clemente Award this morning. It is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball, both on and off the field. The Marlins’ 2022 nominee was Pablo López.
  • Happy 22nd birthday to Victor Mesa Jr. It’s been an encouraging though inconsistent season for the Marlins outfield prospect at Double-A. He has caught fire again recently with seven homers and only 11 strikeouts over his last 16 games. It’s looking increasingly likely that he could be a passable defender in CF at the highest level.

3 responses to “Offishial news, 9/8/23: Stinky series finale; Roberto Clemente Award nominees”

  1. Update on the Clemente Award nominees: it’s Jorge Soler this year

    1. Per Wikipedia, the winner is announced at the World Series. Let’s hope Jorge is there, in person, in a Marlins uniform, to accept it.

  2. Here’s my comments on the ballboygate scandal. In case anyone missed it one of the outfield ball boys threw a fair ball into the stands causing a run to score in the 6th inning. Mookie Betts was already rounding third and had a good head of steam so the ump gave him home causing a run to socre. Not that it mattered in the final outcome.
    Some on X and Reddit have questioned the young man’s competence. Let me join them. The ball boy in question is clearly obese likely does not participate in sports (possibly sumo wrestling). He was busy eating sunflower seeds and spitting them into his cup both before and after the play.
    This is a good learning experience for the Marlins. Why not tap into the pool of thousands of young high school and college baseball players in the area – from boys baseball and girls/transgender softball. These folks would clearly know the rules and would benefit from some time with a professional baseball team. Plus the goodwill would be enormous, rather than hiring obese youngsters who are more interested in the free sunflower seeds and not aware of whats going on in the game.

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