#MarlinsMonday – January 26, 2015

Marlins Monday

New baseballs for the 2015 season with the signature of commissioner Rob Manfred.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Late last week the Miami Marlins made it official, signing Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year deal. Ichiro will be a fourth outfielder for the Marlins, taking over the roll that we saw Reed Johnson fill last season.

While Ichiro will not be playing every day, he is another good veteran presence for the Marlins to have in the clubhouse with the young players, especially his fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna.

There continues to be some James Shields to the Marlins chatter, but most of it now is that a deal is unlikely given how much Shields is asking for.

The baseball world lost an icon on Friday, when we learned that Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ernie Banks passed away. I grew up a Cubs fan, so the news hit home for me, and I wrote about what he meant to the game and my family here.

Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links:

Marlins.com: Finding at-bats for Ichiro a good problem for Marlins
Marlins.com: Realmuto No. 8 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 C Prospects list
Miami Herald: Greg Cote: Marlins can narrow gap on Nats by adding James Shields
Sun Sentinel: Marlins in running for hosting 2017 All-Star Game
Fish Stripes: Juan Pierre impressed by Marlins’ offseason
Yahoo! Big League Stew: New commissioner Rob Manfred open to defensive-shift ban
MLB.com: Presenting the official 2015 MLB baseball
Chicago Sun Times: Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, leaves this world to play two, if not more
Chicago Tribune: For ebullient Ernie Banks, day at the ballpark was a day in paradise
The New York Times: New Commissioner With a Long-Term Mission

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