By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
First of all……
We’ve made it!
The offseason blues are finally going away this week, as the Miami Marlins will start playing their 2015 Spring Training games in the Grapefruit League.
Play for the Marlins begins today with the Florida International matchup at 1:05 p.m. The Marlins will also face the University of Miami on Tuesday, before the first Grapefruit League game on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
With that we bring a return to #MarlinsMonday to this website, which has changed some since you last visited. Each year we strive to get a fresh look for this site, and while we’re still fine tuning, we will be delivering solid recaps of how former Jacksonville Suns are faring in big league Spring Training games for the Marlins. My college basketball travel has been crazy over the past month, but March brings my annual move to Jacksonville and getting 2015 preparations fully underway!
Back to the Marlins. Most news around camp is positive, even if Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch in a sim game by Henderson Alvarez on Saturday morning. Stanton kept on playing, as he also gets adjusted to his new face guard on his helmet.
Former Suns will get starting chances in the college games on Monday and Tuesday, with 2010-11 Sun Brad Hand getting the start against FIU, while 2014 Sun and Southern League All-Star Jose Urena will face the Miami Hurricanes. Marlins manager Mike Redmond will likely start Dan Haren in the first Grapefruit League game Thursday versus the Cardinals.
Here is the lineup for today’s game against FIU:
Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, big news regarding our radio team for the 2015 season will be on the way soon!
Marlins.com: Fernandez throws first session since Tommy John surgery
Marlins.com: Ichiro ready to play his way into Marlins’ lineup
Marlins.com: Marlins get crash course on pace-of-play changes
MLB.com: Justice: New-look Marlins excited to get going
Miami Herald: Miami Marlins hope to add Nick Masset to their history of resurrected relievers
Miami Herald: Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton fine after being hit on left hip
Fish Stripes: Hypothetical arm wrestling with Giancarlo Stanton
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Baseball’s back: A look at the very first game of 2015
NBC Sports Hardball Talk: Josh Hamilton’s potential suspension would begin at the start of the regular season
The New York Times:Minnie Minoso Is Dead; Helped Integrate Baseball in Career Across 5 Decades
The New York Times: 2=Jeter, 3=Ruth, 4=Gehrig … in the Bronx, Numbers Are Finite
The New York Times: The Coming Silly Season: Baseball’s 2015 Calendar of the Absurd