#FishFriday – November 20, 2015


The Marlins announced updates to the 2016 schedule this week, with exhibitions against the Yankees in Miami and regular season games against the Pirates in Puerto Rico.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

It’s been a busy week of news for the Jacksonville Suns parent club Miami Marlins, with major announcements for the 2016 Marlins club, along with speculation about next year’s roster.

The Marlins spring training schedule has been released, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Jupiter, Florida on Febr. 19, full-squad workouts on Feb. 22, and then an exhibition match-up with the University of Miami on March 1 at Roger Dean Stadium.

Before the exhibition portion of the schedule comes to an end, the Marlins will be in Miami from April 1-2 to face the New York Yankees at Marlins Park.

The Marlins will also venture to Puerto Rico from May 30-31 to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at Hiram Bithorn Stadium as part of Roberto Clemente Day, which MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced would be May 31.

There has been rampant speculation about whether Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who pitched for the Suns last June as part of his rehab assignment, will be in Miami next season. MLB.com reporter Joe Frisaro believes Fernandez will be in a Marlins uniform for next year and years to come, and there are no plans to trade him at this time. Fernandez is under club control until 2018.

In Jacksonville preparations continue for the 2016 season of Suns baseball, and creative services manager Brian DeLettre put together a list of all 60 former Suns that saw time in the majors in 2015.

Also congratulations to our neighbors the Jacksonville Jaguars, who defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-13 last night on NFL Network. Personally I loved the gold jerseys, and would like to see them beyond this color rush game!

As for yours truly, I’m once again in the Yellow Hammer state, where I’ll be on the call on the SEC Network+ on the WatchESPN app as the Alabama Crimson Tide host the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns in men’s basketball at 8/7 central p.m. tonight. We’d love some viewers from Jacksonville!

Here are your #FishFriday links, have a great weekend everyone!

Marlins.com: Marlins to host Bucs in PR to celebrate Clemente
Marlins.com: Expanded safety nets, in-market streaming coming in ’16
Marlins.com: Hechavarria could land a deal like Crawford’s
Miami Herald: Loss of his mother to domestic violence spurred Dee Gordon to comfort others
Miami Herald: Sports Buzz: Marlins address Jose Fernandez trade report
Sun Sentinel: Miami Marlins 2016 Spring Training schedule [PDF]
Fish Stripes: 2016 Miami Marlins Offseason Plan: Strengths
Ballpark Digest: Texas League unveils new logo for 2016
Birmingham Barons:White Sox & Barons Extend PDC
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Nationals MVP Bryce Harper to the haters: “I enjoy getting booed”
Yahoo! Big League Stew: MLB announces tweaks to 2016 opening day schedule
The New York Times: Danger at the Ballpark, and in a Baseball Ticket’s Fine Print
SportsonEarth:The best active non-MVPs

#FishFriday – November 6, 2015


Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill along with new Marlins manager Don Mattingly and President David Samson. Photo Courtesy: Miami Marlins.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

After the 2015 baseball season came to an end in the early morning hours of Monday, the first week of the true offseason has brought a lot of news for both the Jacksonville Suns and their parent club the Miami Marlins.

Monday was an exciting day at the Baseball Grounds, where the Suns announced the 2016 schedule and new more affordable ticket prices. Now bleacher/berm seats are only $5, reserved seats $9, and dugout box seats $18.

You can watch the entire press conference with Suns owner Ken Babby and general manager Harold Craw here:


Meanwhile in Miami, the Marlins also held a press conference on Monday to announce that Don Mattingly is the new manager.

Mattingly comes to Miami after managing the Los Angeles Dodgers to five straight winning seasons and three straight division titles. Mattingly was a legendary player with the New York Yankees, winning the 1985 American League Most Valuable Player Award, and he racked up 2,153 hits during his 14 major league seasons.

Mattingly talked about his new role with the Marlins on MLB Network’s Hot Stove with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on Wednesday:


While professional baseball games have come to an end (congratulations to the Kansas City Royals on their World Series title), games continue in the Arizona Fall League, where former Suns are performing well against the game’s top prospects.

2015 Suns shortstop J.T. Riddle is hitting .318 through his first six games in the AFL, and earlier this week he visited with MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo:


Also, huge congratulations to our sister organization the Akron RubberDucks on winning the very prestigious Larry MacPhail Award!

Here are today’s #FishFriday links, hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Florida Times Union: New Jacksonville Suns owner promises lower ticket prices, major revamps to operations
The Florida Times Union: Suns announce lower ticket prices, $5 general admission for 2016 season
MiLB.com: Suns GM on MiLB Diversity Symposium Panel
Marlins.com: 5 issues facing Marlins after hiring Mattingly
Marlins.com: Watch Marlins prospect Dean in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game
Marlins.com: Marlins likely to go trade route for rotation help
Miami Herald: Greg Cote: Don Mattingly seems like good hire for Miami Marlins, but the Loria Lens colors everything they do
Sun Sentinel:Marlins will shop for bargains in free-agent sweepstakes
Yahoo! Big League Stew: The Rays and Mariners swapped six players in first trade of the offseason
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Here’s what Petco Park looks like as a nine-hole golf course
ESPN: MLB Future Power Rankings: What could go wrong with the Cubs?
Sports on Earth: 2015 MLB Tortured Fan Base Rankings