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Saturday Bryce Harper Jersey , with those who arrived for the team’s annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.When it comes to the Marlins, many things are a work in progress.Wearing new uniforms with the rebranded team logo, in a stadium that has gotten spruced-up since last season ended, some of the 2019 Miami Marlins gathered for the first time to greet fans and start hyping the new season. Pitchers and catchers report to the team’s spring training home in Jupiter on Wednesday.“I would tell our fans to just give us a chance,” Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said. “So many people have written off the Marlins and really haven’t taken an opportunity to take a deep look at what we’re building. When you have a lot to do, it’s going to take time and we understand where we’re at. But we’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of talent over the last 18 months.”By Hill’s count, the Marlins have added 38 prospects and upper-level players since this new regime led by Derek Jeter took over after the 2017 season. That has gone a long way toward restocking a farm system that by Hill’s own description was “barren.”“We know where we were,” he said. “We know where we’re going.”The Marlins won 63 games last season, their ninth straight year under the .500 mark and the 15th consecutive time the team missed the postseason — the second-longest drought in baseball, topped only by Seattle’s run of 17 straight seasons without a playoff game. Attendance plummeted to a club record-low 811,104, and the team just traded away its best player, sending catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia.“Only one team gets to win the championship every year,” said right-handed pitcher Dan Straily, who started 56 games for the Marlins over the last two seasons. “I think every year Stephen Strasburg Jersey , with every team in baseball, there’s a little bit of excitement for everybody to get going. There’s always that hope that this could be the year.”The Marlins aren’t saying if 2019 is their year. Or 2020. Or 2021, for that matter.They just believe their year is coming.For Realmuto, the Marlins got catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart from the Phillies. Alfaro has above-average power and, the Marlins believe, even a better arm than Realmuto — who they considered elite in that capacity. Sanchez has the arm to consistently reach the upper 90s on his fastball, while Stewart doesn’t throw as hard but has off-speed offerings that get him out of trouble.It’s deals like that why the Marlins truly believe this rebuild — one of many by the franchise in the last 15 years — is the right one.“They’re doing what they said: building the organization from the bottom up,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “You keep acquiring talent. You keep marching down that road that gets you to the point where you are competing for a chance to win a world championship every year. That’s the plan. That’s the goal. I think anything less than that, you don’t accept it.”There was a reason why the grass looked bad Saturday. Monster Jam — a show where five- or six-ton trucks with 66-inch tires will destroy anything in their path — is coming to Marlins Park next weekend. It’ll chew up the current turf quite nicely. From there, new sod goes down in time for opening day.“It’ll look nothing like it does right now when we come back in six weeks,” Straily said.The grass will be exactly what the team wants by then. The Marlins only hope the team is closer to their liking by then as well. Rockies news and links for March 22, 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileCan the 2019 Rockies win the division?New,61commentsRockies news and links for March 22, 2019 Can the 2019 Rockies win the division?NL West preview: Can the Rockies overtake the Dodgers for the division title? | Denver Post ($)In recent history, the Dodgers have dominated the NL West http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , winning the title each of the past six years. The Rockies think they’re set to break that streak this season, though, despite the fact that it’s a tall order. The Dodgers picked up A.J. Pollock in the offseason, along with reliever Joe Kelly. They’re concerned about Clayton Kershaw, but Julio Urias could step up and fill that void. Corey Seager will return after Tommy John surgery, and the Dodgers have plenty of offensive power. The Rockies big offseason move was signing Nolan Arenado’s huge deal, keeping him in Colorado for the next eight years. They’re looking to their young, promising prospects to get the job done for them. Kyle Freeland is poised to have another great season, with German Marquez right there with him. Trevor Story had a dominant 2018, giving the team some much needed offense, and hopes are that he can continue that trend. The Giants aren’t likely to make the playoffs, with a mediocre bullpen and not enough offense. The Padres gained their big name player in Manny Machado, but he alone won’t be enough to boost the team. They’re building the team, and in the future looks promising, but they’re not much of a threat in 2019. The Diamondbacks have some real work to do before they can be contenders in the division. Colorado Rockies: Mike Dunn has a lot riding on 2019 performance | Rox PileMike Dunn was a solid pitcher for the Marlins Anthony Rendon Jersey , and that’s the kind of performance they’d hoped to see when they added him to the roster. Dunn has not lived up to those expectations, though, with lackluster seasons in Colorado. He played poorly in 2017, then an injury took out his 2018 season. Hopefully, the healthy Dunn can use the experience under his belt and find success in 2019. He’s looked pretty good through his eight innings of work in the spring. He’s gotten ten strikeouts and no earned runs. There’s a lot riding on him as a reliever, with Chris Rusin out with an injury and Jake McGee still trying to find his way. If he can stay healthy and pitch well this season, the Rockies might be interested in using that fourth-year option on his contract. Hungry Anderson searching for consistency | Rockies.comTyler Anderson has been somewhat inconsistent throughout his career with the Rockies. He faced many injuries during his time in the minors, but he has shown that he can bring it in the majors as well. In the 2018 season, he was outstanding in his appearances before the All-Star break, setting a club record for most scoreless innings within a two-game span with four or less hits. But after the break, he fell apart. He relies heavily on command of his pitches. When he’s inconsistent there, it’s bad news for the Rockies. Bud Black has faith in Anderson regardless of that control, due to his ability to change speeds. If he can figure out a way to remain consistent and stay in control when he’s got runner on base, he could have his best season ever.
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