Four Marlins were given awards on the field before Saturday’s game by the Miami Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Giancarlo Stanton was named the team’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year.
The other three awards went to players who made their Marlins debuts this season. Donovan Solano won the Marlins Rookie of the Year award, and Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano received the Charlie Hough Good Guy Award and the Jeff Conine “Mr. Marlin” Award, respectively.
Stanton hit his career-high 35th home run of the season Friday and was hitting .286 through Friday, an improvement over his .262 average last season.
“For the time that I was on the field I liked what I did and how I progressed from last year [as a hitter],” Stanton said.
Solano, who was a 2012 minor-league acquisition by Miami, made his debut with the club in late May and has started every game at second base since Aug. 10, hitting .294 for the season. The Colombia native said he feels confident with the team and hopes to be the Marlins’ starting second baseman in 2013.
“I feel good; I feel happy,” Solano said. “I just say thank you to God for everything. I need to keep on working for next year. I would be so happy if I am the starting second baseman [next season].”
• Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said that he still was not sure if veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle would start Miami’s final game Wednesday, as originally scheduled.
“We’ve thought about it, we’ve talked about it, but we don’t know yet,” Guillen said. “Buehrle will get to decide.”
On Friday, Buehrle achieved his personal goal of pitching 200 innings.
The left-hander has reached that mark for the past 12 seasons, a feat that only Cy Young had ever accomplished.
Buehrle still has to repeat the accomplishment next season if he is to tie the streak Young had from 1897 to 1909.
Prospects Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez were also recognized on the field, being named the Marlins’ minor-league player and pitcher of the year, respectively.
Yelich finished the season with a .330 average at Single A Jupiter, but he said that learning how to deal with a slump was the most important lesson he learned this year.
“I hit a little bit of a rough patch, and I just learned to deal with that stuff because obviously it’s going to happen,” Yelich said. “It’s overlooked by a lot of people who are so focused on successes, but learning how to deal with failure is also pretty important.”
Fernandez, who split time between low Single A Greensboro (N.C.) and high-A Jupiter, went 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA.
• Sunday afternoon’s game marks the penultimate Marlins Park promotion of the season. The first 5,000 children in attendance will receive a Marlins ice cream helmet bowl.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.29 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (8-14, 3.81) vs. New York Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (0-0, 8.64), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
Scouting report: Hamels pitched a complete-game, seven-hit shutout when he last faced the Marlins in August.