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Miami Marlins’ poor start hasn’t prompted any closed-door meetings

 

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

Even though the Marlins are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, neither the players nor manager Mike Redmond has seen fit to demand a closed-door, clubhouse meeting to air out their frustrations.

Shrugged one player who asked not to be identified: “What are you going to say? Everybody knows what the problem is.”

That problem hasn’t been a lack of effort. It’s a lack of talent, especially on offense.

“Usually when a manager goes ballistic on a team, it’s when there’s a perceived lack of effort that guys aren’t trying, or they’re not present in the game mentally,” said Jeff Conine, a 17-year playing veteran and now a Marlins special assistant.

And when the players decide to call their own meeting, it’s usually a veteran who initiates it.

“When you’re in a team-wide funk, you’re trying to shake up everything,” Conine said. “Sometimes it takes someone to flip the [food] spread over and rant and rave, and that might change the dynamic of what’s going on.”

‘No-hitter’ is over

Marlins reliever Ryan Webb’s “no-hitter” ended Wednesday when he gave up a single in the seventh to the Reds’ Joey Votto.

That snapped Webb’s streak of going 10 1/3 innings without giving up a hit, making it one of the longest in Marlins history. Reliever Armando Benitez holds the mark at 14 1/3 innings, in 2004.

“Honestly, I didn’t even pick up on it until about a week ago,” said Webb, whose hitless stretch spanned nine relief outings.

Webb said none of the other relievers mentioned the hitless streak to him, but not because they didn’t want to jinx him.

“I don’t think anybody even knew,” he said.

Waiting his turn

Rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna made a powerful impression on Marlins special assistant and Hall of Famer Tony Perez for something he did off the field, not on it.

Earlier in the season, before Ozuna was promoted to the majors, he showed up one day at Marlins Park and stood outside the clubhouse with injured reliever Jose Ceda. When Perez asked Ozuna if he would like to go inside to see how major-league players live, the 22-year-old declined.

“He said, ‘Uh-uh. I will go in when it’s my time,’ ” Perez recalled.

In other words, Ozuna felt he hadn’t earned admission to a big-leaguer’s inner sanctum.

“I respect that,” Perez said. “You don’t see too many guys do that. Usually, everybody wants to get in that clubhouse.”

Coming up

•  Friday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-3, 2.55 ERA) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (2-4, 2.70), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-1, 3.31) vs. Diamondbacks RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 5.63), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Scouting report: Slowey is coming off his worst outing of the season when he gave up five runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. It will be his first career start against Arizona.

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