Major League Baseball is doing away with the formality of having pitchers lob four balls out of the strike zone in order to walk a batter intentionally. Instead, managers will merely need to signal their desire with the point of a finger or some yet unknown gesture.
A.J. Ellis, who signed with the Marlins last December to replace departed backup catcher Jeff Mathis, said one of the main reasons he chose to come to Miami was a reunion with manager Don Mattingly, who coached him for five years in Los Angeles.
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria returned to camp Saturday a day after testifying in a Miami federal court in the trial of a South Florida sports agent and trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States.
Miami Marlins president David Samson confirmed to reporters that the team was for sale and owner Jeffrey Loria was being considered to be the next ambassador to France — all while Loria dodged questions about both topics.
Only the Marlins, right? A team still trying to get past the death of Jose Fernandez now deals with circus-y negotiations to sell the team — talks involving the Trump White House and an ambassadorship to France. Almost forgot: The starting shortstop missed Friday’s first full-squad practice to testify in a federal Cuban smuggling trial. Vive la Miami!