The person the Marlins named as the organization’s minor-league “Player of the Year” was dressed as a “barbarian woman” Sunday and made to walk the streets of Manhattan.
But catcher J.T. Realmuto didn’t object.
Realmuto, along with about a dozen other Marlins rookies and younger players, were required to dress in outlandish and, in some cases, risque outfits as part of the annual veteran hazing event after the team’s win in Philadelphia.
“They dropped us off 10 or 12 blocks from the hotel,” Realmuto said. “We were walking on the sidewalk and the bus rode along with us. The veterans were yelling at us out of the bus.”
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It’s been an eventful past few days for Realmuto. He celebrated DoubleA Jacksonville’s Southern League championship on Friday, was called up Saturday to the Marlins and took part in the hazing ritual on Sunday.
On Monday it was announced that he had been honored as the player of the year. Jacksonville left-hander Justin Nicolino was named the organization’s minor-league “Pitcher of the Year.”
Realmuto hit .299 with eight homers and 62 RBI, and Nicolino went 14-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 28 starts.
“The season he had was unbelievable,” Realmuto said of Nicolino, whom he often caught. “I was just glad to be a part of it and help him through the process.”
Realmuto was a third-round pick by the Marlins in 2010. Nicolino, who was named Southern League Pitcher of the Year, was acquired in the Marlins’ 2012 trade with Toronto.
By closing out Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Phillies, Steve Cishek eclipsed his single-season personal mark for saves. Sunday he notched his 35th, one more than he totaled last season.
“My goal is to get as many saves as possible,” Cishek said. “There’s only one stat that I really care about as a closer, and that’s saves. Thirty saves means that’s 35 games I’ve helped the team win.”
RALLIES IN NINTH
The Marlins rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth on Sunday to pull out the win over Philadelphia.
But it wasn’t the first time this season they have overcome a ninth-inning deficit of three runs to triumph. They also pulled off the feat in their July28 win over the Nationals, rallying from a 6-3 deficit in the ninth before winning 7-6.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Marlins are the only team in the majors this season with two such wins this season. They recorded only one victory in such fashion over the previous six seasons, a 9-6, 11-inning win over Washington on April 18, 2009.
The Marlins’ 33 wins in one-run games represents a new club record and also leads the majors. The previous high of 32 one-run wins was done in 1997 and 2000.
▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29 ERA) at New York Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.
▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81) at Mets RHP Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80), 7:10 p.m., Citi Field.