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Marlins pitchers, catchers report to Spring Training

Miami tries to move forward following tragic death of their ace, Jose Fernandez

Marlins manager Don Mattingly addresses reporters on Tuesday in Jupiter
Marlins manager Don Mattingly addresses reporters on Tuesday in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. – Baseball is back at the Marlins complex in Jupiter as pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training Tuesday.

Other position players were spotted at camp including outfielders Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.

One of the biggest issues for this year's Marlins team will be to continue to cope with the grief following the death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Team President David Samson said that he spoke with the mother of Fernandez's child on Tuesday.  The baby is due soon.  Samson said it's very hard to be at camp and not see Jose.

Samson said that Fernandez's locker at Marlins Park will always be his and no one will get that locker again.

Samson added the Marlins will do a number of things to honor Jose during the season, but they'll speak to his family first to make sure they do it right.

Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't really have a No. 1 starter yet, but Edinson Volquez is a guy with experience and a resume for that.

Mattingly also said the team will change it's no facial hair policy.  However, players must look "groomed and professional."


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