Virus-stricken Marlins resume season with 18 new players
MIAMI Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating. The Marlins' revamped pitching staff includes right-hander Mike Morin and left-hander Brian Moran, and right-hander Josh A. Smith and left-hander Josh D. Smith, all recently acquired veterans. Replacements included seven newly acquired players, and 11 players from the team's alternate training site. The virus infected 21 members of the Marlins' traveling party and forced the suspension of their season July 26 after just three games. We expect to win games, Hill said.
LEADING OFF: Reds-Tigers debut MLB's 7-inning doubleheaders
Shortened doubleheaders are about to make their Major League Baseball debut. Baseball could see an unusually high number of doubleheaders due to positive coronavirus tests causing postponements, plus rainouts. I think thats a good rule change especially with the pitchers going down every day, Houston manager Dusty Baker said. The Angels expect to have Ohtani start their Sunday games this season. KERSHAWS BACKDodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when he faces the Diamondbacks at Arizona.
No new positives for Marlins, Phils; 2B Isan Diaz opts out
MIAMI The Miami Marlins received no new positive results in their latest round of coronavirus testing, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday, but second baseman Isan Diaz opted out of the season. The person discussing the Marlins spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the tests had not been released publicly. The infected Marlins players and staff left Philadelphia in sleeper buses Friday for Miami, where they will stay together in quarantine. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The latest game postponed was Milwaukees home opener against St. Louis, scrapped hours before the first pitch after two Cardinals players tested positive .
Will Manso: 2020 Marlins season preview and prediction
That’s not a bad trade off when rebuilding, but as the Marlins enter this bizarre 60-game 2020 season, we need to see some of that young talent show improvement. Outside of that, the Marlins are excited with the potential of shortstop Jazz Chisholm, but again, he likely won’t make an impact in 2020. Sandy Alcantara was the lone Marlins all-star last season, and he’ll get the call on opening day in 2020. That’s what the 2020 season will be about. Marlins 2020 prediction: 25-35
Miami Marlins Foundation handed out 1,000 meals for 10th annual Thanksgiving distribution
MIAMI – The Miami Marlins Foundation handed out 1,000 meals at the 10th annual Miami Marlins Home Plate Meals Distribution sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The foundation, which is partnered with Feeding South Florida, hosted the event on the West Plaza at Marlins Park where families had the opportunity to meet Marlins players and staff, and also receive a Thanksgiving dinner including a turkey and other side items. The Marlins partnered with more than 50 nonprofit agencies to distribute 1,000 meal vouchers to local underserved families. Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, Marlins player Isan Diaz, Miguel Rojas and Lewis Brinson, and Marlins Alumni Alex Gonzalez and Charles Johnson, helped distribute the food items to the families.