Last week, Henderson Alvarez was perfect through 5 innings, and people seemed to notice! Just four starts removed from throwing the 5th no-hitter in Marlins history, fans in attendance at Marlins Park were ready to see history again.
Despite a short history of only 20 seasons, the Marlins have already seen their share of dominant pitching performances. Some may even remember one occasion when the Marlins were particularly close to making history of the perfect game variety…
It happened on a Tuesday afternoon in June of 1997, when the Fish were visiting the San Francisco Giants on the “Left Coast.”
Through the first seven innings, Marlins righty Kevin Brown was cruising having faced the minimum. The start of the 8th continued in similar fashion, with Brown retiring the Giants’ All-Star duo, Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent in order.
Four outs from perfection, all that stood in Brown’s way was Marvin Bernard and the 9th inning.
Bernard stepped into the batter’s box and what happened?
Brown plunked Bernard for the Giants’ first (and only) base runner of the day, ending Brown’s quest for perfection.
Fortunately, Brown made up for this error by striking out the remaining batters, sealing the deal on his no-hitter with one last strike against Darryl Robinson.
Since that day there have plenty of remarkable pitching performances by Marlins pitchers. But none have come closer than Kevin Brown on that quiet Tuesday afternoon back in 1997.
Wonder what the rest of the 2014 season will bring…
Our friends at Fox Sports Florida are proud to debut their new #BaseballTips campaign, and I gotta tell ya, these spots are fun!
Cool story behind them too; UF advertising students pitched the campaign idea, were chosen and were able to see their idea come to life firsthand as part of the Fox Sports University program.
Enjoy these bad boys!
Jose’s spot - Did he really say “trebuchet?”
Hechavarria’s spot - Jeff Conine speaks Spanish? Who knew?
Yelich’s spot - I’m pretty sure I’ve seen him do this in a game, too.
* Like I said, there’s a cool story behind these… In the Spring of 2013, a team of FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Corporate executives traveled to the University of Florida to present senior-year advertising students with their FOX Sports University project. FOX Sports University is a program that FOX Sports developed with prestigious academic and athletic institutions from around the country. Each class partners with a FOX Sports Media Group business to address a marketing, research, technology or strategy opportunity. Students then team up to create real-world solutions, products and campaigns to address said opportunity. For FOX Sports Florida, the opportunity came in the form of the Fish as students were tasked with creating an on-air marketing campaign for FOX Sports Florida’s Miami Marlins broadcasts. After a semester’s worth of work, a winning team was chosen and Marlins’ Baseball Tips were born! For more info on FOX Sports University and bringing FOX to your school, visit http://foxsportsuniversity.com/.
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* BONUS: Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot at Marlins Park:
Saturday nights at the ballpark are the best. After every Saturday home game, the party goes on well beyond the final out… be it an extended super-sized party in The Clevelander or a prominent recording artist in concert on the West Plaza!
This year the summer concert series will take place following the five 4:10pm Saturday games in May and June. So who is going to be taking the big stage?
Drumroll please! #OnCloudConine is happy to announce 4 of the 5 musical acts taking the West Plaza stage this summer…
4 - Gente de Zona - Cuban reggaeton and hip-hop? It must be Cuban Heritage Night! Listen for them on Enrique Iglesias’ latest single “Bailando!” Dale!
Saturday, May 24, 2014 vs Brewers - Game at 4:10pm. Free concert right after!
3 – B.o.B. - Bobby Ray will be in the building! They’ve got nothin’ on you!
Saturday, May 31, 2014 vs Braves - Game at 4:10pm. Free concert right after!
2 – Boyz II Men - I can’t hide it, I’m pumped! Motown Philly back again!
Saturday, June 21, 2014 vs Mets - Game at 4:10pm. Free concert right after!
1- Chino y Nacho - On Venezuelan Heritage Night, these former boy banders make their triumphant return to Marlins Park!
Saturday, June 28, 2014 vs A’s - Game at 4:10pm. Free concert right after!
Even better news? There’s a fifth and final act for the Saturday Spectacular concert on Saturday, June 14, 2014 vs Pirates that will be announced soon! Stay tuned!
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BONUS: The other 8 Saturday home games this year feature super-sized postgame parties with prominent DJs at the Clevelander on the East Plaza! The first two Saturdays have featured DJ Laz and DJ Chino!
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* Note: These post-game concerts are free for all of those who purchase a ticket to that afternoon’s game (marlins.com/tickets).
On Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Chicago, our Marlins will be donning the throwback jerseys of the Miami Sun Sox of the 1940s and 1950s! Yes, before the Miami Marlins, long ago, there were the Miami Sun Sox! The “Throwback Sunday” is a part of the “100 Years of Wrigley Field” season-long celebration in Chicago.
This’ll be the second straight year the Fish wear #MarlinsThrowback jerseys! Last year you may remember they wore the uniforms of the “Miami Marlins” of the 1950s when playing in Milwaukee.
So who exactly were the Miami Sun Sox? Let’s explore six facts…
6 – They played in 1946 and then again from 1949-1954.
5 – Jackie’s Teammates in Brooklyn - The Miami Sun Sox were a minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1949 and 1954. Kinda cool – that means many of Jackie Robinson’s teammates may have gotten their swings in right here in the MIA!
4 – They played at Miami Stadium (later renamed Bobby Maduro Stadium, which we’ve documented in the past).
3 – They Had Many Aliases! The Sun Sox began as the Miami Wahoos (1940-1941), then became the Miami Seminoles (1942) and were then shut down during World War II (1943-1945). Then in 1946, they became the Miami Sun Sox for a year before becoming the Miami Tourists (1947-1948).
2 – They were managed by Pepper Martin for three of the seasons. The Major League All-Star led Miami to plenty of wins. (He would have been a perfect fit with Jarrod “Salty” Saltalamacchia).
1 – They won a lot of games! Over the five seasons, their record was 368-234. That’s a .611 winning percentage! They were League Champs in 1950 and 1952!
BONUS - Here’s an #OnCloudConine sneak preview of what the uniforms will look like on June 8th. Want them? The game-used jerseys and caps will be available at the Marlins Park New Era Team Store (in the West Plaza) in the days following the game!
The game-used jerseys and caps will be available at the Marlins Park New Era Team Store (in the West Plaza) in the days following the game!
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* Here are some extra clippings and photos to help us get to know the Sun Sox…
Here’s a headline from 1949 in the Miami Daily News – “I never thought I’d see something like this in Miami.”
Here’s a headline from 1951…
Here’s another article – this one from 1952 prior to a game in Havana!
Here are some Miami Stadium programs…
It will be fun to watch the Marlins wear #MarlinsThrowback jerseys once again this year! Go Sun Sox!
Is this guy even human? Barely a month into the season and Giancarlo Stanton already has 2 of the 3 longest home runs in baseball in 2014! Dave Van Horne’s signature “Up, Up And Away” home run call never sounded so sweet! #UUAA
Click here to experience the 9 longest home runs hit by Giancarlo Stanton during his young career… presented by Marlins fan and MLB Fan Cave Dweller, Cesar @Pichardo1468.
You can do some pretty cool stuff at Marlins Park with your cell phone!
With two mobile apps available, you can order your food, access your tickets, upgrade your seats, follow the game and more! The two apps are “At the Ballpark” (while you’re at Marlins Park) and “At Bat“ (to follow the game action).
Below are 11 of the coolest things you can do with your phone (or tablet) at Marlins Park:
11 – Add your tickets to PassBook – Hey iPhone users, we’re on PassBook!
10 – Access the Internet! – It sounds simple, but these giant structures of steel and concrete aren’t terribly conducive to internet signals! But fear not – Marlins Park is equipped with complimentary WiFi and with a sophisticated DAS (Distributed Antenna System) to amplify your carrier’s signal in the ballpark! Tweet and Instagram away!
9 – Charge your phone! - We’ve got charging stations throughout the Promenade Level to make sure your Mobile activities never have to stop!
8 – What song is that? - Curious what that walk-up song was for your favorite Fish? Check out the Music section of the “At the Ballpark” app.
7 – Check In to Marlins Park - Use “At the Ballpark” to check in and it’ll log all your trips in the Journal function. You’ll even rack up a special ticket discount for every fifth game you check in to!
6 – Get yourself on the big board! - Your tweets or Instagram photos have a chance to make it up to the Marlins Vision big board! Use hashtags #marlins and/or #ilovemarlinspark to have a shot!
5 – Follow the game action - The “At Bat” app is a gem if you want to follow the game action pitch-by-pitch while seated at the game! You can also hook into Gameday Audio to hear Dave and Glenn or Felo and Yiki.
4 – Upgrade your seats during a game! - Want to sit closer to a buddy or impress the others in your group? Within the “At the Ballpark” app, you can browse available seats in other sections!
3 – Check out a map of the ballpark - Want to know where the nearest restroom, concession stand, piece of art or ATM is? Check out the “At the Ballpark” app’s interactive ballpark map!
2 – Order food live from your seats! - In our “At the Ballpark” app, you can pick from nearby concession stands, pick your food and pay all right from the app. Then you’ll get a text message when your food is ready. Then you visit the Express Line and boom… no line, no waiting and minimal game action missed!
1 – Use your tickets! You don’t have to worry about forgetting your tickets at home. The barcode is on your Mobile device! Got to love the “At the Ballpark” app. Season Ticket Holders can even manage their season ticket account!
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* BONUS - As a special sneak preview, here are two features coming soon during 2014!
1- iBeacon! - If you’re an iOS 7 user, turn on Bluetooth at the ballpark and be prepared to have some fun. Coming soon to our “At the Ballpark” app using Bluetooth LE. Stay tuned!
2 – Rewards Plus Season Ticket Loyalty Program - Coming soon to the “At the Ballpark” app, season ticket holders will be able to log in to manage their points and redeem some pretty special “Bucket List” Marlins moments. More at MarlinsRewardsPlus.com.
It’s pretty cool that one of our own is living the life in the MLB Fan Cave!
Here are 9 reasons it’s AWESOME to be a Marlins fan in the Fan Cave…
9 – Hanging with Musicians like Fat Joe…
… and New Politics…
8 – Rocking the Marlins #RallyFedora…
7 – Roaming The Big Apple while representing for Marlins fans!
6 – Hanging with Captain America on national television…
5 – Starring on the weekly MTV2 show “Off the Bat” Tuesdays at 11pm…
4 – Making it his job to watch every MLB game!
3 – Taking #CesarSelfies!
2 – Talking directly to Marlins fans on “On Cloud Conine”
1 – And of course, representing Marlins fans in front of the whole world!
I am very lucky—
Pichardo (@Pichardo1468) April 05, 2014
It’s Thursday and that means it is time for a little #ThrowbackThursday, most commonly known as #TBT.
The 2013 season was a preview of the future, as strong pitching from powerful, young arms took the mound each night for the Fish. These young pitchers gave the Marlins the best team ERA in club history!
Here are six of the best pitching performances from the 2013 season:
6. Turner Goes the Distance
June 29th — On a Saturday night at Marlins Park, Jacob Turner was lights-out, throwing nine innings of one run ball. In his sixth start since being called up, Turner was masterful, lowering his ERA to 1.76. A Giancarlo Stanton home run and RBI from five different Marlins provided plenty of offense as the Fish cruised to a 7-1 victory.
5. Eovaldi Heats Up
August 10th – Facing a Braves club that had won 14 in a row, Eovaldi was nearly unhittable. Allowing just a Freddie Freeman single in the first, the hard throwing righty tossed seven innings of one-hit ball as Eovaldi’s fastball hit as high as 99 mph in the 1-0 win.
4. At His Best Out West
June 21st — In the opener of a four game series in San Francisco, Marlins righty Tom Koehler set the tone early by taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Marcell Ozuna’s two-run single in the 8th put the Fish on top as Koehler earned his first Major League win. The Fish would go on to take three-of-four from the defending world champs, completing a strong visit to the Left Coast.
3. Kid K
August 2nd – After setting a Marlins rookie record with 13 strikeouts in a 3-2 win over the Pirates, Jose Fernandez was at it again. Armed with a lethal fastball and his electric slider, “Kid-K” reset his five day old rookie record, punching out 14 Indians across eight shutout innings. The Fish would go on to crush the Indians 10-0 as Fernandez became a front runner for N.L. Rookie of the Year.
September 11th – In his final start of 2013, Fernandez went out with a bang, stifling the Braves across seven innings while also belting his first career home run. Making his closing argument in the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young conversation, Fernandez lowered his season ERA to 2.16, leaving Fish fans wanting more from the young phenom.
1. The Walk-Off No-No
September 29th — Watching from the on-deck circle, Henderson Alvarez completed the fifth no-hitter in franchise history after a bases loaded wild pitch allowed Giancarlo Stanton to score the game winning run.
Aided by stellar defense and a couple #HechOfAPlays, Alvarez cruised through nine innings of no-hit ball. With the game scoreless after the top of the 9th the Marlins would rally to win the game, sweeping their series with the Tigers and ending 2013 on a high, high note.
So the Marlins started 5-2, but The Undertaker lost at WrestleMania. The Yin and Yang of life I suppose. Dimaggio, Ripken and The Undertaker… even the streaks of our greatest legends must come to an end at some point.
Last night at WrestleMania in New Orleans, a Marlins fan was spotted on the telecast bemoaning the end of one of the all-time historic streaks. #MarlinsFansAreEverywhere!
BONUS: Here’s a .gif of some heel wrestlers preventing Julio The Octopus from winning The Great Sea Race during last season’s “Legends of Wrestling” Night…
… and Goldberg with the ceremonial First Pitch… Err, First Spear…
… and finally, here’s a photo of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria with The Rock. #uuufff
* Have you spotted the Marlins’ “M” somewhere around the world? Upload to Twitter or Instagram with hasthag #MarlinsFansAreEverywhere for a chance to be featured!
Let’s start here: April 30, 1994. Almost 20 years ago to the day… My brother and I attended the 1994 Marlins Photo Day…
First there was the classic Chuckie Carr pose in the Bermuda Triangle…
Then there was this shot where 1B Orestes Destrade offered to trade his Teal-on-Teal cap with my sweet radio cap…
And then there was this classic shot of my brother and I snapping a shot with the original skipper, Rene Lachemann…
That was 20 years ago. I was 10 and a half and my brother was a few months short of his 5th birthday.
We sought to recreate this photo.
We found out Rene Lachemann was the First Base Coach for the Colorado Rockies. So when the Rockies came to town during the first home series of the 2014 campaign, we knew we had to make it happen…
We present to you the first of Marlins photo recreations!
Special thanks to Rene Lachemann for being a good sport and to Denis Bancroft on the photo credit.
* Do you have old family Marlins photos of the Teal days? Recreate them and post them to Instagram or Twitter with #FlashbackFish and we may feature them in the future!
-by Alex Buznego