Miami Marlins Have Home Field Advantage Over Mets

Let’s Go, Marlins!

CBS Miami

MIAMI (AP) – Giancarlo Stanton displays his power so frequently that Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond doesn’t even bat an eye during flight of one of Stanton’s tape-measure home runs.

Miami also is getting pretty used to winning at home.

Stanton, the National League’s leader in homers and RBIs, looks to stay hot against New York Mets starter Jonathon Niese and help the Marlins improve on the majors’ best home record Monday night.

Miami (16-15) has made up for its dismal 2-10 road mark by going 14-5 at Marlins Park, winning there for the eighth time in nine games with Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Baker’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth scored Adeiny Hechavarria with the winning run.

“We have a comfort level here,” Redmond said. “We seem to play with so much confidence in this ballpark, and you could just feel the…

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Nationals Manager Benches Bryce Harper for ‘Lack of Hustle’

Wow! They still do that?! I thought that only happened at my baby brother’s Little League when he was 10. 😄😆

For The Win

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Bryce Harper is the face of the Washington Nationals, and manager Matt Williams is holding him to a higher standard. Harper was benched Saturday prior to the seventh inning of Washington’s 4-3 loss to St. Louis at home for his “inability to run 90 feet,” according to NatsInsider.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Harper hit a weak grounder directly to pitcher Lance Lynn, who had plenty of time to field the ball comfortably. Seeing that he had no chance to leg out a single, barring a colossal error, Harper slowly jogged halfway to first base, then veered to the dugout. Harper missed some time with quad tightness last week, but Williams told reporters that the benching had nothing to do with his injury.

Via the Washington Post:

We made an agreement,” Williams said. “He and I made an agreement. This team made an agreement…

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Yasiel Puig’s Complicated Journey From Cuba To The Major Leagues

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Cuban baseball defector Yasiel Puig has made news on the baseball field for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and behind the wheel of a car where he was clocked going more than one hundred miles an hour.

Now, an article in Los Angeles Magazine tells the harrowing story of how Puig made it from Cuba to the Major Leagues.

“He knew he was dealing with smugglers,” says author Jesse Katz. “There is no other way to get off the island than to deal with smugglers.”

The magazine claims Puig’s journey was financed by a Miami man named Raul Pacheco.

In June of 2012, Puig offered Cuban smugglers 250 thousand dollars to take Puig from Cuba to Mexico with the help of a Mexican drug cartel. But Pacheco couldn’t come up with all the money.

“Once they got to Mexico that’s where the craziness begins,” said Katz. “They’re in…

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Happy #JackieRobinsonDay! Could Othello Have Been His Relative?

Rude am I in my speech, And little blest with the soft phrase of peace . . .

The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,

by William Shakespeare, Act I, Scene iii, Lines 81-83

In a lot of ways, Jackie Robinson and Othello could have been ancestral relatives. Both were “representing” a minority group in a community where their decisions and actions were constantly judged unfairly. But luckily for us (and history), Jackie Robinson learned the lesson that Othello could not – how to withstand the blatant racist discrimination (and intimidation) with courage, grace and restraint.