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STAT OF THE DAY (JULY 27 at HOU)

With 3 players elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, here’s a look at how each fared during his career against the Marlins:

Frank Thomas spent all 19 of his major league seasons in the American League with the White Sox, Athletics and Blue Jays and played only 2 games against the Marlins among the 2,322 in which he appeared.

Thomas played at what was then Pro Player Stadium June 15 and June 17, 2004, going just 1-for-7, but his only career hit against Miami was a 3-run home run. With the White Sox trailing the Marlins 4-0 in the 8th on June 15, 2004, Thomas connected off of Armando Benitez with 2 men on to make it a 4-3 game. The White Sox would ultimately force extra innings and win the game 7-5 in 10.

Spending their entire careers in the National League, new Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine saw much more of the Marlins over the years.

Maddux, who pitched for the Cubs, the Braves, the Dodgers and the Padres over 23 seasons from 1996-2008, went 19-15 with a 2.92 ERA in 42 career starts against Miami.

In the Marlins’ 22-season history, no pitcher has won more games against them than Maddux, who also ranks 4th in career strikeouts against Miami with 179.

Maddux didn’t fare nearly as well against the Marlins when he faced them in October, losing both of his starts against Miami in the 1997 NLCS. The righthander allowed 5 unearned runs in a 5-3 loss to Kevin Brown in Game 1 at Turner Field, and he was a tough-luck 2-1 loser to Livan Hernandez in Game 5 at what was then Pro Player Stadium. Hernandez went all the way, striking out 15.

As for Glavine, he pitched against the Marlins over 22 big league seasons from 1987-2008 as a Brave and Met, going 17-19 with a 4.03 ERA in 49 starts.

Glavine’s 17 career wins against the Marlins trail only Maddux, while the lefty made more starts (49) against Miami than any other pitcher since the Marlins broke into the league in 1993. Glavine is 3rd in all-time strikeouts against the Marlins (184), although his 19 losses are the most ever by a pitcher against the Marlins, 4 more than Maddux, who ranks 2nd on that list.

Glavine also faced the Marlins twice in the 1997 NLCS, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 2 starts, a 7-1 win over Alex Fernandez in Game 2 and a 7-5 loss to Kevin Brown in the Marlins’ Game 6 Pennant clincher.

One final note on Glavine: While he’ll undoubtedly thank many people who helped him on the road to Cooperstown in his speech today, he’s unlikely to mention Marlins manager Mike Redmond. Few hitters gave Glavine more fits than Red, who went 21-for-48 (.438) with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 7 RBI in 20 games against the lefthander between 1986 and 2004. Red was 1-for-4 all-time against Maddux.

That’s a Hall of Fame edition of the Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

The Marlins today go in search of a series sweep in Houston to cap a 6-1 road trip. First pitch against the Astros is at 2:10 Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 1:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

GM DAN JENNINGS ON GIANCARLO STANTON SPECULATION

Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings has joined me on the Marlins On Deck radio pre-game show throughout the current road trip to discuss the season to date, the club’s approach to the trade deadline (http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/26/gm-dan-jennings-on-the-marlins-approach-to-the-trade-deadline/) and other assorted topics.

Tonight, I asked him about the rumors that continue to swirl nationally that the club would consider trading Giancarlo Stanton.

Here’s a complete transcript of his comments:

“He is not available. Plain and simple.

“(President of Baseball Operations) Mike (Hill) and I have been consistent with this message. And certainly that’s coming from (Owner) Jeffrey (Loria).

“We’ve talked about this. He’s having a great year. He’s a tremendous piece of the Marlins, and the thing that has probably impressed us as much as anything that we’ve watched this young man do is not only his offensive numbers, but this is his team. He’s taken charge of this team. I personally think he’s got a chance to legitimately win a Gold Glove this year with his play in right field. And it’s just fun to watch a young guy grow the way he has this year.

“And the key to that is he’s stayed healthy. He’s got some people around him in the lineup that have helped him see more pitches, and obviously when he sees them he has the ability to punish them.

“We started back in November nationally saying this, and it’s come up more times this year, and our message has been clear and the same, and that has not changed.”

Is the hope to sit down with him this winter and try to hammer out a long-term extension?


“Of course. We’re going to cross that bridge when that time comes.

“To credit Giancarlo, he’s stayed focused on his production and this team this year. We certainly tip our hat to him for focusing on the matters on the field.

That’s what Mike and I are in charge of, to reach that point where we sit down with him and with his agent, and we try to come up with something that’s going to work and be fair for both sides.”

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (JULY 26 at HOU)

At age 22, Christian Yelich continues to enjoy a terrific first full major league season. Pressed into service as the Marlins’ lead-off hitter, Yelich ranks at or near the top of National League lead-off men in most offensive categories, and he’s been particularly hot of late.

Over his last 26 games beginning June 7, Yelich has batted .358 with a .419 on-base percentage. In that span, he has 14 multi-hit games, including 11 in 20 games this month.

Yelich sees the 2nd-most pitches per plate appearance of any hitter in the National League (4.23), trailing only Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (4.35).

A set of numbers that have fascinated me throughout the season though are how Yelich’s production fluctuates dramatically depending on the count.

When Yelich is ahead or even in the count, he has batted .357. When he’s behind in the count, he’s hit just .074 with 7 hits in 95 at-bats.

To offer some perspective, the 2014 major league average when a hitter is ahead or even in the count is .279. When behind the count, the major league average this season is .203.

Those numbers indicate the importance of managing the count during an at-bat. They also speak to just how dramatically Yelich’s numbers fluctuate from the norm.

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

With wins in 5 of their last 6, the Marlins tonight continue their 3-game series in Houston. First pitch is at 7:10 Miami time, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

GM DAN JENNINGS ON THE MARLINS’ APPROACH TO THE TRADE DEADLINE

Over the course of the current road trip, Marlins General Manager Dan Jennings has joined me on Marlins On Deck to discuss the ballclub’s season to date and assorted other topics. Last night, we discussed the Marlins’ approach to the upcoming non-waiver trading deadline. Will the Marlins be buyers, sellers or neither?

Here’s a complete transcript of his comments from last night’s Marlins Radio Network pre-game show:

“We’ve had on-going discussions pretty much since the start of the second half. We had a meeting with the team. We shared some things with them that are positives that need to transpire. At that point we had 21 games remaining against Washington and Atlanta, the two teams that are in the lead in our division. So, to a degree, we kind of hold our own destiny. So we somewhat issued a challenge. We talked about the positives that these guys have done and what they’ve been able to accomplish in this first half, and I think, now, it’s a case where we will weigh everything that comes our way.

“If something makes sense for us to do that helps our club now and also helps us going forward, then it’s something that we have to strongly consider doing. But to go out and just make a trade for trade’s sake because we have pieces that other people like…the one thing that (President of Baseball Operations) Mike (Hill) and I along with (Owner) Jeffrey (Loria) have talked about is we don’t want to do anything that will undo the positive foundation and the culture change that has been laid in place for this year.

“But we’ll have extensive meetings coming up once we get back home. We’re going to pull in a lot of our pro scouts and a lot of our VPs and take their temperature on things and get their opinions on what they see that we need to do or what we shouldn’t do, and we’ll make decisions that way, based upon what’s going to be in the best interest of the Miami Marlins.”

On balancing the short term gratification of attempting to win in 2014 with the organization’s hope to become a perennial post-season contender in the long-term:

“That’s the fun part about being in the positions that Mike and I are in. Everyone wants to win now. We want to win now. But we also have to look at the best interest of what we’re trying to do long term to sustain success in this organization. And we will definitely do that.

“But I will tell you, and the message that we relayed to our players: We like this team, and we believe in this team.

“You know, for me, certainly the outcome matters now, but it’s how you play. And how these guys are playing right now gives us all belief and the feeling that good can occur.”

I’ve got more with Dan Jennings on Marlins On Deck at 6:40 tonight on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Tonight, I’ll ask the Marlins GM specifically about the club’s long-term plans for Giancarlo Stanton.

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (JULY 25 at HOU)

With last night’s 3-2 win in Atlanta, 24 of the Marlins’ 48 victories this season (exactly half) have come by one run.

Miami’s 24 one-run wins, which match the club’s full-season total from 2013 (24-35), lead the major leagues. The Pirates are 2nd with 23, while the Red Sox and White Sox are tied for 3rd with 19.

The Marlins and Pirates are tied for the major league lead having played 40 games decided by a single run. The Red Sox have played 39, the Reds 37, and the White Sox and Mets have both played 36.

At 24-16 in one-run affairs, the Marlins’ .600 winning percentage is 2nd to only the Tigers (17-11 .607) in all of Baseball.

The last time the Marlins had this much success in one-run games was 2009, when they went 30-20 (.600). Miami has posted sub-.500 records in one-run contests each of the last 4 seasons.

In franchise history, the Marlins have finished above .500 in one-run decisions 11 times.

The club record for one-run wins is 32, set in 1997 (32-22) and matched in 2000 (32-20). The Marlins also won at least 30 one-run games in 1998 (31-29), 2003 (30-23) and 2009 (30-20).

Miami’s best-ever winning percentage in one-run decisions is .639, set in 1994, when the Marlins went 23-13.

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

After beginning their 7-game road trip by winning 3 of 4 from the Braves at Turner Field, the Marlins tonight open a 3-game series in Houston at 8:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 7:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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