LONG DISTANCE MEMORIES

Stanton at Cage

Just putting together some notes on Giancarlo Stanton’s 2014 home runs. Here’s some fun stuff (all info culled from ESPN Stats and Info Group’s Hittrackeronline.com):

Stanton’s average 2014 home run traveled 415.3 feet. No major leaguer who hit more than 20 homers had a longer average distance.

There were 50 home runs in all of Baseball that traveled at least 450 feet last season. Giancarlo hit 7 of them.

10 teams didn’t hit a single long ball that traveled at least 450 feet.

No other team had more than the Giants’ 5 and the Blue Jays’ 4.

The Angels, Dodgers, Cubs and Royals hit 3, and the Red Sox, Braves, D-Backs, Twins, Rockies, Brewers and Athletics hit 2.

Outside of Stanton’s 7, only 4 major leaguers hit as many as 2 homers of at least 450 feet: Michael Morse of the Giants, Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays, Billy Butler of the Royals and Justin Upton of the Braves.

The only other Marlins to go 450 in 2014: Marcell Ozuna went 462 off Yovani Gallardo September 8 at Milwaukee, and Justin Bour went 450 on the nose with his first big league long ball September 19 vs. Washington off Doug Fister.

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SPRING IS ON THE AIR

With the start of Spring Training games just around the corner, here’s a look at our 15-game Marlins Spring Training radio broadcast schedule:

Tuesday, March 3 vs. University of Miami (1:05 p.m.)

Thursday, March 5 vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Sunday, March 8 at St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 10 vs. Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 11 vs. New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)

Friday, March 13 vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 17 vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 18 vs. Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

Thursday, March 19 at Atlanta Braves (1:05 p.m.)

Monday, March 23 vs. New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 24 vs. Boston Red Sox (1:05 p.m.)

Saturday, March 28 vs. Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.)

Monday, March 30 at New York Mets (1:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 31 at St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 1 vs. Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

All broadcasts will air on flagship station AM 940 WINZ and MLB.com’s Gameday Audio. Select broadcasts may also be available on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

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DUNN DEAL

Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

Mike Dunn and the Marlins agreed to a 2-year, $5.8 million contract Sunday to avoid salary arbitration. As I do my preparation for the 2015 season, here are a few notes I’ve put together, some things you might not have realized about the lefthander, heading into his 5th season in Miami.

BUSY MAN: Dunn’s 150 appearances over the last 2 seasons lead the National League and rank 2nd in the majors to only Cleveland’s Cody Allen (153). Since joining the Marlins in 2011, Dunn ranks 8th in the major leagues and 3rd in the NL with 282 appearances. Only Tyler Clippard (293) and Matt Belisle (282) have pitched in more games in the NL over the last 4 seasons.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Dunn’s 282 appearances for the Marlins over the last 4 seasons trail only Braden Looper and Antonio Alfonseca in club history. Looper pitched in 368 games from 1999-2003, while Alfonseca pitched in 307 games from 1997-2005. Dunn needs 26 appearances in 2015 to pass Alfonseca for 2nd place. He begins the season 86 games shy of matching Looper’s franchise record.

THE VULTURE: Dunn’s 10 relief wins last season were the most in a single season by a Marlin. Edward Mujica won 9 games out of the bullpen in 2012, and Robb Nen won 9 in 1997. The 10 relief victories matched Tony Watson of the Pirates for most in the majors in 2014. The last major leaguer to post more than 10 relief wins in a season was Tyler Clippard, who earned 11 wins for the Nationals in 2010.

MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME: Dunn’s 10 wins in 2014 were the most in major league history by a pitcher (starter or reliever) who threw fewer than 60 innings in a season. Dunn earned his 10 wins over 57 innings. The previous low was 61 innings pitched by Jose Arredondo of the Angels en route to 10 wins in 2008. Before Dunn, the fewest innings any Marlin had thrown to reach at least 10 wins was 114 1/3 by Anibal Sanchez during his 2006 rookie season. At 10-6, Dunn was the first big league pitcher to ever record as many as 16 decisions in a season in which he threw so few innings. The previous low was held by the Yankees’ Johnny Murphy, who went 12-4 over 68 innings in 1943.

SOUTHPAW SAVIOR: Dunn’s 4 career saves are surpassed by 20 pitchers in Marlins history, but they match the most ever by a Marlins lefty. Taylor Tankersley saved 4 games for the Marlins between 2006 and 2010.

EVERYTHING’S UNDER CONTROL: One of the keys to Dunn’s success over the last 2 seasons has been improved control. He averaged 5.7 walks per 9 innings from his major league debut in 2009 through 2012. Over the last 2 seasons, he’s lowered that average to 3.6 walks per 9 innings, walking a then career-best 3.7 per 9 in 2013, then bettering that mark with 3.5 walks per 9 innings last season.

HE DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE: Having always been tough on lefthanders, who’ve hit .220 against him in his career, Dunn was actually slightly tougher on righties in 2014. A season ago, righthanders batted .219, while lefties hit .220.

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MONDAY’S MARLINS HOT STOVE SHOW

Monday night, we’ll shine the spotlight on Player Development on Marlins Hot Stove from 7-9 p.m. on 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

My guests will include Marlins Vice President/Player Development Marty Scott, as well as 2 of the organization’s top prospects, catcher J.T. Relamuto and lefthander Justin Nicolino.

Also, Kyle Sielaff sits down with Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine, and I’ll wrap up our Marlins Hot Stove National League East preview, talking about the Philadelphia Phillies with their television play-by-play man Tom McCarthy.

We’ll also have the latest Marlins and major league Hot Stove news and notes as we’re now less than 2 weeks from the start of Spring Training.

If you can’t listen to the show live, all Marlins Hot Stove shows are archived at Marlins.com/HotStove and are also available as a free podcast through the iTunes Store or at Marlins.com/Podcasts.

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 delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. Join me for Marlins Hot Stove talk every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on AM 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove and for Marlins play-by-play throughout the season on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

TONIGHT’S MARLINS HOT STOVE SHOW

Ichiro Press Conference

Tonight, we ring in the month of February with another 2 hours of Marlins Hot Stove talk from 7-9 p.m. on 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

I’ll devote much of the first hour of our show to the Marlins’ signing of Ichiro Suzuki. In addition to hearing some of Ichiro’s comments from last week’s press conference–and hearing from President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill and General Manager Dan Jennings–I’ll be joined live by club President David Samson.

Just back from Japan, David will talk about Ichiro as well as many other Marlins and MLB-related topics.

Also tonight, Kyle Sielaff talks with Hall of Famer and Marlins Special Assistant Andre Dawson about the 2015 season as well as his trip to Chicago for the memorial service in honor of Mr. Cub Ernie Banks.

And I’ll continue our Marlins Hot Stove National League East preview with a look at the Atlanta Braves through the eyes of radio voice Jim Powell.

We’ll also talk about changes you’d like to see made in Major League Baseball and run down all the Marlins and Major League Baseball news of the day.

If you can’t listen to tonight’s show live, all Marlins Hot Stove shows are archived at Marlins.com/HotStove and are also available as a free podcast through the iTunes Store or at Marlins.com/Podcasts.

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 delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And join me for Marlins Hot Stove talk every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. on AM 940 WINZ, iHeart Radio and Marlins.com/HotStove.

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