Results tagged ‘ Chicago Cubs ’

STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 17 vs. CHI)

According to ESPN’s incredible Home Run Tracker web site, last night’s Giancarlo Stanton home run traveled “only” 366 feet, making it the shortest of his league-leading 19 long balls this season. His previous low was 391 feet on an April 29 blast off Atlanta’s Alex Wood at Marlins Park.

Last night’s line drive shot over the right field wall never got more than 48 feet off the ground, making its apex the lowest of any homer Stanton’s hit this year. The previous low was 56 feet on his 11th-inning game-winning line-drive shot to right-center field off San Diego’s Dale Thayer May 8 at Petco Park.

His most majestic blast: a shot off Marco Estrada of the Brewers May 23 in Miami that reached an apex 123 feet above the playing field. That homer carried 463 feet, his 3rd-longest of the year. His best was a 484-foot rocket off San Diego’s Eric Stults April 4 at Marlins Park, which stands as the longest homer in Baseball this season.

Stanton’s average home run distance this season is 426.5 feet, highest of any player in Baseball with at least 7 home runs.

Last night’s homer was the first of Giancarlo’s 19 to be hit directly down the right-field line, although he has distributed his clouts from foul pole to foul pole this season.  He’s hit 5 home runs to left, 2 to left-center, 4 to straight-away center, 3 to right-center and 5 to right field.

16 of his 19 homers have traveled at least 400 feet, and 5 have gone at least 450 feet.

Giancarlo has single-handedly hit more 450-foot homers than any team in Baseball this season. The Giants have hit 4, the Dodgers 3, the Braves, Blue Jays and Brewers 2. 7 clubs have one homer of 450 feet or more, while17 teams have none.

The longest Marlins homer hit by someone other than Stanton is Derek Dietrich’s 438-foot blast off Tanner Roark of the Nationals April 16 at Marlins Park.

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The Marlins and Cubs continue their 3-game set at Marlins Park at 7:10 tonight, 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. A full 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/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 14 vs. PIT)

Despite last night’s heart-breaking 13-inning loss to Pittsburgh, that sound the Marlins hear could be opportunity knocking.

A game out of first place in the NL East, the club’s schedule between now and the All-Star break would seemingly provide a golden opportunity for a strong finish to the first half.

Beginning with last night’s game against the Pirates, 16 of the Marlins’ 29 games leading into the All-Star break will be at Marlins Park where, at 22-12, they’ve enjoyed one of the top home-field advantages in the majors so far in 2014.

Beyond that, 23 of the 29 games are against sub-.500 teams, and 20 of the 29 are against teams that entered play last night either last or tied for last in their divisions.

On this homestand, the Marlins play 3 against the Pirates, 3 against the Cubs and 4 against the Mets before a 4-game trip to Philadelphia. The Marlins then return home for 3 against the AL West-leading Athletics before 3 more vs. Philadelphia. The first half concludes with a 9-game trip to St. Louis, Arizona and New York.

Of the 9 series, the Marlins play between now and the All-Star break, only 2—against the Athletics and Cardinals—come against teams that currently have winning records.

Having an opportunity to surge and taking advantage are two separate matters, but the fact is the Marlins’ next month lines up very favorably from a schedule standpoint.

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The Marlins and Pirates play the middle game of their 3-game series at 4:10 today, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:40 with Marlins On Deck. A full 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/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 8 at CHI)

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Heading into this afternoon’s start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Miami’s Henderson Alvarez has worked a career-best 21 consecutive scoreless innings.

Alvarez’s run is the 7th-longest in Marlins franchise history.

1. Javier Vazquez, 29.0 (2011)

2. Luis Aquino, 26.1 (1994)

3. Pat Rapp, 24.2 (1995)

4. Chris Hammond, 24.0 (1994)

5. Dontrelle Willis, 24.0 (2005)

6. Anibal Sanchez, 23.0 (2006)

7. Henderson Alvarez, 21.0 (2014)

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The Marlins look to salvage the final game of their 3-game series against the Cubs at 2:20 today, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 1:50 with Marlins On Deck. A full 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/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 7 at CHI)

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The Marlins and Cubs play game 2 of their 3-game series at Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field this afternoon.

The home of the Cubs celebrates its 100th anniversary season in 2014, making Wrigley the 2nd-oldest ballpark in the majors behind only Fenway Park in Boston, which opened in 1912.

Incredibly, 13 of the 15 current National League clubs (including the Marlins)—and 20 of the 30 big league clubs overall—now play in ballparks built after Miami joined the league in 1993.

Among NL teams, only the Cubs and Dodgers still play in the same ballpark they called home when the Marlins played their inaugural season 21 years ago.

Here’s a look at when each current major league ballpark opened:

 

Fenway Park, Boston–1912

Wrigley Field, Chicago (NL)—1914

Dodger Stadium, Los Angels (NL)—1962

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Los Angeles (AL)—1966

O.co Coliseum, Oakland—1966

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City–1973

Rogers Centre, Toronto—1989

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg—1990 (Rays debuted in 1998)

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago (AL)—1991

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore–1992

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas—1994

Progressive Field, Cleveland—1994

Coors Field, Denver—1995

Turner Field, Atlanta—1996 (Braves moved in 1997)

Chase Field, Phoenix—1998

Safeco Field, Seattle—1999

AT&T Park, San Francisco—2000

Comerica Park, Detroit—2000

Minute Maid Park, Houston—2000

Miller Park, Milwaukee—2001

PNC Park, Pittsburgh—2001

Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati—2003

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia—2004

Petco Park, San Diego—2004

Busch Stadium, St. Louis—2006

Nationals Park, Washington—2008

Citi Field, New York (NL)—2009

Yankee Stadium, New York (AL)—2009

Target Field, Minnesota—2010

Marlins Park, Miami—2012

 

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The Marlins and Cubs continue their 3-game series at 4:05 this afternoon, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:35 with Marlins On Deck. A full 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/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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 (JUNE 6 at CHI)

After winning 4 in a row from the Rays, the Marlins today continue their 7-game road trip with the first of 3 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Cubs have 4 position players on their current 25-man roster who previously played for the Marlins. Emilio Bonifacio (416 games), Chris Coghlan (393), Justin Ruggiano (219) and John Baker (212) combined to play a total of 1,240 games for Miami.

The 13 current Marlins position players have combined to play a total of 1,635 games for Miami (an average of 126 per player), only 395 more than the 4 current Cubs played for the Marlins. If you removed Stanton’s 549 games from the mix, the rest of the current active Marlins position players have played a total of 1,086 games for Miami (an average of 91 per man).

Among the 13 position players currently on the Marlins’ 25-man active roster, only Giancarlo Stanton (in his 5th season) and Donovan Solano (in his 3rd) have been with the Marlins for more than 2 seasons. 6 of the 13 are in their first season with the Marlins and 5 are in their 2nd.

Meanwhile, the Marlins have 4 players on their current active roster with ties to the Cubs.

Casey McGehee was drafted by Chicago in 2003 and made his big league debut with 9 games as a Cub in 2008 before being claimed off waivers by the Brewers.

Reed Johnson played 361 games for the Cubs over 2 stints on the North Side of Chicago (2008-09 and 2011-12).

Jeff Baker appeared in 283 games for the Cubs from 2009-12. While he’s played for 6 teams, Baker has played more games as a Cub than in any other uniform.

And newcomer Justin Bour was drafted by the Cubs in 2009 and spent 5 minor league seasons in the organization before the Marlins chose him in the Triple-A Phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft.

The Marlins and Cubs open their 3-game weekend series at 4:05 this afternoon, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 3:35 with Marlins On Deck. A full 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/2014/03/13/hear-here-2/

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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