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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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DRUMROLL PLEASE

Thanks to all who cast their votes during the season’s final weeks for the 2014 Marlins Fish Tales Award winners.

We are pleased to announce the results, now that they have been verified by an independent accounting firm:

You selected Giancarlo Stanton as the 2014 Marlins Most Valuable Player with 93% of the vote. Others receiving votes included Casey McGehee, Steve Cishek and Christian Yelich.

You selected Henderson Alvarez as 2014 Marlins Pitcher of the Year with 68% of the vote. Steve Cishek finished second with 16%. Also receiving votes: Bryan Morris, Tom Koehler, A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn and Dan Jennings.

And, in our most hotly contested race, you chose Casey McGehee as your Favorite 2014 Marlins Newcomer with 56 percent of the vote. Jarred Cosart came in second with 36 percent, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jeff Baker, Reed Johnson and Bryan Morris also received votes.

Thanks for voting and congratulations to our Fishies winners!

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS

The single most-viewed blog I’ve posted in the short time I’ve done this on-and-off over the last few seasons was an April, 2012 post about player walk-up songs. 

As one who’s always wanted to give the people what they want, here’s a look at who’s walking up to what to begin the 2014 season.

Henderson Alvarez–Watch Out for This (Major Lazer)

Jeff Baker–Machinehead (Bush)

Steve Cishek–Send Me/Represent (116 Clique)

Derek Dietrich–In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) That Power (wil.i.Am)

Greg Dobbs–Dark Horse (Katy Perry)

Mike Dunn–Bartholomew (The Silent Comedy)

Nathan Eovaldi–God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Johnny Cash)

Jose Fernandez–Se Compra Oro (Los 4) on Opening Night…changes nearly every start

Brad Hand–Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)

Adeiny Hechavarria–Ambition (Wale)

Dan Jennings–Ooh Aah My Life Be Like (Grits)

Garrett Jones–Animal (Pearl Jam), Whiskey in a Jar (Metallica) and White Walls (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis)

Tom Koehler–Won’t Back Down (Eminem/Pink)

Casey McGehee–Simple Man (Shinedown)

Marcell Ozuna–Que Se Mueran de Envidia (Paramba), Yo La Queria Pila (Chimbala) and Siente El Ki (Los Lunatikos)

A.J. Ramos–Power (Kanye West)

Jarrod Saltalamacchia–All of the Lights (Kanye West)

Giancarlo Stanton–Clique re-mix (Kanye West) and Doin’ That (Clyde Carson)

Christian Yelich–Cameras (Drake)

Keep an ear out for a feature about player walk-up songs, how they’re chosen and the special meaning some hold, coming up on Marlins On Deck at some point in the next couple of weeks.

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

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What a difference a year makes.

Hopefully, after 100 losses in 2013, we’ll be saying that at the end of the season too, but as you look at the Marlins’ 2014 Opening Day roster, which was made official this afternoon, it certainly holds true to begin the year.

Only 9 players who were on the Opening Day 25-man roster a season ago, 5 pitchers and 4 position players, will be there tomorrow night when the Marlins take the field against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park.

Jose Fernandez, Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos and Kevin Slowey are the pitchers who were with the club when they rang in the new year in Washington in 2013. The only 4 returning position players are Giancarlo Stanton, Adeiny Hechavarria, Donovan Solano and Gregg Dobbs.

Only 2 players who were in the lineup on Opening Day last year will be among Mike Redmond’s starting 9 tomorrow night: Stanton in right field and Hechavarria at shortstop.

For old time’s sake, here’s the lineup that was held to 3 hits and no runs by Stephen Strasburg and the Nats in last season’s opener:

Juan Pierre, LF (free agent)

Chris Coghlan, CF (Cubs, AAA)

Giancarlo Stanton, RF

Placido Polanco, 3B (free agent)

Rob Brantly, C (New Orleans)

Donovan Solano, 2B

Casey Kotchman, 1B (free agent)

Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Ricky Nolasco, P (Twins)

One thing that stands out when you look at the 25-man roster is its youth. 10 of the 25 players are 24-years-old or younger, including 4 of the 5 members of the season-opening starting rotation, all three starting outfielders and the regular shortstop.

The 2014 Marlins begin the year with only 7 players who are 30 or older. Carlos Marmol (31) is the only 30-something on the pitching staff (27-year-old Tom Koehler is the only starting pitcher older than 24). 

The club’s senior position players are Reed Johnson (37), Gregg Dobbs (35), Jeff Baker (32), Garrett Jones (32), Casey McGehee (31) and Jeff Mathis (31 tomorrow). Among those 6, only Jones and McGehee are expected to be regular starters.

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MUSIC TO THEIR EARS

With the Marlins returning home to begin their first Marlins Park homestand tonight against the Astros, it’s time to answer one of the questions I hear at the start of every year: What songs will different players “walk up to” this season?

Different players choose different songs for different reasons. Some like the sound. Some like the artist. Some like the message.

Some change their song seemingly every at-bat.  Others will use the same song all season, and even year after year. (I’m reminded of former Red Sox back-up catcher Doug Mirabelli, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2007. He now sells real estate in Michigan, but I think every time he enters a room—to this day—you likely hear Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.”)

A couple of Marlins players shared interesting stories with me about their chosen songs.

When Heath Bell was in Triple-A with the Mets in 2002, his Norfolk Tides trainer Brian Chicklo suggested he enter games to “Blow Me Away” by Breaking Benjamin.

Bell loved the song, but said, “That’s a big league closer’s song.” He told Chicklo as soon as he became a major league closer, he’d break it out.

It took 7 years, but when Bell replaced the departed Trevor Hoffman as San Diego’s closer, he first entered to “Blow Me Away,” keeping his promise to his former trainer, who’s now an assistant trainer with the Mets.

“Hopefully he hears it a lot this year,” Bell told me.

Emilio Bonifacio will use a few different walk-up songs this season, but Boni’s primary song, which debuted Opening Night against the Cardinals, is an original composition.

Boni’s “Lo Viste?” (Did you see that?) caught on in the clubhouse last season. He passed out Lo Viste T-shirts to his teammates this spring and is now selling them online, complete with the official Lo Viste logo.

Prospecto y Respeto, a duo from Boni’s hometown in the Dominican Republic, wrote and recorded a “Lo Viste” song that mentions Boni, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes.  You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asdu26Fymns

And you’ll hear it a lot at Marlins Park this season.

Here’s a list of the walk-up songs I’ve been able to collect so far with a special thanks to the Marlins Entertainment Department for their help in compiling much of this list:

Heath Bell: Blow Me Away (Breaking Benjamin)

Emilio Bonifacio: Lo Viste (an original by Prospecto y Respeto)

John Buck: 100% Cowboy (Jason Meadows)

Steve Cishek: Send Me/Represent (116 Clique)

Mike Dunn: Kiss it Goodbye (Nickelback)

Chad Gaudin: Red Rock (Smokin Armadillos)

Brett Hayes: Bangarang (Skrillex)

Logan Morrison: Everybody Get the F Up (Yelawolf)

Edward Mujica: Rescate (Alexis y Fido)

Hanley Ramirez: No Love (Lil’ Wayne” and El Duro (Don Omar)

Gaby Sanchez: Triumph (Pitbull)

Giancarlo Stanton: Lord Knows (Drake) and Look in My Eyes (Obie Trice)

Ryan Webb: Hysteria (Muse)

Carlos Zambrano: Enamorado de Ti (Rene Gonzalez)

If you could recommend a song that you feel is especially appropriate for any one player, what would it be?

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