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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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RELIEVED PITCHERS

Hanley’s multi-sensory 8th-inning home run (you could see it, hear it and even FEEL it if you were in the ballpark) may have decided last night’s game against the Cubs, but there was universal agreement in the post-game clubhouse that the biggest developments of the night for the Marlins came on the mound.

After a pair of rocky outings to begin the year, Josh Johnson worked 7 strong innings, limiting the Cubs to 2 runs on 7 hits.  And after Steve Cishek turned in yet another in a long-line of seemingly daily stellar outings to set down the side in the 8th, Heath Bell needed only 7 pitches (all strikes) to dispose of the Cubs 1-2-3 in the 9th to earn his first Marlins save.

For Ozzie Guillen, the performances turned in by his ace and his closer were the highlights of the night.

“To see JJ throwing the ball the way he did, I think personally, he needed that. And so did we, to get rid of those doubts and questions about him and how he performed the last 2 outings, especially the last one, it cleared a lot of people’s minds about how he is.

And second of all, to give the opportunity to Heath Bell to go out there and do what he does best. Those are the 2 things, besides the home run and the win, those are the greatest things that happened for us (last night).”

After allowing 21 hits in 9 2/3 innings his first 2 times out, JJ said last night felt different.

“I felt like I could let it go. When my timing’s off, this past month, it hasn’t really felt quite there. It was close, but it wasn’t quite there, and I wasn’t really sure what it was until we went back and looked at the video and saw that my hands weren’t breaking at the correct time and doing what I’ve always done through my career. Just to get deep into the game, and again, I gave up a couple of hard-hit balls, but there were some balls that just found holes and found ways to get through.  But I went out there and battled and got through 7.”

For Bell, who led all of baseball in saves over the last 3 seasons, earning his first save in a Marlins uniform took a little longer than he would have liked with a pair of blown saves to begin the year, but following a Sunday morning throwing session with pitching coach Randy St. Claire, the righthander was confident he was back on track, and he didn’t try to hide the relief he felt following last night’s performance.

“This is like a huge weight off my back, plain and simple. I went out there and blew the first 2, and I’m big on trying to get my teammates to trust me in any situation at any given time. This is a good start.

Between talking to Buck and St. Claire, and me and St. Claire working out and playing catch, we fixed it on Sunday, It’s not something that’s going to come back. It’s fixed.  It’s done with. We’re going to go on and get a lot of people out.”

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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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THIS AND THAT

With the day off Tuesday, a good chance to catch up on a few assorted nuggets I’ve come up with from the first 5 games of the Marlins’ 2012 season.

Widespread panic ensued after the Marlins managed one run on 7 hits and batted .119 with only 2 extra-base hits (both doubles) as a team in their first 2 games…in 3 games since, however, the Marlins have scored 19 runs on 34 hits, batting .312 with 7 doubles, 2 triples and 6 home runs.

Five games into the season, the Marlins already have a pair of 3-homer games (Saturday in Cincinnati and Monday in Philadelphia)…a season ago, it took the club until May 1 (game 26) to enjoy a pair of games with at least 3 long balls…the Marlins homered 3 or more times in a game 13 times all year in 2011…Monday’s 3-homer game came on a day when neither the regular #4 (Giancarlo Stanton) or #5 (Logan Morrison) hitters were in the lineup.

The Marlins have already stolen 7 bases through 5 games…a season ago, it took the club 14 games to get to 7 steals and 17 games to get to 8.

Omar Infante has slugged 3 home runs in the first 5 games of the season…in 2011, he didn’t hit his 3rd home run until the team’s 110th game on August 2…he went deep 3 times in his first 17 at-bats this year after not hitting his 3rd homer until his 418th at-bat last year, his first season with Miami.

The Marlins put the lead-off man on base in 7 of the 9 innings Monday against the Phillies, and that first man scored in 6 of those innings, all 6 of the club’s runs. Overall this season, the Marlins have put the lead-off man on base in 20 of the 45 innings in which they’ve batted, and he’s come around to score 12 times.

Jose Reyes is the only Marlin who has hit safely in all 5 games this season. If you go back to the end of last season when he was still with the Mets, Reyes is riding a 13-game hitting streak. His career-best is a 20-game with New York in 2005.

One turn through the rotation, the 5 Marlins starters have combined for a 3.90 ERA…more impressively, each worked at least 6 innings in his season debut with Ricky Nolasco going 8 Saturday night against the Reds.

Of the 19 runs the Marlins have surrendered through 5 games, 6 have come in the first inning…Miami pitchers have a 10.80 ERA in the first inning and a 3.05 ERA from the 2nd inning on.

After starters Kyle Lohse of the Cardinals and Johnny Cueto of the Reds held Miami to one run in 14 1/3 innings over the season’s first 2 games, opposing starters Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Cole Hamels have allowed a total of 11 runs in 16 1/3 innings the last 3 games, posting a collective 6.06 ERA.

24 of the 25 players on the Marlins’ Opening Day roster have appeared in at least one game…the only exception: right-handed reliever Chad Gaudin…Steve Cishek has pitched in relief in 4 of the first 5 games, having tossed 4 shutout innings.

The Marlins have played in front of sell-out crowds in 4 of their first 5 games.

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