The new Florida Marlins stadium will have two aquariums that will serve as backstops behind home plate.
You’ve gotta be kidding.
Did Max Fischer design this park?
Obscure Baseball Player Card #2 - Ryan Bowen
Hello, Zack from Fat Shawn Kemp here with my second installment of Obscure Baseball Players.
This week I have Ryan Bowen. According to Wikipedia, Ryan pitched 5 MLB seasons from 1991 to 1995. He was originally drafted in 1986 by the Astros and made it to the majors in 1991. He was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the expansion draft and finished his MLB career with them. After two more seasons in the minor leagues he retired.
Note: There is also a Pro Basketball player named Ryan Bowen
This is what your arm looks like post Tommy John surgery. From John Baker’s Twitpic:
“Post surgery, hanging loose. These left handed tweets are not easy. Positive feedback from Dr. Andrews.”
Nyjer Morgan charges the mound; Gaby Sanchez makes him pay; Marlins announcers get self-righteous.
Here is Nyjer Morgan, moments after charging the mound, sparking a bench-clearing brawl, and getting clotheslined by Gaby Sanchez. Arguably, the Marlins set off the brawl, but here’s the sequence of events.
Tuesday night: Morgan tries to score from second on an infield grounder in the tenth inning. The throw beats him, and he crashes into the catcher in an unsuccessful attempt to knock the ball loose. Marlins catcher Brett Hayes separates his shoulder, but holds onto the ball for the out. Morgan would have been safe had he simply slid.
Top of the 4th inning: The Marlins ignore Morgan for his first two at-bats, but with a 14-3 lead, Chris Volstad drills Morgan in retaliation. Morgan responds by stealing second and third, then scores on a sac fly. Florida seems to think Morgan broke an unwritten rule of baseball, but isn’t the prohibition against stealing bases up eleven runs?
Bottom of the 4th inning: Washington manager Jim Riggleman asks his players if they should drill a Marlin in return. Riggleman said, “I got some of my veteran players together and said, ‘It’s your ballclub, if you want someone getting thrown at, I’ll order it right now.’ Everybody said, ‘No, it’s over.’” In other words, “Screw Nyjer Morgan.”
Top of the 6th inning: Now leading 15-5, Volstad throws his first pitch behind Morgan. Nyjer throws down his helmet, charges the mound and grazes Volstad with a punch. Let’s hope it counted, because first baseman Gaby Sanchez immediately annihilates Morgan with a running clothesline. Volstad continues the thrashing until helmet-clad Nats coach Pat Listach dives into the pile to rescue Morgan.
Bottom of the 7th inning: Reliever Dan Slaten beans Sanchez. He and Riggleman are ejected.
Totals: Four hit batsmen, six ejections. The Nationals play the Marlins three more times, but it is highly unlikely that Nyjer Morgan will be in uniform for those contests.
|—||Jeff Passan, rightfully blasting the Marlins ownership.|
Marlins president David Samson, disputing a 2007 report that the Marlins had the highest operating income in baseball. Turns out, whoops, they actually were insanely profitable. In a somewhat related story, the Marlins are paying less than 25% of the cost for their new ballpark complex.
Stephen Strasburg was pulled after giving up six runs in just 4 1/3 innings tonight. Senator Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky) has already introduced a resolution condemning Strasburg for his cowardice, lack of patriotism, and tendency to leave the ball up in the zone to Dan Uggla. Congress is scheduled to vote on the resolution never.
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