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Updated: 2017-02-27T11:30:38-05:00


Dee Gordon wants to bunt more in 2017



This is probably a good idea.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon wants to attempt to bunt for an infield hit at least once a game, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.

Gordon attempted only 13 bunts (six hits) in 79 games. He attempted 32 (with 16 hits) in 145 games the previous year.

Though he played in just 79 games as a result of his PED suspension last season, Gordon hit .268/.305/.335 with one home run and 14 RBIs. He was still able to steal 30 bases, down from the 58 he stole in 2015 (for obvious reasons, with fewer opportunities).

Bunting more often would likely benefit Gordon, who the Marlins are hoping will get on base routinely in 2017. Miami has been fond of Gordon since acquiring him to serve as its leadoff hitter.

Once a game might be a bit dramatic, because teams will likely start to adjust accordingly. But if Gordon is able to bunt effectively and get on base routinely as a result, he will likely become even valuable in front of Martin Prado, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich in Miami’s lineup.

All-Time Top 100 Marlins: #30 Henderson Alvarez



“The Entertainer” entertained us for parts of three seasons, including an electric 2014.

Throughout the 2016-17 offseason, Fish Stripes will be going back over the Top 100 Marlins of all time, from their inception as the Florida Marlins in 1993 through today's incarnation as the Miami Marlins. I used the WAR metric to order all potential members of the list. Today's Marlin, Henderson Javier Alvarez, earned a mark of 6.5 while with the team.

Alvarez is a 6’, 205 lb. right-hander from Valencia, Venezuala. Born on April 18th, 1990, the Toronto Blue Jays signed him just after the 2006 season as an amateur free agent. He debuted with the Jays in 2011, and over two seasons started 41 games for Toronto. He went 10-17 with a 4.52 ERA, a 4.87 FIP, a 1.363 WHIP, and 119 strikeouts in 251.0 innings. After the 2012 campaign, the Jays traded him with Anthony DeSclafani, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick, Jeff Mathis and Justin Nicolino to the Marlins for Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, and Jose Reyes.

Alvarez, who started the 2013 season on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, racked up a 1.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts versus a single walk in 24.1 innings of rehab work on his way to the Marlins. He made his debut with the team on July 4th, earning a no-decision after allowing three earned runs in five innings of work as the Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-3. On July 26th, Alvarez earned his first NL victory when he allowed two hits and struck out five over six innings, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0. On September 14th, he pitched seven shutout innings, striking out five and giving up four hits in a 3-0 victory against the New York Mets. On the last day of the season, September 29th, he threw the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, walking one and striking out four in a 1-0 win against the Detroit Tigers. Alvarez earned the no-hitter in walk-off fashion, when Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Giancarlo Stanton to cross the plate. For his efforts that week, he was named the NL Player of the Week.

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