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Marlins | Ricky Nolasco, Jose Fernandez flip-flopped by FO?

Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco was scheduled to start the first game of his club's doubleheader versus the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, April 23, but was notified about 2 1/2 hours before game time that he would be starting the nightcap instead, allowing rookie SP Jose Fernandez to pitch the day game. According to manager Mike Redmond, the organization preferred to have the inexperienced Fernandez start during the day, when it'd likely be warmer. Multiple, unnamed sources said the decision came from people above the manager, however, and that Redmond, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and Nolasco were displeased with and surprised by the directive. Nolasco's name had still been on the lineup card when players began to show up at the ballpark on Tuesday. Fernandez wasn't aware of the alteration until that morning, either.

Temperature at game time for the front end was 38 degrees, and for the back end it was 42. Fernandez wasn't particularly sharp, with six hits, four earned runs and two walks allowed and only 2 K's, in a 4-3 loss. In the nightcap, Nolasco went five frames, allowed six hits, three runs (two earned) and a walk, struck out four, and received plenty of run support on his way to an 8-5 victory.

The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer writes that normal practice for doubleheaders is to allow the pitcher with more seniority to choose which end of a twin bill he'd prefer to pitch. "Not a smart move," said a Marlin in uniform. "It's a slap in the face to Ricky." Asked if he was unhappy about the late change, Nolasco replied, "No comment."

Fantasy Tip: It's not clear if the protocol Spencer cites is widely observed, but it's clear that many in the clubhouse weren't happy. The fantasy implications of this issue are minimal, but it's evidence that the Marlins' front office doesn't have the interests of its personnel in mind and doesn't communicate well, which are surprises to no one. The franchise has a couple of World Series to show for its methods, but its decision-makers only add to a deserved reputation as a cold organization. The environment isn't positive, and it can have an effect on players' production, albeit one difficult to measure. This won't help in the club's eventual pursuit of prized free agents.

2013-04-24 10:57:03 | Source: The Miami Herald - Clark Spencer

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