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Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:57:03 -0700
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.
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:30:44 -0700
The Miami Marlins have revised their pitching rotation as a result of SPs Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) and Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) landing on the 15-day disabled list. SP Ricky Nolasco will start the season opener against the Washington Nationals Monday, April 1. SP Kevin Slowey, who was originally scheduled to be the No. 5 starter, will pitch Wednesday, April 3, and SP Wade LeBlanc will pitch the final game of the series Thursday, April 4. SP Alex Sanabia will start against the New York Mets Friday, April 5, Nolasco will pitch Saturday, April 6, and SP Jose Fernandez will make his MLB debut Sunday, April 7.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:43:43 -0700
Miami Marlins SPs Ricky Nolasco, Nathan Eovaldi, Wade LeBlanc, Henderson Alvarez and Kevin Slowey will make out the team's five-man rotation to start the year.
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:01:10 -0800
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco was informed Thursday, March 7, that he'll be starting the team's opening day game April 1 against the Washington Nationals.
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:23:48 -0800
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco thinks that he will be traded by the deadline this summer. "I feel pretty sure I'll be traded sometime before the deadline," Nolasco said. "It all depends on how I pitch." He will make $11.5 million this year and will be a free agent heading into 2014.
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:54:45 -0800
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco is expected to start the season with the team and is expected to stay with the team for much of the first half of the 2013 season before they consider trading him.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 05:34:17 -0800
The Miami Marlins are pushing for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mark Trumbo in trade talks involving SP Ricky Nolasco. This confirms a report that the Marlins aren't very interested in OF Peter Bourjos.
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:25:49 -0800
The Miami Marlins would be interested in dealing SP Ricky Nolasco for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:14:54 -0800
The Miami Marlins are telling teams interested in SP Ricky Nolasco that they aren't trading him.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:08:15 -0800
Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco has asked to be traded by the team after being the highest-paid player left on roster after a series of big moves earlier this offseason designed to reduce payroll drastically. "Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season," agent Matt Sosnick said. "Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins and the moves they've made, he and I agree that he would probably be better served playing somewhere else. If he had his druthers, he would pitch for somebody other than the Marlins in 2013 and beyond."
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