Perry Hill got a lot of credit for the Marlins’ defensive improvement this season, but the 59-year-old first base and infield coach won’t be on Ozzie Guillen’s staff in 2012 because of knee problems.
Florida brought in Hill specifically to address its high error total and the Marlins’ error count dropped from 123 in 2010 to 93 this season. Error totals are very often a misleading way to judge defense, but the Marlins also improved their Ultimate Zone Rating and percentage of balls in play turned into outs, albeit only slightly.
Regardless of which numbers you focus on regarding defense, Hill has a long history of lowering his teams’ error totals and is well-respected as a defensive coach, so it could be a tough loss for the Marlins.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.