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Marlins yell at “Marlins Man” after one of his “Mermaids” flashed her cleavage on camera

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You know Marlins Man, right? He’s the guy — real name Laurence Levy — who got D-level famous a few years back for showing up at playoff and World Series games is primo behind-home-plate seats while wearing orange Marlins gear despite those games not involving the Marlins.

He has milked his “fame” to a pretty decent degree. If you happen to be at the high-profile games he attends, you’ll note that he gets interviewed by the media and a line of fans forms to see him and have their picture taken with him. I talked to him for 30 seconds at the World Series a couple of years ago. He’s kind of obnoxious. What anyone sees in him apart from “huh, he gets good seats” is beyond me, but then again there’s a lot I don’t understand about America these days so maybe I’m the problem.

Anyway, back at his home turf, Marlins Park, he has taken to having young women in tight t-shirts sitting next to him. He calls them “Marlins Man’s Mermaids.” The other night, as the Marlins played the Cardinals, one of them decided to pull the front of her shirt down in an effort to distract Brett Cecil with her, um, décolletage:

No word as to what Cecil thought of it, but the Marlins didn’t much appreciate it. From the New York Post:

“I didn’t know what happened,” Levy told The Post over the phone Thursday. “When I came back, people were like, ‘Did you hear what happened?’ Then the Marlins sent me a text message, ‘You need to keep you girls under control, they cannot be flashing on TV it’s not appropriate. Bringing them is one thing to have fun, but the actions aren’t good for the image and we can’t condone it.’”

For what it’s worth the Mermaid in question claims she had no idea that she’d be on TV:

“To be honest, I was caught off guard. I was sitting and watching the game and we had a couple guys on base and we were just kind of talking and laughing and we thought it’d be kind of a funny distraction to get the pitcher’s attention and see if it would help, so that’s kind of what we did,” Korinna said. “But we didn’t think we were on camera.”

That’s very hard to believe, as anyone who has ever seen a baseball game knows that the people behind home plate are on TV all the time. She must think we’re a bunch of boobs.

In any event, this will all be Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush’s problem soon, so I hope they’re keeping abreast of these developments.

Anthony Alford to miss 4-6 weeks following wrist surgery

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Blue Jays’ outfielder Anthony Alford will miss at least 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left wrist, the team announced on Saturday. Alford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier in the week after sustaining a left hamate fracture on a foul pitch, and could miss significant time in what looks to be a lengthy rehab process. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the procedure has been scheduled for next week and will be performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona.

Alford, 22, was called up to the majors from Double-A New Hampshire last Friday. He went hitless in his first three outings, finally catching a break against the Brewers on Tuesday when he pinch-hit a leadoff double in the seventh. The injury occurred two innings later when Alford fouled off a pitch in the ninth inning, fracturing his wrist in the process.

Alford will join eight other players on the Blue Jays’ disabled list, including outfielders Steve Pearce (calf strain), Dalton Pompey (concussion) and Darrell Cecillani (partial shoulder dislocation). He’s expected to be replaced by 24-year-old outfield prospect Dwight Smith Jr.

Stephen Strasburg hit a new career high today

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Good luck getting a hit against the Nationals this weekend. Stephen Strasburg followed Max Scherzer‘s 13-strikeout performance on Friday with a dazzling outing of his own on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander whiffed a career-best 15 batters in seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk in the Nats’ 3-0 win.

It took Strasburg several innings to get into a groove after pitching into (and out of) a jam in the first inning. The Padres loaded the bases with Allen Cordoba‘s leadoff single, a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman and a four-pitch walk to Cory Spangenberg. By the third, Strasburg was cruising, striking out the side on 18 pitches and keeping the Padres off the basepaths until the sixth. He recorded his 15th and final strikeout in the seventh inning, catching Padres’ prospect Franchy Cordero swinging on a 1-2 pitch to effectively end his outing.

While 15 strikeouts set a new career record for the Nationals’ ace, he came close to reaching the mark twice before. The first time, he struck out 14 of 24 batters during his major league debut against the 2010 Pirates, though the 5-2 win did little more than keep the Nationals neck-and-neck with the Marlins at the bottom of the NL East. Five years later, he tied his 14-strikeout record against the 2015 Phillies, tossing a one-hitter in eight innings to cement his ninth victory of the season.

The only one who doesn’t seem overly enthused by the new record? Strasburg himself, who told MLB.com’s Jamal Collier and AJ Cassavell: “It’s pretty cool, but there’s another game five, six days from now. I’ll enjoy it tonight, but back to work tomorrow.”