Ever since the first week of JenningsMania ended, the Marlins have been pretty easy to ignore. We glance over at Giancarlo Stanton’s insane home runs four or five times a week and then glance away because, while car wrecks can be interesting, the Marlins are more of a broken-down car and those are just boring.
But our friend Old Gator pointed something out in the comments this morning that’s all kinds of fun:
- Marlins 2015 record under Mike Redmond: 16-22
- Marlins 2015 record under Dan Jennings: 14-22
They were six back when Redmond was fired. They’re ten and a half back now. Their run differential was -8 when Redmond was fired, now it’s -30.
It’s almost as if Redmond wasn’t the problem in Miami. Or, at the very least, that Jennings isn’t the solution.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.