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FILE — In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Jesus Aguilar sits in the dugout during a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Slugger Jesus Aguilar came to the Miami Marlins to find his swing and regain his confidence. If he does, he’ll provide a big boost to a team that finished last in the majors in home runs in 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

After 2019 slump, Aguilar hopes to bounce back with Marlins

Mar. 3, 2020 2:53 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jesús Aguilar joined the Miami Marlins to repair his swing and restore his confidence. They go hand in hand, he figures. Both went south last year, when the 250-pound first baseman failed to hit his weight and lost his starting job with the Milwaukee Brewers. Aguilar continued to...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. The Marlins haven't played in the postseason since 2003, and likely won't get there this year. But more than three years after the death of ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident, the Marlins believe the have the pieces to build a winning rotation. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Young pitching at foundation of Marlins' rebuilding plan

Feb. 28, 2020 12:58 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Conley has pitched in the Miami Marlins’ organization since 2011, which gives him a unique perspective on the quality of their rotation through a decade of losing. It's on the rise, he says. “The depth is noticeably improved,” Conley says. “Now you...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Derek Holland is shown during a spring training baseball workout in Bradenton, Fla. Holland is one of several older players trying to hang on with teams that don't figure to be contenders in 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Working the count; 30-somethings grinding to extend careers

Feb. 28, 2020 2:27 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson kept waiting for the phone to ring. As December faded and the hot stove cooled, one thought kept running through the free agent outfielder's mind. “You mean to tell me I can't help nobody win?" said Dyson, who stole 30 bases for Arizona in 2019 before hitting the...

Miami Marlins outfielder Matt Kemp (27) looks on during spring training baseball practice in Jupiter, Fla., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

'The wall won' _ Kemp tries to revive career with Marlins

Feb. 26, 2020 7:29 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Fans of The Clash, The Bobby Fuller Four and the Cincinnati Reds can agree Matt Kemp had the quote of the year after he broke a rib chasing a flyball last April. “I fought the wall, and the wall won,” Kemp said. He broke a rib and missed the final five months of the season. Now,...

Miami Marlins infielder Jonathan Villar (2) run drills during spring training baseball practice in Jupiter, Fla., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Versatile Villar to get tryout in center field with Marlins

Feb. 18, 2020 1:03 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Versatile newcomer Jonathan Villar is expected to be an ironman in the Miami Marlins' lineup, even if they don’t know where. Villar played in all 162 games last year for the Baltimore Orioles, mostly at second base and shortstop. But the Marlins will give him a spring training...

Miami Marlins majority owner Bruce Sherman talks to the media during the first full-squad spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Marlins believe they have 'a lot more talent' in 2020

Feb. 17, 2020 3:05 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Even the Miami Marlins can be optimistic at the start of spring training, which is why president of baseball operations Michael Hill stood facing the practice fields before the first full-squad workout Monday and didn't flinch at what's to come. “This is a camp where there is as...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro eyes the baseball during a spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Francisco Cervelli says he’s fully recovered from his latest concussion, and Jorge Alfaro says he’s feeling fitter after an offseason spent working on the farm and running sprints. At catcher, at least, the Miami Marlins appear in good shape. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Marlins could be above average at catcher, at least

Feb. 14, 2020 2:36 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Cervelli says he’s fully recovered from his latest concussion, and Jorge Alfaro says he’s feeling fitter after a winter spent working on the farm and running sprints. At catcher, at least, the Miami Marlins appear in good shape. Alfaro, who returns as the...

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas runs a drill at spring training baseball camp in Jupiter, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Marlins believe throwing more strikes will lead to more wins

Feb. 12, 2020 5:20 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Midway through Ryne Stanek's first throwing session of spring training with the Miami Marlins, he was interrupted by pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. Stanek's fastball kept sailing inside. “If you find yourself missing consistently in the same area ...” Stottlemyre...

Derek Jeter CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins leaves a meeting during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Marlins' Mattingly bothered by sign-stealing, Jeter vote

Feb. 8, 2020 3:30 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Baseball’s news cycle of late has been dominated by the sign-stealing scandal that led to upheaval in Houston and Boston, as well as Derek Jeter missing out on being a unanimous selection for Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Don Mattingly was bothered by both stories. Miami’s...

Derek Jeter CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins leaves a meeting during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Lots of prospects for Marlins to sort out in spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 1:34 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — There’s only one direction to go for the Miami Marlins, who have endured 10 consecutive losing seasons and stumbled last year to 105 defeats, their highest total since 1998. So yes, they should be better in 2020. That might not mean much in the short term, and a .500 finish might still...