Within an hour after nearly getting no-hit by the Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary. The team made the announcement after holding a closed-door meeting in the Marlins clubhouse.
The Marlins came within one out of a no-hitter on Sunday before Justin Bour singled up the middle off Shelby Miller. That saved the Marlins from making history, but Miami's front office had apparently seen enough.
The Braves won the game 6-0 and dropped the Marlins to 16-22 on the season. Miami entered the year with high expectations after adding Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, Michael Morse and others this offseason.
Redmond leaves Miami after compiling a 155-207 record in three seasons. He began his playing career with the franchise and spent seven years there before moving on to join the Minnesota Twins.
Redmond was a member of their 2003 World Series team. He drew praise around baseball last season after helping the Marlins improve to 77-85 after winning just 62 games the year before.
The Marlins will announce their new manager Monday morning in an 11 a.m. press conference.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.