After one season as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins, Barry Bonds has been let go from the job, reports Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball.
The Marlins fell short of a playoff spot with a 79-82 record and struggled collectively as an offense. They placed 27th among MLB teams in runs scored and 25th in team OPS.
This was despite several players enjoying strong seasons at the plate. Outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna had their best years. Catcher J.T. Realmuto emerged as one of the better offensive catchers in the league. Third baseman Martin Prado played well and so did second baseman Derek Dietrich.
There were, though, some guys that didn't play to their capabilities. Infielder Dee Gordon struggled, though his season was interrupted by a PED suspension. And star Giancarlo Stanton had his worst season by some measures, even before he was sidelined with a serious groin injury.
It was a tough year for the Marlins, who all in all didn't play up to their potential. But the dismissal of Bonds comes as a surprise, given he had only been there for one year.
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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.