Entries in Florida Marlins (11)


Juan Pierre Retires

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Three-time stolen base champion Juan Pierre announced that after playing 14 years in the major leagues, he will retire.

The 37-year-old Pierre finishes his career 18th in career stolen bases (614). He was also a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins World Series championship team.

Pierre was selected in the 13th round of the amateur draft by the Colorado Rockies. He finishes his career playing three seasons with the Rockies, four with the Marlins, one with the Chicago Cubs, three with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two with the Chicago White Sox and one with the Philadelphia Phillies.

During that time Pierre hit .295, scoring 1,075 runs while accumulating 2,217 hits. He also had 18 home runs, something Pierre poked fun at on Twitter.

"I do have one regret I finished with 18 home runs really wanted to get 20 so if any team wants to sign me for 3yrs that should be enough time," Pierre tweeted.

While Pierre wasn't a power-hitter, he did hit over .300 six times.

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Report: Brewers Sign LHP Dontrelle Willis

iStockphoto(MILWAUKEE) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to ESPN.

The 33-year-old last appeared in the major leagues in 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds, where he went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA. He struck out 57 batters and walked 37 in 75 2-3 innings of work.

Willis made his big league debut in 2003 with the Florida Marlins, compiling a record of 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA. He won the National League Rookie of the Year award and was named to the NL All-Star team.

In 2005, Willis finished second to St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter in the NL Cy Young Award voting after going 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA. He also recorded seven complete games, five of them shutouts.

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Dan Uggla Rejects Assignment to Triple-A, Released by Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the second time this season, second baseman Dan Uggla is a free agent as the San Francisco Giants have released the former All-Star after he rejected an assignment to Triple-A.

Earlier this season, Uggla was released by the Atlanta Braves after failing to be a productive player over the past two seasons.

In 48 games this season with Atlanta, Uggla hit .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. This coming off a 2013 season where he hit .179 to go along with 22 home runs.

In an effort to rejuvenate his career, Uggla signed with the Giants. His stint with the Giants didn't go much better, as he went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and two errors in four games.

Over his last 503 games, Uggla is hitting just .208.

Earlier in his career, Ugglas was one of the best slugging second baseman in the game. From 2007-2011 he hit over 30 home runs while with the Florida Marlins and Braves.

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Carl Pavano Retires

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(WOODBRIDGE, N.J.) -- Starting pitcher Carl Pavano is calling it a career.

The 38-year-old Pavano pitched for 14 major league seasons, but hadn't taken the mound since June 1, 2012 when he strained his right shoulder. Pavano proceeded to have his spleen removed in 2013 after getting injured while falling in the snow.

"Despite my strong desire to compete and hard work in preparing for the upcoming season, I feel that the amount of time lost from my spleen injury, coupled with the recovery from my complications from that injury, preclude me from continuing to compete at my highest level, which is necessary to perform in the major leagues," Pavano said in a statement released Wednesday.

"I have achieved many things as a major league pitcher of which I am very proud. However, I feel at this time, I am simply not able to continue to pitch at the major league level, and these last three months of rigorous training have failed to produce the results that I was looking for to allow me to continue my major league career."

Pavano, a former All-Star, was a part of the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. During his 14 seasons, Pavano compiled a 108-107 record, with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP while pitching for Montreal, Florida, the New York Yankees, Cleveland, and Minnesota. 

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Padres' Pitcher Josh Johnson Finally Feeling Like His Old Self

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Diego Padres pitcher Johnson thinks this year he'll finally get his career back on track after injuries derailed his career in recent years. Still, he recently told that he's happy
head coach Tim Chambers can see an improvement too.

"He walked up to me and said, 'I can see a difference in just you playing catch at the 75 feet or what it was at the time," he said. "That was huge. I've felt good but then to have somebody else say I can see a difference, can see the extension...that was nice."

Back in 2009, Johnson turned heads when he posted a 3.23 ERA and even more when he went 11-6 with a 2.30 ERA in 2010 with the Florida Marlins. He had trouble staying healthy, but when on the mound, he was one of the better pitchers in the National League.

After making just nine starts in 2011, posting a 3.81 ERA in 2012, Johnson had the worst season of his career in 2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays as he went just 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA.

In nine seasons, Johnson has gone 58-45 with a 3.40 ERA.

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ESPN: Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez to Retire From Baseball

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the greatest catchers to ever play the game is calling it a career. ESPN is reporting that former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will retire on Monday in Arlington as a member of the Rangers.

The 40-year old Rodriguez spent 21 seasons in Major League baseball and has a resume that will likely get his ticket punched to Cooperstown. He won the AL MVP in 1999 while with the Rangers, was a 14-time All-Star, and won a World Series title with the Florida Marlins in 2004.

He finishes his career with a .296 career batting average, 2,884 hits, 311 home runs, and 1,332 RBIs. He wasn't just great with a bat, as Pudge won 13 Gold Glove Awards during his time as a player.

He is one of just five players in Major League Baseball history with a .290 average, 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 300 home runs, and 1,300 RBIs. The others to reach those marks are Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, George Brett, and Barry Bonds.

Pudge ranks first of all-time among catchers in Major League history in games, runs and hits.

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Marlins Manager Guillen Returns to the Bench Tonight

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who was suspended for five games after praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro, returns tonight when his team hosts the Chicago Cubs.

Guillen returned to the city during a Marlins road trip last week to apologize for his comments.

The Marlins, who revamped their roster over the offseason and opened a new ballpark this year, are off to a slow start in 2012, having won four of their first ten games.

There is a large Cuban-American population in Miami.

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ESPN: MLB Players In False ID Cases Facing Ban

Sarah Glenn/Gett​y Images(NEW YORK) -- Pitchers Juan Oviedo and Roberto Hernandez are still waiting on visas that would allow them to resume their careers in Major League Baseball. Although, you may know them better as Leo Nunez and Fausto Carmona. When they are able to return to the United States though, they will likely face some sort of suspension according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

In seven Major League seasons, Ovideo played as a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins under the alias Leo Nunez. Hernandez had spent six seasons in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians as a starting pitcher under the name Fausto Carmona. Both players are from the Dominican Republic and have their careers on hold for the moment after it was discovered that they both used a false identity and age when they signed over a decade ago.

Gomez is also reporting that each player could be facing up to a six-week suspension once they are allowed back in the United States. Both player's suspensions are believed to be part of the negotiations between the U.S. State Department and Major League Baseball.

Once Oviedo and Hernandez return, they will be allowed at their team's extended spring training facilities during their suspensions before making their return to their respective big league clubs.

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Padres and Cameron Maybin Agree an 5-Year Contract

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Diego Padres are a team that is building for the future, and they've locked up a major building block for the club going forward. San Diego has agreed to a five-year contract with center fielder Cameron Maybin worth $25 million. The deal also includes a club option for a sixth year.

Maybin was acquired by the team in a trade with the Florida Marlins in December of 2010. Maybin had struggled in his previous four seasons and had failed to live up the large expectations placed on him after he was drafted tenth overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2005 MLB Draft. Maybin though, showed flashes of the kind of big-time player scouts believed he would be at the Major League level in 2011.

"Cameron has certainly emerged as a core player," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement."During his time with the Padres, he has impressed us with his play and within his character. He has shown us that he is committed to the Padres, and we are happy to secure his rights through 2017."

In 2011, Maybin set career highs in runs (82), hits (136), home runs (nine), RBIs (40), and steals (40).

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Astros Sign Livan Hernandez To Minor League Deal

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros and right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

The 36-year-old Hernandez pitched for the Washington Nationals last season, going 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts.

The two-time All-Star is a former World Series MVP who helped the Florida Marlins win a championship in 1997.

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