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« on: June 27, 2019, 11:07:22 am »

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:SCIOSCIA’S FUTURELos Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia might address a report that he plans to step down at the end of the season. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the 59-year-old is expected to leave.The 59-year-old Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and is the longest-tenured manager in the majors. The Angels are 55-57 as their series wraps up in Cleveland.GETTING HOT IN WASHINGTONNationals star Bryce Harper might be hobbled for a bit after getting hit by a curveball in the right knee Saturday night. Harper struggled initially to put weight on the leg , but eventually made his way to first base. A half-inning later, he was replaced in right field by Adam Eaton. Washington reliever Ryan Madson hit Reds star Joey Votto with a pitch later, and an infuriated Votto yelled at Madson throughout the rest of the inning. That tension might spill over when the teams conclude their four-game series.OSUNA RETURNSReliever Robert Osuna joins the Astros, ending his 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The World Series champs acquired the 2017 All-Star from Toronto on July 31 for Ken Giles in a swap of closers. The 23-year-old Osuna had a 2.93 ERA in 15 games for the Blue Jays this season when he was penalized.Osuna is expected to talk to the team before the game at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has been working out with Double-A Corpus Christi.RUNAWAY RED SOXDavid Price and the Red Sox try for a surprising sweep of the Yankees when they wrap a four-game series at Fenway Park. With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list, New York’s bats have been bottled up by Boston’s pitchers, with Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi throwing gems the past two games.Price (11-6, 3.97) hopes to follow suit and make up for a miserable outing the last time he faced the Yankees, when he allowed a career-worst five homers in an 11-1 loss July 1. Masahiro Tanaka (9-2 Ivan Nova Jersey , 3.84) starts the night game for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high four in a row.Boston is 8 1/2 games ahead of New York for the AL East. The teams play six more times in September.A HISTORY OF SUCCESSWith the Braves in a tight race atop the NL East, right-hander Julio Teheran (8-7) tries to stifle the Mets again when he starts the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field. Teheran is 9-6 with a 2.33 ERA in his career against New York and has permitted just two runs on 11 hits in 21 innings (0.86 ERA) vs. the Mets this season. Rookie righty Corey Oswalt (1-2) pitches for New York in place of injured Steven Matz. Oswalt beat San Diego in his last major league start July 25 for his first career win. During an otherwise sluggish Marlins offseason, this past week brought some much-needed developments. Get caught up right here."Although Spring Training is fast approaching, the Miami Marlins—as well as the other 29 Major League Baseball clubs—have plenty of questions to answer and moves to make this offseason.Here, we look at the biggest news and stories that stood out this week, and prepare fans for what promises to be another busy period! J.T. Realmuto Still a Miami Marlin...For Now Rejoice, Marlins fans , as this past week brought substantial movement on the J.T. Realmuto trade front. According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline, there is a deal being discussed between the Marlins and Reds involving Jonathan India, Tucker Barnhart and other prospects for Realmuto.Right-hander Nick Wittgren was designated for assignment recently, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him packaged with Realmuto. The Marlins removed Wittgren from their 40-man roster on Tuesday night and only have until this coming Tuesday to trade or pass him through waivers. What Can We Expect In Return?Miami’s front office isn’t going through all this trouble for nothing. Ultimately, the farm system will be greatly improved, regardless of which Realmuto finalist steps up with the best offer.Daniel Martinez breaks it down:Organizational Review for the Miami MarlinsAdam McInturff of 2080 Baseball unveiled his organizational review of the Miami Marlins for 2019. The review is full of the Marlins system’s strengths, weaknesses and scouting reports for many of the prospects. The review also had a ranking of the top 15 prospects. McInturff had high praise for outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Zac Gallen, but otherwise Brad Hand Jersey , his evaluations were closely aligned with others across the industry. Marlins Top Prospect Crack Top 100 ListsFor the time being, the franchise is still lacking in top-tier talent.Fish Stripes’ own Michael Picardi compiled the rankings of Marlins players across several reputable outlets, including MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and Prospects Live. Most of them only acknowledged outfielder Victor Victor Mesa inside their Top 100 league-wide list.Pipeline in particular triggered some controversy. Many fans as well as the Fish Stripes staff felt disrespected by “analysis” that dishonestly recapped the value of young building blocks who arrived in last offseason’s well-publicized trades. Former Marlin Josh Johnson Turned 35 Who says you can’t celebrate the day of birth of an all-around great guy and former Marlin? Josh Johnson turned 35 on the 31st of January and Josean Santos wrote a great piece remembering his career with the Marlins and how great a player Johnson was. Here’s to many more, JJ! Jack Labosky: New Wheels, Same Journey Fish Stripes’ own Aram Leighton wrote about the amazing story of Jack Labosky , a minor leaguer for the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He not only turned an old school bus into a place to live, but has dealt with adversity that many minor leaguers unfortunately face all the time.I won’t spoil the whole article for you because it is a must-read, but it illustrates the tough sacrifices that these athletes make in pursuit of their dreams. Neil Walker Signs with the MarlinsPut this in the unexpected but intriguing folder. The Miami Marlins signed free agent Neil Walker to a one-year deal.Walker adds a great left-handed bat and veteran presence to a young Miami team. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic tweeted that the deal was worth a guaranteed $2 million. The 33-year-old is their first major league signing of the winter.The offseason may be slow and not as active as one would hope and J.T. Realmuto is still here, but no matter, you can count on Fish Stripes to keep you updated on all the happenings regarding the Miami Marlins.