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Longtime Miami Beach activist Mitch Novick is best known for ranting and raving about the "carnival-like atmosphere" on Ocean Drive. For the past several years, Novick — the owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel at Collins Avenue and Ninth Street — has been a regular at city council meetings and in local Facebook groups, where he shares the day-to-day horrors of public twerking and street fights.
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4 hours ago Jorge Alfaro will swing at anything
Improving Alfaro’s plate discipline is key to increasing his offensive output The first pitch of an at-bat is often a pivotal moment that can define the encounter. Certain players, such as José Altuve, are lauded for their “first-pitch aggressiveness.” In fact, in January 2018, MLB.com’s Matt Kelly published an article attributing part of Altuve’s 2017 AL MVP season to his aggressive approach at the plate. That year, he swung a league-high 279 times at the first pitch while sporting a healthy .449 batting average when those balls were put in play. However, for less talented/polished players, that plate approach backfires. I’d love to tell you the Miami Marlins recently acquired a player who embodies Altuve’s aggressiveness with his success. They certainly got one part of the equation. Jorge Alfaro: the man whose swings are so frequent, free, and loose it is almost like the baseball doesn’t even contact the bat because, well...it frequently doesn’t. Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images Typically when we analyze a batter’s “patience,” we look at his swing tendencies. A batter’s swing tendencies are the likelihoods that he will swing at certain pitches. As you would expect, a more “aggressive” batter tends to swing more frequently—both in general and on pitches outside the zone. Labeling Alfaro as aggressive would seem like an understatement. He will swing at anything, and this can get him into trouble. Alfaro is no stranger to the 0-1 count. In fact, of 27 catchers with more than 300 plate appearances in 2018, Alfaro suffered a first pitch strike third-most frequently (66.8% of the time). Why, you might ask? Just take a look for yourself at his zone profile: Figure 1. Alfaro’s percentage of swings per first pitch across his zone profile in 2018 Alfaro swings at first pitches in various locations around the strike zone. What you may notice is there’s a lot of red outside the zone, too. Last season, pitchers liked to attack Alfaro below the strike zone, and why not? He swung at 34.7% of pitches in that location. Of the pitches he swung at, the Phillies rookie frequently failed to make contact. Take a look at this next zone profile showing Alfaro’s whiffs per swing on first pitches—essentially the number of swings where he does not make contact. Figure 2. Alfaro’s percentage of whiffs per first pitch swing across his zone profile in 2018 Not great. Not only did he miss 61.8% of the first pitches he swung at below the zone, but he also whiffed frequently elsewhere. Digging deeper, we can do a little math to determine the probability of Alfaro swinging and missing at first pitches low and outside the strike zone. To determine the probability that a sequence of events will occur, you multiply the probabilities of each individual event (Alfaro’s swing probability times Alfaro’s whiff rate on these swings): 34.7%*61.8%=21.4% Pitchers facing Alfaro generated a swing and miss on 21.4% of first pitches below the zone. This means pitchers were able to generate a safe 0-1 count one in every five times that they either misfired or targeted beneath his knees. This isn’t even counting the pitches that he fouled off, etc. This is so critical because Alfaro struggles when falling behind in the count. In 2018, Alfaro slashed .216/.254/.296 with a .244 wOBA when down 0-1 in the count, versus .308/.402/.538 with a .386 wOBA when up 1-0. So, for Alfaro, the first pitch is almost a make-or-break event. Unfortunately, Alfaro’s problems don’t stop at the first pitch. His aggressiveness gets him in trouble throughout an at-bat, as he swings wildly and often whiffs. Take a look at the chart below in which I rank Alfaro’s 2018 swing percentage (swing%), swing and miss percentage (miss%), swing percentage on pitches outside the zone (O-swing%), and swing and miss percentage on pitches outside the zone (O-miss%) versus 27 other catchers (min. 300 PA): Table 1. Jorge Alfaro’s 2018 swing tendencies and league rank when compared to 27 other catchers who had a minimum of 300 plate appearances. The numbers are disheartening. Not only did Alfaro swing the most of any other catcher with a minimum of 300 plate appearances in 2018, but he also had the most swings and misses. Even worse, he swung the second-most frequently at pitches outside the zone, and missed a staggering 57.10% of those swings—the most among all catchers included in this analysis. Oh, and did I mention he struck out in 36.6% of his at-bats in 2018? Yikes. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. It’s a dramatic contrast in styles from old friend J.T. Realmuto. He ranked 14th, 18th, 17th and 17th in these categories, respectively. So what does this all mean? Alfaro swings, and boy does he swing a lot. The problem is he also misses a lot. This poor plate discipline causes him to fall behind in the count frequently, a position in which he struggles. Now what? We have to hope that Mike Pagliarulo and the Marlins hitting staff recognizes the 25-year-old’s wild swing tendencies, and works with him to improve plate discipline. The Marlins want “1-0 Alfaro,” the guy who slashes that beautiful .308/.402/.538 line and authors so many electrifying highlights. Please, leave a “0-1 Alfaro” back in Philly (or at least minimize his number of appearances). Data obtained from Fangraphs and Brooks Baseball.
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4 hours ago Around SB Nation: What Other NFL Blogs Are Discussing
Weekly, we take a look around the SB Nation family of NFL blogs. Here are the news stories and analysis they are discussing. AFC EAST: New England Patriots (via Pats Pulpit) Patriots get a 7th round draft pick from the Josh Gordon trade - Pats PulpitNew England will indeed get a seventh-round selection. New York Jets (via Gang Green Nation) Breaking down Quincy Enunwa’s 2018 targets by route type - Gang Green NationWhat did Quincy Enunwa’s route tree look like in 2018? Buffalo Bills (via Buffalo Rumblings) How long should the Buffalo Bills wait before letting other players use number 95? - Buffalo RumblingsShould they let anyone wear the number again? AFC NORTH: Baltimore Ravens (via Baltimore Beatdown) Former Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil believes the Joe Flacco trade was a desperate move by John Elway - Baltimore BeatdownDumervil has a strong opinion on the recent trade Pittsburgh Steelers (via Behind the Steel Curtain) Steelers agree to trade Antonio Brown after he meets with Art Rooney II - Behind the Steel CurtainAB’s days in Pittsburgh should soon be coming to an end after a meeting with team owner Art Rooney II that concluded with the Steelers agreeing to trade him. Cincinnati Bengals (via Cincy Jungle) NFL News: Bengals’ Mark Walton had an unreported marijuana charge in January - Cincy JungleThat’s two incidents involving Walton since the offseason began. Cleveland Browns (via Dawgs By Nature) Cleveland Browns: Trading Duke Johnson would be a big mistake - Dawgs By NatureLooking for playmakers, Browns need to keep the versatile running back as an offensive weapon. AFC SOUTH: Houston Texans (via Battle Red Blog) Peter King Thinks He Doesn’t Think Jadeveon Clowney Will Receive A Long-Term Contract With The Texans - Battle Red BlogI think a thought that I think. Tennessee Titans (via Music City Miracles) Visitor’s guide to enjoying the NFL Draft in Nashville - Music City MiraclesAdvice from a Nashville native on where to find good food, what to do, and what to avoid while you’re in town for the draft. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Big Cat Country) Jacksonville Jaguars hire Dom Capers as senior defensive assistant coach - Big Cat CountryThe Jacksonville Jaguars have hired longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Indianapolis Colts (via Stampede Blue) Why the Indianapolis Colts should trade for Odell Beckham Jr. - Stampede BlueSome call him a diva and a crybaby, others call him the best wide receiver in football. Whichever side you’re on, one of the league’s most talented and intriguing young prospects is available at a... AFC WEST: Denver Broncos (via Mile High Report) Denver Broncos: Joe Flacco has a long road to winning our hearts - Mile High ReportPast MHR polls have shown that Flacco was literally the last QB fans wanted. Since it’s now a reality, what can he do to truly become a Bronco? Los Angeles Chargers (via Bolts from the Blue) Chargers offseason plan: Four unrestricted free agents the Chargers will not re-sign - Bolts From The BlueThe Chargers are primed for a busy offseason defined by a number of internal personnel decisions. Some of those decisions will be easy, while others could prove to be exceedingly difficult for a... Oakland Raiders (via Silver and Black Pride) Should Raiders trade for Dolphins CB Xavien Howard? - Silver And Black PridePossessing three-first round picks in a single NFL draft creates a ton of possibilities. The Oakland Raiders could use their three picks to select top talent in the 2019 NFL draft, use them to... Kansas City Chiefs (via Arrowhead Pride) Making the right move with the Chiefs’ Dee Ford and the franchise tag - Arrowhead PrideIt’s time for the Chiefs to make a big decision about their 2013 first-round pick NFC EAST: New York Giants (via Big Blue View) Mel Kiper mock draft 2.0: Dwayne Haskins to New York Giants - Big Blue ViewAnother mock draft, another selection of Haskins by the Giants Philadelphia Eagles (via Bleeding Green Nation) NFL franchise tag window opens: How will it impact Nick Foles and the Eagles? - Bleeding Green NationTwo weeks to decide. Dallas Cowboys (via Blogging the Boys) Report: Cowboys “have no intention of” keeping David Irving - Blogging The BoysDavid Irving has finally exhausted the Cowboys patience. Washington Redskins (via Hogs Haven) More 2019 free agents: What will the Redskins do at outside linebacker in free agency? - Hogs HavenThe Redskins own Preston Smith is probably the best veteran OLB likely to be available in free agency this off season. What are the Redskins options if they don’t re-sign him before 13 March? NFC NORTH: Green Bay Packers (via Acme Packing Company) Matt LaFleur, coaching staff look to inject Packers with “energy” and “enthusiasm” - Acme Packing CompanyThe rookie head coach introduced his staff on Monday and it’s clear a new regime is in charge Detroit Lions (via Pride of Detroit) 5 free agent cornerbacks the Lions should take a look at - Pride Of DetroitDetroit needs a reliable corner to play opposite Darius Slay. Chicago Bears (via Windy City Gridiron) Don’t expect the Bears to use a franchise tag this year - Windy City GridironTeams can start announcing their franchise tagged players starting on February 19. The deadline to do so is March 5. Minnesota Vikings (via Daily Norseman) Vikings Off Season Plan - Don’t Quit My Day Job Edition - Daily NorsemanWhat does Mark have in store for us this time? NFC SOUTH: New Orleans Saints (via Canal Street Chronicles) Life of a Saint: Pat Swilling - Canal Street ChroniclesSwilling reflects on who influenced him to play football, the Dome Patrol and life after the game. Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic) Falcons roster moves and notes heading with two weeks until NFL free agency - The FalcoholicThe Falcons are clearing space for a reason. Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader) Carolina Panthers edge rusher Julius Peppers retires as the biggest icon in North Carolina sports since Michael Jordan - Cat Scratch ReaderNorth Carolina has raised some incredible athletes, but Julius Peppers is in truly elite company. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation) Updated salary cap situation for the Buccaneers - Bucs NationMany cuts to come, but don’t expect many big signings NFC WEST: San Francisco 49ers (via Niners Nation) Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors: A ‘sense persists’ the 49ers will pursue the Giants receiver, per PFT - Niners NationThe chatter is only going to pick up the next two weeks. Arizona Cardinals (via Revenge of the Birds) Cardinals’ 2019 34 LB Discussion - Revenge of the BirdsILB: Josh Bynes, the Cardinals’ best ILB, was having a very good season (75.8 PFF, #15 LB) until he landed on the IR in late November with a thumb injury. Seattle Seahawks (via Field Gulls) Don’t be surprised if the Seahawks run defense is Pete Carroll’s top offseason priority - Field GullsPete Carroll likes to establish the run. In fact, one could argue that the 2017 season broke his football brain so much that he made an over-correction for the ages in 2018. How on earth can you... Los Angeles Rams (via Turf Show Times) Potential free agency additions for the LA Rams - Turf Show TimesThere are going to be a lot of quality free agents when the FA period opens. Who could the Rams be eyeing? Let’s find out below.
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6 hours ago The Splash Zone 2/20/19: What Does Reggie McKenzie Bring To The Dolphins
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. It’s the Chris Grier show in Miami now and he added some help with the addition of Reggie McKenzie. The former Raiders general manager, McKenzie is highly respected around the league and had a lackluster run during his time with the Raiders. Grier will be running the show and will look to McKenzie for advice, who has a ton of experience in the league. You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below. Miami Dolphins hire Reggie McKenzie to help add talent | Miami HeraldThe Miami Dolphins have added experienced personnel man Reggie McKenzie to the front office as a senior executive to help identify and add talent in the coming draft. But McKenzie’s record as the Oakland Raiders general manager was inconsistent. Phinsider News You May Have Missed Miami Dolphins News 2/19/19: What Coaching Staff Thinks Of Brian Flores - The PhinsiderWelcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. NFL franchise tags 2019: Window opens but will Dolphins use it? - The PhinsiderThe NFL calendar is progressing toward the start of free agency and the 2019 league year. Around the league, teams are deciding which of their soon-to-be free agents they are going to re-sign, and... Antonio Brown trade rumors: Steelers agree trade is needed - The PhinsiderPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wants a trade. He has not hidden that fact in recent social media posts. He may be looking for guaranteed money, but it mostly seems like he just...
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13 hours ago Pat Riley: I won’t retire ‘until we win another title’
Riley spoke with ESPN’s Dan LeBatard. ESPN will debut the new show “The Art of Conversation with Dan LeBatard” Sunday. LeBatard, the longtime Miami-based sports journalist and commentator, will have Pat Riley on for his first episode. And from a clip released today, it doesn’t look like Riley will retire as the Heat President anytime soon. In the clip, Riley references Dwyane Wade saying in Game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals that he “ain’t going out like this” with the Heat facing a 13-point deficit and down 0-2 in the series. (Riley incorrectly stated that Miami was down 13 in the fourth quarter, when it was actually in the third quarter.) And then Riley adds, “Maybe that’s not why I’m going to retire. I ain’t going out this way, until we win another title.” The Heat President also said in the interview excerpt that he saw a “10-year team” go away when LeBron James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. However, Chris Bosh began to suffer from blood clots in 2015. Miami’s “championship window” may have closed even if James re-signed with the Heat. Pat Riley tells @LeBatardShow he saw a "10-year team" disappear with LeBron's decision to leave Miami. pic.twitter.com/lbZK4mzz9o— ESPN (@espn) February 19, 2019 In a 2017 profile authored by Wright Thompson for ESPN, Riley said that he needed to win one more title, and that it would be the hardest one to get. Riley, who joined the Heat in 1995, turns 74 years old in March. As I’ve said before, the Heat’s three franchise cornerstones are Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Bam Adebayo. The Heat need to build a team around those young players — preferably with a superstar at the helm — to get back into championship contention.
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21 hours ago What Manny Machado signing means for Marlins’ future
No, he didn’t come home. But Machado became the latest free agent to sign a mega deal with a rebuilding franchise. Manny Machado and his representatives at MVP Sports Group were patient with his free agency, and it paid off big time on Tuesday: BREAKING: Free agent star Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 19, 2019 BREAKING: Manny Machado has agreed to terms on a deal with the Padres. According to a league source, it’s for 10 years and $300 million - the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 19, 2019 Opt out in Machado deal is after the fifth year.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) February 19, 2019 Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler has not confirmed the deal yet, per Dennis Lin of The Athletic. Ken Rosenthal clarifies that the two sides are indeed in agreement, just awaiting a physical and finalizing other details. The 26-year-old infielder falls short of Giancarlo Stanton’s record-setting, 13-year, $325 million Marlins extension. On the other hand, Machado easily beats him in terms of average annual value, and as Mark Feinsand of MLB.com points out, this is the largest free-agent guarantee we’ve ever seen. Outfielder Bryce Harper remains on the open market and could potentially top this payday. The Phillies, White Sox and Nationals appear to be his most likely destinations. The Marlins never seemed to be in the mix for Machado’s services, even though he’s a Miami native who reportedly hosted several free-agent meetings locally. President of baseball operations Michael Hill has suggested that they don’t expect to make any more free-agent signings heading into 2019. The Opening Day payroll figures to be in the $80 million range. However, there’s no excuse for the Marlins missing out on big free agents moving forward. Machado goes to the Padres, who went 66-96 last season. Earlier this decade, Jayson Werth and José Reyes signed nine-figure deals with teams that had posted 69-93 and 72-90 records, respectively. The Cubs wooed Jon Lester to the Windy City fresh off a 73-89 campaign. Elite players believe in their ability to improve any situation and are undeterred by what may have happened prior to their arrival. Show them the money! Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images The Marlins currently boast a middle-of-the-pack farm system, but they figure to move up following the upcoming MLB Draft where they hold the No. 4 overall selection and three picks inside the top 50. Combined with a bunch of solid controllable major leaguers (particularly on the pitching side), they truthfully aren’t that far away from relevance...if ownership spends to support that core with established talent. There are opportunities to substantially increase revenue through the renegotiation of their local television deal and finding a ballpark naming rights partner. This past offseason, the Marlins turned their focus toward enhancing the fan experience in an effort to attract crowds more consistently (worst MLB attendance in 2018). They certainly don’t need to invest $300 million in one player to be taken seriously—with the exception of Mike Trout, projected free agents over the next two offseasons won’t have the leverage to get that much, anyway. But there will come a point when Bruce Sherman has to back up his words by allocating more resources to keep pace in an increasingly tough National League.
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Every once in a while, there's a moment so Miami that it seems as though the earth will shatter and a flock of neon pink flamingos will fly from its glitter-filled core. This past Sunday, worlds collided in some alternative universe when Ana Navarro, Gloria Estefan, and Emilio Estefan danced...
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22 hours ago Antonio Brown, Steelers appear to agree trade is needed
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wants a trade. He has not hidden that fact in recent social media posts. He may be looking for guaranteed money, but it mostly seems like he just wants to get out of Pittsburgh. The Steelers seem to have agreed that the two sides need to part ways, but they are going to make sure they do it on their terms. Brown met with Steelers owner Art Rooney II on Tuesday, posting a picture after the meeting. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the meeting, which started just with Brown and Rooney eventually expanded to include Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, and Steelers Vice President of Football and Business Administration Omar Khan. The MMQB’s Albert Breer added Brown’s father, Eddie Brown, was also in the room for the entire meeting. Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin pic.twitter.com/DEgURchvhW— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 19, 2019 Both Schefter and Breer, along with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, reported that the Steelers and Brown have agreed a trade needs to happen. Rapoport added, however, that the Steelers did not clear Rosenhaus and Brown to seek the trade themselves. Instead, the Steelers are going to search for a trade that best protects the franchise. Once they find a deal they like, they will probably have to allow Brown to talk to the team so a new contract can be negotiated if Brown is looking to add guaranteed money to his contract. Brown is currently signed through the 2021 season, with all of the guaranteed money in his contract having been paid with his signing bonus back in 2017. If the Steelers trade Brown this offseason, they will have a $22.12 million dead money charge hit their salary cap, while receiving $1.05 million in cap savings. The Dolphins have been considered among the favorites to land Brown in a trade, according to some bookmakers. For more on Antonio Brown and the Steelers, check out SB Nation’s Steelers team site, Behind the Steel Curtain.
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23 hours ago NFL franchise tags 2019: Window opens but will Dolphins use it?
The NFL calendar is progressing toward the start of free agency and the 2019 league year. Around the league, teams are deciding which of their soon-to-be free agents they are going to re-sign, and as of this afternoon, teams have another choice they can begin utilizing. At 4pm ET today, the league’s franchise and transition tag period officially opens. Here is everything you need to know about the tags and a look at what the Miami Dolphins could do with it this year: What are the franchise and transition tags? There are actually three tiers of tags that can be used on a player with an expiring contract that can keep him on his current team. There is the non-exclusive franchise tag, the exclusive franchise tag, and the transition tag. The non-exclusive tag is a one-year tender offer giving the player a fully-guaranteed salary equal to the average of the top five players’ salaries at the specific position over the past five years, or 120 percent of the tagged player’s salary from the previous season, whichever is more. A player may negotiate a contract with another team, but, if the original team does not match the deal, the new team would send two first-round picks to the original club. The exclusive franchise tag prevents the player from being able to negotiate with another club, but does increase the fully-guaranteed salary to the average of the top five players’ salaries at the specific position for the current year, or, again, 120 percent of last year’s salary for the tagged player, whichever is more. The transition tag is another one-year tender, but is now the top ten salaries rather than the top five for players at the specific position. The player can negotiate with a new club, with the original club having the right to match the deal. If the original team does not match, there is no compensation from the new team owed. What are the tag salaries? The 2019 tag numbers are not set yet, but the 2018 numbers were: Franchise tagQuarterback — $23.189 millionRunning back — $11.866 millionWide receiver — $15.982 millionTight end — $9.846 millionOffensive line — $14.077 millionDefensive tackle — $13.939 millionLinebacker — $14.961 millionCornerback — $14.975 millionSafety — $11.287 millionKicker/Punter — $4.939 million Transition tagQuarterback — $20.922 millionRunning back — $9.63 millionWide receiver — $13.924 millionTight end — $8.428 millionOffensive line — $12.525 millionDefensive end — $14.2 millionDefensive tackle — $11.407 millionLinebacker — $12.81 millionCornerback — $12.971 millionSafety — $9.536 millionKicker/Punter — $4.493 million Over The Cap has estimated the 2019 franchise tag numbers to be: Quarterback — $25.578 millionRunning back — $11.98 millionWide receiver — $17.101 millionTight end — $10.93 millionOffensive line — $15.283 millionDefensive end— $18.653 millionDefensive tackle — $15.571 millionLinebacker — $15.777 millionCornerback — $15.992 millionSafety — $12.037 millionKicker/Punter — $5.162 million How many tags can a team apply? A team can only use one tag per season. It does not matter which type of tag is used, there can only be one tag applied per team per year. What is the “window” for a franchise tag to be applied? The league allows players to be tagged during a two-week period. The 2019 tag window opens today and will close on March 5. Typically teams will wait until closer to the end of the window to use their tag - nothing gets accomplished in the NFL if there is not a deadline forcing the action - but you could start to head about franchise tags being applied at any time over the next two weeks. Once the tag is applied, is everything done? No. The franchise/transition tag is exercised by the team and keeps the rights of the player with their current club, but the player does not have to sign the tender. Technically, the player is not under contract, even though he cannot join another team, until he signs the tender, so a player can skip workouts and events without incurring a penalty/fine. If it gets contentious, a player can even hold out into the season, as the Pittsburgh Steelers saw with running back Le’Veon Bell who skipped the entire season. After a tag is applied, the team and the player can also negotiate a long-term contract that replaces the tag, but they only have until July 15 to do that. Some teams look at the tag as a tool to keep the player with the club until that longer contract can be finalized - and again, you will usually see that happen when there is something that forces it to happen, like the club needing to create salary cap space for a free agent or draft pick, or the July 15 date is getting close. Will the Dolphins use a tag this year? The list of potential free agents from the Dolphins does not appear to have any major tag candidates on it. The team could look at offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James or defensive end Cameron Wake as players they do not want to lose, but that would tie up around $15 million or $18 million in the salary cap. Each of them counted around $9.5 million last year against the cap. It would seem to make more sense to just get new contracts completed prior to the start of free agency. The Dolphins used the franchise tag on Jarvis Landry last year. He signed the tender, clearing the way for the Dolphins to trade him to the Cleveland Browns.
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1 day ago Read This: Where The Crawdads Sing
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1 day ago Rubio's Warmongering on Venezuelan Border Was Dangerous, Likely Unprecedented, Historians Say
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You'd think curating the festivities for the makeshift roller rink at III Points last weekend would be enough for Otto Von Schirach and Notorious Nastie in their never-ending quest to keep South Florida weird, but according to them, you ain't seen nothing yet. Next weekend will bring their Project Pat's Trap Attack, a three-night extravaganza that will mix music, art, a yacht party, Project Pat, and madness.
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1 day ago Brightline and Tri-Rail Have Killed Dozens
The patchy morning clouds had just begun to dissipate when the Tri-Rail train pulled out of the Pompano Beach station, heading south through the fading twilight of dawn. Thick bushes, tall green grass, and squat tan buildings littered with colorful graffiti lined the tracks. The train thumped by, picking up...
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1 day ago 2019 Marlins Season Preview: Pablo López
Health permitting, López is a true building block for Miami’s pitching staff. Not too many people smile more than Marlins pitcher Pablo López. He is one of the brightest young faces in the organization, and that enthusiasm for the game is one reason why he has already emerged as a huge fan favorite entering his age-23 season. How did he get here? Traded from Mariners to Marlins on Jul. 20, 2018 2018 MiLB Stats: 1.44 ERA. 3.38 FIP, 0.93 WHIP, 66 K in 62.1 IP 2018 MLB Stats: 4.14 ERA, 4.49 FIP, 1.26 WHIP, 46 K in 58.2 IP 2019 ZiPS Projection: 4.04 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 95 K in 127.0 IP Photo by @Marlins/Twitter Pablo had a rocky, up-and-down 2018 campaign, going through his fair share of struggles which is to be expected from a young pitcher. His year also ended early, as he was placed on the disabled list in September with a right shoulder strain. However, López did have plenty of promising moments that left fans and the Marlins front office alike excited for the future of the young Venezuelan. Not only is López a promising young pitcher, but he prides himself on hitting as well. Don’t be fooled by the 3-for-16 (.188)—Don Mattingly thought highly enough of his approach to use the lefty bat off the bench as a pinch-hitter...twice! I would look forward to more good at-bats from him along with his continued improvement on the mound. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Pablo was a fast riser through the upper levels of the minors, forcing his way into the Marlins rotation plans with a 12-start stretch of dominance at Jacksonville and New Orleans to kick off last season. There will be growing pains as his young career continues to develop, but he has given no reason for us to doubt that he will eventually put it all together. The 2019 season will be a big one for many people in the organization as the Marlins continue their pursuit toward sustainable success. Even if the losses pile up again in a tough NL East, Pablo López figures to be a bright spot.
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1 day ago Rift Develops Between Miami Beach Police Department and Vigilante Group
Since its launch about a year and a half ago, the secret Facebook group Miami Beach Crime Prevention and Awareness has been lauded by city leaders for its efforts to fight crime. Despite a lean toward vigilantism and concerns from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the group has been awarded...
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1 day ago 5 under-the-radar Marlins prospects
Which Marlins prospects are being overlooked heading into the 2019 season? Exciting as it is to see top prospect lists released around this time of year, they don’t encapsulate the organization’s full talent pool. On one end, it allows for fans to better understand who the next major league stars may be, but it also diverts from other, lesser known prospects that deserve praise. Every team has “gems” that are either hidden deep in the rankings, or left off entirely. The following five position player prospects do not get spoken nearly enough about, but Marlins fans would be wise to keep track of them throughout the minor league campaign. 1. OF Davis Bradshaw Age: 20 | Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Height: 6’3” | Weight: 175 Scouting Report (Present/Future Value): Hit: 50/55 | Power: 35 | Speed: 55 | Field: 50 | Arm: 45 Bradshaw’s progression through the Marlins system will depend primarily on his plus ability as a runner and his average-to-plus hitting tool. Although we should not expect much pop from Bradshaw’s bat, there may be hidden pull ability revealed as he develops and fills out his frame. Defensively, he has had time across all three outfield positions, but will likely end up as a corner outfield option for the long term. Player Profile Coming out of high school, there was no question that Bradshaw could make his way around the base paths, but his ability to carry a bat to the next level was in question. Originally drafted by the Brewers (35th round in 2017), Bradshaw decided to attend Meridian Community College instead of signing a pro deal. One year later, the gamble paid off, as he was drafted in the 11th round and signed by the Marlins. In his first year of pro ball, he opened eyes with his speed, but most importantly, with his ability to hit pro pitching. Bradshaw’s performance caught the attention of Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper, who labeled Bradshaw as the “Best Pure Hitter” of Miami’s 2018 MLB Draft class (subscription required). Recall that Connor Scott is a part of this draft class as well, and that alone will tell you all you need to know about Bradshaw and why he is my first option for underrated Marlins prospects. Future Value: 45/50 Bradshaw is on track for an MLB ETA of approximately 2022. At the MLB level, Bradshaw profiles as a potential fourth outfielder, with the possibility of developing into an everyday corner outfielder. If Bradshaw shows that his first-year ability to swing the bat was not a fluke, then you can adjust that ceiling accordingly. Davis Bradshaw: a player you should keep an eye on. 2. 1B/OF Lazaro Alonso Age: 23 | Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Height: 6’3” | Weight: 220 Scouting Report (Present/Future Value): Hit: 45/50 | Power: 55/60 | Speed: 40 | Field: 45 | Arm: 45 Alonso’s loudest tool is his raw power from the left side of the plate; if he makes it to the majors, it will be on the back of said power production. Scouts are hesitant that his raw power will translate into game power, due to below average to average bat speed—as well as difficulty with secondaries—but when Alonso makes contact, the impact is impressive. Greensboro's Lazaro Alonso is a South Atlantic League All-Star (duh!) https://t.co/9I8K33G6LTAlonso's .373 BA would lead the league if he had enough playing time to qualify. pic.twitter.com/jxNHL071mZ— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) June 6, 2018 Defensively, Alonso is not limited to first base, as he has shown an ability to man the corner outfield spots. That being said, first base would be his best position at the Major League level. Player Profile Signed as an international free agent from Cuba on Sept. 5, 2016, Alonso immediately impressed with his physical presence and ability to pull the ball for power. Scouts often compare his frame to that of a football player, and at 6-3 and north of 220 pounds, the comparison is valid. However, he is more “big frame” than a big athlete; he does not yet show the agility that would allow for full versatility at the MLB level. Of note, Alonso has received the reputation of being “a gamer” as he performs better on the diamond than in showcases. Nonetheless, showcases should be behind him, and he’ll be promoted because of what he brings to the field, not the batting cages. Future Value: 45/50 The Marlins farm system is lacking first base talent; this is not breaking news for anyone. Alonso could very well become the answer to that dilemma. Although limitations exists, I would imagine that the Marlins brass would salivate at the idea of a left-handed slugger of Cuban descent playing at Marlins Park. The Marlins will not keep him around because of his heritage alone, but the hope is that his bat does enough to make that decision easy. 3. OF Brian Miller Age: 23 | Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Height: 6’1” | Weight: 186 Scouting Report (Present/Future Value): Hit: 55/60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 60 | Field: 50 | Arm: 45+ Brian Christopher Miller knows how to hit a baseball. The 60 hit tool is not a typo, nor is it bias—it is a validated grade across scouts, even some of our analytically driven colleagues at Fangraphs agree. Although power will never likely be a part of Miller’s profile at the plate, his approach, ability to make solid contact, and plus-plus speed has been more than enough to compensate. Defensively, Miller projects as an average outfielder, who may be able to stick at center, thanks to his range and good recognition of trajectory off the bat. Players tend to run on his arm, and he has yet to prove that they should not. Prospect Profile Drafted as the 36th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, Miller has worked his way through the Marlins system in a hurry. In just two years of pro ball, he has positioned himself in a spot to start the 2019 campaign in AA or AAA. He could challenge for a call-up to Miami by season’s end. Miller has one of the safest floors in the Marlins system, which bodes well for his chances of becoming a successful pro baseball player. Future Value: 50+ Miller was drafted because he can hit, he has hit thus far, and predict that he will continue to hit, possibly all the way to Marlins Park and as soon as September 2019. Miller’s hit tool is amongst the best in the Marlins system, and the track record shows he can perform across levels and different modalities of pitching. 4. 1B Sean Reynolds Age: 20 | Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Height: 6’7” | Weight: 237 Scouting Report (Future Value): Hit: 40+ | Power: 70+ | Speed: 50 | Field: 50 | Arm: 45+ Only 20 years of age, Reynolds is the perfect example of what a “hit or miss” prospect looks like. A fourth-round pick in 2016, the Marlins selected Reynolds for his immense power and surprisingly athletic built. With age being a primary factor in his inclusion for this list, the Marlins hope that his hitting tool develops with more time in the system. Prospect Profile Reynolds’ raw power is legit. Scouting sites such as 2080 Baseball do not give 80-grade tools lightly, yet Reynolds receives that distinction. The Marlins saw that power in display throughout the 2018 minor league season, as Reynolds smacked 17 home runs in only 270 at-bats. When Reynolds hits the ball, it typically does not land in the playing field. However, Reynolds misses more often than he should. Striking out a staggering 42% of his at-bats in 2018 is a number that will stunt any promotions throughout the system. In the age of the three true outcomes, Reynolds takes it to the extreme. He will strike out, hit a home run, or draw the occasional walk, and...not much of anything else. Future Value: 45+ The more optimistic reports have Reynolds one day becoming a similar player to the Orioles’ Chris Davis; immense power, but limitations across the other tools. Baseball is slowly but surely moving away from these types of hitters, but there may be hope for Reynolds. If the designated hitter makes its way to the National League, then suddenly a homer-happy prospect that smashes balls from the left side could find his way to Marlins Park. Additionally, we must remember the age factor. If Reynolds can develop his approach at the plate, then who is to say that the K% cannot dip by the time he is 24 or so? There is no doubt that this is a project for Miami who’s worth a few (hundred) strikeouts because of the extraordinary quality of contact. 5. SS/2B Walner Espinal Age: 18 | Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Height: 6’0” | Weight: 170 Scouting Report (Future Value): Hit: 45/50 | Power: 45 | Speed: 55 | Field: 55+ | Arm: 50 Espinal’s age and limited exposure to pro pitching yields significant variability in assigning grades. While understanding the limitations of projecting Espinal, his brief pro ball performances have flashed average to plus tools with both the glove and bat. A tendency to pull the ball, the teenager currently uses his speed to help him compensate for what he loses with power and field distribution. Additionally, his splits are also intriguing, as he enjoys hitting against lefties (.320/.333/.600). Defensively, Espinal was signed as a shortstop, but spent most of his time with the Marlins at second. He profiles as above average at second, and fringe-average at short. Prospect Profile Espinal was signed as an international free agent as a part of the 2016 IFA class. From the Dominican Republic, he originally showcased as a glove-first shortstop, with quick hands at the plate. Nonetheless, the Marlins have consistently played him at second, and briefly at third, where he seemed unable to field the ball cleanly. Espinal has only reached the rookie ball level, but look for the Marlins to be receptive to his promotion in this upcoming year. Future Value: 45+ Espinal is one of those rare young prospects that has shown enough flashes to elicit excitement. With that being said, his age and level of development are reasons to tread cautiously with projections moving forward. Of all the players listed, Espinal carries relatively high risk, but may also have one of the higher ceilings. An athletic middle infielder with potential pop to develop and a solid glove is not easy to find. Who are your under-the-radar prospects for this Miami system? Let me know in the comments below!
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1 day ago The Splash Zone 2/19/19: What Coaching Staff Thinks Of Brian Flores
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. It’s the point of the offseason where we having nothing to talk about. Thankfully free agency will be starting in a few weeks, even though the Dolphins aren’t expected to be very active. The team introduced their new coaching staff last week and some were asked about their new boss, Brian Flores. The new coaches praised Flores for his intelligence and attention to detail. But what did you expect them to say? You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below. ‘Intelligent, detailed:’ Flores’ staff raves about new boss | Miami HeraldWho is Brian Flores? We know much about his inspiring personal journey. But what do we know about him as a coach? His new staff fills in some blanks. Brian Flores Flores, Taylor from SB53 to new jobs, scouts on Kyler | SI.comFlores and Taylor—on the sidelines for Super Bowl LIII two weeks ago—share the chaos of transitioning to their first head-coaching jobs immediately after the biggest game of their lives. Dolphins Coaching Staff AC In The AM: Coaching Staff Shares Similar MindsetThey each have their own unique story, a path that led them to where they were last Friday morning, sitting at tables under the big practice bubble at the Dolphins training facility as members of Brian Flores’ first coaching staff. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will force Miami Dolphins to think fast - Sports - The Palm Beach Post - West Palm Beach, FLDAVIE — To anyone who thinks turning Miami’s defense into something respectable is Mission: Impossible, the Dolphins may have found the solution.Patrick Graham is the team’s new defensive coordinator. Phinsider News You May Have Missed Miami Dolphins News 2/17/19: Dolphins Add Reggie McKenzie To Staff - The PhinsiderWelcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. 2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Offensive Tackles - The PhinsiderCody Ford, Oklahoma Cody Ford has been my number 1 OT for a while now. He’s got everything you’d look for in an offensive tackle. He’s big, yet can move remarkably smoothly. He’s powerful and... Offensive Line Technique 101, Part 1: “Z’s” at the Knees - The PhinsiderLet’s learn a thing or two about one of the most unappreciated positions in football. Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2.0: Dolphins starting new era with Kyler Murray - The PhinsiderThe Miami Dolphins head into 2019 looking to start a new era in South Florida, moving on from head coach Adam Gase and (likely) quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They have hired former New England... “It’s Tricky” - The PhinsiderThis speech is my recital, I think it’s very vitalTo rock (A build), that’s right (On-field)It’s Tricky is the title, here we go.
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1 day ago South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
The days of Madonna sightings and Versace parties are gone, but the nightclub scene of South Beach rages on. The players change and institutions come and go. Velvet ropes line the street, then vanish, only to return under new blinking signs. The music shifts, styles evolve, but the energy and excitement remain.

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