As announced by the Marlins on Thursday, here are their minor league managerial selections for the 2022 season:
- Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp—Daren Brown (position held by Al Pedrique in 2021)
- Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos—Kevin “Smoke” Randel (returning from 2021)
- High-A Beloit Sky Carp—Jorge Hernández (replacing Mike Jacobs)
- Low-A Jupiter Hammerheads—Ángel Espada (replacing Jorge Hernández)
- Rookie FCL Marlins—Luis Dorante Sr. (returning from 2021)
- Rookie DSL Marlins—Nelson Prada (replacing Rigoberto Silverio)
These are promotions for Jorge Hernández (from Low-A to High-A) and for Nelson Prada (from hitting coach to manager)
— Fish Stripes Prospects Coverage (@FishProspects) January 13, 2022
Earlier this offseason, Pedrique was bumped up to the major league staff to serve as third base coach and infield instructor. Jacobs made the move to the Cincinnati Reds organization. No word yet on what happened to Silverio, but last season, his Dominican Summer League team had by far the lowest winning percentage of any Marlins MiLB affiliate (.404).
Both Pensacola (“Fish Fest”) and Beloit (“Sky Carp Fest”) are hosting free, in-person fan events at their respective ballparks on Saturday, and they confirm that Randel and Hernández will attend. [Insert sarcastic font] Such convenient timing! It’s safe to assume that these hirings were actually finalized a number of weeks ago.
Even as the Marlins make a concerted push to contend at the major league level—trading away notable prospects in the process—it will continue to be crucial for them to nail these minor league hires. Their ownership group commits fewer resources to MLB payroll than most other franchises, making it difficult to retain star players throughout their careers or plug roster holes with costly yet reliable veterans. Roster churn is inevitable.
To achieve any semblance of “sustainable winning,” they must install the right leaders at each rung of the MiLB ladder. These individuals should be effective teachers off the field and able to strike a delicate balance during games between challenging their developing players while also putting them in positions where they can succeed. That is how you cultivate waves of impact talent in perpetuity.
Full-season MiLB schedules were shorter than usual in 2021 due to COVID—Jacksonville played 130 games, Beloit played 120, Jupiter played 117 and Pensacola played 111. Thankfully, there should be more game reps for Marlins prospects this year (at least 132 games per level, weather permitting). Their campaigns are set to begin on April 8 and run deep into September. The MLB lockout will not impact their plans because minor leaguers aren’t part of the MLB Players’ Association (except for the few who hold 40-man roster spots).
I imagine that some of the coaches who’ll be working with the Marlins MiLB managers have already agreed to deals. However, teams traditionally wait until the entire staff is in place before announcing them.
Miami basketball versus North Carolina: Line, Predictions, Odds, TV Channel and Live Stream
The Miami basketball team hosts North Carolina following a week off. Miami last played when they lost 65-64 at Florida State on January 11. The Hurricanes have started the season 13-4 overall and 5-1 to lead the ACC. North Carolina travels to Coral Gables 12-4 overall and with wins in nine of its last 11.
The loss by the Miami basketball team at Florida State last week broke a nine-game Hurricanes winning streak. Returning home head coach Jim Larranaga stated he hopes for a big crowd on Tuesday night. North Carolina will challenge Miami with its pace and size. The Tar Heels average 79.3 points per game which are 32nd nationally.
With an undersized lineup, Miami has played at a quicker pace this season than in past years. Miami is averaging 76.3 PPG which is 81st. The Hurricanes and Tar Heels should produce a high-scoring game on Tuesday night. Miami has scored at least 70 points in 11 of their 17 games this season.
North Carolina has scored 70 points in all but one game in 2021-22. The Tar Heels travel to Coral Gables 4-1 in the ACC, one half-game behind Miami. This is the biggest home game of the season for Miami. If the Hurricanes defeat North Carolina that will add to their win over Duke in their quest to contend for the ACC Championship.
Miami basketball game versus North Carolina
GAME 18 | JAN. 18, 2022 • 7 P.M. ET • CORAL GABLES, FLA.
RV North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4, 4-1 ACC)
Head Coach: Hubert Davis (North Carolina, 1992)
Record at NC: 12-4 (first season), Career Record: 12-4 (first season)
RV Miami Hurricanes (13-4, 5-1 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence, 1971)
Record at UM: 213-134 (11th season), Career Record: 683-468 (38th season)
All-Time: 8-26 (8-24 since rebirth) | Home: 3-10 | Away: 4-12 | Neutral: 1-4 | Coach L: 7-11 (6-10 at UM)
Streak: Lost 5 | Last Meeting: 67-65 home loss (Jan. 5, 2021) | First Meeting: 55-53 home loss (Jan. 13, 1950)
Miami basketball versus North Carolina Odds: Line, Spread, Over/Under
WynnBet lists North Carolina as a 2.5 point favorite over the Miami basketball team with an over/under of 159.0. The moneyline on North Carolina is -105 and Miami is -110. The over has a moneyline of +110 and the under moneyline is -130.
Miami versus North Carolina Prediction Tonight
The over/under of 159 is high. In an important game in the ACC expect the under. This is a huge game for Miami. After winning at Duke earlier this month, the Hurricanes should be confident. Miami and North Carolina is a tight game that can go either way. Motivated by the Watsco Center crowd Miami could win a close game.
What Channel is the Miami basketball Game On?
ACCN • Play-by-Play: Rece Davis • Color: Debbie Antonelli |WatchESPN
AM 560 WQAM • Joe Zagacki • Danny Rabinowitz | audacy.com/wqam
90.5 FM WVUM • Nick Marino • Brendan Reilly | wvum.org
990 AM WMYM • Jose Martinez • Broderick Zerpa | unanimodeportes.com
Miami will continue playing at home this week with the return game from Florida State on Saturday. Wins over the Tar Heels and Seminoles would be huge as Miami continues its quest to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018. Miami needs three more wins to clinch its first winning season since 2018.
GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Calgary Flames
- WHEN: 9:00 p.m. ET
- WHERE: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
- ON THE TUBE: Bally Sports Florida, Sportsnet 1, Sportsnet West
- ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
- SOCIALS: #TimeToHunt, #Flames, #FLAvsGCY, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
- ENEMY INTEL: Matchsticks and Gasoline
- FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0-0)
- LAST MEETING: @FLA 6, CGY 2 – (Recap) 1/4/2022
- NEXT MEETING: Stanley Cup or next season
- PROJECTED STARTERS: Bobrovsky (19-3-3 .921 / 2.47 0SO) vs Markstrom (12-8-5 .924 / 2.23 5SO)
- PLAYER STATS: Florida / Calgary
Scouting Report (Full preview @ Winners & Whiners)
Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet on Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Florida has the best record in the NHL at 26-7-5 after picking up another win on Saturday by a 9-2 final to cash in as a huge -292 home favorite. Calgary is coming off an ugly 4-1 home loss to the Ottawa Senators as a big -273 favorite last Thursday, falling to 17-11-6 on the season. These teams met on January 4 in Florida, with the Panthers rolling to a 6-2 win to snap a stretch of seven Calgary victories in the previous nine head-to-head matchups.
- Carolina (25-8-2 52P) at BOSTON (22-11-2 46P) 7 p.m.
- BUFFALO (11-20-7 29P) at OTTAWA (11-18-2 24P) 7 p.m.
- MONTREAL (7-25-5 19P) at Dallas (18-15-2 38P) 8:30 p.m.
- TAMPA BAY (26-9-5 57P) at Los Angeles (20-14-5 45P) 10:30 p.m.
Idle: TOR (51P), DET (41P)
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The Splash Zone 1/18/22: Update On Dolphins Head Coach Search
Although the team never announced it, the Miami Dolphins interviewed Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier on Sunday, after they both coordinated against the Patriots the previous night. Daboll appears to be one of the favorites to land the Dolphins head coach gig. He’s done wonders as the offensive coordinator for the Bills and he does have a connection with Tua Tagovailoa from their Alabama days. Frazier’s defense has also been among one of the best the past couple of seaons. Though it wouldn’t be a flashy hire, Frazier does bring previous head coach experience to the role.
You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below.
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