09/05/12 7:00 PM ET
Beinfest understands scrutiny, speculation
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Job security is largely based on production. And the fact that the Marlins are in last place has raised speculation about whether changes will be made in the front office.
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest acknowledged as much on Wednesday morning during an interview with flagship station 790 The Ticket, hosted by Marc Hochman and Jonathan Zaslow.
"When you sign up for this job and you don't win, you know you can be in the crosshairs and you can lose your job," Beinfest said. "That's just the way it is.
"The blame and disappointment and all those things fall squarely on my shoulders, and I fully understand that."
Recently, Marlins president David Samson said all parts of the club will be evaluated after the season, and that includes the front office, manager Ozzie Guillen, the coaching staff and the players.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria recently told reporters that no decisions have been made regarding the future of the front office. He noted answers will be given after the season.
Right now, the Marlins are trying to end the season on a positive note. They are getting a look this month at several young players who could factor into the club's future.
"When you don't win, you're open to scrutiny, both publicly and internally, and that's exactly what's going on, and it's not unexpected," Beinfest said during his radio segment.
Stanton reflects on another homer milestone
MIAMI -- A few extra text messages reminded Giancarlo Stanton that he did something impressive on Tuesday night. The slugger connected on his 30th home run in the Marlins' 8-4 loss to the Brewers.
"You get a few extra texts, 'Congrats for 30.' You don't necessarily see that for 25 or 29," Stanton said. "It's definitely something cool to do."
The Marlins are in their 20th season, and just 17 times has a player reached the benchmark.
Stanton is a repeat performer, belting 34 in 2011, which is tied with Miguel Cabrera for the second most ever by a Marlin. Cabrera reached the 30 mark three times, and Dan Uggla did it four times.
Stanton also is the fifth player in MLB history to reach 30 homers before his 23rd birthday. Cabrera was the last to do so, as a Marlin in 2004-05. According to Elias, the others were Jimmie Foxx (1929-30), Eddie Matthews (1953-54), Albert Pujols (2001-02) and Cabrera.
If Stanton can match or surpass 34, he would be pleased.
"Especially being out for a month or two, to do what I did last year," the 22-year-old said.
Stanton missed a month due to right knee surgery. And in April, he hit just one homer because he was hindered most of the month by a sore left knee.
"That's pretty impressive," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Not just because he got No. 30, but because how much time he lost. He spent time on the DL.
"The thing I worry about now is everybody going to add and subtract and say, 'He hit 30 home runs in 240 at-bats. Next year, for sure, he's going to hit 90, because he will have 500 at-bats.' That's the wrong way to look at it. This kid is a 30-home run hitter. Just stay with 35 home runs. Don't get the expectation that next year we're going to build the ballclub around Stanton hitting 50 home runs and 190 RBIs. Then we're making a big mistake."
Stanton made his big league debut on June 8, 2010, and he's already hit 86 homers.
That number puts Stanton in some elite company. It's the eighth-most homers by a player ever before age 23. Foxx also hit 86 before turning 23. With one more, Stanton would pull even with Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Jr. for the sixth most, according to STATS LLC.
The Marlins' single-season record is 42, set by Gary Sheffield in 1996.
To reach that in 2012, Stanton mused: "We have some work to do."
After impressive debut, Ramos to get long look
MIAMI -- After seeing A.J. Ramos strike out the side in order in his Major League debut on Tuesday night, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had one question.
Where's he been?
Ramos, a 5-foot-10 right-hander, was posting big numbers at Double-A Jacksonville. The former Texas Tech product, who grew up in Lubbock, Texas, was the Suns' closer.
"I don't know if I can be a Minor League director or I could be a front-office guy," Guillen said. "Because all the guys I see throw the ball well, 'Let's go to the big leagues.'
"I think, when you're a pitcher, why not burn the bullets in the big leagues? Burn them here, see what happens. It was an outstanding performance."
Ramos worked the ninth inning, striking out Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in order.
He became the first Marlins reliever to strike out the first three batters he faced in his big league debut.
Ramos is the fourth pitcher to do that this season. Pittsburgh's Justin Wilson (Aug. 20), San Diego's Tommy Layne (Aug. 14) and Minnesota's Tyler Robertson (June 26) were the others.
"He wasn't scared," Guillen said. "Your first game in the big leagues, you're very emotional. This kid was calm. He did what he did."
Guillen plans on giving Ramos a good look this month. The manager even joked that closer Steve Cishek better take notice.
"Right now, after I see what I see last night, watch out Cishek," Guillen said. "You will see him a lot in the game. Obviously, we're taking a risk with the kid. He will give up some runs. Hopefully not."
Ramos received two baseballs from his debut. Actually, it was adventurous to get them.
Normally, the first strikeout ball will be tossed to the dugout. But rookie catcher Rob Brantly instead threw the ball around the infield after Weeks struck out. Ramos used the same ball to strike out Braun. Again, the ball was thrown around, but the dugout screamed for it.
And it was thrown into the dugout before Ramirez stepped to the plate.
After fanning Ramirez, Brantly tossed the ball into the seats above the Marlins' dugout. Again he was hollered at, and Brantly exchanged the ball with a child.
The Marlins are putting together a display with the two baseballs for Ramos, who will give it to his parents.
Growing up, Ramos would dream about the perfect debut scenario. He achieved it.
"I'd be sitting in my room, thinking, 'Man, it would be cool if in my debut I struck out the side,'" he said. "It actually happened. It was kind of crazy."
Ozzie Guillen is back using Twitter. Earlier in the season, the Marlins manager stopped tweeting, although he kept his @OzzieGuillen account open. "I just quit tweeting because people were so mean and so personal," he said. "I don't think tweeting is a healthy thing. But I'm so dumb, I'm still doing it."
Logan Morrison had surgery on Wednesday morning to repair a tear in his right patellar tendon. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo. Morrison is hopeful to be ready for the start of Spring Training.