Saturday, April 25, 2015

David Selig Sun Sentinel Sports Editor

     David Selig will begin as the new sports editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday. He recently left his deputy sports editor position at the Baltimore Sun and replaces Gregory H. Lee Jr. who moved on to several months ago to become the director of editorial content.
     Selig, a University of Maryland grad, had previous roles with the Baltimore Sun as the Baltimore Orioles beat writer, high school sports editor and an internship with the newspaper. He once worked at the Winchester Star in Virginia as a sports editor prior to that.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aaron Ekblad Calder Trophy Finalist

     Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has been named a 2015 finalist for the Calder Trophy. Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators were also named finalist for the award given to the best rookie in the National Hockey League. The winner will be announced in Las Vegas on June 24. Jonathan Huberdeau won the trophy in his first season with the Panthers in 2012-13.
     Ekblad was the first overall pick by the Florida Panthers at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia. He played 81 games for the Cats this season and set several franchise records with the club. They included 12 goals, 27 assists and 39 points for a Panthers rookie defenseman.

Marlins Pound Phillies

     The Miami Marlins completed a ten-game road trip as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. The Fish finished the road spurt with a 4-6 record and are now tied with the Phils for fourth place in the National League East.
     In the fourth inning, Philadelphia(5-11) surrendered four runs. Dustin McGowan first walked both Michael Morse and Marcell Ozuna. After Ichiro Suzuki grounded out to short, Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to load the bases. Adeiny Hechavarria then hit a two-run single into right field to score Morse and Ozuna for a Marlins 2-0 lead. Hechavarria advanced to second with the relay to the plate on the play. Hector Neris replaced McGowan on the mound for the Phillies and later gave up a two-out, two-run base hit to Martin Prado into shallow left as Saltalamacchia and Hechavarria scored.
     Miami(5-11) put up another four-spot during the sixth inning to make it 8-0 against Justin De Fratus. Prado doubled to right field with one out for Hechavarria and Dee Gordon to score. Giancarlo Stanton followed with his fourth home run of the season as he hit the ball to left field on a full count.
     The Marlins added another when they faced Jeanmar Gomez in the top of the ninth. Ozuna led off with a double to deep center field. Three batters later, he scored on a single by Hechavarria into shallow center.

Marlins Down Phillies

     The Miami Marlins snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Fish remain in last place in the National League East and stand eight games behind the New York Mets.
     Both teams scored runs during the second inning. Marcell Ozuna scored the first run for the Marlins when Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels committed an error. Philadelphia(5-10) tied the game 1-1 on a lead-off homer by Cody Asche against Jarred Cosart. He hit his second home run of the season to right field on a 3-2 count. It was be the only blemish for Cosart who went six innings and gave up one run on four hits.
     In the seventh inning, Miami(4-11) pulled ahead 2-1 in an unusual way with one out. Luis Garcia balked and Adeiny Hechavarria crossed the plate on the play.
     The Marlins extended their margin to 6-1 with a four-run rally with two outs in the top of the eighth. After Ichiro Suzuki got an infield hit against Ken Giles, he moved to second on a single to center field by Hechavarria. Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker reached base on an error by Chase Utley to load the bases. All three runners scored on a fielding error by Odubel Herrera. Justin De Fratus relieved Giles and surrendered a double to Martin Prado for Dee Gordon to score.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WMEN Moving To Palm Beach County

      640 Sports WMEN-AM will move their studios and offices to Palm Beach County in the near future. They are currently located off Andrews Avenue Extension in Pompano Beach and prior to that were on Andrews Avenue north of Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale. The transmitter for the radio signal remains west of Royal Palm Beach.
     Their new studios will be near Palm Beach Broadcasting studios on Northpoint Parkway which is north of West Palm Beach. Palm Beach Broadcasting is providing several services including sales for the new broadcasting group of 640 Sports which is headed by Mark Jorgenson.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fox Sports Adds Dontrelle Willis

     Fox Sports has named Dontrelle Willis as a baseball studio analyst. Many former Marlin players have moved on to television roles following their playing careers. Fox Sports Florida has Jeff Conine, Preston Wilson and Carl Pavano as studio analysts while MLB Network have Kevin Millar and Cliff Floyd working in studio shows.
     Willis joined the Florida Marlins in 2003 and helped the team win their second World Series in franchise history. He was given the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year Award when he went 14-6 with a 3.30 earned run average. He finished second to Chris Carpenter for the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2005 as he posted a 22-10 record with seven complete games, five shutouts and a 2.63 earned run average. Willis was traded by the Marlins along with Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers in December 2007 for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and four other players.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mets Outlast Marlins

     It was a good start for the Miami Marlins on Friday night, but they were overtaken by the New York Mets 4-1 at Citi Field. The Mets won their sixth straight game and lead the National League East division while the Fish trail them in the standings by five games.
     Giancarlo Stanton struck again in the first inning for Miami(3-8) in his second consecutive game with a homer. He hit his second home run of the season off Bartolo Colon on a 0-2 pitch to right-center field. Colon gave up one run on six hits in seven innings and improved his record to 3-0 this year.
     In the fifth inning, New York(8-3) tied the game at 1-1 when Eric Campbell scored on a sacrifice fly by Colon to center field against David Phelps.
     The Mets got two runs during the bottom of the sixth and took the lead. Juan Lagares led off with a single to left-center field and advanced to third on a base hit to center by Lucas Duda. They pulled ahead 2-1 when Lagares scored on a Michael Cuddyer infield hit. Following a ground out by Daniel Murphy, Sam Dyson relieved for Brad Hand. Campbell knocked in Duda on a sacrifice fly into right field.
     The Marlins surrendered another run in the eighth inning as Bryan Morris came in to pitch. Cuddyer doubled to right field with one out then crossed the plate on a double by Murphy into right.