In the past month, the Marlins have had to place both Joe Mahoney and Casey Kotchman on the 15-day DL, so on Friday the Marlins found themselves short on first basemen. So in response, they held open tryouts before the team took batting practice in an attempt to find a warm body to place at first base. And what’s even better is that they didn’t even have enough gloves for the four guys that participated in the tryout.
Because all of their regular first basemen are on the disabled list, the Marlins had four novices take ground balls Friday before batting practice. Because there were not enough first basemen’s mitts to go around, they had to take turns sharing.
And what’s even more glorious is Marlins infield coach Perry Hill’s comments about the shortage of players at first base.
“We’re just trying to find somebody that cannot get hurt, not hurt anybody else and make a play or two,” said Marlins infield coach Perry Hill, who has his work cut out. “There’s a lot more to it than running over and putting your foot on a white thing.”
Just another day in the life of the Marlin Marlins.