CORONAVIRUS Sports Tracker: Frequent Updates

The widespread coronavirus outbreak has impacted professional and collegiate sports across the nation.

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Hey, finally some good news!

THE MASTERS is now postponed. Could mark first time in history that the tournament is not played in April.


THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP is now cancelled, along with every PGA event till the first week of April.


Charles Barkley is among the latest to self-quarantine.


The Heat are working on something to help arena workers. More details to come.


Some NBA teams are doing the right thing.


Dwyane Wade doesn’t understand what the local school officials here are doing.


The XFL has caved. So much for the rebirth… for now.


It’s now infecting international soccer.


NBA will be suspended for 30 days.

Essentially that means the regular season is over.


Goodbye March Madness.


More details on the NBA coming soon.


Dan Gilbert is ahead of Micky Arison on something.

One league seems intent on outlasting all the others.

The entire ACC has postponed spring practice for all teams, which may also put the Hurricanes spring game in jeopardy.


Fans of the Marlins will have to wait a few extra weeks…

The American Airlines Arena has canceled all major events for the rest of March.


There will also be no NFL Spring meeting in Palm Beach for the time being.



The National Hockey League has suspended their season as well.




The Florida Atlantic University basketball season is over….

NFL now headed for a shutdown. Hard to see how free agency proceeds as scheduled…

So much for that InterMiami home debut.

Yes, it is already affecting prep for the NFL draft.

We are now waiting on the NHL.

A second NBA star has been diagnosed.


After it was learned Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, the NBA has suspended the season indefinitely.


The NCAA had already announced that all men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would be held without fans.


Locally, besides the Miami Heat other sporting events are being cancelled or postponed including the upcoming Miami Open.


Marlins extend Don Mattingly and Miguel Rojas

The Marlins announced the contract extensions of manager Don Mattingly and shortstop Miguel Rojas.

The Miami Marlins opened their final home series of the season with some encouraging news.

Mattingly’s extension runs through 2021 and includes a mutual option for 2022. He becomes the first MLB manager since Terry Collins to have losing records in his first four seasons with a team and return for a fifth season. The Mets went to the World Series in Collins’ fifth season at the helm.

“I think about his leadership, demeanor and overall character,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter on Mattingly. “He’s all in. He keeps our guys competing on a daily basis.”

Mattingly said he’s thrilled to have the opoprtunity to see this though. He’s seen the prospects first hand and has read the reports. His extension is a good sign that the minor league talent that has been brought in over the last two years is on the way soon.

“Hopefully by the time I’m done, this team is in a great place,” Mattingly said.

Rojas’ deal with Marlins is for $10.5M over 2 years and an option. Jeter called Rojas “the true example of a professional.”

“This front office has been transparent since last Spring Training. Derek and Bruce,” Rojas said. “They are always going to tell you the truth trom day one.”

Rojas has been with the Marlins since 2015 as a part of the Dee Gordon trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has grown from utility infielder to starting shortstop and team leader. When Mattingly was asked in July about who should be the Marlins All-Star, he chose Rojas for his leadership.

The Marlins should have about $25 million is coming off the books with Martin Prado’s contract expiring and Starlin Castro’s $1M buyout. That money should be spent on improving the team, especially the bullpen. While Jeter was non-committal on the issue, he did emphasize that he wants his top prospects to have a clear pathway to the big leagues.

“They’re coming and we don’t want to block their way,” Jeter said.


Wearing Yelich’s jersey, Ryan Braun homers to secure sweep

In a way to honor a fallen teammate, Ryan Braun wore Christian Yelich’s jersey under his own and hit a two-run homer to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday to secure the series sweep.

“I threw up the double deuces for him,” Ryan Braun said of his message to Yelich as he crossed home plate. “He texted me, “It’s about time you hit a homer.’ Forty-fifth homer hit in this jersey this year.”

It was Braun’s 19th home run this season but the former Miami Hurricane didn’t hit a single home run at Marlins Park (which opened in 2012) before his last game of the season in Miami.

“I didn’t know that, but they are all big at this time of year,” Braun said.

Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez also scored on the home run after getting his first hit of the season. The Marlins tried to appeal that he did not touch second base on the home run but was denied.

“I know I haven’t been on the bases but I’m 100 percent sure I touched that bag,” Gonzalez said. “It was a backhanded slap is how I felt. But it’s OK. I can smile about it.”

Gonzalez allowed two runs and seven hits in four innings while pitching in his hometown. The Brewers are 78-68 while riding a seven-game winning streak. They are 10 games over .500 for the first time since mid-June and are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second wildcard spot.

“What’s within our picture is keep playing well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The other stuff doesn’t matter right now. Keep playing like the past week we’re going to put ourselves in a good spot.”

The New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, and Arizona Diamondbacks are within 3.5 games. The Marlins will play all three on the road to close out the season, with a three-game home series with the Washington Nationals, who are on top of the wildcard chase.

Brewers took the loss in a social media battle in Miami

The Milwaukee Brewers community manager decided to be funny on Monday before the first game of the four-game series between Milwaukee and Miami.

The Brewers official account made fun of the Marlins using Christian Yelich – of course -, and his MVP award bobblehead.

However, the joke turned back to the Brewers, when some Marlins fans reminded the account they have not won any World Series, ever…

The Brewers made fun of the Marlins, and the joke came back to them real quick. Some fans in Miami still defend their team.

For now, the Brewers are fighting to get into the playoffs, a couple of games back in the National League wildcard, and the Marlins are in the middle of a rebuilding process that might take a while.

But don’t you ever forget. They have two World Series titles…


We talked to outfielder Harold Ramírez before the second game of the homestand. Check it out clicking here!

Anthony DeSclafani went full circle on the Marlins

Anthony DeSclafani did what many pitchers have done this year: dominate the Marlins offense.

The Miami Marlins once again fell to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. This time it was Miami’s 18th shutout loss of the season, three of such came against the Reds, who are one win away on Thursday to complete the season sweep.

Wednesday was a bit different because Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani threw his longest outing of the season. He tossed seven scoreless innings allowing two hits with eight strikeouts and only one walk.

“My last few outings I’ve felt very good,” DeSclafani said. “Trying to get ahead and mix speeds. I made the pitch when I needed to and had some defensive plays. It’s all good.”

DeSclafani entered the game with a three-run advantage thanks to a first-inning home run by rookie Aristides Aquino off Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara, who finished with one extra run and eight strikeouts in six innings.

“I just missed one pitch,” Alcantara said of the homer to Aquino. “After that I was competing. I just want to finish strong.”

DeSclafani went full circle with this start in Miami. His career started with the Marlins in 2014 and was traded to the Reds for starting pitcher Matt Latos in the offseason leading up to the 2015 season. Months later, the Marlins shipped Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a mid-season trade for three prospects including stater-turned reliever Jeff Brigham.

Both DeSclafani and Brigham finally pitched in the same game. Brigham came into the game in the eighth inning and gave up a solo home run to third baseman Eugenio Suarez. It was his fourth home run in as many games and 38th of the season.

JJ Bleday learned from hometown ‘legend’ before pro start

Before starting his professional baseball career with the Single-A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads, JJ Bleday got to learn from a member of the Miami Marlins organization whom he considers a legend.

No, it wasn’t Derek Jeter, who drafted him No. 4 overall in this year’s MLB Draft.

It wasn’t Don Mattingly, a fellow New York Yankees legend who manages the team.

The “legend” Bleday refers to is veteran corner infielder Neil Walker.

“He’s a legend in my area,” Bleday said. 

Bleday grew up in Titusville, PA, a small town close to Pittsburgh, where Walker grew up. He moved to the Florida Panhandle after his sophomore year and played college ball at Vanderbilt University, where he hit an NCAA-leading 27 home runs while leading the Commodores to a national championship.

Bleday said he met Walker during his childhood on the flight back to Pittsburgh from Arizona. Bleday was attending a baseball showcase that his brother was in while Walker was at teammate Joel Hanrahan’s wedding. Hanrahan was the closer for the Pirates around the same time Walker’s career was beginning to blossom. The two took a picture together and a decade later they meet again as members of the same organization.

The two met during batting practice the day Bleday signed with the Marlins and Walker recognized him.

“I couldn’t tell if he was being serious or trying to be nice,” Bleday said. “It’s crazy how that comes around. He’s a legend in Pennsylvania. He’s won state titles in both baseball and football in Pine-Richland and that’s one of the biggest levels of High School in Pennsylvania in terms of 5A and 6A. He’s a good role model and great player and it’s crazy to share that with him.”

”He made me feel really old,” Walker said with a smile. “He said he followed the Pirates when he was a kid and he remembered watching me when I first got up to the Major Leagues in 2009-10. He definitely made me feel old.”

Batting practice is a small sample size when trying to assess a player’s skill but Walker seemed impressed with Bleday at the cage.

“He’s got a short swing. He’s got really good hands, getting the barrel to the ball,” Walker said. “Just in batting practice, you can kind of tell those things. And on top of being a good hand/eye guy, he’s got power, so that’s kind of a mixture that you look for in guys that’s pretty rare. It’s typically either one or the other. Guys who are power guys but don’t quite have the contact skills but he seems to have both and have a lot of skills as a hitter.”

While taking batting practice, Bleday made sure to learn from Walker and other veterans on the Marlins. Bleday said the most important lesson he got from them was on time management.

“You’re going to always have time with family and friends when they come and watch you play and all that,” Bleday said. “Make sure you are a little bit of selfish when it comes to staying back in your routine and getting back to the middle of playing baseball because that’s your primary objective.”

Having signed a one-year deal, Walker is likely to be traded by the MLB Trade Deadline and despite Bleday starting in High A, it’s not certain whether or not both will be playing on the same field by the time JJ debuts. Maybe the stars aligned when Walker signed and Bleday got drafted by the same team at the same year so he could have that rare moment with the local legend.

Trevor Richards encabeza posibles piezas de cambio de los Marlins

Trevor Richards podría ser la pieza de cambio mas jugosa que van a ofrecer los Marlins mientras se acerca la fecha límite de cambios en las Grandes Ligas.

El primer cuarto de temporada de los Marlins fue un desastre. No hay manera de maquillarlo. Ganar 10 de los primeros 31 encuentros te ubica dentro de proyecciones catastróficas para una franquicia, que si bien entiende la actualidad del desarrollo de los jugadores actuales, esa primera experiencia del 2019 no indicaba ninguna mejoría.

Ahora, desde entonces los Marlins son un equipo que juega para .500 (24-26 tras la jornada del domingo), el quinto mejor registro en la Liga Nacional en ese tiempo, igualados con los Gigantes de San Francisco. Varias de las piezas que forman parte del plan del futuro de los Marlins han mostrado un avance significativo y nuevos nombres han llegado a la Gran Carpa cumpliendo con lo esperado.

Sin embargo, la realidad en esta campaña sigue siendo la misma. Hablamos de un equipo ubicado en el sótano de su división sin pretensiones reales de hacer algún tipo de ruido este año, por lo que la fecha límite de cambios presenta un plan similar, pero con nombres diferentes, al de años anteriores. Los Marlins serán vendedores, eso no es un secreto.

Los candidatos primordiales a ser canjeados en esta fecha límite de cambios son los sospechosos habituales.

Caleb Smith, Trevor Richards, Sergio Romo, Curtis Granderson, Starlin Castro, Martín Prado, José Ureña, han estado sonando desde el comienzo de la campaña pero ¿quién verdaderamente pudiera estar cambiado de uniforme en estas próximas dos semanas?

La gerencia ve a Trevor Richards como la pieza principal, según fuentes, y por la cual pudieran recibir más valor. Y aunque Caleb Smith no entra en la categoría de los intocables, el precio será bastante alto. Mientras que con Castro, Walker, Romo y Granderson las exigencias serán mucho más bajas; el equipo está buscando dinero de firmas internacionales por ellos, en vez de cualquier prospecto de segunda categoría, dijo la misma fuente.

Con cambios o no, los Marlins están enfocándose al final de esta temporada en añadir a un bate de categoría, que pueda aportar a la ofensiva en el 2020. Mientras que en el invierno de ese mismo año, cuando el contrato de Wei-Yin Chen expire, Miami estará buscando un segundo bate de peso, que los haga competir en el 2021.

Se acerca el momento de Isán Díaz con los Marlins

Si sucede un canje por Castro en los próximo días, este asunto se resolvería mucho más rápido de lo esperado. Pero la oficina de Miami ha demostrado no estar apresurada con la promesa boricua, por lo que si no sucede un cambio, el segunda base boricua no estará subiendo a las Mayores para ocupar la antesala, y seguro lo hará en septiembre, cuando se expandan los roster, según dijeron fuentes.

“Es solo cuestión de tiempo”, dijo el manager de los Marlins Don Mattingly. “El departamento de desarrollo de jugadores decidirá cuándo es el momento adecuado para que suba, tome su oportunidad y se pueda sentir cómodo en este nivel”.

Es inevitable hablar de Díaz sin mencionar a Castro.

“Starlin parece estar motivado, sé que este año no ha sido tan bueno, pero ha estado bateando mucho mejor últimamente”, dijo Mattingly, quien también admite que la situación del equipo pudiera estar jugando un papel importante en su desempeño. “Para ser honestos, siempre es mejor cuando estás compitiendo por un banderín. Cuando en cada juego, cada turno que consumes es importante, con un estadio lleno de aficionados y ambiente de postemporada”.

Por: Ricardo Montes de Oca, con información de Leandro Soto


Ricardo Soto y Ricardo Montes de Oca aman a los Marlins. Pasaron todo el domingo en el Marlins Park disfrutando viendo al equipo, y a los mas de 400 perros que asistieron. Sigan su trabajo escuchando Cinco Razones Podcast haciendo click en este link

Miguel Rojas: “Tenemos que jugar mejor en Marlins Park”

Miguel Rojas está muy contento por estar recibiendo la oportunidad que siempre soñó: ser el campocorto titular de un equipo de Grandes Ligas.

Este año, con los Marlins, el venezolano finalmente está cumpliendo su sueño por completo, al ser el titular indiscutible de la posición en una temporada de reconstrucción.

De hecho, Rojas se ha convertido en uno de los mejores campocortos de las Grandes Ligas. Antes, su gran defensiva pasaba por debajo de la mesa, pues se le veía en todas las posiciones del cuadro, gracias a su versatilidad.

Además, Rojas ha destacado en el plato este año. A pesar de no tener cuadrangulares, el campocorto de los Marlins es uno de los peloteros mas sobresalientes de la alineación, y se ha ganado a punta de batazos y buenos turnos el ser el primer bate del equipo.

Este año, Rojas promedia .276, con un promedio de embasado de .342, y 16 dobles, ya igualando el tope personal en su carrera, y va rumbo a su temporada mas sólida con el bate, si logra mantener el ritmo en lo que queda de campaña.

Su defensa siempre ha sido su mejor carta de presentación, y este año está metido entre los campocortos élite.

Miguel Rojas y su posible primer All Star

El campocorto de los Marlins podría ser el representante de Miami en el Juego de las Estrellas que se va a llevar a cabo en Cleveland.

Hace un mes, parecía claro que sería Caleb Smith el representante del equipo, pero con su lesión se ha abierto la posibilidad para peloteros como Rojas, Harold Ramírez, Garrett Cooper o el propio Sandy Alcántara.

¿Será Rojas el escogido?

Vea lo que dijo Don Mattingly sobre él esta misma semana.

Te invitamos a que escuches el EP 42 de Cinco Razones Podcast, en inglés, junto a Tony Capobianco y Michael Sonbeek (DutchBeek, el Pico Holandés), desde el propio Marlins Park

Bee careful with these Marlins

A queen bee and its workers couldn’t help the Padres to avoid losing the series against the Marlins.

The Miami Marlins defeated the San Diego Padres 9-3 to win the weekend series at Petco Park.

Now the Marlins have won four of their last five series to improve to a 21-36 record.

Miami is 11-5 in their last 16 games, and this team is starting to show what they can do when everything goes their way.

The big hits are coming, and a lot of crazy things are happening.

In fact, not even the bees can stop these Marlins…

Sunday’s game was delayed by an attack of bees in the bottom of the third inning, right after Garrett Cooper had given the Marlins a 3-0 lead with his fourth homer of the season.

Lots of Bees, Runs and Wins

There are too many good things happening at the same time. Cooper is finally showing why he’s been given so many opportunities, Alfaro is hitting the ball and bringing people home, and Trevor Richards is finally winning games.

The Marlins are finally giving Richards some run support, and his record of 3-5 is more accurate to what he have seen this year from him.

His 3.53 ERA is the second best among Marlins starters this year.

Harold Ramírez, by the way, is the hottest hitter of the team (or in the majors) since he got the callup.

Miami is going through what is probably the best moment they’re going to have this year, so enjoy it while it lasts.

On Tuesday they will start a three-game series against the Christian Yelich Brewers, and then they will be back to Marlins Park to face the Atlanta Braves during the weekend.

Bee careful with the Marlins. They’re hot right now…


You can follow the Marlins listening to Swings and Mishes or Cinco Razones Podcast. You pick: English or Spanish, preferably you’ll listen to both… 

Se perdió el romanticismo en las Grandes Ligas

Se acabó el romanticismo en el beisbol de Grandes Ligas.

Yonny Chirinos estaba lanzando no hit no run en su última salida con los Rays de Tampa tras cinco entradas de labor.

Leandro Soto, de Cinco Razones Podcast, se encontraba presente en el Tropicana Field, la última parada de su viaje por el fin de semana de Memorial Day, disfrutando de la victoria parcial del equipo de casa.

Los Rays ganaban cuatro a cero en la parte alta del sexto episodio, cuando Leandro, de carácter volátil, se dio cuenta que era el relevista Oliver Drake quien vendría a lanzar.

“Me levanté y me fui,” dijo Leandro sobre ese momento.

Para Leandro y para muchos fans que estuvieron en el estadio ese día, era incomprensible que el manager Kevin Cash sacara al lanzador abridor cuando apenas tenía 69 lanzamientos, y no había permitido ni un imparable.

Cada vez es mas difícil enamorar a los fanáticos jóvenes en los Estados Unidos. Y momentos así, no ayudan a convencer a aquellos indiferentes.

Drake permitió un imparable del primer bateador que enfrentó, y así, se acabó la magia que enmarca la posibilidad de ver un no-hitter en vivo.

Cambios en el beisbol moderno y menos romanticismo

El beisbol está atravesando un momento en el que muchas de sus bases están tambaleando en búsqueda de atraer a nuevas audiencias.

Los equipos, por su parte, siguen buscando maneras de maximizar sus inversiones y convertirlas en victorias, aunque esto no sea lo más atractivo para los fanáticos.

¿Se está perdiendo el romanticismo en el beisbol como dice Leandro? ¿Hay manera de hacer que los fanáticos vayan a los estadios, ganar, y que las nuevas audiencias se enganchen con el deporte?

Anoche, los Marlins hicieron algo similar, al retirar a Trevor Richards con una amplia ventaja, luego de siete innins de labor, con 92 pitcheos. Hace 30 años un lanzador abridor en esa circunstancia probablemente pedía seguir en el encuentro a ver si lograba completar los nueve episodios.

Eso ya no se valora tanto.

O mejor dicho, se prefiere cuidar los brazos de los lanzadores.

Ese es el romanticismo que se ha perdido, en cierta forma.


Ese fue el tema de discusión en el capítulo 36 de Cinco Razones Podcast, con Ricardo Montes de Oca, Alejandro Villegas, quien redacta este texto, y Leandro Soto, aún molesto por lo vivido en Tampa, que además incluyó ver el shift de cuatro outfielders en vivo:


Leandro Soto se ha dedicado a acosar a todos los managers contrarios que han visitado el Marlins Park para preguntarles lo mismo: porqué y cómo utilizan las formaciones defensivas. A eso, él le ha llamado #TheShiftChronicles…