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Marlins hire Ozzie's replacement

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Marlins hire Ozzie's replacement

After firing Ozzie Guillen, the Marlins have found his replacement. Former MLB catcher Mike Redmond has agreed to a three-year deal with Miami to manage the team he once played for. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the news.

Redmond came up through the Marlins’ minor league system and made his debut in 1998. He was with the Marlins until 2004 before signing with Minnesota. Redmond was the backup catcher on the 2003 World Series team.

The 41-year-old Redmond batted .287 in his career with 13 home runs and 243 RBI. Before joining Miami he had previously managed the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

Despite being fired from the club after a contentious first year, Guillen took to Twitter to congratulate the new hire.

congrats mike redmond for u new job good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you

— Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen) November 1, 2012

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Bryce Harper knows why he didn't play well, but he won't specify why

Bryce Harper knows why he didn't play well, but he won't specify why

Bryce Harper struggled by his standards in 2016 and he says he know why it happened last year. While it was rumored last season that he was playing through injuries, Harper never really missed significant time, nor did he really say that his injuries were the reason for his disappointing numbers. 

Speaking with the media today at spring training, Harper hinted at his injuries from last season as he said he was just trying to stay in the lineup every day.  

Although Harper's statistics dropped off dramatically from his MVP season in 2015, his numbers weren't entirely awful last year. He still hit 24 homers, drove in 86 runs and he had an .814 OPS. 

With a full offseason to heal up, Harper will be a prime bounce-back candidate as he looks to help the Nationals win their third NL East title in the last four years. 

Related: Sorry D.C. sports fans, Bryce Harper is a Dallas Cowboys fan

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Nationals' Max Scherzer says he may not be ready for season opener

Nationals' Max Scherzer says he may not be ready for season opener

The Nationals aren't certain to have ace Max Scherzer ready to pitch for Opening Day. Scherzer, 32, was unable to compete in the World Baseball Classic this summer due to a stress fracture in his right ring finger. 

When he spoke to the media today at the first bullpen session of spring training, he said that the fracture has healed but the symptoms continue. 

Scherzer also said he'd just started throwing again this week. Manager Dusty Baker confimed that the Nationals don't know whether Scherzer will be ready to start the season. 

Any time a team's star pitcher suffers an unusual hand injury, it's cause for concern for the club and fans. 

Scherzer won the NL Cy Young Award last season and posted a 20-7 record as a starter. He also led the MLB with 284 strikeouts. 

Scherzer is an especially vital part of the Nationals rotation considering the injury history of Stephen Strasburg, who landed on the DL twice last season, once with soreness in the elbow that needed Tommy John surgery in 2010. 

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