Coming into Spring Training there are many questions surrounding the Miami Marlins ball club. Among other things like leadership, age and stability, the Marlins have to address the product that the team is putting out on the field. The team’s Opening Day first baseman is in question with Logan Morrison not expected to be ready by April. This begs the question as to who will step up.
There are two people that I can see playing first base when the Marlins open up on the road against the Washington Nationals. First is Greg Dobbs. Dobbs has been primarily regulated to the bench since joining the team in 2011. He has had a few stints starting around the infield when players like Hanley Ramirez would get hurt. Dobbs is the best candidate for the job because he knows the Marlins real well and he has shown the ability to play the corners of the infield before. Dobbs is the best suited for the job.
The next person that could start first base Opening Day is rookie Joseph Mahoney. Mahoney is inexperienced but he is getting significant time at Spring Training to show what he is really made of. In five games for the Marlins in spring, Mahoney has belted two home runs and driven in five RBI. He is averaging .357/.400/.857 and although it is still way too early in March to tell where he is going, Mahoney is looking like a prime candidate to not only make the roster, but start for Morrison come first pitch.
Mike Redmond would be bold to make such a move, but he should give it a try. What do the Marlins have to lose?