It doesn’t seem like enough time has passed since Jason Marquis broke into the big leagues as part of the Atlanta Braves starting rotation for this to be his fourteenth season. It is though. A lot of questions continue to persist going into this year after a 2012 campaign that saw personal and professional trouble. The beginning of his time with the Minnesota Twins was cut short because of family emergencies and then he had trouble focusing on baseball.
That was completely understandable considering his situation but for all of these reasons he wound up released by the Twins. The San Diego Padres saw something they wanted to take a chance on and it looks to have been a great chance decision at this point. Marquis looks alive and fresh as his strong pitching performances get him ready for the season.
What could be the biggest reason for a career year is his added pitch. Marquis has been working on adding a changeup by talking release and grip with Padres great Trevor Hoffman. In case you weren’t around when Hoffman was one of the game’s most dominant closers, working with him on a changeup seems like the greatest idea in the history of pitching comebacks. Hoffman had a great changeup to the point where it was considered an ‘overpowering’ change of speed. Working with Hoffman is only going to help Marquis this year.