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And a spiffy new logo!CSTShareTweetShareShareKnow your enemy: Miami MarlinsQuick.Apart from Starlin Castro, name anyone who will be in the Marlins starting lineup this year.Congratulations if you remembered that Curtis Granderson signed with the Marlins; hardly anyone will notice and almost certainly not in Miami, where the Marlins total announced attendance for 2018 was 811,104. Thats the smallest for any team since the 2004 Montreal Expos, who played 22 home games in a 20,000-seat stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.But the rest of the starting Marlins? The Marlins, under new ownership led by former Yankees star Derek Jeter, have systematically dismantled a team that just two years ago included Giancarlo Stanton Alex Wood Jersey , Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich. That ballclub briefly contended for a wild-card spot that year before fading. Now, they have a couple of veterans (Castro and Granderson), a handful of guys from their system and a bunch of people they acquired in the trades for the stars mentioned above.Last week, Jeter was quoted as saying he has zero patience:Well, Jeters team had guys who could have helped give them an opportunity to win. And his baseball people traded them. All of them. Its surprising they didnt trade Castro. Castro, Wei-Yin Chen and Martin Prado are the only Marlins who will make more than $5 million this year, and per Spotrac the vast majority of the roster will likely make the minimum salary. Chen, who was 6-12 with a 4.79 ERA Zack Cozart Jersey , 1.335 WHIP and negative bWAR in 2018, will be paid $20 million this year. Yikes.Of course, salarys not necessarily the determining factor. 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TOKYO (AP) Before he pursues a career in Major League Baseball, Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is on a mission to fix the sport in his native country, including the abolishment of what he says is corporal punishment and grueling practices.Tsutsugo said after the 2018 season that he wants to play for an MLB team in the future. He will be eligible for international free agency in 2021 after 11 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.Having already signed a contract to play for Yokohama in 2019, the 27-year-old outfielder could go as early as 2020 via the posting system.My wish is to go to MLB someday, Tsutsugo said on Friday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. But for the time being Im focused on helping Yokohama win a championship.Tsutsugos priorities off the field are focused on improving Japanese baseball at the grass-roots level. Hes written a book on the subject and spoke at length about it at Fridays press conference.Marathon pitching efforts, grueling practices and even corporal punishment are all too common in Japanese amateur baseball and Tsutsugo says it all needs to change to keep the sport growing in Japan. Baseball is still Japans most popular sport but recent numbers show high school participation is declining.Ive seen cases where coaches scream at kids and even become violent, Tsutsugo said. Coaches and children need to respect each other in order for children to make progress.Noting there were pitch counts when he represented Japan at the World Baseball Classic, Tsutsugo said hed like to see rules making pitch counts mandatory at all levels of Japanese baseballFormer Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was the poster boy for marathon pitching in his high school days. In the quarterfinal of the 1998 Koshien summer tournament, Dice-K threw 250 pitches in a 17-inning performance. That followed a 148-pitch complete-game shutout the previous day in extreme heat.In addition to Matsuzaka Albert Pujols Jersey , Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani also came through the Japanese high school baseball system only to have arm injuries in their professional careers.But change comes slow in Japanese baseball. Nothing appeals more to fans of the high school tournament than an ace pitcher throwing a complete game.Change would be very difficult, said one amateur Japanese baseball official requesting anonymity. A lot of what goes on is an inherent part of Japanese culture.Tsutsugo says he knows change is hard but says its the only way forward.You have to think about the future of the children, Tsutsugo said. Thats the bottom line.In 2016, Tsutsugo led the Central League in home runs (44) and RBIs (110) and helped the BayStars reach the postseason. He is a four-time All-Star and three-time Best Nine winner.This past season, Tsutsugo hit .295 with 38 home runs and 89 RBIs. Over nine seasons and 837 games with DeNA, he has a .287 batting average with 176 homers and 534 RBIs.Also on the horizon are the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With his impressive numbers at the plate, Tsutsugo is a leading candidate to represent the host nation when baseball makes its return to the games.