A solid black circle with a white “16” in the middle of it sits on the left breast of every Marlins uniform. The circle has been there all season. It will be there another two months, a period that will include the one-year anniversary of the reason it’s there.
After that, the circle will go away. The sadness associated with it won’t, of course.
On Monday, on a night the Marlins were close to being no-hit at home by the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez, “16” was very much on the minds of Gonzalez, the man who would end his bid, and nearly everyone else inside Marlins Park.
Hours earlier, Gonzalez, the pride of Hialeah, Fla., had met with the family of the late Jose Fernandez, a close friend and the last man to ever wear 16 for the Marlins. Monday would have been Fernandez’s 25th birthday. Gonzalez got to see Fernandez’s 5-month-old daughter.
With ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a back injury, Los Angeles has increased its likelihood of pulling off a trade before the July 31 trade deadline. In fact, according to MLB Network, the Dodgers are “increasingly confident” they will acquire either Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray NBA Cheap Jerseys or Yu Darvish.
Verlander made some headlines before the season when he and fiancee Kate Upton New York Jets Cheap Jerseys purchased a home in Beverly Hills. There was speculation even then that Verlander could be headed to the Dodgers.
While Verlander does have a no-trade clause, it appears he will waive it under certain circumstances. He certainly left the door open for a move after his last start on Monday.