Marcell Ozuna has played just 12 games for the Marlins since being called up from Class AA Jacksonville, but word is getting out about the rookie right fielder’s throwing arm.
Ozuna helped turn a double play in the first inning Sunday, catching Matt Kemp’s fly ball and then throwing out the speedy Carl Crawford at third base as he tried to tag up from second.
“It was a great throw. We’re talking a Vladimir Guerrero-type arm,’’ manager Mike Redmond said. “That thing was a rope, and it was a big play. I think Carl was surprised he got the ball and got the throw off that quick.’’
Ozuna has three assists, which is tied for the most among National League right fielders, including one in each of his last two games.
“My deal right now is to try to hit the cutoff (man) every time,’’ he said.
Of the three other NL right fielders with three assists going into Sunday, Arizona’s Gerardo Parra had played 19 games at the position, Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer 27 games and Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki 32 games.
On Saturday, Ozuna was part of a trio of Marlins outfielders who each recorded an assist in the same game, the first time in franchise history that has happened.
Ozuna threw out Kemp at second base after Andre Ethier singled in the third inning. In the same inning, left fielder Matt Diaz failed to catch Skip Schumaker’s fly ball but was able throw to third base to get Ethier on a forceout.
In the fifth inning, center fielder Justin Ruggiano threw out Schumaker at home trying to score on Crawford’s single.
The Angels (Juan Rivera in left, Torii Hunter in center, Bobby Abreu in right on July 25, 2010) were the last team with three outfielders each recording an assist.
The Marlins’ Chris Coghlan has three assists in center field, which ranks second in the NL.
Not tickled pink: Marlins and Dodgers players swung pink bats and wore pink wristbands and pink shoes Sunday at Dodger Stadium as part of an annual Mother’s Day tradition by Major League Baseball to raise awareness of breast cancer.
But not all Marlins player embraced the latest addition to the cause — baseballs with pink stitching and labeling.
“How far are we going to take it with all the pink stuff?” asked Greg Dobbs. “What’s next? Pink helmets? Pink belts? I get it. It’s Mother’s Day. But wearing pink doesn’t mean I love my mother any more or any less.”
Dobbs said he knows the pink is meant to raise awareness to a good cause. But he thinks one item — whether it’s a bat or a wristband — is enough.
“Everybody is jumping on the pink bandwagon. It’s the pink arm sleeves and it’s the pink EvoShield (protective) guards,” he said. “I just don’t get it.”