A couple of hours before the Florida Marlins are to play the Colorado Rockies on a mild Friday evening at Dolphins Stadium, outfielder Juan Pierre stretches his hammy beside catcher Matt Treanor, himself mere minutes removed from watching TV in the clubhouse while pensively raking his goatee with a fork. First-baseman Carlos Delgado rolls on the ground behind the batting-practice backstop, stretching his legs with an elastic band and laughing with 24-year-old wünderkind Miguel Cabrera. A few feet away, in the shadow of the dugout, sits manager Jack McKeon. Smoke trickles out of both the wet and burning ends of his Padron cigar. He wears rimless glasses, a hearing aid, and a Marlins uniform held together at the waist with a thick, black belt fastened on the... More >>>
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This year, he's piloting a formidable team stocked with veterans such as Carlos Delgado.