Miami Marlins go to bat for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

I’ve been openly critical of the Miami Marlins for years when it comes to player development, front office moves, ownership lies, and manipulation by part owners with the fans. But when they do something good for both our community but our friends in places like the Bahamas which just underwent a tremendous disaster the praise must be issued equally.

They have done just that, and ironically before the storm hit the Marlins had just signed a young Shortstop from the island, and via trade acquired another Shortstop from Arizona. Both young men no older than 16 & 21 years old.

Miami – Hurricane Dorian didn’t make landfall in South Florida, but the powerful storm did inflict major damage to the Bahamas, home to three Miami prospects. Two of them — shortstops Jazz Chisholm (Miami’s No. 4 prospect) and Ian Lewis — were at Marlins Park on Tuesday for batting practice before the Marlins’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers to assist in a relief drive by the club that will run through the end of the homestand on Thursday. Miami Minor Leaguer Anfernee Seymour also is from the Bahamas.

The club’s goal is to “just create as much awareness as we can for our friends in the Bahamas,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “This whole homestand has been a concerted effort to try to bring as many supplies as possible to be able to help a hurricane-ravaged country.” South Florida dealt with hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings, but not a direct hit from Dorian. “It hits close to home for us, with three Bahamian players that we have in the organization,” Hill said. Chisholm, 21, was acquired on July 31 from the D-backs for right-hander Zac Gallen. Lewis, 16, is an international signee, who came to terms on July 2.

“My family is good,” Chisholm said. “Some friends are in a rough spot right now. I know a couple of friends who moved to West Palm Beach to go to high school because they have nothing to go to at home.” Chisholm was playing for Double-A Jacksonville when Hurricane Dorian impacted the Bahamas.

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