Marlins' first workouts set for Feb. 19

Mattingly era gets in gear with pitchers and catchers

Marlins' first workouts set for Feb. 19

MIAMI -- The Marlins will launch the Don Mattingly managerial era on Feb. 19, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to open Spring Training workouts at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts begin on Feb. 22.

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the first workout dates for all 30 big league clubs. For Miami, the 2016 season marks a fresh start under Mattingly's leadership.

After managing the Dodgers the past five seasons, Mattingly takes over in Miami. The former All-Star first baseman with the Yankees guided Los Angeles to three straight National League West titles before he mutually agreed to leave the Dodgers in late October.

Marlins' Spring Training info

The Marlins are coming off a 71-91 campaign, and have not had a winning season since 2009. Miami last made the playoffs in 2003.

The organization hasn't made any significant offseason personnel moves, but it has added some high-profile coaches.

Barry Bonds, who retired as a player in 2007, is the new hitting coach. MLB's all-time home run leader has no previous coaching experience, but he will have plenty of help making the transition.

Frank Menechino, the hitting coach the past two seasons, is back as the assistant hitting coach.

New voices, new hope in Miami

Rounding out Mattingly's staff are Tim Wallach (bench), Juan Nieves (pitching), Perry Hill (infield/first base), Lenny Harris (third base), Reid Cornelius (bullpen), Brian Schneider (catching), Lorenzo Bundy (outfield/base running), Jeffrey Urgelles (bullpen coordinator) and Pat Shine (Major League administrative coach).

Over the next few weeks, players are expected to arrive at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. But workouts aren't official until Feb. 19 for pitchers and catchers and Feb. 22 for position players.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.