While he’s happy to see one of his star players return, Menchaca said there also was an intriguing element to all the roster turnover.
“It’s kind of good to have a different roster and still manage to kind of make a little playoff push,” he said. “It says a lot to these guys.”
Marlette, whose .304 batting average trails only Dario Pizzano’s .311 among the handful of players who have been here all year, feels good about the team.
“We’ve accomplished a lot,” he said “We’ve had a lot of big games this year; we’ve lost a lot of close ballgames. We’ve had a lot of big performances out of a lot of these guys. Sanchez threw a no-hitter early in the year, helped us out big. This whole team is collective.”
With one thought on its collective mind.
“We’re all family here,” Marlette said. “We’re close. You can go along and ask everybody in this clubhouse and everybody’s going to say the same thing. We want a ring. That’s what we’re worried about. We want to wear a ring around.”
Outfielder Gaby Guerrero, another of the five position players left from the opening-day roster, agreed.
“We have a great team, and we (knew) we (could) make the playoffs,” he said. “Now we have to try to win this game and get to the finals.”