- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The owner of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is apparently unimpressed by the Miami Marlins’ attempts to improve their feeble offense.

“They should apologize for their regular season lineup,” John Henry tweeted during spring training.

In 2013 the Marlins were truly sorry. They finished last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and scored even less than their woeful 1993 expansion team. They also lost 100 games, two more than in their first season.

Henry was being catty after the Red Sox drew criticism for the minor league lineup they fielded for a spring game against Miami. But he might be right - it’s unclear whether an offseason shakeup of the lineup will mean more runs for the Marlins than last year.

“We were anemic offensively,” new general manager Dan Jennings said. “Just bad. It’s unacceptable.”

Here are five things to know as Miami tries to be better than bad:

VETERAN NEWCOMERS: Jennings and Mike Hill were promoted to the team’s top personnel jobs, and they acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones, third baseman Casey McGehee and second baseman Rafael Furcal.

All of the newcomers go into the season with question marks. Saltalamacchia found himself benched by Boston at the end of the postseason. Jones is a career .193 hitter against left-handers. McGehee spent 2013 in Japan trying to restart his career. And Furcal sat out last season following surgery on his throwing elbow, then missed much of spring training with a sore hamstring.

“There’s no doubt we need those guys to produce,” manager Mike Redmond said. “If they do, we’re definitely going to be a lot better.”

DOUBLES WANTED: Jennings and Hill want Marlins hitters to stop complaining about the team’s pitcher-friendly ballpark.

Only 84 homers were hit last year at Marlins Park, 22 fewer than at any other big league stadium. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton is among those who contend the fences should be closer to the plate.

“I think everyone believes they should be,” Stanton said.

But Jennings noted that Stanton had the highest home slugging percentage in the NL last season.

“I hear talk of guys who get frustrated because the ballpark takes away their home runs,” Jennings said. “If you feel like our ballpark is too big, then let’s lead the league in doubles. Let’s not finish last, where we were. Let’s lead it. If it’s that big and you’ve got gaps that big, let’s be productive that way. Play to the ballpark.”

THE KID’S THE ACE: The biggest reason to watch the Marlins last year was Jose Fernandez, who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and was voted NL Rookie of the Year.

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