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South Florida weather, especially those late-afternoon storms, can be unpredictable -- even for meteorologists. For amateurs? Forget about it.

All of this brings us to Opening Day between the Atlanta Braves and host Miami Marlins, holding just their third season-opener game at Marlins Park. You know, the stadium with the retractable roof meant to stave off the rain delays that marred play at the Marlins' old home for so many years?

Well ...

Marlins ParkMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Yes, one of South Florida's signature downpours caught these residents off-guard, and the roof could not be closed in time to stop rain from soaking the field. And another thing:

Not great. Still, the roof on the $515 million (and quite controversial) stadium -- which takes 13 minutes to open and close -- eventually did its job, ending the ballpark's first-ever rain delay.

Even better, though, is the explanation as to why the Marlins weren't able to foresee this weather. Via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, who was there as Marlins president David Samson talked to reporters (the "Loria" referenced is owner Jeffrey Loria; read more of Samson's explanation here):

Apps, man. Great for productivity. Not so great for self-taught Doppler radar reading.

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig, NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and Rockies teammate Justin Morneau, while AL caption Jose Bautista selected defending derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Adam Jones and, in somewhat of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Athletics
20 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Rockies
13 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
20 HR

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig and league homer leader Giancarlo Stanton, while AL skipper Jose Bautista selected defending champion Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and, in something of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
18 HR

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Miami Marlins president David Samson's attempt to win the latest season of ''Survivor'' has ended in failure. Samson, similar to the fate of his team in the NL East playoff race most years, was the first one voted off the island in a 4-3 vote. We've assembled a list of executives who we think might fare a bit better than Samson did, to answer the question: Who would win a front office-only version of "Survivor"? Don't just focus on the physical part. Whose ability to negotiate and manage egos would make for the longest run?

Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Rank: Front Office 'Survivor' Winner?

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge

President of basketball operations, Celtics

Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Owner, Seahawks and Timberwolves; co-founder, Microsoft

Billy Beane

Billy Beane

VP/GM, Athletics

Arthur Blank

Arthur Blank

Owner, Falcons; co-founder, The Home Depot

Brian Cashman

Brian Cashman

Sr. VP/GM, Yankees

Ned Colletti

Ned Colletti

GM, Dodgers

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Owner, Mavericks

John W. Henry

John W. Henry

Owner, Red Sox

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones

Owner/President/GM, Cowboys

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Owner, Bobcats

Bob Kraft

Bob Kraft

Owner, Patriots

Arte Moreno

Arte Moreno

Owner, Angels

Daryl Morey

Daryl Morey

GM, Rockets

Ozzie Newsome

Ozzie Newsome

GM/Executive VP, Ravens

Pat Riley

Pat Riley

President, Heat

Art Rooney II

Art Rooney II

President, Steelers

Daniel Snyder

Daniel Snyder

Owner, Redskins

Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri

President & GM, basketball operations, Raptors; former GM, Nuggets

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Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm in 2013 -- and wasn't even voted best rookie in his league. That honor went Monday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts, and received 26 of 30 first-place votes. The American League, strangely, saw its top votes more divided, with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (.293/.354/.478, 13 HR in 88 games) taking 23 of 30 first-place votes to beat out fellow finalists Jose Iglesias and Chris Archer. What do you make of the picks? What does the future hold for these honorees and finalists?


Best in NL?

Puig posted a .319/.391/.534 line, but his performance tailed off late in the season.

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Who is your National League Rookie of the Year?

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Best in AL?

Myers went up against a defensive shortstop (Iglesias) and a starting pitcher (Archer).

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Who is your American League Rookie of the Year?

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Brightest future?

Myers and Puig are 22, while Fernandez is just 21. But pitchers aren't always durable ...

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Which of these 2013 rookies has the brightest future?

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