MIAMI -- With such a young team, a number of Miami players are getting on-the-job training.
They're also getting some advice from a couple of all-time greats.
Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez are special assistants in the Marlins' organization who work with the players on occasion.
During the series with the Mets, Dawson was on the field offering pointers before batting practice.
The Marlins are going through a rough stretch, and Dawson notes that patience is needed in developing young talent.
"Growing pains are always tough," Dawson said. "What you really try to do at this level is try to minimize your mistakes -- to not be intimidated, to be comfortable and to relax and have fun. To learn from your mistakes and don't repeat your mistakes and to learn and get your feet under you."
In recent days, Dawson offered instruction to Jordan Brown and Ed Lucas, two players who opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans.
"It's a process, obviously," Dawson said. "It involves a lot of one-on-one, a lot of patience, a lot of nurturing. It is what it is until everything falls into place the way you want it to."