Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Will Marlins Reel-In Success in Miami?

Article written by Dave Thomas - Guest poster
While it is way too early in the new MLB season to bury the Miami Marlins just yet, someone might want to get the shovels by the ready.

Going into play on Wednesday at home versus Atlanta, the Marlins sit with a league-worst record of 1-7. Yes, the Fish right now have a worse record than the lowly Houston Astros, having been held shutout in three games already.

For those who follow the Marlins or baseball in general, you are probably aware (maybe some have forgotten by now) that the Marlins have a pair of World Series titles (1997, 2003) under their belt, albeit when they were known as the Florida Marlins. Wow, those days seem like a century ago to the fans who now take up space in Marlins Park.

In recent years, the Marlins have flopped to the bottom or near bottom of the National League’s Eastern Division, drawing the ire of many fans to owner Jeffrey Loria. Even a new ballpark (2012) built on the site of the famed Orange Bowl has not hidden just how bad this franchise is right now.

As a number of other small market teams have done over the years, Loria essentially gutted his team over the last year, letting stars (Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes for starters) and some potential stars flock elsewhere. As a result, you truly do need a scorecard to identify who is in the Miami lineup on any given day or night.

During the team’s home opener on April 8 versus Atlanta, a number of fans showed up with signs including “Free the Marlins,” while others sported T-shirts reading “F Jeff” and  “Marlins Baseball: Helping Other Teams Get Better Since 1998.″ Maybe to the surprise of few in attendance, the fans were escorted out of the stadium by law enforcement, reportedly for being unruly and not presenting identification to police officers.

So, it sounds like it could end up being a long season in Miami when all is said and done.

Then again, why worry about the Marlins when you’ve got the Heat in South Florida to root for?

About the Author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of business topics for different sites,including gold prices.

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