Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The 2013 Miami Marlins became just the second team in franchise history to lose at least 100 games in a season with a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park Tuesday night.
The Marlins achieved the infamous mark by being the worst offensive team in Major League Baseball this season. The team put together a mark of 2-42 when they scored a run or less and have been held to one-run or shut out 120 times over the last three seasons, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.
The Marlins have a few things to be thankful for this season when it comes to wins and losses. First, the Marlins won’t set the franchise record for most losses in a season thanks to the 1998 Marlins who lost 108 games that season.
But, the only reason the Marlins won’t set that mark was the superb pitching of Jose Fernandez through multiple games this season. Finally, the Marlins can also be thankful that they will not finish with the worst record in baseball.
Instead, that record will fall to the Houston Astros, who are currently 51-107 with just four games left to go this season. In case you were wondering, the New York Mets of 1962 hold the record for most losses in the modern era finishing with a 40-120 record.
The worst all-time season for a team in Major League Baseball history was the 1899 Cleveland Spiders who finished the season with a record of 20-134, a full 84 games out of first place.
The Marlins will finish last in the National League in most offensive categories including: runs per game, runs scored, hits, home runs, RBI’s, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and OPS+.
So what is the Marlins’ plan for the offseason? No one really knows as owner Jeffrey Loria continues to debate any front office personnel decisions.
But, according to the Miami Herald, Loria told Marlins special assistant Andre Dawson that he wants to acquire hitters in the offseason, specifically at third base, first base, and catcher.
Still, between budget constraints Loria puts on the team and his record of going back on promises he makes to free agents, getting top quality talent in to play for the Marlins will be a tall order for anyone in the Marlins front office.