The Miami Marlins will finish the season with the second-worst record in franchise history and now, the team will need a new head of baseball operations.
The Miami Marlins are a mess with a 55-94 record heading into the final weeks of the regular season. The team has struggled hitting, fielding, and outside of Jose Fernandez, pitching. But the biggest dysfunction may be in the team’s front office.
Chase Utley hit a go-ahead triple in the 10th inning off Jon Rauch, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Miami 3-1 Friday night and dropped the Marlins to 1-9.
Last year at this time, the Miami Marlins were the toast of Major League Baseball and South Florida was abuzz with hope the franchise had finally turned the proverbial corner into a true contender. Just a year later, despite one of the best stadiums in baseball, the Marlins are operating about as far under the radar as any team in Major League Baseball.
My what a difference a year makes. Last, the Miami Marlins generated baseball’s biggest buzz as they prepared for their home opener in a futuristic new stadium. There were nearly nightly sellout crowds as fans anticipated a playoff bid.
With just two weeks until opening day, the Miami Marlins are making headlines again, this time in Sports Illustrated.
Mark Buehrle issued a parting shot at Miami Marlins’ management after his stay with the team lasted only one tumultuous season.
In the aftermath of the Marlins’ salary dump/fire sale earlier this week, speculation turned to pitcher Ricky Nolasco and reports that he was the next player to go. Marlins president David Samson said this wasn’t true Thursday, but trusting a Marlins executive isn’t always the best plan.
It all started so positive for the Miami Marlins in 2012. A brand new logo, the opening of a state-of-the-art stadium, a re-tooled roster, a World Series winning manager, it was supposed to be the launching point of a promising future. Instead, it has ended with a resounding thud as the team hits rock bottom.
The Miami Marlins season has been lost for a long, long time, but the spectacular failure of a season that started with such high hopes could lead to some major changes for the team ahead of next season.