Even before the 2013 regular season began, most fans knew the Miami Marlins were going to be a bad team. But the Marlins are threatening record territory as they continue to lose games through the final weeks of the regular season.
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.
With Tuesday night’s loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins hit the 90 loss mark for the third consecutive season under the watchful eye of owner Jeffrey Loria.
Major League Baseball players are often paid in the neighborhood of $20 million or more each season. But what about paying $20 million per fan? That’s roughly what Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami are paying through the first two years of Marlins Park.
The Marlins hitting coach has resigned following accusations of mistreatment toward one of the players according to sources.
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.
Justin Upton went 4 for 4, including his sixth home run, and Paul Maholm allowed one hit in seven sharp innings to help the Atlanta Braves spoil the Miami Marlins’ home opener Monday by winning 2-0.
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.
Miami Marlins fans have been calling for team owner Jeffrey Loria to sell the team to a new owner they hope will start spending long-term on the roster. But there’s a simple reason why Loria and other owners don’t want to get out of baseball, money.