Fans of the Florida Marlins are used to fire sales, but fans of the “new” Miami Marlins haven’t experienced what is happening in South Florida now. This was supposed to be a new era in Miami baseball. A new logo, a new uniform, a new stadium complete with a giant pinball machine in the outfield which celebrates home runs with jumping fish. Given all the new digs, the result remains the same, the Marlins are sellers at the traded deadline and are gutting the team.
On Monday, 2B Omar Infante and SP Anibal Sanchez were sent packing to Detroit. Last night SS Hanley Ramirez and RP Randy Choate were shipped off to the Los Angeles Dodgers and it doesn’t appear the Marlins are done yet. SP Josh Johnson is linked to several trade rumors.
This was supposed to be a different Marlins team. Everything was supposed to be different this year. Expectations were high but then everything came crashing down. The season started with manager Ozzie Guillen creating a public relations nightmare with his comments regarding Cuban leader Fidel Castro which infuriated the Cuban community in South Florida.
The new stadium was supposed to re-energize the sagging fan base. A retractable roof would prevent the rain delays caused by the tropical rainy season. The air conditioning was going to keep the fans cool, and out of the blistering Florida sun. The new venue is nice, but the fans are feeling let down once again. Marlins fans have seen all this before. They were lulled into a false sense of security with the team spending huge amounts of money in the offseason. This year was going to be different. Or was it?
At 45-52 and eight games out of the wildcard race, the team has decided to break it all down while once again building for the future. Miami fans wonder when that future is going to be. Fans feel betrayed by the team once again and a new stadium won’t gain back the trust of the fan base. At least the Dolphins are getting ready to open training camp soon. Perhaps a bad reference. At least the Heat will soon return to the court.