Category Archives: Miami Marlins

POLL: Who is the Face of the Marlins?

Continuing out Face of the MLB tournament, vote in the poll below to let us know who you think is the Face of the Marlins.

Advertisements

The Case for the Marlins

The Marlins have an awful major league team. That is obvious. They can be contenders in the near future if they keep doing what they are doing. There are a few key things that they need to do.

1.) Keep developing and adding depth to the minor league system

Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick both split time in both the minors and the majors. Both have been top prospects, and they have Andrew Heaney, Justin Nicolino, and Colin Moran developing. They are doing things right in the minors, and they need to keep adding young players. They have young players Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, and Adeiny Hechavarria. If they continue to receive young, impact players, they will be good in a few years.

2.) Sign Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez to long term extensions

The Marlins have a wealth of young players, and they need to keep them and lock them up for a long time. Giancarlo Stanton is a freak of nature, and can hit the ball a country mile. As you can see here, even though he was hurt and not on top of his game for much of 2013, he did not lose his power.

Jose Fernandez came into the league in 2013 and  showed everyone that he came to play. He won the Rooke of the Year award for the National League, and he came in third place for Cy Young voting. He was un-hittable at times, and even Joe Maddon took to Twitter after his debut to say that he was very good. Here is a look at just some of his many 2013 highlights.

3.) Develop A Fanbase

Florida in general has trouble drawing fans to baseball games. The Rays outdrew the Marlins, but overall, the Rays were #24 and the Marlins were #27, only ahead of Houston, Seattle, and Cleveland. The Marlins just built a new ballpark, and although the color scheme is, well, odd, they deserve to have fans come and support them daily. They averaged 19,584 fans per game, which was the lowest in the majors. They need to gain a fanbase, so that they can raise funds to keep building a winner.

4.) Make a Few Transactions to Show the Fans That They are Interested in Winning

After trading away Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and a few others, many fans lost hope and faith in owner Jeffrey Loria. Loria may have been a big factor in the salary dump, but he needs some veteran presence on the team and he also needs another good player to build the franchise around. He needs to show the fans that he isn’t dooming them for an eternity of losing. They need to make a deal that shows they are ready to try and attempt to win.

5.) Keep Players Happy

One thing that the Marlins have that teams such as Cleveland and Chicago and Pittsburgh don’t is the weather and the location. They are in Florida, which is a prime location for many players. If they make some moves that show they are interested in winning, players will flock to Miami because of the cold weather in other parts of the United States. It is a desirable location, and there are already many superstars who are currently playing on other teams in the Miami area. If they can keep players happy and develop a good reputation among players, they can get high quality players. If they keep trading away superstars like Reyes and Han-Ram, then their reputation will continue to decline, and they will have trouble landing big name players.

The Marlins have the chance to be a good team in a relatively poor division. If the Nationals play like they did last year, then only the Braves pose a threat. One move and this team could be a very good one.

NL East Rundown

The NL East will be an interesting race this year to watch. Here’s my take on what will happen:

Division Champion: Nationals

Division MVP: Bryce Harper

Division CY Young winner: Jose Fernandez

Predictions:

1. Nationals (91-71)

2. Braves (89-73)

3. Marlins (80-82)

4. Mets (76-86)

5. Phillies (71-91)

Nationals:

I think they have real potential with young stars such as Stausburg and Harper leading the way. Veteran leadership will be key to a playoff run so watch for Zimmerman or another player to step into that role.

Braves:

They too, have great potential with a powerful offense. The Upton brothers along with Heyward and Uggla should keep them contending along with their pitching staff of Medlen leading the way along with their shut-down closer Kimbrel.

Marlins:

This may surprise some people but the Marlins might be a team in the next few years to contend with. This may not be the year but watch out for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez along with Giancarlo Stanton.

Mets:

Even without their star pitcher Matt Harvey for the majority of the season, the Mets have a decent starting rotation with rising star Zach Wheeler and Bartolo Colon. The Mets must hope that Colon can retain his 2013 success which included 18 wins with the A’s. They Mets lineup includes David Wright and newcomer Curtis Granderson.

Phillies:

The Phillies have potential if their players can stay healthy. Their pitching staff with Lee and Hamels  should carry them some if they can get run support. With an aging lineup, look to see the Phillies start the rebuilding process.

NL East Rundown

The NL East will be an interesting race this year to watch. Here’s my take on what will happen:

Division Champion: Nationals

Division MVP: Bryce Harper

Division CY Young winner: Jose Fernandez

Predictions:

1. Nationals (91-71)

2. Braves (89-73)

3. Marlins (80-82)

4. Mets (76-86)

5. Phillies (71-91)

Nationals:

I think they have real potential with young stars such as Stausburg and Harper leading the way. Veteran leadership will be key to a playoff run so watch for Zimmerman or another player to step into that role.

Braves:

They too, have great potential with a powerful offense. The Upton brothers along with Heyward and Uggla should keep them contending along with their pitching staff of Medlen leading the way along with their shut-down closer Kimbrel.

Marlins:

This may surprise some people but the Marlins might be a team in the next few years to contend with. This may not be the year but watch out for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez along with Giancarlo Stanton.

Mets:

Even without their star pitcher Matt Harvey for the majority of the season, the Mets have a decent starting rotation with rising star Zach Wheeler and Bartolo Colon. The Mets must hope that Colon can retain his 2013 success which included 18 wins with the A’s. They Mets lineup includes David Wright and newcomer Curtis Granderson.

Phillies:

The Phillies have potential if their players can stay healthy. Their pitching staff with Lee and Hamels  should carry them some if they can get run support. With an aging lineup, look to see the Phillies start the rebuilding process.