Friday, 23 December 2011

Could the Marlins rise from cellar dwellers to contenders?

  It all started on the final day of the 2011 regular season when the Florida Marlins hired Ozzie Guillen to be their manager for the 2012 season. Three months later, management spent 191 million to three big free agent signings. The signings were Shortstop Jose Reyes, Starting pitcher Mark Buerhle and Closer Heath Bell. Consider that the fish have been dead last in attendence the past six seasons and a new stadium that will be ready on Opening Day, theses players will definately bring people to the stands. The ultimate question is can the big three establish a loyal fan base and help bring the Marlins to the top of the NL East?
  The answer is yes and no. For the Marlins to establish a loyal fan base, upper management has to start making right decisions. After winning their first World Series back in 1997, owner H. Wayne Huizenga decided it was time for a fire sale because of financial losses. Another fire sale followed suite shortly after the 2005 season due to the fact that talks broke down for a new stadium. If they are hoping to draw sellouts on a regular basis even when the new stadium wears out, upper management should be making better decisions.
   Now after finishing dead last in the NL East last year, theses three players do help the Marlins in the short term but with their young core led by Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad they have a better chance of making the playoffs as the Wildcard. Reason simply being is that the Philadelphia Phillies are still the team to beat in the NL and they happen to be in the same division as the Marlins.