The Marlins Seriously Make Stupid Choices

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Tuesday, April.02/2013

The Marlins will start year 2 of their ball park with about 33 % of their 2012 Team Salary.  They essentially have traded away veteran over the course of last season and then in the winter.  The club builds up for a few years, then tears it all with lighting fast movements.  When will the cycle end and the Marlins have some consistency with the product on the field?

The Marlins will start year 2 of their ball park with about 33 % of their 2012 Team Salary. They essentially have traded away every veteran over the course of last season and in the winter of 2013.  Just like they have always done, the club builds up for a few years, then tears it all down with lighting fast movements. When will the cycle end and the Marlins have some consistency with the product on the field?

MLB Reports:  Welcome to our newest Kids writer  Jason Alpert-Wisnia – for being selected to join our MLB Reports Kids Writing team.  We are pleased to present the readers with a youthful look to the game of baseball.  Moms and Dad’s – if you have a young kid who loves baseball and wants to write about the game, please email us at mlbreports@gmail.com.  We will be selecting three more kid writers for our website this year. 

By Jason Alpert-Wisnia  (AKA “JAWS”): (MLB Reports Kids Writer – visit his website here )

The Miami Marlins are a semi-new team compared to other teams such as the Red Sox, debuting as a team in the season of 1993 as the Florida Marlins.  They won two championships in that time, yet tore down the team right after.

In 2012, the team moved to Marlins Park with a boatload of new players and I say, after that, it was only a matter of the, before the team was headed for a downfall.  The past was sure to  repeat itself.

Florida Marlins Story on 1997 and 2003:

This Avid Fan knows the DANG TRUTH

In 1997, the Marlins (then the Florida Marlins) signed third baseman Bobby Bonilla, outfielder Moisés Alou, and pitcher Alex Fernandez to lucrative free-agent contracts, which gave Marlins fans VERY HIGH expectations for the team.

Also, at the time, the team already had catcher Charles Johnson, 2nd baseman Luis Castillo, pitcher Kevin Brown and Gary Sheffield. That year, the Marlins tore STRAIGHT through the Post Season.

They plowed through the Giants in the NLDS, and then the Braves in the NL Championship. The Marlins than went to the 1997 World Series, playing against the Cleveland Indians, who at the time had stars and talented players such as: 1st baseman Jim Thome, shortstop Omar Vizquel, catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., relief pitcher Eric Plunk, and pitcher Orel Hershiser.

The World Series then went to 7 games, in the bottom of the 11th inning, with 2 outs, Edgar Rentería hit a weak grounder which bounced off Cleveland pitcher Charles Nagy‘s glove, allowing Craig Counsell to score, making it the 1st ever World Series by the only 4-year-old Marlins franchise.

So after this you think that the manager Jim Leyland is going to keep this winning team together, RIGHT!?! No, wrong.  Wayne Huizenga, owner of the Marlins, COMPLETELY RUINS THE TEAM! He trades away outfielder Moisés Alou to the Houston Astros for the pitchers Oscar Hernandez as well as Manuel Barrios.

The team then traded Kevin Brown to the San Diego Padres for a young star named Derrek Lee and two minor league players.

Finally, in May 1998, to ALL Marlins fans sadness, the team dealt away star players – Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile, which wasn’t even worth it,since both Mike and Todd would leave halfway through the season in trades, and this all happened due to claimed “Financial Problems”. Overall, the team was dismantled for the first of many times to come.

After that, each year at the end of the season, players that have been star-quality and playing players were traded away, for more players that would become stars, after again being traded away. But the true trouble doesn’t start till 2006, 8 years later. The team than started yet ANOTHER (No Surprise  fire sale of their players.

They traded Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett to the Red Sox, and then traded Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre, and Carlos Delgado away in separate deals, but were able to pick up Hanley Ramirez, a player who turned over time to the face of the team.

Than the team rejected trades for 3 players that in the future showed to be HORRIBLE trades. The Marlins could have acquired Justin Verlander as well as Curtis Granderson for the Tigers, but for some reason rejected, plus rejected a trade they almost finished with the New York Mets for trading Willis for David Wright,but in the end dropped out.

Than from 2006 to 2008, the team went on a even worse path of trades. They traded away slugger Miguel Cabrera for outfielder Cameron Maybin, southpaw Andrew Miller (, reliever Burke Badenhop are among the six different players received by Florida received for Cabrera, where none truly turned out that good.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels were wanting players, but they dropped out due to the Marlins large wants. The Marlins almost were able to get Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Howie Kendrick, or Ervin Santana. The Marlins also in 2008 ALMOST got Manny Ramirez, but ended up declining.

The Marlins than after the 2010 season traded some players, including Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves. And at the end of the 2011 season, both Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson were injured, showing a not so good future ahead, but then in 2012, THE MARLINS WENT INTO THE DEEPEST AND DARKEST PITS OF @#!*% !!!!!

 In 2012, the team went into their new ballpark, Marlins Stadium, but brought with the new stadium CRAP trades and tries. The team almost picked up free-agent slugging star Albert Pujols, but the deal went through., but there was a trade to make it up, by picking up Jose Reyes as well as Heath Bell.

Than, at the end of the 2012 season, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and many of the stars of the Marlins were traded away, leaving the team with very few good players.

Now its the starting week of the 2013. With mainly Giancarlo Stanton as their star, the team is going to LOSE. With the expectations, I see the Marlins ending the season with a 55-107 record – with 5th place in the NL East, losing their division. But overall, I’m guessing to see another Fire Sale before 2017, but overall, this team is the agent’s nightmare.

It is a shame that a City like Miami has had the fortunes of winning 2 World Series in the last 16 years, yet the management takes the fan in Florida.  This act should led to a major decrease in attendance at the New Marlins Ball Park this year

It is a shame that a City like Miami has had the fortunes of winning 2 World Series in the last 16 years, yet the management takes the fan in Florida. This act should led to a major decrease in attendance at the New Marlins Ball Park this year

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘MLB Reports Kids Writer’ Jason Alpert-Wisnia for preparing today’s featured article.  Jason is the son of our Boston Red Sox Author Saul Wisnia.  He is 12 years old and loves the Red Sox too.  His dad tells him routinely that he has been spoiled as a Boston fan ( 2 World Series before the age of 7).  He has designed, performed the layout and edited his own written work at his personal website http://baseballpinchhitter.blogspot.com/ .

Jason is the 2nd kids writer for us at the MLB Reports (1st is Haley Smilow).  You can find everything he posts on the MLB Reports on a page we call ‘JAWS Of Wisnia’ here   Jason likes the nickname of ‘JAWS’ because his initials are JAW.  Feel free to comment on all of his work (especially positive ones) or leave a comment for his dad to pass on to him via Twitter

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About saulwizz

I've been a member of Red Sox Nation since long before the term was coined, and currently work 300 yards from Yawkey Way. I've written for The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Boston Globe and Boston Herald, and have authored numerous books, including Fenway Park: The Centennial and For the Love of the Boston Red Sox. I'm currently working on Miracle at Fenway, an oral history of the 2004 Red Sox season, so if you have a story to share please shoot me an email.

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