Well How Did Things Work Out For Your Team This Baseball Season ?

Well for me this Major League Baseball (MLB) season has proven to be something of a disappointment. The Florida Marlins failed to meet my expectations this season . I expected them to contend in the NL East but with the Philadelphia Philllies seemingly not having skipped a beat from last year-basically having carried on from where they left off from last season. Not even the wild-card berth this season was within range for Marlins -when it’s finally said and done.

Dan Uggla (6)  is congratulated  by  his  Florida  Marlins'  teammates  as  he  returns  to the  dugout having  scored   on  a  single   by  Cody Ross  during  the  eighth  inning   of   a  game  against  the  St  Louis   Cardinals   played  at  Busch Stadium  in  St  Louis , Missouri,.     The  Marlins   defeated  the  Cardinals  5-2 in  the   NL  game  .    picture  appears  courtesy   of  ap/photo/ Jeff  Roberson ................
Dan Uggla (6) is congratulated by his Florida Marlins' teammates as he returns to the dugout having scored on a single by Cody Ross during the eighth inning of a game against the St Louis Cardinals played at Busch Stadium in St Louis , Missouri,. The Marlins defeated the Cardinals 5-2 in the NL game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeff Roberson ................

The only respite in all of this is the mere fact that we’ve seen the New York Mets basically underachieved once again. OK , so they’ve had more than their fair share of injuries. But what’s the use of having a roster and the vast financial means at your disposal , if you’re not going to make something of an effort to remain competitive ? Either the Wilpon family as owners of the club have implicit faith in team GM , Omar Minaya and manager , Jerry Manuel. Or they’re prepared to wait until the off-season to make any necessary changes as they’d deem fit.

As a fan of the Marlins I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this club win the World Series, twice. First with ambitious ownership of then owner , H D Wayne Huizenga , with Jim Leyland leading them off the field, as the manager. Albeit , that the team was viewed as one filled with a bunch of high priced renegades who happen to be aging stars. And with one or two young budding All Stars in the making, along for the ride . What a glorious one it was at the time ! The aftermath of this all , was that Huizenga in a cost cutting exercise imploded the team . Much to the disgust of the fans who cheered them all the way during that infamous and improbable postseason run.

Unfortunately the following season , 1998 saw the team come crashing back to back to earth with a 54-108 -won loss record. A far cry from the previous season. The second time around in 2003 the team seemingly once again went on another Cinderella ride on their way to another World Series. With an improbable win over the venerable and mighty New York Yankees in a 4-2 series win. The team was managed by then veteran manager Jack McKeon. The players at the time bought into what he was selling. And series MVP Josh Beckett from there , went on to bigger and better things.

Cardinals'  second  baseman   Skip  Schumaker looks  to  avoid  the  Marlins'  Hanley  Ramirez   while  making   the   double  play  in  the  third    inning  of  the  game  . Marlins'  player   Jorge  Cantu  was   out at   first  base   with  regard to   the  effecting  of  the  double  play.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo  / Jeff  Roberson   .........................
Cardinals' second baseman Skip Schumaker looks to avoid the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez while making the double play in the third inning of the game . Marlins' player Jorge Cantu was out at first base with regard to the effecting of the double play. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Jeff Roberson .........................

Over the course of the time between those championships the team was sold twice. First to John Henry , who then sold the team to MLB. In a maneuver that left a great deal to be desired. And if you felt that deal was devious in terms of its modus-operandi . Then what took place next ought not to surprise you at all. In what amounts to collusion and some might say at the behest of Commissioner Bud Selig. A sweetheart deal was brokered between Jeffrey Loria,-then owner of the Montreal Expos and that of the league, itself. Loria was allowed to sell the team to the league at an over inflated price. And then in obtaining the Marlins he was effectively loaned the money to purchase the team by the league hierarchy. Subtle as this may well seem it smacks of a practice that you’d expect to be carried out by the wheelers and dealers of Wall St. Rather than that of a professional sports governing body. And as we all know it’s been determined that the guys on Wall St can do no wrong in the eyes of some. Or can they ? So what does that tell you about some of the practices of Major League Baseball ?

Well as the season now enters into its final stretch. One thing is assured in the NL East. The Phillies will successfully defend their divisional crown. And there won’t be a wild-card entrant from within the division. Seemingly that privilege will go to a team from within the NL West. Perhaps the worst division in all of baseball ? As to who that entrant will be , it’s anybody’s guess as of now. The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants are each others’ throats. And while both continue to make a spirited effort to claim that final berth. It makes for an interesting climax within the National League.

Marlins'   starting  pitcher   Josh  Johnson  throws   during   the  first  inning  of    the  game   played  against  the  St  Louis  Cardinals ,  Wednesday  at   Busch  Stadium  in  St  Louis ,  Missouri,.       picture  appears   courtesy   of  ap/photo/  Jeff  Roberson  ......................
Marlins' starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws during the first inning of the game played against the St Louis Cardinals , Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St Louis , Missouri,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeff Roberson ......................

As the season winds down for the Marlins , I hope that this season they’ve learned something from it. If nothing else they have the nucleus of a very good team that ought to be competitive in the future and quite possibly be viewed as serious contenders for a World Series title. In Fredi Gonzalez , they have a young manager who’s principled and seems to get his message across as to how he wants things done. And that’s something that the team seems to be willingly buying into. And it has certainly helped that the front office has been astute in acquiring some very good young talent that can serve this team well into the future.

With perennial All Star Hanley Ramirez now set as the lynch pin for the franchise. It bodes well as to their future. And with a roster that’s plentiful in pitching, defense and offense- there’s a great deal that a great many Marlins’ fans can feel good about in terms of the franchise’s future. They’ve crossed the hurdle as to the building of their very own facility. Having to play its entire existence at Land Shark Stadium , home to the NFL‘s Miami Dolphins. A sorry episode that finally has come to a close after the idiotic maneuvering by all of the parties concerned. If anything, this has been one of the primary reasons why the team hasn’t been more successful over the years. The arrangement with their current landlord was disadvantageous for the franchise. Absolutely everything was in the Dolphins’ favor. And how the commissioner’s office can have failed to have intervened is totally beyond me. But then again, this league is being ran by a bunch of completely mindless miscreants to begin with !

At (78-68) the Marlins are on the cusp of a winning season. Now ten games over .500 and with something to play for in terms of winning record. The days are now long gone whereby, the franchise was viewed as an amateurish organization in all of its very facets in trying resemble a major league franchise. A new stadium is online and the resources that it will bring , can further secure its very existence. Something that can’t easily be said for a number of franchises around the league at this juncture. If only the hierarchy of Major League Baseball would be entirely upfront for once. Then at least it’d would give the fans the belief that the game is heading in the right direction. It’s not enough that they’ve mishandled the steroid issue without the very financial health of the game now coming under the microscope.

So how has your team done this season ? Well for myself , I view the Marlins’ season as something of a success. It could well have been worse. But then again it’s a great deal better than that of a great many teams within the league.

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14 thoughts on “Well How Did Things Work Out For Your Team This Baseball Season ?

  1. With the Marlins, I think you have to ask yourself did they progress from last year to this.

    It’s a team loaded with young talent but they play in a nasty division. It wouldn’t have surprised me one bit to see them become the 2008 Rays. But then again, it doesn’t surprise me to see where they are now.

    I’d give the youth experiment one more shot and see what happens. If they don’t contend next year, then changes will have to be made.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      The biggest problem that the Marlins face has been the financial constraints that’ve been placed on the organization. A lot of people seem to forget that we’re the only major league franchise in baseball that in effect hasn’t got a venue to call its very own. We share the concessions with the Miami Dolphins . They also get a piece of the parking revenues and to top it all we’ve still got pay them rent for using Land Shark Stadium. So tell me how is the franchise suppose to make any money from that particular amenity to begin with ?

      As to the future we can ill afford to start all over again and become the Rays of old. That’s a worse case scenario. It’d essentially kill baseball in South Florida . That’s why they need to get the new stadium in place as quick as possible . No more delays whatsoever .

      The same case essentially will be made the Rays also.
      However theirs is a situation where it’s been of their own making.

  2. All I really care about is the Phillies. I am a Philly kid. They are doing better. I am still worried about Lidge. he can’t close with a shit. He needs to rest or be given a break. The Bums blew some leads and lost. These were games the Bums should have won but didn’t. The Dodgers, Phils, and Cards are all fighting for the best record in the National League. Will the Phills repeat. I sure hope so but it will be tough.

    1. bobbygee

      You needn’t worry about your Phillies as they’ll do just fine. They’ll get the job done in the postseason. Even if it means that they’ll have to use a closer by committee approach. They’ve always taken the team first mentality . Rather than it being just about one man. And with Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez on board , they’ve got to be viewed as the prohibitive favorites in the NL to win the NLCS.

      Alan Parkins

  3. It’s weird, I’ve always liked the Marlins for some reason. Maybe it’s because they are out of the same type of mold that the A’s are. Low budget team that rebuilds fairly often, but stays competitive most of the time. I thought the Marlins had a good year, whatever their record ends up being. It was a building year, and I really like Coughlin! He’s going to be good for awhile!

    As for the Phillies, I really haven’t kept up on them, but I think Lidge can right the ship before the playoffs come around. I’d actually like to see them try Pedro out as a closer, kind of like the way Smoltz did it for Atlanta a few years back!

    1. chappy

      The real problem I have with the situation concerning the Marlins. It has been the lack clarity shown by MLB as far as the stadium issue has gone. They’ve been totally bereft of common sense. And have done little to assist the franchise in that endeavor.

      As to the Phillies , I feel that people are too overly concerned with regard to Lidge. If needed they could go to a closer by committee. So as of now let’s just wait to see how things will turn out.

  4. YEah, I feel you on that front. I don’t feel like the league is helping the A’s get a deal done on a new stadium. Hell, they had “go” project about a year ago and it fell apart like a lepper in warm water! It’s frustrating to say the least when it comes to stadiums! At least you guys have a plan for a new stadium, the A’s have nothing!

    1. chappy

      Bud Selig of MLB and Gary Bettman of the NHL might just be two worse commissioners in all of major sports. I wouldn’t trust those two to organize a bar mitzvah. Much less run a major sports governing body. Every decision they’ve recently made concerning their respective organizations has little or no credibility at all to it.

      As to the situation facing the A’s . I feel your pain !

    2. chappy

      When have you ever known MLB to have ever helped anyone if it’s not to their benefit ? Especially from the PR standpoint. Bud Selig and Bob DuPuy aren’t to be trusted at all when it comes to the game of baseball. They make the federal legislators seem all the more endearing .

      Alan Parkins

    1. chappy

      If S-Jax is that unhappy- then first of all, why doesn’t he just go straight to management and air his grievances there instead of through the press ? I know Bryant did the same thing with the Lakers. And the way I look at it there’s a double standard being applied. Kobe wasn’t fined by the NBA but Jackson is ?

  5. chappy

    The NBA lost all semblance of reality the moment it began to seemingly markets its stars over the teams. That’s what has given the players the boldness that they now possess. In the Jordan era it was the precursor of things to come. And it’s not about to change again anytime soon !

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