Miami Marlins: Why you should still watch them this season

An offseason fire sale may have sent the faces of the franchise elsewhere, but there are still notable players on the roster to watch.

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Dear Marlins fans,

Everyone in Major League Baseball knows you guys are upset, no, livid, with Derek Jeter and the new ownership. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Almost everyone except for your division rivals is livid with your ownership. It’s embarrassing to say you’re a Marlins fan at this point and I’m sure nobody would blame you if you jumped on another team’s wagon this year just so you have joy in watching what should be another spectacular baseball season.

It is painful having to watch your team go through yet another rebuild because the previous owner, Jeffrey Loria, got too impatient with the process of making the Marlins a winning franchise. But that’s no reason for all of you to not support the Marlins this season. Here are reasons you should support the Marlins this year.



You have a ballpark – use it

For the first 18 years of existence your club shared a stadium with the Miami Dolphins, remember? It was clear your old park wasn’t designed for baseball, making it difficult to attract fans. Ask the Oakland A’s how that’s going for them. There’s a reason they too are looking for a new location for a ballpark. They’ve played in a football stadium since 1968 and the only way to get fans to the stadium is when they reach the World Series which hasn’t happened since 1990. Or, better yet, ask the Tampa Bay Rays how playing in a convention center is going for them. Like the A’s, they’re also making plans to move to a different venue. 

I understand that going to the football stadium for baseball stunk for the first 18 years but you guys have a beautiful venue for baseball now, so use it! Marlins Park is your park, not the Dolphins’ practice field or the Heat’s training facility. It is YOUR PARK, so give the taxpayers reason to believe their money went to good use. Plus, tickets will be cheaper this season, so spend the $20 on a ticket and hope you witness something you’ve never seen before.

At least Jeter is putting a team on the field

The Marlins may be in a rebuilding mode but the roster doesn’t look awful. Sure, you don’t have the Home Run King Giancarlo Stanton or base stealing phenom Dee Gordon, both of whom helped put your club on the map, but you have many notable players on the roster and a manager who helped the Dodgers win three NL West titles in his six years as their manager from 2010 to 2015. In fact, look at your projected Opening Day lineup compared to that of the Detroit Tigers, who are in the same spot as you.

Miami Marlins

Player

Position

2017 Home Runs

2017 RBI

2017 AVG

Cameron Maybin

RF

10

35

.228

JT Realmuto

C

17

65

.278

Starlin Castro

2B

16

63

.300

Justin Bour*

1B

25

83

.289

Martin Prado*

3B

2

12

.250

Derek Dietrich

LF

13

53

.249

Lewis Brinson^

CF

13

48

.331

Miguel Rojas

SS

1

26

.290

Pitcher

2017 Win-Loss

2017 ERA

2017 WHIP

Dan Straily

10-9

4.26

1.30

Jose Urena

14-7

3.82

1.27

Dillon Peters^

7-3

1.57

0.92

Adam Conley

8-8

6.14

1.52

Sandy Alcantara^

7-4

4.31

1.43

Detroit Tigers

Player

Position

2017 Home Runs

2017 RBI

2017 AVG

Leonys Martin

CF

3

9

.172

Mikie Mahtook

LF

12

38

.276

Miguel Cabrera*

1B

16

60

.249

Nicholas Castellanos

RF

26

101

.272

Victor Martinez*

DH

10

47

.255

James McCann

C

13

49

.253

Jeimer Candelario

3B

3

16

.283

Dixon Machado

2B

1

11

.259

Jose Iglesias

SS

6

54

.255

Pitcher

2017 Win-Loss

2017 ERA

2017 WHIP

Michael Fulmer*

10-12

3.83

1.12

Matt Boyd

6-11

5.27

1.56

Jordan Zimmermann

8-13

6.08

1.55

Mike Fiers

8-10

5.22

1.43

Daniel Norris*

5-8

5.31

1.61

*Disabled List

^Minor League Stats

You guys may hate the Jeter regime right now, but be thankful there’s a decent team being put on the field for most the season.

It’s time to remember Jose Fernandez the right way

What happened in September 2016 was unfathomable. Losing Jose Fernandez was the worst thing that could have possibly happened to your franchise. It’s understandable that last season was hard playing considering the most powerful lightbulb in your clubhouse went out, but now it’s time to honor Fernandez’s legacy as fans and support your franchise.

Christian Yelich was probably right when he said Fernandez’s death was the stepping stone to dismantling the team. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be writing this letter. Unfortunately, baseball players aren’t immune to the life cycle. The Cardinals, who have lost three players in the middle of their careers since 2002, are a great example to look at of a team that has honored their players the right way. They’ve been to four World Series and won two of them in that span.

It’s time to move on from Fernandez. Honor him by going to the ballpark and supporting your team. Who cares what the ownership has done? You have a legitimate team on the field, despite this year’s circumstances. Most of them are from your farm system, so give them the support and encouragement they deserve.

So, Marlins fans, do yourselves a favor and give some love to this club this season. I know it’s been frustrating to watch this team for most the 25 years they’ve been around but remember this: you have two World Series titles, more than what 1/3 of the league has. 

If the process works, you will have more World Series trophies to hoist in the years to come, just like the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and Houston Astros the last three years. The process will be different but the goal is the same; win a World Series.

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