The Miami Marlins are kick starting their offseason earlier than hoped for but not unexpectedly so. At least they ended an a great note with Henderson Alvarez throwing that amazing walk-off no-hitter. We will probably not see that again in our lifetime. What a great end to the season. Just because the season is over, doesn’t mean that the Marlins news stops here at Marlin Maniac. Since we don’t have any games to write about we are able to give you more player recaps and prospect spotlights during the offseason. Stay plugged in throughout this offseason to get your breaking Marlins news and analysis.
The Miami Marlins could have ended their 2013 season on a high note — a no-hitter in the final game of the season, that’s something that makes a 62-100 record feel the slightest bit better heading into the postseason. But the Marlins couldn’t let the season end without one more cash-grab.
Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez ran off the mound, mistakenly thinking he had won after no-hitting Detroit over nine innings at Marlins Park on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, his teammates wondered how long Alvarez would be allowed to pitch if they couldn’t break the 0-0 tie.
The Cleveland Indians lost 94 games last season. They’re in the playoffs this year. The Oakland A’s and Pittsburgh Pirates have two of the five lowest payrolls in the majors. They, too, are playing in October.New general manager Dan Jennings said he would like the Marlins, who lost 100 games with the second-lowest payroll in the majors, to emulate those teams in trying to get back on track.
If adversity indeed makes a team stronger, then the Marlins should be a tightly-knit group next year. Whether they’re dramatically improved or not will depend on how much they’ve grown collectively from the second-worst season — record-wise — in franchise history.
So, the Miami Marlins fired president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest on Friday, and then two days later, the Marlins promoted Michael Hill to fill Beinfest’s role while Dan Jennings was also promoted from vice president of player personnel to general manager, the job Hill previously held. In other words, owner Jeffrey Loria changed the chefs in the kitchen, but the amount of cash he has to purchase quality ingredients for a winning recipe stayed the same.
A few follow-up tidbits from Henderson Alvarez’s season-capping no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers Sunday.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
With the Miami Marlins 2013 season in the record books, October gives us a chance to look back and analyze the high’s and low’s that the Marlins provided us with this season. This provides closure for us and also allows us to look ahead at the upcoming season because after all, in March everyone is tied.
Despite the Miami Marlins’ top two prospects graduating from being prospects in Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich, the team was still able to land two prospects on John Sickels end of season top 75 prospect list.