Miami Marlins President David Samson was M.I.A for most of the season and rumors ran rampant just last month that he could be on his way out of a job with the team. On Thursday, Samson was on hand at Marlins Park to introduce the new Miami Beach Bowl with representatives from the American Athletic Conference. Samson also had some time to answer some questions about the Marlins future.
According to Samson, the Marlins pitchers and catchers will report on spring training on February 16th. He told reporters that he believes the team had a very bright future ahead of them. Samson even went as far as making a bold prediction that may sound absurd to some baseball people:
“We want to get out there and get going,” Samson said. “We’re getting ready for another season, and we’re going to win more. I promise you this: We’re not going to lose 100 games next year. Not close.”
To give Samson credit, 115 losses is not THAT close to 100 losses. Neither is 90, depending on how your math is. But avoiding the 100 loss plateau was not enough for Samson, who likely is going to have a gag order placed back upon him:
“Look what the Red Sox did. They had the same record we did in ’12 (69-93). They turned it around to be in the World Series in ’13. It’s time for us to do the same. That’s why we didn’t book that concert in October (2014). Why would we ever book something when we should be and will be playing playoff games?”
So Samson expects the Marlins to go from a 100-loss team to a playoff team in the span of one off-season, just because the Boston Red Sox were able to do it? The Red Sox also do something called spending money to fill holes on their team that need to be filled. The Marlins payroll is not expected to rise above $40 million next season.
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