As the Marlins inch closer to spring training, many prognosticators are beginning to look at Miami in a new light. Less than 2 years after a trade that left everyone laughing at the misfortune of being a Fish fan, some are starting to see the Marlins as a potential team that could surprise everyone. High praise for a team that lost 100 games last year. Now before you laugh at me for being a “homer”, check out what NESN had to say about Miami.
The Miami Marlins were terrible in 2013, and they probably are a few years away from becoming legitimate contenders in the National League East, especially with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals currently cemented at the top of the division. But the Fish could be an exciting team to watch in 2014, considering the club features a ton of young players who will be given opportunities to make names for themselves.
I personally don’t think that the playoffs are in the cards for this upcoming version of the 2014 Marlins. If they are able to achieve a .500 record, that would be an extremely successful season and something to be excited about. That being said, it is nice to see Miami getting some love from the media as oppose to the usual attitude that we receive.
Here are more Marlins’ articles from around the web:
Baker signing: Updated Marlins lineup optimization | Fish Stripes
Two years ago, you knew it was going to happen. The Miami Marlins would be getting ready to showcase its young stars and the team would turn into a real, big-time winner and not rely on big-time free agents to fill in the roster. It is 2014 and the Marlins are about to do just that, but we will wait and see on the big-time winner part.
16 Reasons Adeiny Hechavarria Will Win A Gold Glove | On Cloud Conine
On Cloud Conine is a new Marlins blog that you should check out. Here are 16 Gifs of Hechavarria making some great plays. I thoroughly enjoyed the refresher.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Why Freddie Freeman Signing with Braves Impacts Marlins | Chris Logel
But this is not about the direct impact that the Freddie Freeman signing will have on the Marlins, rather it is about how this signing could cause the Marlins to not get much value on the trade market this season. While the Braves payroll routinely doubles the Marlins each year, they still have a budget that they routinely stay under. This signing means that they will likely not have room to sign some of their other upcoming free agents, for instance closer Craig Kimbrel.
Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #54 Mr. Marlin Begins | Andy Salgado
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Why is Jeff Conine called Mr. Marlin? Can it be because he was part of the original Marlins? Is it because he is one of only two players from that team to be in the 1997 World Series team? Could it be because he was also part of the 2003 World Series team? Maybe it’s because he has an All-Star MVP under his belt as a Marlins? My thinking is it’s because of moment 54… Jeff Conine’s first game as a Marlin.
Miami Marlins Season Preview: Center Field | Chris Logel
Today we continue our 2014 Miami Marlins season preview with our most interesting position, center field. The remaining 7 fielding positions are pretty much locked in on who the opening day starter will be, with the exception of potential injuries. In my opinion, center field is still wide open.
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