A wise person once said that time heals all wounds. Well it appears that this saying applies to baseball fans as well. As evidence, I present the attendance figures this season for the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. Both teams drew the ire of their fans by seemingly putting losing teams on the field on purpose last season causing attendance to plummet. The Marlins, of course, once again went the fire sale approach prior to the 2013 season. Fast forward to this season and the Astros and Marlins rank first and second, respectively, in attendance increase over last season. Now the Fish need to produce results on the field to keep this attendance boost going into future seasons.
Losing Jose Fernandez to a season-ending injury. The multi-game losing streaks. The heartbreaking will-they, won’t-they extra inning losses. All of these items have made for a tough Marlins season. Just don’t tell Marlins fans that. A study done by Forbes Magazine found the Marlins have the second-highest increase in attendance in Major League Baseball in the first half of the season.
Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Yasiel Puig dazzle us with their on-field prowess. Each of them has also publicly stumbled in recent months, filling the headlines with words and actions on and off the diamond. Expectedly so, in fact; they are very young men.
Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek could be on the trading block as the team’s playoff chances are starting to slip away, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Marlins enter the week with a 45-52 record and are 8.5 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East. They have lost seven of their last 10 games.
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Welcome to The Good, The McGehee, and The Brad (not Pitt) Marlins Recap, coming at you after the All-Star break. In the last game of the series against the Giants, how did the Marlins do? Well here is the quick recap- The Good: The Marlins win; The McGehee: Casey McGehee’s homer; and The Brad (not Pitt): Brad Hand. The quick recap is done so let’s see how this game played out.
It has been a tough season for Marlins pitchers as yet again, Henderson Alvarez was forced from the game earlier than he wanted due to an injury.
Even more shocking was the inclusion of Valdespin in the lineup for the game tonight against the Giants. This leaves most Marlins fans with two questions; Who is Jordany Valdespin and is he our future second baseman?
The Miami Marlins have been slumping of late. The team has lost 4 straight and have gone just 24-35 since losing Jose Fernandez to Tommy John Surgery, which has the team a season high 7 games under .500 and 8.5 games behind the first place Atlanta Braves.
Dan Uggla was unconditionally released from his contract with the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon and immediate worry came to the Marlins fanbase that the Marlins front office would be interested in bringing him back for a second stint with the team.