April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; A jumbotron displays an opening day game logo prior to the game with the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
There are three games left to the 2012 season, and barring the Adam Greenberg vs. R.A. Dickey story that will play out on Tuesday, there isn’t a lot to say about the rest of the season. Pretty much the only people caring about the next two games are parents, wives, and girlfriends.
We have a lot of work to do here at the Maniac. We’re actively looking for more writers, and we hope to put together our own winning roster this winter. I thought I’d start putting together a list of themes I’d like to cover during the offseason, and solicit feedback for ideas that you’d like to see covered.
The first topic I’d like to address is a statistical analysis of this season. We all know it was a terrible, no-good, awful, rotten year, but just how bad was it? What can we learn from it? Most importantly, how can we avoid it again next year?
Obviously, trades, hirings, firings, and acquisitions will be on everyone’s mind as we approach the Hot Stove. It will be a season of rumors, followed closely by a season of speculation. We’ll be right in the thick of it, keeping you posted and up-to-date.
As the 2013 roster takes shape, I’d like to do a player-by-player analysis of individual strengths and weaknesses. We’ll take a hard look at those players that missed their expectations this year, and see who might do better than they did last year.
I’m also going to reach out to my colleagues at the FanSided sites for the other teams in the NL East, and try to put together an in-depth analysis of the division, once the rosters settle down.
Finally, I’m going to try and spend some serious time hanging around Roger Dean Stadium as spring approaches. Lots of players come down here to work out in the winter, and I’d like to see if I can make some contact with them to get their take on the upcoming season.
I’d really like to write what you’d like to read, so if you have an idea for an article or series of articles, please drop me a line.