Mar 10, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielderGiancarlo Stanton
(left) greets teammate second basemanDee Gordon
(right) after Gordon scored a run against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
As Spring Training drags on and enters its third week with two more to go baseball fans are finally starting to look at their teams, not just from the point of view of the offseason that was but the season that will be. Just like the cliche says, “hope springs eternal” this time of year but all of this unabashed optimism isn’t very fun for a guy for me that looks at baseball through a critical lense.
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There is much to be positive about for Marlins fans. The team signed Giancarlo Stanton to a record long-term deal, he is teamed up by one of the best outfields in baseball and they have made moves that show that they are ready to contend now. Despite all of this there are still several issues with this roster, many of which are direct results of the transactions the Marlins front office made in the offseason, and some are just results of questionable baseball decisions stemming from the team’s outlook on the game of baseball itself.
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