Miami Marlins Morning Catch: All 7 Affiliates Are in Last Place


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Bad News: With a 40-55 record, the Miami Marlins hold the second worst record in baseball.

Worse News: All 7 of the Miami Marlins minor league affiliates are in last place in their minor league divisions.

Good News: It cannot get worse than this, right?

If one or two of the team’s affiliates were in last place, I’d say no big deal. Hell, even if all 7 affiliates were in last place and the Miami Marlins themselves were a contending team, I would not be complaining.

But to have all your minor league affiliates, your major league team, and then ranking as a bottom 5 team in terms of prospects is a really, really bad look for the organization that claims they are so close to winning.

Owner Jeffrey Loria needs to take a hard look in the mirror and his front office this season, because the problem is not only with the players, but the people who pick the talent that comes to Miami.

Things need to change soon, or the franchise might be in deep trouble.

Other Miami Marlins News Around the Web:

All 7 Miami Marlins Affiliates Are in Last Place – Josh Baumgard, CBS Local

It’s late July and although the Miami Marlins’ season is essentially caput  — with a 0.7% probability of postseason play — the floundering organization can take solace in the fact that unlike all SEVEN of their minor-league affiliates, they aren’t in last place within their division.

Yes, as Andy Slater and Will Manso pointed out on Twitter last night, every single Marlins progeny is bringing up the rear. (Read More Here)

Jose Fernandez overcomes D’backs, scary moment to lift Miami Marlins 5-3 – Clark Spencer, Miami Herald

Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins reacts at second base after hitting an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field on July 22, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Read More Here)

Miami Marlins Trade Deadline Primer: The argument for keeping Mat LatosMichael Jong, Fishstripes

The Miami Marlins face the 2015 trade deadline later this month with important questions about their likely role as sellers. In particular, they have to figure out how much they want to sell off of their team, which is a mix of young talent that should not be dealt and players who have very little trade value. Two names that seem destined to come off of the books are those of Dan Haren and Mat Latos, two starting pitchers who are on their last year of their contracts. Both pitchers have performed well in different ways in 2015, and the Marlins may be able to squeeze some marginal value out of either one in a deal.

However, while Haren is a must-trade for the Fish, who would never consider re-signing the 34-year-old veteran, Latos is a slightly different example, as the righty will only be 28 years old for most of next season. He is young enough that he is entering free agency in what should be his prime, except that a one and a half year run of injury problems and an odd velocity drop have worked to tank his value overall. However, a more recent run of success may be building back up some value and could leave Latos in an awkward middle ground heading into his first foray into free agency. (Read More Here)

With Marlins on road, Dee Gordon missing teammates while he rehabs – Christina De Nicola

Less than 24 hours before the All-Star break, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon dislocated his left thumb sliding head first into first base for an infield hit.

Gordon, voted in by the fans as the National League starting second baseman for the first time in his career, couldn’t participate in the festivities but still attended to represent the organization. It’s the second time in his career he injured a thumb. As a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he missed two months during the 2012 season following surgery on his right thumb after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament on a slide into third. (Read More Here)

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