Oct 4, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings (26) walks off the field after making a pitching change during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins, 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Marlins last winning season was 2009 when Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Josh Johnson dragged a mediocre roster to 87 wins and within 5 games of the NL Wild Card. They won 80 games the next year, the most games they’ve won in season since the 2010 season was 77 in 2014.
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The Marlins are bad and have been bad for a really long time, and it’s getting hard to find an excuse for ownership and management at this point. The 2015 season much like 2012 was supposed to be one of the years that the Marlins went “all in” and legitimately tried to make a run at the playoffs and even a deep drive into October.
The moves that the team made last winter got some adherents in the national media, with so-called baseball experts, picking the Marlins to win the World Series this year. That obviously didn’t happen and the team limped to a 71-91 record and the organization’s sixth straight losing season.
The question that must be asked is: what went wrong?