Will Mid-Summer Classic Misery Continues For Miami Marlins?
Last season at this time, I wrote a piece about the Marlins past history in the All-Star Game. It seemed appropriate considering that, given the events of last season, fans of the Fish had no reason to watch beyond a general love of baseball. A love we should by no means dismiss, but zero representation is a tough pill to swallow. So I took a look back at all the past performances from Marlins All-Stars, and came to a sobering realization. More on that in a minute.
This time around though, the feeling is different. For just the third time in franchise history, four Marlins will be representing South Florida. The Marlins participating are not lone bright spots for a club that has already committed to selling off parts, possibly said All-Stars themselves, at the Trade Deadline either. This group- Jose Fernandez, Marcell Ozuna, A.J. Ramos, and Fernando Rodney- are members of a winning team that just reeled off the second best first half in team history and are in the thick of a playoff chase.
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Better still, there’s multiple Marlins who didn’t make the team that could have. Martin Prado, J.T. Realmuto, and Christian Yelich are all enjoying stellar seasons. Ichiro wants 3000 hits.
And then there’s the guy who until a week ago was having a terrible season….and will be all anyone talks about for most of the game.
That’d be 2016 Home Run Derby Champion Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton’s win last night is a huge boost going into tonight’s spectacle, for in case you’ve missed it over the years, the Marlins have ranged from pedestrian to terrible in terms of All-Star Game performance for a really long time now. That conclusion I came to last season was that- despite not playing- the Marlins might actually come out ahead. Not present to underperform or make a mistake, all they could do was talk about what they did to get there in the first place. It’s been that rough of a stretch.
But I choose to believe Big G has turned us around Fish Nation. Positive vibes, send em out to Petco Park. And rest comfortable that there’s a very low bar for tonight’s foursome to clear on their way to laying claim to the best Marlins showing this century. What follows is that same look back. Enjoy the Marlins All-Star Games through the ages.
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