The month of February and March should be full of questions the Miami Marlins front office and coaching staff must answer during Spring Training.
The month of February took long enough to get here as I sit at the computer waiting for Marlins pitchers and catchers to report to the team’s Spring Training facility in Jupiter, Florida.
For me and other fans who are going through what we all call baseball withdrawal, it’s been a tough few months without the sounds of the crack of the bat and the hustle on the diamond. For the Marlins, it’s been a chance to improve the team’s roster, analyze roster needs and look to minor league prospects as they hope for the chance to star in The Show.
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I’m getting a bit anxious as I know there are still over two weeks until the leather is slapped and players take infield practice.
The Marlins are in a good situation if you look at things with an open perspective. Yes, there are plenty of new faces who will walk into Spring Training, but the balance of the roster, mostly with starting pitching, is intact. Manager Don Mattingly has plenty of depth to choose from and the front office took another step forward in addition, not subtraction of talent once the final out of the World Series was registered.
Miami has a team that looks better on paper this coming season and could approach 75 wins. It’s not unreasonable to think it can happen given the changes made by Derek Jeter and the front office and how the offseason hasn’t been as huge as other franchises, but enough improvement suggests it.
I have been on and off the Marlins bandwagon the past two seasons with the way the front office has torn this team down. Now, after seeing it being built back up the right way from the foundation – I am fully invested in how things are going to turn out in South Florida for this season and beyond.
Here are three questions the Marlins must still answer once Spring Training begins.