Will the Marlins front office and coaching staff change its approach to the 2020 season now that baseball is on hold for the time being?
In light of the fact that the Miami Marlins and 29 other MLB teams are still waiting for the word they can all go back to work, does the narrative change in South Florida?
Has the halt of progress changed the strategy of the front office and the coaching staff heading into the 2020 season? See what happens when you have more time on your hand to think while munching down on quarantine snacks?
The coronavirus wasn’t something the Marlins or any other sports team could have predicted this offseason, but its effects have taken the world hostage. With no baseball to be played and the Marlins coaching staff having to use what little sample size they have over 20 Spring Training games, will manager Don Mattingly change his approach to this season?
Will it be the same for other teams now that it appears unlikely there will be 162 games played in 2020?
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For a team like Miami, will it mean more concentration on veteran players to get the ball club close to the postseason and let everything fall into place? If anything, this could be the most interesting season Marlins fans have witnessed in some time. What hasn’t been discussed is could a losing record get someone into the playoffs where the playing field is leveled and anything can happen.
Mattingly will have plenty of important decisions to make regarding his 26-man roster, but none may be more as weighted as to how he will handle his bullpen. A shift in how it is designed as part of the focus of the offseason by Derek Jeter and Michael Hill.
No one expects the Marlins to be anything by a basement dweller this year, which makes the 2020 season unpredictable given the circumstances of how many games might be played. For now, there are 48 players still in Major League camp. Most of the roster spots are set with a few players still fighting to remain on the 26-man list.
There could be unsung heroes this season who leave a mark on this franchise. Fans could become more engaged than they have in some time. Wouldn’t it be something if the Marlins are able to post a winning record for the first time since 2009?
While waiting for baseball to begin is painful, it could lead to magic. Which once again brings me to my original question. Does the narrative of the Marlins season change? If it does, how much better can this team be while watching, waiting and hoping for baseball to get back in the swing of things?