On the Bright Side at least the Mets aren’t the Marlins…

Posted: September 24, 2012 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets are headed to their fourth straight season of being in fourth place, but things look even darker right now for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins came into the season with the biggest expectations in their franchises history. Spending over 200 million dollars last offseason on Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell the Marlins have spiraled to last place at 66-87. Much controversy has arrived from the likes of Ozzie Guillen, a fire sale, potential front office shakeups and poor performances from pretty much everyone not named Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton.

The Marlins opened up a brand new stadium with a new name, logo, colors and players and yet this could be considered their worst season ever. The Marlins farm system like the Mets, have a couple of front line guys like pitcher Jose Fernandez and outfielder Christian Yellich but other than those two their system appears barren.  The Marlins are considering firing Ozzie Guillen after poor performance and some disappointing comments about Fidel Castro but haven’t decided yet.

Marlins right-handed pitcher Heath Bell criticized manager Ozzie Guillen in an interview on 560 WQAM in Miami this afternoon. Bell said on the Dan Sileo Show that “it’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face to face” Needless to say, it’s starting to get chippy in Miami.

 The most alarming thing about the Marlins right now is the controversy in the front office. With no clear direction from the fish the only thing that appears clear to Miami is that the Marlins will lower payroll for next season. The Marlins had a 95 million dollar payroll this season and will likely lower it to the 70-75 million dollar range according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez created a stir by saying Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Marlins and his former boss, is difficult to please, Spencer reports. “There’s not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough,” Gonzalez said. “Not Connie Mack, not anyone.” Loria called the comments “classless” and characterized Gonzalez’s work with the Marlins as a “colossal failure.” Loria fired Gonzalez in June of 2010 after he managed the team for four years. Fredi Gonzalez isn’t the only one in baseball who thinks that way. Most baseball people find Loria to be one of the more difficult owners to deal with on a daily basis.

The Mets are in a better spot than Miami because they have their front office that they trust in place while the Marlins are unsure if they should fire longtime president Larry Beinfest who has been working for the Marlins for over a decade. The fish in July had a real fire sale trading so many big names on their team like Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Gaby Sanchez and so many more. They look like they are taking a step back while the Mets look ready to take a big step forward.

The Mets were playing as bad as anybody in baseball the last few weeks at home, even having their manager calling the team out for potentially quitting and yet the Mets just swept them in a three game set where the Marlins made error after error. 1st basemen Carlos Lee dropped a few pop ups, Shortstop Jose Reyes forgot how many outs there were and both blunders winded up costing the Marlins a few games in the series. The Marlins quit a long time ago and make the Mets look like a decent team. It’s too bad the Mets only play the Marlins 19 games a year and not all 162.

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