Nobody’s Seen Troubles Like Me ………..
Well at the halfway point of the MLB season and the high-spending …. Miami Marlins are in the midst of a crisis of confidence and they appear to be in such a rut , that not even team manager Ozzie Guillen and his coaching (managerial) staff can explain team’s fall from grace to their long-suffering fans . The build-up for the season was well chronicled , with Guillen replacing a long-time favorite in Jack McKeon . That alongside the high-profiled off-season acquisitions and ball-club’s move into a new all-purposed built 37,000 seat , $575 million stadium , and it was felt that this would be the season for the Marlins to make a preemptive strike as they seek to become relevant once again within the NL East as well as within the NL.
With the mid-season break in session as the 83rd All Star Game is set to take place tonight at the home of the Kansas City Royals , and Kauffman Stadium , Kansas City , Missouri . The Miami Marlins has only one representative for the NL roster for the game itself but unfortunately due to injury , Giancarlo Stanton will not be game time participant in tonight’s event . With so much at stake for the winning league , home-field advantage certainly adds spice to the World Series .
After tonight’s game , players will return to their respective teams to resume the second half of the MLB schedule . For the Miami Marlins that will mean trying to claw their way back up the NL East standings , having posted a 41-44 mark to close out first half of the season . And for the Marlins that will mean an arduous schedule over the remainder of the month of July . That begins with a three-game series’ home stint against the Washington Nationals . As the Marlins have continued their plummet into the depths of mediocrity , the surprisingly stealth Nationals have proven to be one of the major surprises of this season within baseball. A contrast in styles as the Miami Marlins have sought to be lugubrious , their divisional rivals have simply sought to be understated , while going about their business in a professional manner . I am not about to suggest that Ozzie Guillen hasn’t an answer for what ails his team but if they are to resurrect their season , then he and his coaching had better be ready with a quick remedy . If not , then all of that capricious spending will have been for nothing .
Already nine games out of first place , as the Washington Nationals have pretty much flirted with leading the NL East for a large part of the first half of the season . Perhaps the only team with the division with an equally inept showing has been the under-achieving Philadelphia Phillies (37-50) . Enough has been written about the travails the Phillies and the very fact that GM Reuben Amaro is already considering , bailing on their season , with the thought of trading the team’s pitching ace Cole Hamels and the remaining years on his lavish contract .
If the Philadelphia Phillies should fail to make the postseason , then it is my firm belief that there will be some major upheavals beyond the player personnel and the managerial staff . As I firmly believe that Reuben Amaro will have to be shown the door ! You simply cannot have an organization with a $175 million payroll flailing in the wind like novices lost at sea . But such has been the sheer complacency and gullibility shown by the front office , that they simply have no one else to blame but themselves .
The Miami Marlins’ fate lies within their own hands , and will not be built around the missteps of others within the division or the NL as a whole . That being said , GM Michael Hill and team President Larry Beinfest went about their task acquiring players with a penchant of picking up any big named individual , merely for creating the perception of being the NL’s answer to the New York Yankees . And when you choose to go that route then you sure as hell better have the financial resources in place to make the claims that you have been making not just within your own territory but also on a national level . So far on appearance , this has been somewhat of a monumental failure on the part of the Marlins’ organization .
As I alluded to earlier , the Miami Marlins will begin a three game series against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Ballpark , Miami . Florida . Baseball’s newest venue has been graced with a number amenities meant to be family friendly as well as a lure for all fans of the game . In spite of that , attendance for Marlins’ home games this season have seen something of an upswing but perhaps not to the levels that might have been expected by the Sales and Marketing Department . Friday’s game will pit Jordan Zimmerman of the Nationals against Josh Johnson in a match-up that pits two of the better pitchers in the NL . That may well not be enough to safe guard the Marlins’ season as they seek to reestablish themselves as a legitimate contender for the MLB postseason .
There is no doubt in my mind that this is a make-or-break season for the Miami Marlins ! Anything short of a postseason berth must be considered a failure for a ball-club that bet big as they sought to roll seven or snake-eyes . They have so far come up with nothing at all to show that their luck will actually change . And the often vocal Ozzie Guillen has suddenly become lost for words as his players continue to greatly under-achieve . No one has seen troubles like Guillen has in recent years having alienated himself with his former the Chicago White Sox and most certainly a mere two months earlier he drew the ire of the Cuban community of Miami with his rather ill thought statements showing his admiration for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro . Long live the revolution . Or , in the case of Ozzie Guillen, …. “ oh sh#t I have opened my mouth again , and filled it with a great deal of my bull#hit “ .
Picture gallery .
How do you see things panning out for both the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies as both teams embark on the second half of the baseball season ? Simply leave a comment as you see fit .
Picture gallery for your perusal .
(1) St. Louis Cardinals ‘ David Freese (23) scores from second on a single by Rafael Furcal as Miami Marlins catcher John Buck (14) applies the late tag in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2012, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 5-4 . AP Photo/Tom Gannam …
Miami Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez (2) scores on St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz’s throwing error after stealing third as starting pitcher Joe Kelly waits for a throw in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2012, in St. Louis. AP Photo/Tom Gannam …
(3) ST. LOUIS, MO – JULY 8: Manager Ozzie Guillen (13) of the Miami Marlins argues a call with umpire Manny Gonzalez #79 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
(4) Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the third inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on July 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. June 30, 2012 – Source: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images North America …
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