It’s hard to believe that the Marlins once had Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, J.T. Realmuto, and Jose Fernandez on the same team and have not been to the playoffs since they defeated the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. Side note, it’s pretty amazing that they have been to the playoffs twice in their existence, and won the world series both times.
Under new ownership for the last year-plus, the Miami Marlins have been in transition from both a baseball and business perspective. Bringing Derek Jeter into the ownership group was seen as bringing legitimacy to the organization, an organization which had been viewed as a laughing stock for more than a decade.
Then the team proceeded to trade many of its stars.
Jonathan Gore is the radio announcer for both the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals. Both teams play their home games at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Jupiter Hammerheads are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The Palm Beach Cardinals are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the St Louis Cardinals. Both teams play in the Florida State League South. As of the writing of this article, the Palm Beach Cardinals are in third place in the division, after already winning the first half of the season with a record of 46-32 and so far in the second half have a record of 8-10. The Hammerheads are in fifth place in the division with a record of 46-36 in the first half and 5-12 so far in the second half. Jonathan and I had a conversation via text message due to our busy schedules.
As Harry Caray used to say, “you can’t beat fun at the old ballpark.” That statement rings true whether you’re watching a minor league game or find yourself in the comfort of a major league cathedral. Watching the game is just part of the entertainment, though. The fans can sometimes steal the show, depending on the pace of the game.
Every year there are teams who rise to the top because of an unsung hero, a rookie stepping in, or a triumphant return from injury by a veteran. On the flip side, there are teams who are at the bottom and underachieving or simply too young and rebuilding. Here are the bottom 10 teams in the league and some bright spots that those teams can possibly build on moving forward.