2014 Miami Marlins - No, really, it's a Legit MLB Franchise.

Rovin Romine

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Well, after the resounding nine post success of last year's Marlins thread, it's time for another.   Please post to the thread if something Marlinsesque crosses your mind.  (For example, just like last year, I promise to post if I see anyone in Miami wearing a new logo Marlins cap.) 
 
Oddly, there are strong Marlins/Sox connections in terms of trade rumors for Stanton, Salty, and spring training controversies.  Alas, the Sox do not play the Marlins this year.   
 
The Marlins are relevant, even if only as a disaster.  From the stadium design fiasco, to the stadium funding fiasco (if you build it, no one will come), to the tone deaf PR campaigns, to the gutting of yet another roster, to Ozzie Guillen publicly admiring Fidel Castro. . .well, at least one can say that they're Boring.  They may be outplayed by many teams, but they out-headline a significant percentage of those teams. 
 
In fact the Marlins are something of a unique club.  Two WS victories since they were created in 1993.  http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/FLA/  But at the same time, those WS seasons were the only time the Marlins appeared in the post season.  They have never won their division.  Their roster has turned over often enough for their franchise leaders (and single season record holders) to elicit responses like, "So-and-So - that's right, he *did* play for the Marlins at one point."  http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teams/marlins6.shtml
 
Still, there are bright spots.  Stanton.  Jose Fernandez - ROY.  Some decent prospects: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2014/3/7/5480228/miami-marlins-top-20-prospects-for-2014
 
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Local Media season preview: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/2014-Miami-Marlins-Preview-and-Roster-Breakdown-253069461.html
 
A decent ongoing resource is Fish Stripes, a blog located here: http://www.fishstripes.com/2014/3/30/5562180/miami-marlins-2014-season-preview-what-is-fish-stripes