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Easy to lose hope, but….
- Updated: August 13, 2012
What a rough year it has been for the Marlins, wouldn’t you agree? As frustrated, jaded, disgusted, and sick and tired of losing we are, we shouldn’t give up. I was entirely against dismantling this team at first, but these guys seem to be playing harder than before. And for those who are committed to saying fire sale, look at the fact that we still have Stanton, Reyes, Bonifacio, and Morrison to build around. Yes, LoMo struggled throughout the season until he was shelved, but he tried to play through an injury that I can say from experience, is extremely painful to play through.
We have a lot of potential for winning still, even if we can not elevate to expectations this year. There will be a new coming of this team again next season, and you can bet that moves will be made to shore up our weaknesses by then. The opening day roster was full of talent, but it was talent that never fully gelled, and it led to poor play and inconsistency. Our minors system is now holding a few players who I can regard as future keys to winning. Now is the time to stick by what we have and know the losing can not last forever.
The team struggles and shortcomings have tried the patience and loyalty of many fans, and some had started to feel as if our trading was going to roll into a fire sale. Fortunately it was simply unloading unproducing talent to make way for new players. In my opinion this could very well benefit the Marlins faster than waiting for the team to produce. The new players and upcoming offseason additions have a better shot at developing into a cohesive unit, and therefore produce consistently.
If the front office pursues players that fit the mold of the way they pictured this team to be this season, they will be in contention fairly soon. Brantly is producing in the minors, Turner has potential to be a good 2 or 3 man in the rotation. Eovaldi has some control issues, but when he is on, he is dominant. Despite 6 walks facing the Mets, he showed the ability to work out of potential damage.
Miami has speed on the bases already. If they can sign one more big bat in the offseason, it could be the needed spark to this streaky offense. Stanton’s return has lit a small fire in the offense, and Reyes’ streak showed us all that he was a worthy addition to the lineup.
We may lose some games we should have won, but the 13-0 game against New York shows what these guys are capable of. Change is on the way.