Day 4: Marlins | Extra Innings
JUPITER, Fla. – The last time the Florida Marlins won the World Series (1997), they reported to Spring Training the following February a shell of themselves. The South Florida fire sale immediately sent the franchise back to obscurity and became an embarrassment for baseball.
"I think a lot of players from the '97 team that returned for spring of '98 looked around the clubhouse and thought they were traded, too, because of all the new faces," said Jeff Conine, who was a member of the '97 team only to be shipped to Kansas City. He returned to the franchise last season.
The Marlins, of course, won it all last year, too. And while some notable stars got away (Pudge Rodriguez to the Tigers, Derrek Lee to the Cubs), the core of this club reported here to training camp on Wednesday.
"You would have liked to have kept everyone if you could, but that's not in my control," manager Jack McKeon said. "I think you will see that in baseball, teams will lose playersRead More »from Extra Innings: Marlins staying hungry