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There’s Always the Hope of Next Season for Florida Marlins: Fan’s Take
There's very little left to say about a season simply winding down for the Florida Marlins, yet I was still disappointed they couldn't find a way to finish off the weekend series against the Washington Nationals with a sweep and instead found another way to lose; going down in defeat 4-3 on Sunday, Sept. 18 to the club from our nation's capital to take their record to 69-84.
That's fifteen games under .500, and puts the South Florida squad firmly in last place in the division; four games behind those self-same Nationals and an even 30 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies.
There's no denying this season has been an utter disappointment, and with the Miami Dolphins stinking up the joint at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday and the NBA owners and players looking as if they've decided skipping a season would be preferable to acting like grown men and reaching a compromise, it's not looking good for fans of teams from South Florida.
Still, as there always is in sports, there's hope for next year, and I will hold out that hope.
I'll hold out hope Javier Vazquez(notes) will not decide to retire—despite the growing concensus he will—and will rejoin the team next year to continue to provide them with the brilliant pitching he's displayed over the past two-and-a-half months; culminating in the impressive 5-hit shutout he pitched in the Marlins 3-0 victory over the Nationals on Friday, Sept. 16.
I'll hold out hope Josh Johnson(notes) will be able to return and actually pitch an entire season at the level he's performed during the little time he's been able to stay healthy over the past three years, and that he'll anchor a starting rotation that might be infused with even more talent from a free agency signing. Perhaps C.J. Wilson(notes)?
I'll hold out the sliver of hope all of the Marlins young players such as Mike Stanton(notes), Logan Morrison(notes), Gaby Sanchez(notes), Chris Coghlan(notes), and Emilio Bonifacio(notes)—among others—will continue to progress, and that with the addition of possibly the free agent signing of a powerful bat, will be able to form a powerful offense for the Florida club when they move into their new retractable-roof ballpark and become the Miami Marlins.
I'll hold onto the expectation Hanley Ramirez(notes) will return to form and help lead the young club as the superstar shortstop he is rather than the slumping, injured, seemingly ineffective ballplayer he seemed to be most of this past season.
Finally, I'll hold out a ray of hope the new ballpark will be filled with fans night in and night out, cheering on their beloved Marlins as they usher in a renaissance of baseball in South Florida, showing teams, fans, media talking heads, and everyone else who cares to see that Miami can support a major league baseball franchise.
I don't think I'm reaching too high with my hopes.
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*Daniel Barber has rooted for all Miami teams since he was a child or since their inception having been born right above Miami.
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