COMMENTARY | The vast majority of Miami Marlins fans are clearly dissatisfied with the offseason transactions that took place. One saving grace, however, is that Giancarlo Stanton, inarguably the team's best player, was retained. Just don't expect that to last long. The Marlins have started with a Major League-worst 1-8 record, having been shut out 4 times in those 9 games. Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton's performance and body language in those games clearly shows his frustration and lack of comfort in what has to be the worst lineup in Major League Baseball. Opposing pitchers have no reason to give Stanton anything to hit, as his protection has frequently been that of Placido Polanco or Greg Dobbs (not exactly intimidating power hitters). He has begun the season hitting at a .167 clip and has yet to record an RBI while ranking fourth in walks at 8.
There is no reason for Stanton to want to stay in Miami. Even if the club decides to attempt to sign major free agents, it is doubtful that they will want to sign long-term contracts with the Marlins due to the dishonesty they displayed with Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle last season by trading them after telling them their jobs were safe. Furthermore, the infuriated Miami fan base is not attending the games. Attendance has been poor thus far and is likely to only get worse as the season goes on. No one wants to play in front of a nearly nonexistent home crowd. When the time does come that Stanton wants out, Miami fans should not blame him. Until this club starts over with a new general manager and owner, there is little hope in Miami of baseball returning to an elite level.
Brett grew up in south Florida and has been a Marlins fan for 19 years. You can follow him on twitter @B_Zager.
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