Even when the Miami Marlins attempt to do something nice, baseball fans find it impossible to overlook the manner in which the team handles its business. That was quite apparent on Thursday as fans simply weren’t having any of the Marlins attempt to tweet out well wishes to recently traded outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna.
The Marlins shipped Stanton, the NL’s reigning MVP, to the New York Yankees on Saturday in what amounted to a giveaway. The Yankees, of course, will pick up most of the remaining $295 million on Stanton’s contract, which is of utmost importance to Miami. The team’s firesale under the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter continued on Wednesday, as they finalized a deal that sent Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals for four prospects.
Generally, when trades of this magnitude involving players that were franchise cornerstones go down, the team will send out well wishes like those sent out by Miami on Thursday.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 14, 2017
Unfortunately for Miami, most fans saw the tweets as either insincere or way too late, especially considering that Stanton’s been a Yankee for nearly a week.
Within minutes, their bitterness was unleashed.
Two photos? Took that long for two photos? Pathetic. Stanton was a part of this org for a decade.
— Anthony— Marlins(0-162) (@CaPs_RL) December 14, 2017
Little late on your post! You completely blew up a team that only needed pitching. 3 trades later…Don’t act like you care about the fans
— Robert (@407Rob) December 14, 2017
Why even say anything at all? The guy just won an MVP for the organization holds all sorts of records and that’s all he gets. WTF pic.twitter.com/fpcHETdCXm
— Mike Perez (@Mike91889) December 14, 2017
I feel for Marlins fans. What a disgrace to post this almost a week after the deal was done for Stanton. Being a mutual fan of the game, I really hope things get better in Miami for those of you who choose to continue supporting what team you have left…
— Shelley Tamasi (@shell895) December 14, 2017
In trading Stanton and Ozuna, the Marlins gave up two-thirds of baseball’s most dynamic outfield. The only member of that group remaining now is Christian Yelich. There’s been talk that Miami would like to keep Yelich — meaning the team sees him as still affordable — but fans are definitely rooting for him to be freed from a team not looking to contend any time soon.
Thanks Giancarlo and Marcell.
At least u guys get to leave
— Soflosportsphil (@sfsportsnut) December 14, 2017
The Marlins were a poorly run franchise throughout Jeffrey Loria’s ownership. That undoubtedly hurt the team’s financial bottomline ahead of the transition to Derek Jeter’s group. Still, the pieces were in place for the Marlins to contend this season and for seasons to come with a few shrewd moves.
Now though, the franchise and the fanbase have been sentenced to years of rebuilding with no guarantees that this regime will know or do any better than the previous one.
We dismantled a young, talented team with thunderous bats when all we needed was some pitching depth. Damn the MLB man.
— chase (@padgett_13) December 14, 2017
The Marlins fanbase was already pretty thin. Now that any optimism of Jeter’s group giving the team new hope has evaporated, this might be the new look at Marlins Park.
We’re with you Marlins fans. You have our sincerest well wishes.
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