It happened in 1997 and 2003, but as a third time in 2012, it just doesn’t make sense. Miami baseball is prominently known for winning as an underdog, and for sending their best players off to have illustrious careers with other MLB squads after that.
Money must not be a factor to the Miami Marlins; being more of a waste than our government is their thing, however.
The Marlins season was declared dead for the 2013 season Tuesday as they traded away Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Johnson and a couple others to the Toronto Blue Jays for some good prospects, but won’t equal the production these players had.
Even Logan Morrison knows what this trade means.
He should feel upset, although he tweeted earlier this afternoon reassuring to fans that he wasn’t. However, he has just cause to be.
The Marlins, who just fell short of 100 losses, fired manager Ozzie Guillen earlier this off season, It was the first brick to fall in what once looked like a promising future.
Miami had their downtrodden season after having one of the best months (May) that a team had in recent memory. On the other side, the Blue Jays bring in some new weapons that hopefully will convince Bud Selig or his predecessor to get them out of the AL East within the next five years.
That likely will not happen, but the Blue Jays do have the potential to be in the mix with the Yankees, Rays and even Orioles. (You’re still not very good, Boston.)
Mark Buehrle is back in the league where he has spent the majority of his career. Now he won’t have to worry about stepping up to the plate to hit but rather try and get Canada more than they bargained for.
Jose Reyes gets his first shot as an American League player, which can be exciting or a disaster. His stats aren’t promising against AL East opponents. Reyes has hit a combined .273 in 68 games against New York, Boston, Tampa Bay and Baltimore. Marlins fans have to be sick to their stomachs. They paid a lot of money for a brand-new, gorgeous ballpark. To see all of their on field talent exported to our neighbors to the north in less than a year is shameful. Miami baseball, unfortunately, could be rough to watch. Giancarlo Stanton better come with his Superman cape to save their city from a long summer.
Look on the bright side, Miami, you have the Heat. Toronto, on the other hand, has the Raptors to deal with until April.