Monday, December 5, 2011
Something Diabolical is Going on in Miami
Today, we will hear a story about two teams, and these two teams round out the middle of their division standings every year. One of them is known for being bad: their debut season is a punchline, and they haven't won a World Series since before most of their players were born. The second one is a young expansion team, who have somehow won just as many rings as the other team. The first team has two real stars: The second has many young stars, and are moving to Miami.
Looks like the first team is in need of a new shortstop now- he just defected to the second team.
To put it complexly- Jose Reyes has just signed with the Miami Marlins. With the signing of him, and most recently Heath Bell, the Marlins are shaping up to be a huge, colossal force that may, just may, put the Braves in 3rd place. It's a shocking outcome, I know, but it could happen. If the Marlins keep gobbling up big players, such as Buehrle, Pujols and/or Fielder, it may become something close to the 2001 Diamondbacks, or the 2003 Marlins: A large amount of star power + a fairly new expansion team = a possible World Series run.
But again, we're all just dreaming here- didn't we say most of the same things about the 2008 Tigers? Look what happened to them. There's a chance that the Marlins would still be the Marlins with their new players and manager. There's a chance that even Washington and the Mets could kick their ass in the standings. But there's just as much a chance that the Marlins could be big in the coming season.
Besides...we all thought the Marlins would go downhill after they lost all their stars in both 2006 and 2008. And we all thought the Mets would flourish after recieving Beltran and Delgado, and calling up Reyes and Wright.
It just goes to show that nothing can be correctly predicted in baseball.