We all know of the dysfunction that is the current Boston Red Sox. They suffered one of the biggest collapses in professional sports history last season, fired a good manager, hired a bad manager, traded away half the team and still go on the record publicly about how unhappy everyone in the organization is with each other.
Oh, and they might be sold shortly as well.
Simply out, the Red Sox are an absolute mess and disgrace for countless reasons. From the ownership, to the front office, to the coaching staff to the players, Boston is a wreck.
Now, it appears as if the Miami Marlins are getting ready to give them a run for their money.
The Marlins have suffered through a disastrous season. They traded for a manager, opened up a new ballpark, signed a bunch or high priced free agents, watched many players go down with injuries, traded away the face of the franchise, went through a brutal filming of The Franchise on Showtime and are now publicly talking about how awful the relationships are between the owner, the players and the manager.
Congratulations, Miami. You are the Boston of the National League.
That is not something of which to be proud.
The Marlins are 66-87 this season. They have been a severe disappointment, although key injuries have been a factor. Still, they have the fourth worst record in the league, and the sixth worst winning percentage in the entire game. It was a season that was supposed to bring in a new winning attitude when the team opened up in a new [and extremely ugly] stadium.
Things could not have gone worse.
The Marlins struggled early on and, even after a great run in May, the team fell further and further in the standings. Owner Jeffrey Loria held one of his typical fire sales, dealing away Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and others. He threw in the towel in the one season that he needed to remain patient more than any other. he basically sent the message to the fans that we tried, it didn’t work, and now we are going to be bad for seasons to come.
Of course, many Marlins fans would not even know what has happened this season. They still don’t show up to the games, even indoors. This further proves my point that MLB should not be in Florida, except for Spring Training. It just doesn’t sell.
Now, Loria is upset with comments made by manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen is upset with Loria. They are all upset with president Larry Beinfest, and now Heath Bell is on the attack against Guillen as well.
Fans in Boston must be smiling as this has finally taken some of the heat off of the Red Sox. The similarities are amazing.
But back to Bell. The high priced closer brought in to solidify a weak bullpen has done anything but this season. He has been horrible. But that did not prevent him from blasting Guillen.
“It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face,” Bell said. “There’s probably reasons why. It’s just one of those things that–what you see is what you get. I’m not going to be two-faced. I’m not going to sneak around your back and say this and that.”
It is one thing when in-fighting occurs. It happens all the time. I just shouldn’t go public. But in the case of the Marlins, which may actually make them worse than the Red Sox in some regards, they are even fighting publicly with former members of the team.
Atlanta Braves and former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Loria will never be happy with any manager.
“There’s not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough. Not Connie Mack, not anyone. Stick with someone. Give guys opportunities. But he likes to make changes. As long as he owns the team, he makes the decisions. In his mind, they’re the right ones.”
Loria, never known as one to take the high road, blasted back.
“I’m a little surprised because it’s classless — and you can quote me — especially because he was with us for five years and he was a colossal failure,” said Loria. “Not nice. Not nice.”
But Loria’s comments were nice?
Congratulations, Marlins. You are now almost as bad as the Red Sox.
The only difference is that you will not have to worry about the media attention as much, because, more or less, nobody in South Florida cares about you or baseball in general.
At least you will always have that.