Among the highlights from Wednesday night’s second episode of The Franchise, Showtime’s eight-episode reality series on the Marlins:
• Owner Jeffrey Loria met with his top executives last Friday to discuss the possibility of trades. No specific proposal was revealed during the segment aired on Showtime, but Marlins executive vice president Larry Beinfest joked, “I’m going to go on vacation the end of the month. I’ve had it.”
He then added: “It’s just been frustrating for all of us. This team has put us in tough spot to make a decision. We’re not in. We’re not out. We’re just languishing. That’s the story of the season.”
• Beinfest added: “We have two batting champs on the left side of the infield. And they’re hitting 50 points under their career averages — not their batting championship averages, but their career averages. I’m not laying it all on Hanley [Ramirez] and Jose [Reyes]. They’re playing hard. … They like playing for this manager, which is a positive. The bottom line is wins and losses, and we’re just not there.”
• During the parts of the meeting that viewers saw, the Marlins did not establish if they would be buyers or sellers. “The phones are normal for mid-July. There’s a little less activity,” Beinfest said, noting the addition of a second wild card team in each league makes more teams believe they’re in contention.
• General manager Michael Hill said in the meeting: “The guys you expect to do it just haven’t done it, and that’s what’s killing us.”
• Before the start of the second half of the season, we saw manager Ozzie Guillen tell his team: “I will take responsibility for what happened in the first half. Pretty ugly. Pretty embarrassing. It’s not fun when we’re not winning. We hate each other. We talk [expletive] about each other. I take the [expletive] bullet for you guys.”
• Cameras showed Giancarlo Stanton being prepped for knee surgery. “Are you scared?” he was asked.
“No. I’m good,” he said.