“We’ve taken our share of lumps. But the attitude in this clubhouse is not of a team that’s beaten. I feel like with the group they have and the guys coming up from the minor leagues, this organization is not too far away.”
And there’s where the Marlins organization part comes in with the cloud. As Alvarez blew through — the Tigers appeared to be swinging for the charter back home and the fences, typical of a season-ending game, Hill admitted — you couldn’t help thinking how long is he going to be around?
Listening to newly promoted Marlins general manager Dan Jennings and president of baseball operations Mike Hill at their introductory news conference Sunday, a paraphrasing of The Who played in my head:
Meet the new underboss. Same as the old underboss.
We won’t get fooled again.
The Marlins fired Larry Beinfest from Hill’s current position, moved in Hill, then moved Jennings, vice president of player personnel and assistant GM, into Hill’s former job.
So what? Until there’s a new approach rolling downhill from the top, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria (conspicuous by his absence Sunday), what comes down on South Florida’s baseball faithful will continue to stink to high stadium debt.
Just look at the Tigers, whom Hill referenced as a recent World Series champion in answering a question Sunday. Anibal Sanchez, who threw the last Marlins no-hitter, watched this one from the Detroit dugout as the American League’s ERA leader. Jim Leyland managed the Fantasy Baseball Marlins to the 1997 World Series title. And American League batting champion Miguel Cabrera, once a sure thing Marlins youngster, last year put up the first Triple Crown since the Summer of Love.
Instead, Jennings admitted, “We’re never going to be one of the big payroll teams” and talked of being a sunshine version of blue-collar, scrappy Oakland or Pittsburgh.
Meaningless front-office shuffling followed by threatening to lose a no-hitter, then making baseball history with the kind of finish nobody could remember seeing.
Typical Marlins day. Except for there being no tomorrow, at least in 2013.