The tweet, sent by the Marlins Twitter account a short time after Sunday’s Super Bowl ended, seemed innocuous enough.
The reaction was anything but.
“Our turn!” said the Marlins’ Twitter account. “Baseball Season is officially on deck.”
That tweet, as of midday Monday, elicited 282 responses, most of them criticizing or mocking the Marlins in the wake of one of the biggest talent sell-offs in the history of the sport.
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A bunch of the responses were similar:
▪ “Your turn for what, exactly??? Expound please.”
▪ “Your turn to lose 100?”
▪ “You’re kidding, right?”
▪ “Why do you have to remind us....???”
▪ “Trolling the fans so early?”
Other responses offered a mix of anger and snappy one-liners:
▪ “No one’s going to a single game you sellout organization who loves trading the entire team like we did in 98, 04, 17. Miami doesn’t want you anymore.”
▪ “They won’t move until their lease is up. Couldn’t come fast enough.”
▪ “You wouldn’t finish first in [Conference] USA.”
▪ “The [Cleveland] Browns are gonna get a win this year before you do.”
▪ “You couldn’t let us revel in the Patriots losing for a little longer before killing the mood?”
▪ “You’re delirious. Our team was just gutted like a fish. It’ll be YEARS. Years before the FLORIDA Marlins are back!”
▪ “You lost the support of the majority of your fan base. I wouldn’t go watch this team if Derek Jeter himself gave me season tickets!”
▪ “Yeah...might as well save payroll by not even fielding a team this year.”
▪ “Thanks God I have YES network.”
▪ “Your franchise is a joke and you guys should be ashamed of yourselves for taking advantage of the city of Miami and its people.”
▪ “You realize you need players to play, right?”
▪ “This is the saddest tweet of 2018”
Several offered support.
Said one fan: “I’m trying to be optimistic. I realize ‘some’ of this rebuild was necessary & I’m looking forward to our season, to see what we got & how we do; but I gotta tell ya, I’m awfully tired of being laughed at & ridiculed for being a diehard fan of this team!”
Said another: “Is it really so hard for people to realize the team wasn’t good and needed a reset? Even the lineup, which everyone hyped up so much, was 15th in scoring!!! That’s not elite at all, it’s underachieving. It was time for the reset button to be hit.”
Actually, Miami was 11th in scoring, per ESPN.com.
▪ Two MLB sources said it’s very rare for a team and player to go to arbitration over a $180,000 difference, as Dan Straily and the Marlins are doing.
So why are they? One involved source said the Marlins were unwilling to go up at all from $3.37 million. Straily is asking for $3.55 million.
During their discussions, the Straily camp made the point that Straily compared well with pitcher Mike Fires, who’s earning $6 million with Detroit this season. The Marlins disagreed with that.
▪ There are a bunch of free agent outfielders remaining, and the Marlins almost assuredly will need to sign at least one of them to play alongside Derek Dietrich and top prospect Lewis Brinson, with former Cardinals prospect Magneuris Sierra and perhaps Braxton Lee also competing for a job in spring training.
Melky Cabrera is one free agent who has attracted Marlins interest, according to FanRag Sports.
He hit .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBI for the White Sox and Royals last season, but money (no surprise) could be an issue here.
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