Will The Miami Marlins Win A Championship Before The Miami Heat?
The Miami Marlins are not playing games, folks.
The new look Marlins won’t just be another team with a name change, new stadium, and new jerseys: they have a new coach and are building a squad that is already looking mighty dangerous in the National League.
Just like their NBA South Beach counterparts, the Marlins are being built to win right now.
After going 72-90 last season and cooling out in the cellar of the NL East, the Marlins ownership decided that being less than average was for the birds and they wanted to bring some excitement to the city, kind of like those Big 3 fellows in Heat jerseys.
With a solid nucleus of players including Hanley Ramirez (who is coming off of his worst season), Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Anibal Sanchez, Miami grabbed enigmatic coach Ozzie Guillen and threw down the gauntlet at this year’s winter meetings with a whirlwind of deals.
They’ve snagged closer Heath Bell, reunited Guillen with former Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle and dropped a bombshell on the league when they signed New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. The scary thing is that they aren’t done yet.
Although they have withdrawn their name from the Albert Pujols sweepstakes (Who really thinks Big Al is leaving St. Louis? Exactly.), the Marlins are likely to give chase to former Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.
So, imagine this new lineup that the Marlins will trot out to the field if they indeed nab Fielder to go along with this lethal crew. Bonifacio, Reyes, Ramirez, Fielder, Stanton, Morrison. Ouch. Your top three are speedsters and then Fielder and Stanton can bully home the runs with their bats. That’s no fun for the rest of the National League.
But will they capture a world series before the Miami Heat win an NBA title? That will be interesting to see. Both teams are a player or two away from making a serious run. Baseball has been really unpredictable lately. Basketball has the perennial powerhouses but the lockout will put a damper on some older teams’ thoughts of making a NBA Finals run.
Who do you think will win first, if either?