The Miami Marlins have traditionally been a difficult team to figure out, in part because the team does not reveal much in the way of public information. Its methods within the front office are largely unknown, though the little information that they do reveal tends to make them seem like a team governed by very few advanced statistics. Rumors about the Marlins fly about, but the team rarely shoots down any prospective rumor, if only because the club does its due diligence to "listen" on any offer. Very little of the Marlins' "master plan" concocted by owner Jeffrey Loria is ever revealed to the press to any detail.

The level of secrecy that shrouds the Marlins make them a frustrating team to cover. Much of the platitudes we do hear are often just that: platitudes with little in the way of substance regarding the team''s plans. But the fact that the club is already unwilling to reveal much information makes the recent banning by Loria of team president David Samson's media interaction all the more frustrating. Here's Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald on the news: