Before I get into this article, I would just like to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Justen and I am the newest addition to the staff of excellent writers here at Marlin Maniac. I also write for PhinPhanatic.com, a site that revolves around the Miami Dolphins football team. Before I began writing for the Dolphins, I wrote for two sites for the Florida Panthers hockey team; therattrick.com and pantherparkway.com. I am excited to share with you my opinions and beliefs about the Miami Marlins and encourage you to write some feedback whether it is negative or positive! Now let’s talk about what I am expecting from the struggling Miami Marlins organization this year.
Not to be a downer, but I honestly believe this is going to be one of the worst years in the history of the Miami Marlins franchise. Let’s face it, last season every Marlin fan across the country was thoroughly disappointed with the Marlins on and off the field. The 2011-2012’ season was set to be a big one. With free agents such as Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle and champion head coach Ozzie Guillen coming in, along with current players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, and Josh Johnson, many believed the Marlins would go onto win the National League East and have a possible chance to play in the Fall Classic (World Series). With the big money finally being spent and a brand new state of the art ballpark, Marlins fans were buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately the buzz was short lived, as the Marlins started off the season on a bad note, losing 3 out of their first four games. Despite this, people didn’t lose hope. Miami natives know that big time signings take time to develop as we are all familiar with the Miami Heat.