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Let’s face it, Marlins fans have it tough this year and for many years to come. Currently, the Marlins have a record of 37 – 55, are in last place in their division, hold the third worst record in Major League Baseball (MLB), and are suffering the growing pains of another rebuilding. Even though the CEO of the Marlins and part-owner Derek Jeter doesn’t want to admit it, after trading away the likes of Stanton, Ozuna, Gordon, and Yelich, the Marlins are in full tank mode hunting for the number one pick in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft. It’s easy to see why attendance for the Marlins, which has ever been high to start with, is currently breaking record lows. However, games like yesterday against the Nationals allow Marlins fans to enjoy the thrill of victory even if it is leading to the Marlins 15th consecutive year without a playoff berth.
The Marlins knocked 22 hits along with another terrific day by JT Realmuto who went 5 for 5 and was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game later that day. Even though statistical analysis comparing his numbers to Wilson Contreras proves he should have been the starting catcher for the National League, fans should still be excited that JT will finally get to showcase his talents on a big stage. Along with JT, there is rookie Brian Anderson who has consistently proven himself as being the future of the franchise and a viable contender for National League Rookie of the Year. Finally, there is Kyle Barraclough, who was clearly snubbed for an All-Star Game selection as he has posted an impressive 1.37 ERA in 41 appearances and punched out 43 batters in the process. While many of these player’s futures in the Marlins is currently in question, fans should take pride in knowing that through every frustrating rebuild in the history of the team, there has always been a group of young players who attempt to bring legitimacy to the Marlins brand.
Of course, the Marlins begin a 3-game series now with the powerful Brewers team, likely struggle against them, and even welcome back Yelich in the process, but through the many defeats fans will no doubt have to face this year, there will always be games like yesterday where the Marlins hit 22 hits and prove that the one day the teal may once again be for real!