MLB 2012 Preview: Miami Marlins

Things certainly have gotten interesting in Miami (as if they weren’t already). The Marlins have a lot of newness coming their way this season. Let’s start with a new ballpark in Little Havana, a new name, a new uniform, a new manager, a new shortstop, two new pitchers and a new outlook.

This could prove to be a turning point in one of the most tumultuous franchises in modern history. After the offseason spending spree that left many shaking their heads and wondering where the Marlins’ owners were getting this influx of cash, there is genuine excitement in Miami about this team.

There are question marks as well, many in regards to the health of players like Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. Health, or the lack thereof, will be one of the gestating storylines in the NL East this season and whether these teams cannot implode with injuries.

Speaking of imploding, one has to wonder about Ozzie Guillen’s temperament in those hot summer months in Little Havana. There’s little question in my mind that he is by far the best manager in that division, but will Jeffrey Loria (owner) and David Sampson (president) stay out of the way and let him be the outspoken firebrand he was in Chicago?

That remains to be seen, as with Fredi Gonzalez, Joe Girardi and Edwin Gonzalez who were run out on a rail (admittedly Edwin G. did quit, but sources have pointed to the front office’s inability to back him up in regards to his dealings with star players, namely Hanley Ramirez).

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  • tomaso

    Ozzie, will eventually wear out his welcome and take his personal valet and jo ck washer Cora with him.

  • tomaso

    Ozzie, will eventually wear out his welcome and take his personal valet and jo ck washer Cora with him.