Right off the bat (so to speak) Giancarlo Stanton has vetoed trades to the foolishly willing Giants and Cardinals. Evidently, he wants to be a Dodger. Trouble is that the Dodgers are already paying the largest 'luxury tax' in MLB, though it would give them a chance to dump the mercurial Puig. I'm sure that Mattingly is already having flashbacks and night terrors!
But the Marlins must
unload the fragile Stanton who, including last season, has only played as many as 150 games twice. His value is presently at its max; injury prone, every game he plays for Miami presents daunting financial risk for a franchise that again finished dead last in attendance - even with their shiny ballpark, potent lineup, second place finish, and 59 dingers from the 'Big Guy'.
What was Jeter's group thinking? That franchise perished along with Jose Fernandez. Loria knew that and is now at the bank, laughing at his luck in finding those suckers!
As he was nearing retirement and was immediately inducted into Cooperstown, I'll leave The Great One aside in asserting that the tragic death of Jose Fernandez represented the greatest loss to 'baseball history' ever from death or disability. Yes, consideration must be given to Pete Reiser, Herb Score, and Tony Conigliaro; Ken Hubbs, Thurman Munson, and Lyman Bostock must be mentioned - but Fernandez was a generational talent.
He was truly awesome, the foundation of that franchise. With him, the Marlins would have been in a dog fight with the Nats. Without him, the Marlins are forced into a fire sale tear-down when their re-build was on the verge of sweet success.
How many fire sales can baseball fans in one city bear?
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2017/12/09 16:41:48