As the Florida Marlins season once again ended without a trip to the playoffs, Beached Miami called upon 18-year season-ticket-holder Bill Campbell to take a look back at 2010 and ahead to 2011.
The Marlins’ players and coaches hugged each other after the season-ending victory against Pittsburg, all now wondering who will be back next year to tie up the spikes in a Marlins uni. The team had promise at the beginning of the year, but like all but two of the previous 17 seasons, that promise was not honored.
Fittingly, Manager Edwin Rodriguez, who probably will be shown the door before next year by Marlins’ brass, got an early start to his offseason by getting thrown out of the final game by umpire Joe West.
When the 2011 season kicks off April 1 at home against the Mets, the Marlins will almost certainly have a few new faces on the field. Topping the shopping list for the Fish will be a good catcher with some pop in his bat and experience handling the pitching staff. The team will also have to fill the centerfield position in order to contend next year. Cameron Maybin has just not panned out in the field, nor as a lead-off or second place hitter. I’d be surprised to see him with the team come spring training.