The Miami Marlins have said out with the old and in with the new for this season, which will hopefully help them on the field.
After trading five veteran players and replacing manager Ozzie Guillen with Marlins’ alumni Mike Redmond, the Marlins are hoping the chemistry of the team will improve from last year.
Expectations were high last season with the opening of the Marlins Park, their rebranding and new uniforms. The press swarmed the park on media day.
This year was a different story. Only a few local newspapers and TV crews showed up. The Marlins didn’t live up to the 2012 hype, and it showed.
Since then, the Marlins have obtained new and unexperienced players to replace the five veterans, including catcher Rob Brantly, who some believe may be the key to the Marlin’s success.
Another player to watch out for is pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who was acquired in a 2012 midseason trade. He’s known for his fastball, but still has a lot to learn and grow as a Marlin.
Even though players will not be familiar with each other, it may be just what the Marlins need to get a clean slate and have a positive culture in the clubhouse.
“Everybody starts fresh,” Redmond told the Palm Beach Post. “We are done talking about what happened last year. That’s over. We are moving forward and talking about day-to-day and how we an build this thing back up and get it headed in the right direction.”
Whether a veteran or a rookie, it seems the Marlins off to a good start to the season with their fresh team. Only time will tell if it’s going to work.