Miami Marlins' Wave of Destruction: It Just Landed in Tampa Bay

11/23/12 in MLB   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

The Miami Marlins recent craziness and subsequent fire sale of players has spilled out of the confines South beach, polluting the bay area to the north.
Because of the shady business tactics by Marlins ownership, pulling the financial-wool over the eyes of the city and fans, the prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays getting a new stadium now looks impossible. 
Nov 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins new manager Mike Redmond smiles during a press conference at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
In an article by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, certain executives in the MLB believe that a deal to get the Rays out of Tropicana Field stands "zero" chance. Although the Rays are a franchise making the right strides towards success, the current upheaval has them locked indoors, literally.  
And what a shame that is. Not just for the Rays and the fans—the small amount they do have—but for the entire MLB. 
It's insane.
It's sad.
It leaves one question: What happened to Florida?
In baseball terms, especially geographically, Florida is the place to be. However, as it stands today, an area that is cold, plays baseball only after the snow melts and has a love of the puck, not the ball, looks more like a baseball destination—in every aspect
Yes, the Marlins have produced champions in the past—and might do it again some day—but currently they are the drunken uncles of the league, and their embarrassment is reaching other parts of the Florida baseball family.
Tampa Bay, although moving in a better direction, is stuck in a stadium that can only be described as a bad dream with a bubble draped over it; and the dream is scheduled to last until 2027 (when the contract with the city ends). That is assuming the Rays don’t just up and move in the middle of the night—leaving the retirement tips to their knitting and fun pants options.
Regardless, baseball in Florida, at least for the MLB, is going to take a hit.
The unrest and uncertainty in the Miami area will make it extremely difficult to get any top-tier players signed, leaving the hopes of dominating the NL East with a second-rate lineup in the cellar looking up, with the team and ownership.  
They will be another team like Pittsburgh: Great stadium, terrible team (for decades). 
The Rays, because of the Marlins ownership, are in the opposite brainteaser: Great team, terrible stadium. 
Either way it’s not a good situation to be stuck in.


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11/28/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

The question was asked in the article, "what happened to Florida?"  The answer is....  Nothing.  The state of Florida was a mistake to expand into in 1993.  It was a mistake to expand to in 1998.  It was foolish of Miami to pony up all that money for a team that has been crappy some 95% of their time in the league and never drew fans the two years they were actually contenders.  Let alone all the seasons they stunk.  The same is true across the state in Tampa/St. Pete.  The state of Florida was a HUGE mistake but MLB just won't admit it.  Unless you play on a gridiron, no one there cares.

Unfortunately, both teams have stadiums that lock them there for quite some time.  Could Floridians suddenly start caring in the future?  Perhaps.  But VERY doubtful...

11/25/12   |   Burrellfan1   |   26303 respect

The Marlins are an embarrassment?  Let's recap the World Series championships:

Marins: 2
Rays:   0

I didn't read the Rosenthal article, but one situation has nothing to do with the other.  Just because the Marlins got a new stadium and used the new revenue streams unwisely, does not mean the Rays would do the same thing.  The Marlins' dumping of players had nothing to do money.  It had everything to do with a lousy product. 

Why isn't the Twins new stadium a reason the Rays won't get a new one?  The Twins were successful when the stadium first opened, but now the team is lousy even with player saleries much higher now than in past seasons that produced more wins.

11/24/12   |   jjarvie_11   |   2 respect

tired of the stupid stereotypes. Yes Toronto loves hockey, but to suggest that it doesn't like "ball" is painfully uneducated. It would be akin to suggesting that NY only loves ball...well tell that to the millions that follow the Knicks or the Giants. Toronto is the 4th largest market in North America. Tough to believe that some Canadian City could dare rival any American City, I know. Sorry to hurt the ego. But, there was a time that the Blue Jays broke attendance records. You could combine the fans that attend both the Marlin and Ray games and it wouldn't accumulate to what turned out for the Jays in the 80's and 90's. And don't even talk about the TV audience, where the Jays have the entire country behind them. So believe it or not, the Jays are a ball market, and until you have actually spent some time in this city, please don't believe you know anything about it.