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Letters to the NL East, part 3
Dear Florida Marlins,
Like most embarrassing franchises, you didn’t do anything real exciting this offseason. Oh sure, you signed John Buck, a very nice catcher, but he’s not going to fill the void left by Uggla in his contract year. You paid too much for Javier Vazquez, who was basically terrible last year and was looking for a cozy place to pitch himself into oblivion, and you won’t even get draft picks for him if he does have a good year and bolts.
Kudos though for spending more money this year, if only slightly. Obviously we all know it’s an attempt to garner a little bit of interest going into a new stadium in 2012. I can’t help but wonder if you even care how well the team does this year, as long as it looks like it’s going to be better in 2012. The Mets set attendance highs leaving Shea Stadium, but it looks like the Marlins may set attendance lows leaving Sun Life Stadium. The only question is if you’ll have more fans in the stands than names for the stadium.
You did a good job revamping the bullpen, which from what I can remember was terrible. Still, you look a team with some nice players, some passable prospects, and some just not very good ones. In the end, you’re just boring. you’re good enough to win games, not bad enough to be schedule-fodder, but there isn’t much hope for anything else. At least it doesn’t look like you’ll drag us to Puerto Rico this year.
Your bored “rival”,
Optimistic Mets Fan