Believe it or not, the Miami Marlins are under pressure going into the 2012 season. The Marlins are a franchise who have had no expectations in almost all of their seasons since becoming a team.
With three big additions this offseason, Reyes, Bell and Buehrle, the Marlins will be expected to contend. They will be put in the national spotlight more then they are accustomed to. They will be a key feature in nationally televised games and are scheduled to open their season against the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals on ESPN.
The media in Miami will change this year also. More media members will be covering their games and their losses will be more scrutinized. The pressure of handling these off-the-field matters does not sound like a lot. In fact, it is something that the Marlins can probably handle quite well.
However, if the Marlins get off to a slow start this year, expect the media to be harsh on the new-look Marlins. They will have to learn that they need to keep their cool around the media and not let them stir any trouble that is not there.
If their emotions can be controlled, then the Marlins can keep their focus on what is important, which is winning baseball games.
This year will be interesting for the Marlins. They have made the right moves to help them get into playoff contention. This season will be a good barometer for the Marlins as to where they stand as a team and if they can contend for a championship in the near future.