Miami Marlins: Will Poor Start Cause Clubhouse Unrest?
I know what you're thinking, we are only five games into a 162 game season.
This is not what the Marlins organization had in mind. Poor performances by their players and poor word choices made by their manager has a dark cloud hanging over the team.
They had the busiest offseason and spent the most money in the history of the franchise and expected a better jump from the start then they received.
After a huge celebration to open their new ballpark that included dancers walking out the Miami players from the dugout during the team introductions to having Muhammad Ali present for the first pitch. The Marlins were almost no-hit in their prime-time debut in front of a sellout crowd at the new Marlins Park.
Now sitting with a record of 2-3, the Marlins know they can't afford to get off to much more of a rocky start. The locker room is filled with explosive personalities, led by their manager Ozzie Guillen.
Guillen has found himself in a lot of trouble already which comes as no surprise to some. Ozzie was quoted in a Time magazine story by saying "I love Fidel Castro", which couldn't be more offensive to the large Cuban population that call the Miami area home.
The Marlins have been doubted to whether or not people will actually show up to their new state-of-the-art ballpark in Little Havana. These comments surely won't help their case in selling season tickets as protesters have already called for his firing.
Now suspended five games, the Marlins are going to have to play clean up with this mess that has surrounded the organization. Ozzie flew to Miami during their road trip in Philadelphia to address the situation at a press conference.
Let's not forget hot-headed players that also fill the locker room such as Carlos Zambrano, Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison. A continued poor start to an extremely hyped season that showed a ton of promise could definitely lead to further clubhouse unrest.
Ozzie Guillen and the Marlins are going to have to rebound fast from the unfortunate start both on and off the field. The team will finish up their road trip against the Phillies before returning to Miami to face the Astros.
It will certainly be interesting to see what the reaction will be from fans both in the new ballpark and outside its premises when they return home. Guillen won't be able to manage again until the following series at home against the Cubs.
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