The Marlins organization faced many obstacles when they re-branded themselves this past offseason. The new team colors, ballpark, manager and free-agent signees were to complete the transformation as the team entered the Miami Marlins era.
Expectations with their new acquisitions were high, but things didn't go according to plan from the start.
The Marlins were embarrassed in front of a national audience on Opening Day against the Cardinals. Manager Ozzie Guillen found himself in a public relations nightmare following his Fidel Castro quotes.
The team also witnessed slow starts from John Johnson, Heath Bell and Jose Reyes who were all very highly touted coming into the season.
Now the team is just a game and a half out of first place and a league best 20-8 record in May.
Here are five main reasons how the Marlins have survived their nightmare start.