Miami Marlins: 5 Players Who Must Rebound Before It's Too Late

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Miami Marlins: 5 Players Who Must Rebound Before It's Too Late
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Before the 2012 season began, the new-look Miami Marlins were not expected to be three games under .500 heading into the All-Star break.

But the Midsummer Classic has arrived and that is exactly where they sit.

The Marlins have been a new hybrid of hot and cold, much like Foreigner with their song selections in the 1980s.

The only bright spot on the team so far has been Giancarlo Stanton, and now he'll be out of the lineup for four-to-six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Heath Bell has been a shell of himself, blowing six saves so far, and Hanley Ramirez is getting stitches because his immaturity has continued to roll over into this season.

A turbulent year like this should have been seen coming the second Ozzie Guillen was tabbed as the manager.

Guillen, who has been more famous for his mouth than his ability to manage a ball club, made critical remarks about his admiration for Fidel Castro once the season started, and it's been downhill for Miami ever since.

The Marlins had a great month of May after a dismal April, but then the calendar turned to June and the problems continued to pile up.

Now the Marlins are nine games back of the first-place Washington Nationals and unless they can play together as a team and push all the petty nonsense aside, they could very well find themselves in the cellar of the NL East by the time the season is over.

Here are five players who need to come up big if Miami has any chance of surviving the rest of the season.

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