MLB Trade Deadline: Late Season Expectations for Miami Marlins

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIAugust 2, 2012

The Miami Marlins are 48-56 with less than 60 games to go this season.
The Miami Marlins are 48-56 with less than 60 games to go this season.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

As the MLB season winds down to the final two months of play, the once hopeful Miami Marlins have disintegrated faster than the New Orleans Saints.

After a sluggish April, the Marlins picked up the pace during the month of May by winning 21 games.

Now, Miami looks as foolish as that reporter who asked Bryce Harper about a celebratory beer in Canada.

Despite having Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Carlos Zambrano and (formerly) Hanley Ramirez on the same team, the Marlins have become a "clown team bro."

Within the last week, Miami has dumped Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Gaby Sanchez and Edward Mujica.

Needless to say, the offseason experiment that began with so much hype has been killed.

According to, the Marlins rank near the bottom of the majors in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

The only thing worse than that is being dead last in MLB in runs scored—and near the cellar of the division.

Which is where they are at eight games under .500.

For now, Miami needs to swallow its extreme hubris and throw in the towel to save themselves any additional embarrassment.

New manager Ozzie Guillen, as has been the case throughout his managerial career, has been in the news this season more for his antics than his ability to successfully manage a baseball team.

Between the controversial comments he made about Fidel Castro and his petty argument with Washington Nationals' phenom Bryce Harper, Guillen continues to show that he is indeed the Rex Ryan of MLB.

As for the team, the offseason can't come soon enough.

With the new logo, the new tropical-themed ballpark and the struggles of some big-name stars, the Marlins season has looked more hideous than their tacky uniforms.

It's no longer black and teal. It's the Miami Dolphins, only in a different stadium.

Hopefully a consistent Josh Johnson, a rejuvenated Mark Beuhrle and a redefined Carlos Zambrano can drastically improve a starting rotation that currently ranks 20th in the big leagues in ERA and 24th in batting average against.

As for closer Heath Bell, has anybody ever fallen so far from grace?

The former San Diego Padre has looked like a shell of himself this season and has blown more opportunities than pre-2004 Phil Mickelson.

Whatever the Miami front office decides to do once the season is over better be good.

The Marlins have been notorious for winning with great players...then dumping them for hopeless prospects that just haven't worked out.

The only difference between this team and the World Series teams from 1997 and 2003 is that those teams actually won.

For the love of Jeff Conine, somebody get this team back to where it should be.