Miami Marlins Stink so Badly Showtime and Team Cancel "The Franchise"

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 20, 2012

Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel

The Miami Marlins have been deemed themselves unwatchable, making Showtime quite ecstatic. 

At least, that's how they should feel, being relieved from a dreadful relationship. 

Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post (h/t SportsGrid) reports the cable network and team are calling it quits the very moment it was possible to do so. 

The final episode of The Franchise will air Wednesday on Showtime—one week earlier than originally planned.

The original plan called for eight weekly episodes, starting July 11. But the Marlins have endured such a trying season that the team will end its run on Showtime this Wednesday—its seventh weekly episode—instead of Aug. 29.

We are all guilty of slowing down to watch the aftermath of a car accident on the side of the road, but none of us would stick around more than 8 weeks to do so. 

That is what this once promising team has become, a flaming accident on the side of the Major League Baseball highway. 

Not even their oft-opinionated manager Ozzie Guillen can save them from the doldrums. 

The report came after Marlins president David Samson sent a text message to the The Palm Beach Post

"There was an option to do more but given the state of our season, it was decided that the original 8 would suffice."

The team has lost 7 of their last 11 games and have slowed to a crawl in the NL East, trailing the Washington Nationals by 20.5 games. 

The most interesting episode was a special April show about Ozzie Guillen and the comments he made about Fidel Castro. 

Since that controversy, it's been all downhill, and not even an altogether interesting tumble either. 

The stench from the Marlins Park is quite atrocious, demanding the Marlins pull the plug on a TV series that was becoming quite uncomfortable for all of us. 

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