After all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Miami Marlins in 2012, the final product fell flat on its face. The crew from Showtime's The Franchise followed the team in the early stages, and the opening day festivities were more of a show than the game itself.
From the Hanley Ramírez saga to new manager Ozzie Guillén's Fidel Castro comments, the first part of the season was a bona-fide disaster. Despite a stellar May that put the Fish near the top of the NL East, it was all downhill from there.
As the on-field performances dropped in quality, the roster was gutted and attendance at shiny new Marlins Park plummeted. In the end, the Marlins were fish out of water, finishing an abysmal 69-93, 29 games behind first-place Washington.
Guillén was sent packing, and all the team's expensive signings were shipped off as well. After such a major debacle last season, and the removal of most of the team's talent in the offseason, it could be reasonably expected that the team drops even further down the standings.
However, this might not necessarily be the case. Here are a few reasons why.