Miami Marlins' 'Face of the Franchise' Poll Renders Cringeworthy Results
The Miami Marlins' future looks bleak.
After building a new ballpark that cost $634 million (roughly 70 percent of which was public money), the franchise can't seem to get fans in the stands. This is probably because the team ranks last in MLB in runs, batting average and on-base percentage. They also recently went 37 innings without scoring a run.
To get a read on how fans across the country view the ball club, the MLB Network recently asked viewers to rank the faces of the franchise, and the results were cringeworthy:
Jeffrey Loria, the club's owner, ranked second on the list but is considered a pariah in MLB circles.
The club's mascot and the Toronto Blue Jays, to whom the Marlins traded All-Star Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle and Josh Johnson, both ranked higher on this list than any teams would like to have non-contributors end up.
Going further down the list we see the $2.5 million statue in center field, which cost more than 22 of the team's 25 players on the roster.
"Nobody" also ranked higher than any player not named Giancarlo Stanton.
The second actual Marlins player on the list, Juan Pierre, collected three percent of the votes and was the seventh-highest vote-getter.
The fact that the future of the Marlins franchise is in bad shape is no surprise, but this is just sad.
Hat tip to Buzzfeed Sports for the find.
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