How Long Can the Marlins Stay Hot?

Joel MaliskasCorrespondent IApril 16, 2008

OK, before I even start, I have to tell myself to not get too excited about the Florida Marlins. Their season can't keep going this way right?

What am I talking about?

The team leading the NL East. Your Florida Marlins.

Here's a quick overview of what's going on with the Marlins recently: 

Wes Helms is struggling, but it's good to have him back.

Hanley Ramirez and Scott Olsen are not disappointing.

Dan Uggla is back and should be a great producer.

Mike Jacobs has the second-most home runs in the majors with five jacks.  

The exciting new addition of Mark Hendrickson.

The Marlins are ranked second in the National League with a .799 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.  

This team is 9 and 5.

Look at these stats. It took me almost ten minutes to get the average age of the Marlins before I saw they had the average at the bottom of the web page:

Average age of the Marlins: 27.2. The average New York Met is over 30-years-old. Even the young Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks are over a year older than the Marlins.

Not too spend too much time on this, but the Marlins aren't going to be getting old any time soon.

The maneuvering of Larry Beinfest has been an essential part of the workings of the team in recent years. The general manager has kept the team young and full of talent—all with his hands tied by a small budget. For example, the whole Marlins lineup combined gets paid less than A-rod. 

If this team can play this well now, definitely watch out for them in future, if not this season, in the seasons to come. For now, time can only tell, but isn't the sky the limit for these young bucks?