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3 Reasons to Be Optimistic for Miami Marlins' 2014 Season
Chuck King
There are many reasons for Jose Fernandez, left, and the Miami Marlins to be all smiles in 2014, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia wearing Fernandez's purple pants.

Hey, the Miami Marlins are 1-0 and are in the first place in the National League East.

At this rate, they will go 162-0 and win the World Series.

Too much, too soon?

Yeah, it probably is, but that's what happens when the Marlins score 10 runs in their season opener Monday to back a nine-strikeout, six-inning gem from 21-year-old pitching phenom Jose Fernandez. The win marked the first time the franchise has been above .500 since June 16, 2012 when they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in 15 innings.

While some might actually be naive enough to think the Marlins will go 162-0 and win the World Series, few are predicting the Marlins to go from worst to first, let alone get to .500. That said, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the 2014 season. Why else would one of the bigger dirty secrets in sports media is to write as many feel-good stories as possible in the offseason? Because no team can lose games when there are no games to be played.

But now that there has been a game played and won, some Marlins think there is a reason to be hopeful about 2014 despite losing 100 games last year and finishing last in the NL East three consecutive years.

I hope so, because this team is special," Fernandez told MLB.com after the opener. "I see that. Not because we scored 10 runs (Monday). We're going to lose a couple, but this team is going to fight. That's the only thing we want. We want to go out there and fight.

Well, we're not going to stop at one reason, are we? In lieu of Fernandez's fighting spirit, here are three more reasons to be optimistic about the Marlins' 2014 season.

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