Miami Marlins Need to Trade the Showtime Crew to Another Team

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IJuly 25, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JULY 23: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Miami Marlins looks on from the dugout during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on July 23, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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The Miami Marlins parted with one of their most recognizable figures today when they sent Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgersย (via FOX Sports). The trade makes sense for both parties.

Ramirez is still a talented player whose bat could provide a great boost to the Dodgers playoff run, and with the Marlins' season sputtering and falling 12.5 games behind the Nationals, it is smart to cut bait and reload for 2013. Plus, the Marlins will acquire supremely talented Nathan Eovaldi to add to their pitching staff.

But the Marlins need to make one more move that is only best for everyone moving forward in 2012. They need to send the television crew from Showtime to a contender as well.

Having the second season of The Franchise follow the Marlins seemed like a brilliant idea. Visually, Miami is a great backdrop. The team was going through a transformation of their identity by embracing Miami instead of using the generic "Florida" handle.

They had a wild and colorful new stadium. Superstar Jose Reyes was joining the team. And Ozzie Guillen was going to be the unpredictable and sometimes hilarious center of the show.

Plus, they looked like a surefire pennant contender. In fact, this author picked them to win the World Series.

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Now they are in full rebuilding mode. The first four months of the season were dramatic but not successful. The last few months will be downright dull. Watching a veteran team play out the string in front of disappointed fans will be unbearable television.

Meanwhile, there are so many other fascinating teams that Showtime could follow for the rest of the year.

The young upstart Pirates are on the verge of their first winning season in two decades but have their sites on a Division title.

The bargain basement priced A's suddenly can not lose and seem to end every game with a walk off hit. They blew up the team last winter but find themselves in a playoff chase.

The Nationals look to bring Washington their first taste of post season baseball since 1933. And they are doing it with two of the most interesting figures in the game now in Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. And in terms of television, there can be tension as the team continues to win but manager Davey Johnson ponders what to do with Strasburg and his innings limits.

The Rangers have a chip on their shoulder after being so close to winning the 2011 World Series. Plus, they have Josh Hamilton in his walk year and Nolan Ryan overseeing the whole operation.

The Angels have Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo playing along side Albert Pujols and fighting for a spot in the playoff dance.

The Dodgers have had an up and down season but are right in it with the haze of the McCourt divorce lifted and Matt Kemp coming back from injury. Plus, they can follow Hanley Ramirez, who the producers already know.

So send the camera crews off along with the veterans, Marlins. It will be better for everyone, especially people who subscribe to Showtime and want to watch an actually interesting television program.

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