Florida/Miami Marlins, 1993-2012

In case you missed it, the Miami Marlins (but they will always be the Florida Marlins to me) essentially gave up on Tuesday. The franchise entered the 2012 season with a new name, new stadium, new neighborhood, new manager, new players and a new strategy (one that would involve actually paying for star players and spending money on trying to put together a good baseball team, a novel concept for the Marlins). That didn’t go so well.

So, rather than make another go of it, the team opted to just blow the whole thing up. Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck were shipped to the Toronto Blue Jays, ridding Miami of its pesky big-dollar contracts. Giancarlo Stanton remains, and though he is less than thrilled, I can’t imagine he’ll remain a Marlin long enough to experience this again.

Fans of the team will. Fans know that this is what they do. Aside from being a historical oddity (their two World Series titles over the last 15 years are matched only by the Red Sox, Cardinals and Giants, while the Yankees won more during that window), the Marlins are mostly known for getting rid of any and all players deemed worthwhile. This year was supposed to be the start of something different. It was supposed to be the dawn of a new era. After all, that’s why the city spent half a billion on a new stadium.

But don’t worry, fans! Jeffrey Loria is still sticking around, so you get to enjoy this exact same spectacle again in another few years, assuming the Marlins aren’t playing in Toledo by that point.

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