Some people say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome, and the Marlins are the definition of that statement; making the same mistakes season after season. But the new ownership and manager Don Mattingly are willing to do what it takes to make a competitive team, even if that means getting rid of the NL MVP and some of your best players.
Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman traded away Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon and -most importantly- Giancarlo Stanton in order to make some cap space and improve the franchise's finnancial status.
But as Don Mattingly heads to his 3rd season as Miami's manager, he says he's pretty excited about the upcoming campaign.
"You probably think I’m crazy, but I could look you right in the camera - look you right in the eye - and tell you how excited I am to be here," Mattingly said Saturday at Marlins' FanFest, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Althought the Marlins are projected to be the worst team in the National League this season, Mattingly recognizes that the situation is perfect to build a competitive team: "You get to teach," Mattingly noted. "You get to develop. You get to bring a guy’s career along and you actually get to be a part of building something that you think is going to be something special, and think is going to be sustainable."
With more players probably on the move, with catcher J.T. Realmuto not happy with the team's current situation and asking for a trade, and Starlin Castro also linked with a move away from Florida, apparently there are more negatives than positives.
But for Don Mattingly, things are going good, as he thinks that's right way for the franchise: "I know some of the things have been unpopular, but, for me, it’s things that had to be done.”