SZNAP CHAT – JULY 20
By Adam Sznapstajler
AN ODE TO MARLINS FANS
I think I have the hardest job in sports, and no that isn’t writing for It’s Sports Mag and trying to impress Editor Leo Haggerty. No, the hardest job in sports is being a Miami Marlins fan.
After reading the rumors that another quality player, Starling Marte, might be on the way out after failing to agree to a likely under market Marlins offer. Although Marte himself is not a franchise changing player, moving him just shows that the Marlins are the same old Marlins no matter whether hated owner Jeffrey Loria, or now Derek Jeter.
Throughout my life, the Marlins have constantly trading away franchise favorites for prospects that ultimately do not work out. In fact, the last time it did was almost 20 years ago in 2003. It has gotten so hard that I have sworn off buying player’s jerseys for the Marlins because they would likely be traded away. I made an exception for this rule for the 2017 Home Run Derby to get a Giancarlo Stanton jersey. He would ultimately be traded a year later.
I would like to list the worst 5 trades in my lifetime as a Marlins fan (post 1998 since I was too young):
5. Adrian Gonzalez to the Rangers for Ugeth Urbina
This one is iffy because they won a world series with Urbina but Gonzalez became a MVP caliber player for many years.
4. Luis Castillo (pitcher) to the Reds for Matt Latos
The Marlins gave up a future ace here for a 3rd or 4th starter in hopes of bolstering a team that wasn’t making the playoffs.
3. Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees for prospects and cash relief
This was a salary dump of a franchise favorite MVP. Need I say more?
2. Christian Yelich to the Brewers for Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, and Jordan Yamamoto
Another MVP traded but this one was not a salary dump, because Yelich was on a good contract. Instead they got a bunch of prospects that haven’t worked out.
1. Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers for Cameron Maybin, Burke Badenhop and Andrew Miller
Trade a future hall of famer, triple crown winner, and MVP for prospects that don’t work out and you might have the worst trade in the history of baseball. The fact that Maybin is still playing and Miller had a late career resurgence didn’t really help either.
Check out my weekly column every Tuesday. Until then, sayonara from South Florida!