If there is one word to describe the Miami Marlins off season, quiet would not be it. Just look at the list of all the high profile players that the Marlins obtained either trade or free agency this off season. There is closer ( and former Met) Heath Bell, front line starters Mark Buehrle and Carlos Zambrano, and of course the Mets former shortstop/catalyst, Jose Reyes. On paper the Marlins have assembled an impressive collection of talent to compete for the World Series trophy this coming season, but just remember 20 years ago when there was a team from New York that used the same strategy, which ended up blowing up in their faces. Yes I am talking about the ’92 Mets which were nicknamed ” The Worst Team That Money Could Buy”.
Am I saying that the Marlins will be doomed to follow in the ’92 Mets footsteps ? No but we can already see that there is some underlying tension amongst players on their current roster. Whether it is stud outfielder, Logan Morrison’s youthfully, brutally honest candor, Hanley Ramirez’s apparent unwillingness to move to third base in order to make room for his best friend Reyes and manager Ozzie Guillen’s reputation as being a hothead. Also lets throw in newly acquired Victor Zambrano’s reputation as being a malcontent with a violent temper and the immaturity of Jose Reyes, and I can see this Marlins team imploding by mid season.
Remember back in ’92 when the Mets imported talent such as Bobby Bonilla, Eddie Murray, Brett Saberhagen, Vince Coleman and” Mr Vanilla” himself Jeff Torborg ? Well I know I had the Mets pegged for post season contention. Instead the team lost over 90 games and became the bane of us Mets fans existence for the next 20 years. Bonilla was supposed to be the home run hitting catalyst that would make us forget about Darryl Strawberry – He didn’t. Eddie Murray showed that he could still hit, even though he was in the twilight of his career, but he was still considered a clubhouse malcontent. Vince Colman – well all you have to do is mention that fateful day in Los Angeles which firecrackers and a young child mixed. Saberhagen was erratic at best and Jeff Torborg could not control the Flushing version of the Bronx Zoo.
Does this mean that the Marlins are doomed to the same fate as the ’92 Mets ? Maybe yes or maybe no, but if there is one thing that you can say about this upcoming season for the Marlins, whether they win the World Series or if they end up combusting like a Ford Pinto - it will be must see T.V. !!!!!
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve outfielder from the ’90 and ’91 seasons, Kelvin Torve is 52 (1960) .
Reserve outfielder from the ’94 season, Jim Lindeman is 50 (1962) .
Reserve infielder fron the ’90 season, Mario Diaz is 50 (1962).
Mets reserve third baseman from ’90-’93, Kevin Baez is 45 (1967). He is currently employed as a coach with the Long Island Ducks.
The New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher, Mike Bishop on January 10, 1983.
The Houston Astros signed reserve infielder, Bill Spiers of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 10, 1996. Spiers batted .264 with 1 RBI’s in his lone season with the Mets.
The Colorado Rockies signed middle reliever, Rick White of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 10, 2002.
The New York Mets signed free agent utility-man, Miguel Cairo of the New York Yankees on January 10, 2005. Cairo played in 100 games for the Mets that season, hitting .251 with 2 homers and 19 RBI’s.
Mo Vaughn can’t believe that it’s not butter !