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  1. Pitching seem consistent until they’re not. Buehrle is fairly old. Reyes will probably decilne and/or get injured a lot. They can’t depend on guys in their 30s getting paid tons to keep this team going. The “fair wage” only really applies if it’s cheap to the Marlins. Don’t use league standards. Once the new stadium appeal wears off, they have to contend. If they aren’t contending (aging) then the revenue won’t be there and payroll shrinks.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — December 7, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

  2. “The Marlins were extremely weak in the pitching staff last season”

    I’ve seen that a few times, but do not understand why. Vasquez, Sanchez, and Nolasco all had pretty solid seasons, and the Marlins’ starters, and pitching staff as a whole, were solidly middle of the pack., ranking 16th and 15th in the MLB in WAR last year, respectively. Not elite by any means, but neither were they “extremely weak.”

    Comment by Ursa Major — December 7, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

  3. Check over the last decade. Even when the Marlins are winning they haven’t drawn a significant crowd. I doubt the new stadium will change that long-term.

    So, I agree with you. The revenue that the Marlins seem to be expecting just won’t be there.

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — December 7, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

  4. Same here. Not a great signing.

    Comment by Sleep Standing Up — December 7, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  5. Better than the Rays and Cards it should be noted.

    Comment by DavidCEisen — December 7, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  6. Extra revenue? I assumed this was them actually finally spending some of that revenue sharing they kept pocketing for years now…

    Comment by B N — December 7, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  7. Why don’t they just buy a championship?

    Comment by asdfg — December 8, 2011 @ 4:40 am

  8. BN, i completely agee. I had no doubt that Loria had the money all along, he was just being a prick and using it as leverage to get a new stadium built. Sort of like how a lot of corporations are hoarding money now and not expanding, trying to gain more political pull.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — December 8, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  9. You mean a lottery ticket? That’s how I see it. You can’t buy a championship anymore with the playoff system’s randomness (a 90 win team vs a 100 win team is a pretty close match up win%-wise, it’s why there is so much randomness).

    In the long run though, if you make the playoffs every year, eventually you should win.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — December 8, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  10. For all of you questioning the Marlins ability to draw a crowd I completely understand where you are coming from, but you guys had obviously never been to Sun Life Stadium. If you had that would answer your question fairly quickly. The angles were terrible & it was in a bad neighborhood. Their was no “ballpark experience” was so ever. Fans will show up as long as they win and their struggles last season can be attributed to a lack of maturity among the young players and lack of vocal team leaders. One of the main things these free agent signing’s achieve is bring spotlight to the time but also infuse the club with a respected veteran core Reyes, Bell, & Buehrle are nothing but pro’s in anybodies book. Even though how they acquired the financing for the new stadium is questionable at least they are trying to a quality product on the field. I would understand the complaints it the acquired the stadium without ponying up much money and then did not re-invest but common guys! They will also for the first time keep ALL revenues something they did not do before. They previously only saw a minority of advertising dollar and luxury box income. Its a new Day in Miami. oh and for those complaining about uniforms… its Miami for god’s sake come down here and realize its tropical they are perfectly appropriate for the locale.

    Comment by Joe Mac — December 8, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

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