Despite being behind the @fishstripes Twitter account most of the time, I don’t quite feel 100 percent embedded into Marlins Twitter, and I wasn’t sure what these hashtags were all about.
So, I did the thing that makes Twitter so great: I asked the people.
If you'd like to be featured, please state your side and make a case for it in 140 characters or less.— FishStripes (@fishstripes) July 13, 2017
And wow, did #MarlinsTwitter have some opinions. So, if you’re wondering what these groups are all about, I compiled the best summaries from the people who make the Marlins part of Twitter what it is.
#MarlinsParty is the side with the most backing among Marlins fans on Twitter. Its basic standpoint is that the Marlins should be sellers at the trade deadline. Some have limits on who is available, while others, well, do not.
The big argument for the party is that the Marlins need to revamp their farm system, and the only way to do that is to sell off the valuable players for top-level prospects. Those valuable players just happen to be the core of the franchise (Yelich, Ozuna, Realmuto, etc.) which is why this standpoint has some pushback.
#MarlinsParty realizes that Mike Hill & co. ruined this team and the only way to improve is to tear the whole thing down. (Cont.)— Alex Ferrer (@AFFerrer_) July 13, 2017
In a better world the current core could be kept, while trading fringe assets to improve. We do not have fringe assets though, so BLOW IT UP— Christian LaFontaine (@LaFontaine_CD) July 13, 2017
#MarlinsParty because all we have to offer of significant value is our core— Temporary Astros Fan (@ManicMike27) July 13, 2017
Start over. Trade everyone. For PROSPECTS ONLY. Fill the roster with 25 guys off the DFA scrap heap. Tank for better draft picks.— MsMambo (@Ms_Mambo) July 13, 2017
After a couple quick questions, I realized that there are few leaders of the #MarlinsParty movement, and they fired out the tweets you see above. According to @LaFontaine_CD, Marlins Party started this offseason when Miami was not not able to sign Edwin Encarnacion in free agency.
This group wants prospects and a true rebuild, and they don’t care who knows it.
#MarlinsParty. It's time to completely move on from the Loria era and replenish our farm system under a new regime for future success.— Baby Budow (@GatorBait_Ethan) July 13, 2017
#MarlinsParty because I want to see a division title in my life— Vinny Martino (@vinnymartino3) July 13, 2017
#MarlinsCentrist seems to get picked on the most, because this part of Marlins fandom doesn’t really fully take a side. The basic idea of a Marlins Centrist is that the team would trade off the guys who really aren’t part of the core, like Brad Ziegler, Junichi Tazawa and others, but keep the young position players that give this team hope.
The most vocal #MarlinsCentrist personality seems to be @all_right-Miami.
#MarlinsCentrist retain core of Yelich/JT/G at least until Mas is the owner. Trade Prado+vet arms right away. But biggest point is...— Danny M. (@all_right_Miami) July 13, 2017
Why in the hell would any faction of Marlins twitter trust Loria & Co. to complete a firesale right now. That's the biggest #Centrist issue— Danny M. (@all_right_Miami) July 13, 2017
Danny brings up some good points, and his faction seems to be the most level-headed. Marlins centrists want to see the organization build around guys like Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto, and they won’t trust Loria to blow this thing up again before he leaves.
And you'll get a lot by doing a fire sale? With this FO? pic.twitter.com/dzOiiIjdNn— Hialeah Heffner (@TheCojoyo) July 13, 2017
I'll never understand how you all can look around this league and not realize Ozuna, Straily, Ramos, Bour, Prado, Volquez is enough to build— Danny M. (@all_right_Miami) July 13, 2017
#FishFamily is the opposite of Marlins Party, simply put. They don’t want to trade anyone, not even guys like Edinson Volquez and Ziegler who could bring back something to help the farm system.
This group is not nearly as vocal on Twitter, but they do think this team has enough pieces to still compete this season. Some members of the Fish Family want to stay put at the trade deadline, while others even want the Marlins to be buyers.
Let’s just say #FishFamily isn’t the most popular group among Marlins fans.
Frankly, the Fish Family needs to wake up. This Marlins team as it is assembled is not going to compete, and the farm system is tarnished and needs to be rebuilt. However, it’s nice to see that there are still a few people who believe in this 2017 squad.
So, there’s your quick breakdown of what the heck has been going on within Marlins Twitter over the past weeks. Expect even more hot takes as more news comes out about the sale of the team and as we approach the trade deadline on July 31.
And, if you’re not on Twitter but you want to pick a side, that’s what the comments section is for.