The Marlins have contended for a championship only a few times in their 27-season history. They won it all in 1997 and 2003! But in the majority of their campaigns, the Fish have been irrelevant outside of South Florida.
Could 2020 mark a long-awaited return to October baseball? An unprecedented leap from 105 losses to the National League pennant?
At least one of you optimists believes so:
Last week, SB Nation FanPulse polled all 30 teams’ fanbases to gauge their way-too-early expectations for the upcoming season. Voters on behalf of the Mariners and Tigers, for example, were fully aligned—none of them anticipate good performance.
Here at Fish Stripes, however, I take pride in registering a large population of fans from diverse backgrounds and encourage them to embrace their true takes without fearing backlash for being unconventional (polling is done anonymously). Somebody took that to heart.
In all seriousness, the more intriguing takeaway comes from the Marlins’ NL East rivals. Coming off their 2019 title, the Washington Nationals faithful understandably have aspirations to repeat. Fans of the Braves, Mets and Phillies all check in north of 60% committed to win now at the major league level.
From Miami’s perspective, the hope is that the consumer-driven demand to contend compels the rest of the division to make short-sighted moves, clearing the way for a “window” to open as this rebuild bears more fruit in the next few years.
FanPulse surveys will continue over the winter. Sign up here if you haven’t already!