The Miami Marlins: Unlucky or Incompetent?

It’s tough being a Marlins fan. No matter how you look at it, there is no question that this franchise needs to be ranked amongst one of the more frustrating professional sports teams to follow. The franchise stands alongside Division rivals, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, with two World Series Championships, albeit with a much shorter existence. Yet the Marlins have been unable to maintain their success since those championships were won. And with that inability to build on those successes, it finds itself barely relevant.

With that long track record of irrelevance, the franchise has allowed its most loyal fans to throw their hands up in despair and walk away. One can attempt to place blame on a single reason for the franchise’s failure but to do so would be futile. It doesn’t really matter why. The fact of the matter is that it has alienated a fanbase that once filled Pro Player Stadium with over sixty thousand fans.

Today, the franchise ranks at the bottom of MLB teams in terms of attendance and has held that honor since their new owner Bruce Sherman has taken over the team. Attendance is not better in 2021 than it was in 2018. The team continues to rank at the very bottom of the attendance rankings, team record, and overall relevance.

What happened to the confidence brought by Bruce Sherman in 2018 where he proudly stood next to Derek Jeter and claimed, "We Want to Win". What exactly did he mean by that? Since Sherman has taken over, the team’s record lies at 218-327. It doesn’t appear that Mr. Sherman’s idea of winning is what the remaining fanbase had in mind. Coming off the 2020 playoffs appearance, 2021 only brought back a continuation of the mediocrity that has plagued this franchise since its last World Championship. It feels like the Marlins took one step forward in 2020 only to take two steps back in 2021. But why?

Can one truly blame the front office for its bad luck when looking at the injuries that have plagued it's young stars such as Sixto Sanchez, Brian Anderson, Garrett Cooper, and Pablo Lopez? Or can one blame them for their inability to draft and develop the offensive players brought in to bring the team back to relevance such as 1st Round Draft pick Conor Scott or much maligned trade centerpieces such as Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, and Jorge Alfaro? Remaining fans can easily add to this list. Regardless, one can make an argument either way.

Are the Marlins cursed? Could this streak of losing not only games but fans be something that the cosmos have spun around the franchise? At some point things should have turned around given the rhetoric being sold to anyone left listening. Or could it be something else? Could it be incompetence? The former reason could be the true reasons for the position that the franchise finds itself in. But if the latter is the reason for this franchise's failure, it could be more understandable why fans have decided walked away.