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The Offishial Show Episode 145: How Much Has Bad Luck Hindered Marlins’ Rebuild?

We don’t talk enough about how the baseball world has been in total disarray in recent years.

Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter watches the game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals from a suite during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

Ely Sussman is back on the mic to reflect on the deleterious effects that events out of the Miami Marlins’ control—like the COVID pandemic and the ongoing MLB lockout—have had on the franchise’s rebuilding plan. Is ownership willing to spend more to overcome frustrating setbacks on the player development side?

Enjoy Episode 145!

As the MLB lockout enters its 11th week, league owners continue to drag their feet on resolving core economic issues. A delayed Opening Day is increasingly likely, which would be an especially frustrating outcome for the Marlins as they enter the 2022 season with heightened expectations. Even in a best-case scenario, we’re looking at a compressed spring training with less time and reps available to integrate key offseason acquisitions.

Get ready to squeeze The Offishial Show into your weekly schedule moving forward! I’ll be delivering solo pod episodes every Monday for the foreseeable future and additional episodes on most Thursdays, featuring special guests/co-hosts from across the baseball universe.

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