Ever since the first week of JenningsMania ended, the Marlins have been pretty easy to ignore. We glance over at Giancarlo Stanton’s insane home runs four or five times a week and then glance away because, while car wrecks can be interesting, the Marlins are more of a broken-down car and those are just boring.
But our friend Old Gator pointed something out in the comments this morning that’s all kinds of fun:
- Marlins 2015 record under Mike Redmond: 16-22
- Marlins 2015 record under Dan Jennings: 14-22
They were six back when Redmond was fired. They’re ten and a half back now. Their run differential was -8 when Redmond was fired, now it’s -30.
It’s almost as if Redmond wasn’t the problem in Miami. Or, at the very least, that Jennings isn’t the solution.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.