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Gammons/The Athletic: The Marlins are working to earn back Miami's trust, but the forecast is hazy

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” … Only a few hundred spectators remained at the end.”

 


— Associated Press report on the Aug. 28 game between the Reds and Marlins in Miami that went 12 innings.

The fact is only 6,466 people paid to see the game in the first place. That crowd got a lot of laughs on national talk radio, but, to be fair, there was this little thing called a hurricane on its way to Miami.

Still, the 6,466 is apparently also fact. “We announce our crowds by the number of tickets saved,” says Derek Jeter. “These are real numbers. We feel we need to do this. Part of what we have to do in building the Marlins is gaining public trust, and truth is part of that process.”

In a market that seemingly believed that it was the target of never-ending pranks by Major League Baseball, the word “trust” is the first word of a long-needed reboot.

“One of the problems with the Marlins is there’s no loyalty felt in the Miami area,”...

 

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Really it's a whole lot of the same old same old Marlins talk - Loria ordered young pitchers to be traded for garbage.  Attendance sucks.  The team sucks.  PR blunders early on in Jeter tenure.  People are mad for the ballpark cost.  Jeter's worked to regain trust.  The players acquired look promising, but will the Miami market ever come around?  Blah blah.

 

Forgot to include the link:

 

https://theathletic.com/1181562/2019/09/04/gammons-the-marlins-are-working-to-earn-back-miamis-trust-but-the-forecast-is-hazy/

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Side note - does anyone know why the formatting keeps messing up and putting my comments in the quote box?

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So what did they say is the reason for "the forecast is lazy?"

Just because attendance is bad in late August of a 100 loss season for a mid week game vs an unpopular opponent just as a major hurricane is forming? 

Or did they say something more? 

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9 minutes ago, SilverBullet said:

So what did they say is the reason for "the forecast is lazy?"

Just because attendance is bad in late August of a 100 loss season for a mid week game vs an unpopular opponent just as a major hurricane is forming? 

Or did they say something more? 

Everyone knows they’re in the midst of a rebuild so they’ve turned their collective eyes toward the excitement of the upcoming Dolphins season ........ 

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41 minutes ago, SilverBullet said:

So what did they say is the reason for "the forecast is lazy?"

Just because attendance is bad in late August of a 100 loss season for a mid week game vs an unpopular opponent just as a major hurricane is forming? 

Or did they say something more? 

Basically.  He says the future is hazy because attendance sucks, the team sucks, will baseball ever matter to people in Florida?  Will people trust the team again after fire sales?  etc.

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Just now, rmc523 said:

Basically.  He says the future is hazy because attendance sucks, the team sucks, will baseball ever matter to people in Florida?  Will people trust the team again after fire sales?  etc.

So because they have a negative past it's impossible for them to ever have a positive future.

I can understand skepticism, especially through journalism, but sometimes it feels like they're saying "because it rained yesterday it can't be sunny tomorrow." 

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Attendance is bad because of the drums and blaring horns in the outfield.  Instead of attracting more people, the sound is just as bad as the cow bells in Tampa.  Get rid of them and attendance goes up to about 6,500 . OK, before an attack, this is in jest.  As to attendance, those of us here for the long haul have heard it all before and now it is just noise from the media.  Don't care how they look at it or Gammons.  

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33 minutes ago, SilverBullet said:

So because they have a negative past it's impossible for them to ever have a positive future.

I can understand skepticism, especially through journalism, but sometimes it feels like they're saying "because it rained yesterday it can't be sunny tomorrow." 

It's really just the same rehashed article over and over again.

 

They also brought up Tampa Bay and how they're winning but have very little attendance too.

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