On Friday morning, the Miami Marlins announced that they agreed to a two-year extension with manager Don Mattingly, and them doing so sends the right message to their fan base and Major League Baseball.
It has been another rough season for the Marlins. They’re poised to finish in last place in the National League East for a second consecutive season, continue to be mocked by the baseball world, and are last in the sport in attendance (9,895 people per game). It’s a triple whammy. You’d think the manager’s departure wouldn’t be far off.
At the same time, while perhaps not to this drastic extent, this is what happens when you endure a full-fledged rebuild, which the Marlins have done since Derek Jeter took over as CEO in 2017. In trading Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, J.T. Realmuto, and Zac Gallen, they received several top-tier prospects, and some of them have received a great deal of playing time at the big-league level.
Sandy Alcantara, who was acquired in the Ozuna trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, is having an encouraging season, sporting a 4.00 ERA, pitching deep into games, and exhibiting a consistent five-pitch arsenal (four…