Remember when all of us were fuming after finding out David Samson was part of a reality show in the Philippines instead of doing his job as Loria’s second-in-command? Well, since what goes around comes around, Mini-Me was the first one to be eliminated from Survivor: Cagayan.
The Yankees’ signing of Masahiro Tanaka to a massive seven-year, $155MM contract is only the newest sample of a phenomenon that keeps gaining momentum: the arrival of more and more talented Asian players to the Major Leagues. Names like Masanori Murakami, Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma, Hideo Nomo and Hyun-Jin Ryu have become commonplace among fans, bloggers, commentators and the general public. And teams are jumping at the opportunity, expanding their scouting networks to cover Japan, Korea, Taiwan and even Australia.
(Applause floods the theater as the announcer takes the stage)
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to the second half of the 2013 Marlins Awards, where we continue our tour through the good, the bad and the ugly of this nightmarish season. Before we get underway, I hope you guys didn’t end up swallowing the whole reserve of liquor we had at the lounge. After all, there’s a fireworks display to watch once we’re finished with this whole thingy.
(A black amphitheater, only illuminated by a huge screen and filled to the top. Music starts and the announcer takes the podium under thunderous applause)
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. On this second-to-last day of the year, let me give you a warm welcome to the second installment of the Marlins Awards, where we’ll review the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2013 season.
Unlike the infield and its myriad of woes at one time or another, the outfield was a pleasant surprise for Miami this season, featuring a core of young and talented ballplayers that got their first taste of the Major Leagues alongside an established regular.
For this part of the Machinegun Offense series, we’ll take a look at the rest of the infield. The diagnosis is fairly balanced, ranging from the strong to the utterly weak in terms of performance and projection.
With the basic concepts of the Machinegun Offense explained, it’s time to see which Marlins players would be the best fits for every position. We’ll also take a look at history, seeing how the 1998 BayStars filled those spots and how they performed. A good way to start would be by evaluating two major weakspots for the 2013 Feesh: catcher and first base.