Florida Marlins 09-10 Season Recap
The Florida Marlins had a tumultuous season that featured the benching of one of baseball's best players and the surprise firing of their manager.
Skipper Fredi Gonzalez was not happy with shortstop Hanley Ramirez's effort on the base paths or in the field, so he decided to bench him as a statement to the team. Many players were happy with the move, knowing Ramirez needed a wake-up call.
The Marlins owner was not pleased to see his best player riding the pine, and he also wasn't pleased with the team's record hovering around the .500 mark. Despite one of baseball's lowest payrolls, he fired Gonzalez.
Ramirez went on to have a decent season, but certainly a disappointment by his All-Star standards. He then missed the last week or so of the season because of an injury.
The big story of the season was Josh Johnson, who was arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball. He ended up not being able to finish the season because of an injury, but it is not considered to be serious.
Florida certainly has a good amount of talent thanks to a very good farm system, but almost all of their players head elsewhere once they have developed and reach free agency. Until that changes, it's going to be difficult for the Marlins to compete on an annual basis.