Marlins fans protest owner after trading 2-time batting champion amid putrid start to season

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After making the postseason final yr, the Miami Marlins appear to be rebuilding, once more.

The Fish traded back-to-back reigning batting champion Luis Arraez after getting off to a 9-24 begin – they’re now 11-32.

It is hardly the primary time the Marlins have been rebuilding of their transient historical past (since 1993), however now, it looks as if followers have actually had sufficient.


Protesters reveal outdoors LoanDepot Park earlier than the beginning of a recreation between the Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Might 10, 2024, in Miami. (AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee)

A gaggle of followers protested towards crew proprietor Bruce Sherman and what seemingly is the course of the franchise.

“We’re only some right here however the majority of followers are disgusted,” mentioned Luis De Armas, a decades-long Marlins fan and the organizer of Friday’s protest. “We need to proceed coming to the video games, however not when it stays a dropping membership. All due to an proprietor who promised us one factor and did one thing else.”

Arraez hit an MLB-leading .354 final season throughout his first yr with the Marlins, serving to them to an 84-win season.

Lately, they traded Giancarlo Stanton (who had simply received the NL MVP), Christian Yelich (who then received back-to-back MVPs), Marcell Ozuna, Pablo Lopez (sarcastically, for Arraez), J.T. Realmuto, and different stars.

Marlins fans protest with sign

Marlins followers reveal outdoors LoanDepot Park earlier than the Philadelphia Phillies recreation, Friday, Might 10, 2024, in Miami. (AP Picture/Wilfredo Lee)


Rafael Benitez, a season ticket holder since Miami’s inaugural 1993 season, nodded in settlement Friday as De Armas ripped up Marlins tickets.

“They make all these trades and we nonetheless have one of many worst farm programs within the main leagues. The scouting is terrible,” Benitez mentioned. “You by no means make trades in early Might. That tells you all the things.”

This yr, they obtained off to the worst begin of their 33-year historical past by going 0-9, changing into the primary main league membership to ever start a season with that many losses the yr after a playoff look.

Marlins stadium

The Marlins tackle the Atlanta Braves at LoanDepot park on April 14, 2024, in Miami. (Brennan Asplen/Getty Pictures)


Nevertheless, it appears to not essentially matter who the proprietor is. Earlier than the present homeowners took over, Marlins followers already had an extended historical past of watching star gamers depart. It started with the dismantling of the 1997 World Sequence-winning membership the next season. The core of the Marlins’ second world championship crew in 2003 additionally was traded in subsequent years.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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