Jupiter, Fla. -- Following one of the most turbulent offseasons in Miami Marlins history, pitchers and catchers reported for spring training Tuesday morning in Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Marlins are simply tired of hearing about all that went wrong in 2012 — and the fallout that followed. They changed managers, traded players, sliced off a huge percentage of payroll and are bracing to play in front of sparse crowds once again in a ballpark that has only hosted the team for one season.
The Marlins are starting over in many respects, with a new manager in Mike Redmond, a slew of new players — so many that even a veteran like Juan Pierre, who is returning for his second stint with the franchise, acknowledged Saturday that he spent some time leaning backward to check out the names on the backs of the jerseys of teammates he was meeting for the first time.
The starting-over process really started last summer, when the Marlins traded away Hanley Ramirez, the first step in a salary purge. After the season, Miami sent former NL batting champion Jose Reyes, former NL ERA leader Josh Johnson and left-hander Mark Buehrle to Toronto. Their opening-day payroll in 2012 was $112 million — this year, it will be about two-fifths of that.
Players are aware of the frustration as well. Many, including Giancarlo Stanton — who declined media interviews on Tuesday— took to Twitter to express their disappointment when the trade with Toronto happened.
Redmond, who’s replacing Ozzie Guillen as skipper, was all smiles on Tuesday morning.
The former Marlins catcher was brought aboard by Miami about a month after last season ended — and not long before the big trade with Toronto took place. He said he’s as eager for this spring training as a manager as he was for any as a player.
Click on the video attached to this story to hear from Redmond and the rest of the team.
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