Baseball really is a team sport. While there are plenty of singular moments that define a season and a franchise, the nine who walk onto the grass and the bench and bullpen are the foundation for both success and failure. The Marlins are learning this in the rebuilding of their stagnant organization.
“Baseball teams are a collective. The impact of a single individual is limited by the format of the sport, the length of the season, the size of the roster,” writes Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.
“Last year, the Nationals didn’t just survive the departure of their former franchise face in free agency; they won the whole darn thing.