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Marlins' hopes slip-sliding away

The Marlins were all but eliminated Monday after splitting a doubleheader with the Cubs.

Originally Published: September 20, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- They'll always have their World Series rings, the ones so huge it practically takes a fork lift to lug them around. But there won't be a second set of rings now. Not this year.

The Florida Marlins can do the math. They'd prefer not to. But the math doesn't lie. Not in the third week of September.

The Marlins aren't high-jumping over four teams to win the wild card. Not this year. They're not going to come back from 4½ games down with 13 to play. Not this year. No team ...

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