Marlins losing their all-in gamble

Updated: May 1, 2012, 11:45 AM ET
By Buster Olney

It's way too early to render a final judgment on the Miami Marlins' all-in gamble on 2012. But if this were Texas Hold 'Em, what you could say is that Miami's first month was equivalent to drawing a two of clubs.

To review: The Marlins are in last place in the NL East at 8-14. Their manager offended at least some of their customers -- how many is unclear -- with comments about a foreign dictator. Shortstop Jose Reyes, in whom the Marlins invested most of their offseason, is hitting .220 and has almost as many errors (five) as runs scored (six). The Marlins' closer, Heath Bell, has a four-digit ERA (10.80), and that's never a good thing for any pitcher. Giancarlo Stanton, regarded as one of the most talented young players in the sport, has one homer in 21 games, and rival evaluators believe he's just lost at the plate.

The Marlins rebranded everything about their franchise, from their name to their uniforms to their colors to their roster. They built their new ballpark with the dream of getting folks to come see them play.