For the Marlins to reach the postseason, the team will rely on Mike Stanton to seamlessly step into the cleanup spot for his first full major league season and deliver on his 40-home run promise without also delivering on the chance he could rival Mark Reynolds for human windmill properties. Stanton bashed 22 home runs in just 359 plate appearances, so he could be a major cog in the Fish lineup that will be suffering without second baseman Dan Uggla and likely punting offense by going with rookie Matt Dominguez at the hot corner.
- Walt Weiss played with Wes Helms for the 1998 Atlanta Braves
- Wes Helms played with Josh Johnson for the 2010 Florida Marlins
One of the greatest movie trilogies of all time -- no discussion will be held on this matter -- is the Back to the Future trilogy. In the second movie, Marty McFly and Doc Brown head to the year 2015 (remember, the movie is set in 1985) to try to save ... well, we won't give the plot away here just in case there's someone who hasn't seen the movie in the 22 years it's been out. But the baseball connection comes with Marty learning in 2015 that the Cubs defeated the "Miami Gators" in the World Series.
While Back to the Future II got the name and league affiliation wrong, they did accurately forsee a team in Miami, as the Florida Marlins came into existence four years after the movie's release. And by the way, don't forget that the Marlins are changing their location name from Florida to Miami, so there actually will be a Miami squad in 2015. (And frankly, it's doubtful the Marlins would have ever become the Marlins if Back to the Future II had named the Gators the Marlins instead -- baseball wouldn't have wanted that to happen.)
It remains to be seen whether the Cubs prediction will come true. Here's betting not.