What a Marlin Difference 1 Year Makes

MIAMI (AP) _ The final 50 games of the season will be the
toughest for the Florida Marlins. The rotation has been ravaged by
injury. The defense is dismal. Fan support is approaching an
all-time low. And the front office has begun to pare payroll yet
A year ago, the Marlins were staging an improbable surge into NL
wild-card contention. Now, the best they do is pledge to keep
The Marlins began the week 11-and-a-half games behind the first
place New York Mets in the NL East, and one-half game ahead of
last-place Washington. General manager Larry Beinfest appeared to
concede the season last week by waiving right-hander Byung-Hung
Kim, who went 5-and-3 since joining the team in May. The move saved
the budget-conscious Marlins $800,000 in salary for rest of the
season, but it was a costly loss for a rotation already depleted.

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