FISH OUT OF WATER

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You didn’t really believe all that stuff, did you? The images of Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes hamming for the cameras; the aberration in May; the suggestion that Miami is a baseball town.

The Miami Marlins returned from last December’s MLB Winter Meetings with a new manager (Ozzie Guillen), a new closer (Heath Bell/3yr, $27 million), a new lead-off hitter (Jose Reyes/6yr, $106 million) and a starting left-handed pitcher (Mark Buehrle/4yr, $58 million) — $190 million — to parade  around their gaudy new ballpark. It marked the birth of The Franchise and a team-record $101 million payroll. The Marlins were certain their new stars would bring new fans, more wins and a World Series title.

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