History. In this new age of information, it is the data that you create that seems to be the next frontier of the human experience to be explored and quantified. And the 2006 Marlins are certainly creating ripples through the minds of many observers.
Never. That is the last time a team in MLB went from 20 games under .500 to over .500 in the same season. There is mention of the 1899 Louisville Colonels as the last team to do something similar – they were 22 games under .500 but finished the season under .500 at 75-77-3 – but even they did not do what the Marlins have just done.
Since May 22, back when the Marlins where 11-31, they have run the table at a 58-37 pace. They have the best team ERA in the NL at 3.99 – which is the biggest clue as to what this team has done to get where they are.
All of this on a Labor Day where the Marlins erased a 5 run deficit, their biggest of the season, to win. Borchard and Uggla brought the fireworks.
This team is hot, this team is confident. This team is historical.
They have the lowest payroll in all of baseball – $15M dollars. They are also playing the most rookies of any team out there and have the most rookies in their lineup that fans of teams have seen in a long time. They are on the verge of another record break – having three rookie position players with 20 or more home runs. They already have three rookie starters with 10 or more wins, another record.
Record after record is being taken by this Marlins team. Chronicled by the observers, this team that was pegged to lose over 100 games is now on pace to grab about 83+ wins.
So the Marlins are turning more heads than a Shakira spread these days. With this kind of perspective the only question remains – where are you?