Originally Posted by doublem23
And they're well on their way to their 6th last place finish in those 20 years. Look, I'm jealous of their 2 titles but they're clearly just the result of dumb fluke luck, they have never had any sort of sustained success.
FWIW, the Sox have never finished in last place since the Marlins have existed, and by my quick count, to find the 6 most recent last-place finishes for our beloved, you have to start at 1931.
I don't know if I would say they were a result of dumb fluke luck, had that 1997 team not been dismantled they could have been a good team for awhile. The 2003 Marlins had decent years in '04 and '05 and then they started to rebuild again (you could argue they started to rebuild in '04 when they dealt guys like Derek Lee and Ivan Rodriguez). The Marlins build these teams that are meant to compete for a year or two and then they quickly ship off their best players, but I don't think it's any more of a fluke than the 2005 White Sox were.