Marlins players focused on turning the page

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In the last few seasons, the Miami Marlins have had it rough. The Marlins are coming off a 57-105 season, but are optimistic things can turn around this year.

Performing well in the spring

The Marlins are currently 9-4, which is second to only the Phillies who are 10-4 so far in the Grapefruit League. “We’re here to win, and that’s exactly what we are doing in spring training.” Said shortstop Miguel Rojas. Rojas went on to talk about how even though the spring training games don’t count, it’s still important to get used to winning. “If you’re winning games, you’re going to get adjusted to that, and start establishing the system.”

Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson also agreed the wins in the spring can result in regular-season success. “Already in spring, we’ve already gelled, and everybody is joking with each other like we’ve been together for a couple years, but I think it will be an easy transition from spring down to Miami.”

Young guys gaining confidence

The Marlins have been working for the last few years in building up their depth. The young guys on the team that have been playing through these challenging years are finally getting confident, and believe they can compete. Guys like Lewis Brinson and JJ Bleday are confident they can get the franchise get to the playoffs.

Brinson said, “We’ve definitely upgraded this spring… I’m putting us up against anybody right now.” He went on to say, “Obviously the past couple years, it’s not a secret we’ve been getting our butts kicked. We’ve been competing but we’ve been getting it handed to us a little bit. I think this year we are going to return the favor.”

Bleday spoke about his role on the team and how he can make the Marlins better as a minor leaguer. “For me, personally, in order to help out this organization is just be myself, and continue to be better in the details.”

With the Marlins young players getting more experience and getting better, the Marlins could be set up to be good for a while.

Rebuilding no more

Miguel Rojas talked about how the players aren’t looking at this team as a rebuild. They think it’s time to win now. Rojas said, “We are playing with the same kind of goal, which is turning the page of the building/rebuilding structure. We are not doing that anymore. We are here to win.”

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