With a 5-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the 2015 Miami Marlins were officially eliminated from postseason contention. Injuries and instability were the main culprits for the downfall of the Marlins this season, who currently have a record of 61-83, but the team will have some key players back in the fold and a new manager going forward into 2016. Here's a look at how things went down in Miami this year:
Manager Mike Redmond fired
After a 16-22 start, the Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond on May 17 and came up with an unorthodox replacement. General manager Dan Jennings went down to the dugout and took over for Redmond. While having a GM as manager is quite rare in baseball, there are several NFL and NBA head coaches that are essentially general managers as well, so it is not unheard of. Jennings is 45-61 as Marlins manager, but will not continue in that role in 2016.
Jose Fernandez returns, leaves and returns again
The Marlins knew they would be without ace Jose Fernandez for the early part of the season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, and he made his 2015 debut on July 2, allowing three runs in six innings against the Giants at Marlins Park. But he made just seven starts, with a 2.30 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 43 innings, before going down with a right biceps strain in August. Fernandez returned again on September 12, pitching five shutout innings against the Nationals.
Giancarlo Stanton breaks wrist
In the midst of a torrid June in which he was hitting .344/.404/.800 with 12 home runs in 24 games, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton broke his left wrist on a swing in a game on June 26 and missed the rest of the season. Stanton was living up to the $325 million contract he signed with Miami prior to the season, hitting .265/.346/.606 and leading the league with 27 home runs when he went down with the injury. With Fernandez and Stanton back to full strength, 2016 could see a quick turnaround in Miami.