When the Going Gets Tough, Quit.



If a parent going through difficult times, let’s say financially, does that parent just file for bankruptcy? What kind of example does that set for your children? Basically, if the going gets tough, quit, or in the Florida Marlins case if the going gets really tough resign.

Edwin Rodriguez, in his first full season as manager, got off to a terrific and surprising 29-19 start. After sweeping the Giants, everything seemed to go in the wrong direction. Josh Johnson, arguably the best pitcher in the National League when healthy, gets hurt and so does Hanley Ramirez, who wasn’t hitting well to begin with.

The Marlins are always a contingent of young very talented players. These players need mentors and the manager should instill a demeanor and drive to win, along with constructive criticism to improve their game.

But quitting, really?

The Marlins went through one of the worst skids in franchise history. Their best players had been slumping and battling injuries. But clearly by their stunning start, there was some serious talent on the ball club.

Why walk away?

Maybe it starts with the organization’s normal stance on obtaining and keeping players, which is trading guys that have worked incredibly hard to make it to the big leagues and become comfortable in an organization, only to be dealt to another team to save money.

Giving up seems to be a very prevalent issue in South Florida with the Marlins. Maybe Edwin Rodriguez did the right thing, getting away from an organization that gives up on talent they have nurtured and watched grow. The Marlins set the tone for an action like this in their organization. If the Fish try to be compete each year, instead of just naturally being adequate because incoming prospects are ready for “The Show”, than maybe managers would be more willing to deal rough stretches, by knowing at least their management wants to win. Good example Rodriguez sett for these young kids, when the going gets tough, quit. Maybe the owners should give up the team or give future managers, like Jack Mckeon, a little gift by keeping the talent they have to make up for the talent they let go after their 2003 World Series title.

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