Samson guarantees better days ahead
MIAMI — The Red Sox did it, and David Samson believes the Marlins can do the same.
Boston and Miami each shared 93-loss seasons in 2012. In one year, the Red Sox turned things around and they are in the World Series.
The Marlins also redirected from a year ago, and they revamped their roster. Obviously, going younger and not possessing the financial resources of Boston, Miami endured a 62-100 campaign.
However, the Marlins have a core of young, talented players. The team is building around Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and other promising young players.
Samson, the Marlins’ president, predicts better days are ahead.
“We’re getting ready for another season, and we’re going to win more,” Samson said. “I promise you this, we’re not going to lose 100 games next year, not even close. Look what the Red Sox did. They had the same record we did in ’12. They turned it around to be in the World Series in ’13. Well, it’s time for us to do the same. That’s why we didn’t book that concert in October. Why would we ever book something when we should be and will be playing playoff games?”
Samson spoke with reporters on Thursday at the news conference announcing the creation of the Miami Beach Bowl, which will begin in December 2014.
Marlins Park will be hosting college football for the first time. And the Marlins plan on booking other non-baseball events at their retractable-roof home.
Samson noted that the organization was approached about a concert in October of 2014. But the Marlins don’t plan on booking other events because they have playoff aspirations in the future.
Samson also shed some light on the start of Spring Training.
The Marlins, who share the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., with the Cardinals, plan on taking the field on Feb. 16, 2014.
“I can’t wait to start Spring Training,” Samson said. “We have Spring Training starting in the middle of February. We’re starting the minute we can. I think you’re going to see us on the field Feb. 16, because we want to get out there and get going.”
— Joe Frisaro