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Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:38 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 12:48 pm
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Ozzie Guillen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Let the Ozzie show begin.

The Miami Marlins will be featured in this season of Showtime's The Franchise, MLB and the network announced on Monday. Last year the Giants were featured in the six-episode show that followed the Giants from spring training through the season.

The Marlins  are the perfect choice for the series, with not only new manager Ozzie Guillen, but also a new ballpark, new uniforms and new stars in Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. Throw the ever-volatile Carlos Zambrano into the mix and you may have some television magic.

The 2012 version of the series has already started filming. The Miami Herald reported last week that a camera crew from Major League Baseball filmed the team's meeting with free-agent Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes last week in Miami, while Monday's release from MLB and Showtime noted the production has already begun.

The Marlins seem ideal for the task, just looking at the players on the team, and their new manager.

While Guillen will get plenty of face time to be sure, there's also several other entertaining players on the team. Outfielder Logan Morrison has made more of a name for himself with his antics on Twitter than his play on the field, while Bell is one of the game's great characters.

Then there's real-life baseball reasons to follow -- how will Hanley Ramirez take to moving to third base? How about Josh Johnson's return from shoulder inflammation that cost him the majority of 2011. And then there's just the sheer baseball thrill of watching Mike Stanton, one of the best young players in the game. Add a new park, new expectations and the fact that the pay-cable channel won't bleep Guillen and the Marlins were easily the best choice for Showtime -- and the viewers.

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Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:44 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

Blaino. I'm guessing that Las Vegas has a line for this somewhere.



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:43 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

Crack Demon. Good stuff.

You forgot the part of Logan Morrison pulling out his cell phone while all of this is happening and giving everyone play-by-play of the incident on Twitter and then David Samson saying, "This is what happens when you spend like drunken sailors". And the episode closing up with Jefferey Loria ending with his individual camera segment with his thoughts, "Don't you think that the uniforms are just beautiful. It truly reflects Miami with the yellow sun, orange fruit, and blue sky and water."




Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:35 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

would you bet on that?



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:15 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

This is going to be a great WWF storyline.  I can already picture Zam on the mound.  Grounder to 3rd.  Hanley lazyily fails to make the play.  Zam runs after him and starts yelling at him.  Reyes hops in between them and runs his mouth.  Punches, kicks, Guillen with a knife.  This can't get any better.  And hopefully Showtime will be there to capture this masterpiece as it unfolds.  Thank you baseball gods.




Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:57 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

Oh, this is just going to be good.

Over/Under on who is going to give us the first entertaining moment?



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:49 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

Strap it on boys, this is a must-see!



Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:14 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

They just LOVE following Ozzie Guillen around!



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:44 am
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

This is so un-Samson like. From being prim and proper to Cincinnati Bengal. I understand wanting to showcase your new digs complete with furniture, aka Reyes, Bell, Buehrle, and Zambrano, but why give SHO a ride in your new BMW (Guillen) too? Whatcis next? Black fingernail polish and a dog collar? My biggest concern is the distraction angle. Nobody cared last year when me and 3200 pf my closest friends sat through yet another Wednesday night one-run loss. How are budding stars like Gaby and Stanton going to react when some beatnik asks if they glossed in the morning? Or something original like Are you excited to play with an aquarium behind the plate? I hope Samson didn't put organization before player.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:46 pm
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

Will all 17 fans in the stadium be present?



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Showtime series to feature Guillen's Marlins

I'm just glad the Giants aren't doing this again.  It's too big a distraction to the team, all to get something of questionable value in the first place.  Who gives a rat's ass that fans want to pry more into their team's season?  Win a championship for them -- they'll like that more and it will last forever.  This kind of voyeurship TV won't even last until next spring training.

Sports should draw a line in the sand and tell TV crews that's as far as they can come, before they start affecting the game (rather than just reaporting on it).  End the strategy interviews with head coaches on their way to the locker room at halftime.  Stop asking players to "recap" their feelings during the middle of the game.  Isn't it enough to watch them do battle?  Must we distract them during the battle to be more involved?  Evaluate and analyze the season in a rearview mirror, not in real time.



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