At one point, Robert Andino was looked at as the future shortstop for the Florida Marlins. Robert was 21, home-grown, and had some nice pop in his bat. That all changed when Andino didn’t progress fast enough and the Marlins made a trade with the Red Sox and brought over a player by the name of Hanley Ramirez.
Since that acquisition, Hanley has won the Rookie of the Year, become a fan-favorite in South Florida, and has just recently been rewarded with a $70 million dollar contract. Andino? In four years he has never played more than 21 games in the big leagues. Three days ago the Marlins brought in recently-acquired Jacque Jones and demoted the 24-year old Andino to AAA. That same night, the courageous Brett Caroll went full-speed into the Right Field wall and seperated his shoulder. Just 12 hours after his demotion, Robert Andino was called-up to the team once more.
Today, Eulogio De La Cruz, the last piece of the huge trade that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers was promoted to the team. Guess who the Marlins chose to send down to the Minors once again? Robert Andino.
Robert, good luck in AAA. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see you again.