I have a little problem with the Marlins blogs run by Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post because for the most part, it’s clear these guys don’t care much about covering the team and just do it because it’s their job. For example, one of the latest articles by the Sun-Sentinel Marlins blog has a short, two paragraph story comparing Dan Uggla and Mike Jacobs to the legendary but very dirty “Bash Brothers” of the 80’s.
Personally, I think it’s an insult simply because for the most part I believe both Uggla and Jacobs put up their numbers the natural way unlike Jose and Mark. That being said, unless MLB becomes a little more leniant on their Juice Testing, I don’t expect anyone to ever put up numbers anywhere near McGwire and Canseco. For example: both Jose and Mark had career-years by their 23rd birthday.
Mark McGwire set the rookie record with 49 home runs and Jose Canseco unanimously won the Most Valuable Player award while becoming the first man in the history of baseball to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season.
Dan Uggla is 28 years old and has only one 30+ home run season and Jacobs is 27 and has never hit more than 20 home runs in 4 years, although he has an outside chance to hit 20 by the All-Star break.
Oh, and if Dan Uggla and Mike Jacobs are Jose and Big Mac than Jeremy Hermida is Walt Weiss.
Where is Jose Cruz Jr. when you need him?