The Miami Marlins is a franchise that has been around for almost 30 years. While the Marlins do not have a long and storied history, their tenure is full of finding and developing All-Star talent and potential franchise-leading caliber players who eventually leave the organization.
From current players such as Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich, going all the way back to Miguel Cabrera and Josh Beckett, the Marlins have struggled to retain their elite ballers over the years.
If Miami has learned its lesson from past mistakes, the team would be smart to not let history repeat itself with rising star and MLBbro Jazz Chisholm Jr.
A Shining Star
The Marlins’ second baseman radiates greatness. Although the team has been middle of the pack league this year, in terms of wins and losses, Chisholm Jr. has given fans much to be excited about.
The first quarter of the 2022 season has been undeniably astonishing for Chisolm who has produced a batting average of.290 with seven home runs and 27 RBI.
Factoring in above average defense, Jazz Chisholm Jr. has arguably been the best second baseman in the National League.
Barring injury, or other unforeseen circumstances, he should be the National League starting second baseman in this year’s All-Star game.
The Marlins are still not fully ready to compete in the playoffs, but fans have to be worried that the team may make the same mistakes as before and trade an All-Star level player before capitalizing on his greatness.
Entering the season, the Marlins were not completely sold on their young prospect, after a 2021 season that showed much promise. He began 2022 batting in the ninth spot, but he would soon show that his approach at the plate was much more valuable. Unfortunately, Jr. still has been dismal against left-handed pitchers, batting sub .150 against them, but he has been commendable against righties batting above .320 in opposite-handed matchups.
Since the early portion of the season, he has been entrenched as the table setter in the leadoff spot. With impressive power and speed, he gives the Marlins a threat in the lineup that they have not had since the likes of their last MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
As long as Miami keeps Chisholm Jr. in the organization they will always have an elite cornerstone piece to build around with a Top 20 WAR rating (2.0).
Jazz Chisholm Jr. is already amongst the game’s most productive players.
Swagger and Flair
As if the statistical proof wasn’t enough to convince the Marlins to throw a huge bag at keeping The Bahamian Blur hitched long term, his swagger, presence, and charisma should seal the deal.
Not only does he add excitement in his play with electrifying speed, he gives fans the total package with other entertaining antics. Chisholm Jr. has become famous for mimicking the basketball move, the “euro step” (faking the ball from one side to the other) before crossing home plate after home runs.
Jazz Chisholm euro step is in The Show 🔥 pic.twitter.com/4oSjrlm89k
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) February 20, 2022
His new Marlins culture has even become infectious as last year Nationals Pitcher John Rogers, also recreated the euro step after striking out Chisholm Jr. The flair with which he plays makes the game fun for not only fans, but also other players.
He is so over with the fans, his signature Home Run celebration was added to the popular baseball game, MLB the Show franchise. Not only for his productivity on the field, but for the fantastic box-office caliber player he can be, Marlins fans at long last may have a star that will be around for a while.