The Miami Marlins are one of the more deep-rooted rebuilding teams in Major League Baseball, and there are some fascinating aspects to their process. Furthermore, there are parts of their rebuild that are reminiscent of their division rivals from the late 2000s: the Washington Nationals.
Yes, the Marlins, who haven’t made the playoffs since their 2003 World Series championship, could hold the same fate as the Nationals, the defending World Series champions. Let’s consider all the similarities, both major and minor, between the Marlins over the last five years and the Nationals from 10-15 years ago.
Bought by a High-Profile/Rich Individual
Ted Lerner bought the Washington Nationals, previously the Montreal Expos, from MLB in 2006 for $450 million. Forbes estimates Lerner’s 2020 net worth as a whopping $4.4 billion.
Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and New York businessman Bruce Sherman bought the Miami Marlins from owner Jeffrey Loria in 2017 for $1.2 billion.
Endured a Location/Stadium Change
The Nationals, established in 2005, played in RFK Stadium from 2005-07. Washington founded Nationals Park in 2018, located roughly 10 minutes southwest of RFK Stadium.