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Key to Marlins isn't Ozzie, Hanley or Big Z

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08:09 AM ET 03.01 | Guarantees are hard to come by, but it's easy to see high entertainment value in the future of the Miami Marlins. The bigger question is, will the Marlins be any good? The answer hinges not on the team's most colorful characters -- Ozzie and Hanley, LoMo and Big Z -- but on the low-key, oft-injured right-hander, Josh Johnson. If Johnson makes 30 starts, a plateau he has reached only once in his career, the Marlins should contend. If not, we're looking at a potential 25-man pileup inside the Marlins' new ballpark in downtown Miami. Never mind shortstop Jose Reyes, nicknamed "Mr. Energy" by left fielder and social-media deity Logan Morrison.

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March 1, 2012  08:26 AM ET

The circus comes to town on opening day April 4.

March 1, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Josh Johnson is an afterthought?

March 1, 2012  10:44 AM ET

For once, FoxSports gets it right. Johnson is the key. This could be a very, very dangerous team if he's back to his usual dominating self. Meaning: healthy.

March 1, 2012  11:21 AM ET

we still have to wait and see, who in reality the marlins will be bringing in the field, could this new regrouped team surprise anybody?? by any means???

March 1, 2012  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

For once, FoxSports gets it right. Johnson is the key. This could be a very, very dangerous team if he's back to his usual dominating self. Meaning: healthy.

Unfortunately, his "usual self" isn't dominating, it's broken.

March 1, 2012  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Unfortunately, his "usual self" isn't dominating, it's broken.

He is saving himself for free agency.

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