Conventional wisdom says that a team brings in a salty old timer coach to right the shaky ship, teach the young whippersnappers a thing or two, and claw its way back to respectability.
But the Marlins have actually gotten worse since 80-year-old skipper Jack McKeon took over this summer, statistics show.
When McKeon took over from Edwin Rodriguez on June 20, he inherited a rapidly slumping team. The Fish were on a 10-game skid and had lost 18 of their last 19 outings.
Still, the team's winning percentage at the time was .444 (32-40), within striking distance of .500.
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Yet, after last night's collapse to the Washington Nationals -- a game the Marlins might have won had their closer's ID not been made from cardboard and duct tape -- the team's winning percentage was .44375 (71-89).
The numbers speak for themselves. For all the talk of a turnaround, the Marlins are actually worse than when McKeon wandered his cranky way into the clubhouse.