SCR - the 25 thing wasn't meant as a justification that all minor league players should be called up at 25, more so a statement that they've held guys down for much much longer - I wasn't very clear where I was going with that statement when I wrote it. Some players can handle being called up (Crawford & Baldelli have been up for how long? I think they both turn 25 in a few months).
I never even mentioned Hollins as being a reason for anyone to be held back (Dear god no, if he's the reason why I think I should go see about taking over in RF) I tend to think he's lucky to be on a roster - let along getting consistent playing time. I merely stated that at the start of the season they had ample OF presence with no reason to start Delmon in the majors until they decided whom was sticking with the team, and whom was being traded away. Upon Huff's departure I immediately figured Delmon was getting the next callup - only two things make sense for his not being promoted, one is that bat incident the second involves not starting his service contract.
I've only paid attention to baseball for maybe the past 4 years, so I'm going with what I vaguely recall but after the Marlins won the World Series, didn't they have issues the following season filling the stadium (Yes, I know one of the years they sold off the entire squad -I'll be damned if I can recall which, as I said I've only really started to watch again in the past 3 or 4 years...before that I was a hockey guy)
So I guess I disagree that bringing them up signfincantly helps with attendance because it's a tourist region - and a lot of people down there are pre-occupied with college sports - no time for the baseball unless the Yankees or Mets are in town (darn transient NYers
If a team of hot prospects brings in the people - the Marlins should be selling out every game this season.
Not sure what to tell you about Delmon, his being down to start the season was most likely a combo of many things - again the full OF and perhaps they wanted him to get some more experience in the minors. So I really still don't see mis-management where you do - someone was the odd man out, may as well be the guy you have no intention of trading as you try to trade off one of the extra pieces you do have.
The sad part about the situation is that Delmon is very talented - I just wish he'd learn to not talk to the media..vent to a teammate, vent to a family member, a friend....anybody but a person with a pad and pencil.
I totally disagree with your Upton argument since they asked him if he'd move and he chose NOT TO. Otherwise the OF is full, I don't know the defensive differences in second to SS, but anyway he reluctantly moved to third based on the fact that it was "temporary" and that it'd get him promoted to the majors in the next few weeks - as opposed to who knows when. Right now, it's tough to say what approach the GM will take since he had intended to give Upton the call this week, I will say that if he doesn't get the call, Upton will have ruined my chance at making a run at SB in an attempt to win my league for the first time...making me very very sad, not good for the smileyman.
As for defensive lapses at SS I responded in another thread that Mr Derek Jeter also had quite a few defensive lapses in the minors - turned out fine in the majors - yet another situation where things got mucked up, I think Lugo over-performed at SS - the Devil Rays never saw that production coming and thus the temporary filler at SS became someone more steady then the guy he was holding the spot for (especially since Sweet Lou didn't really handle rookies misplaying routine grounders to SS)