The Philadelphia Phillies and the Florida Marlins wrapped up a three game set on Thursday at Citizen’s Bank Park on a cool and breezy evening.

The game matched one of the most veteran and experienced teams in the league against a Florida Marlins team full of promising, developing young talent.

Unfortunately for the Marlins, much of this promising, developing young talent may end up being the stars of tomorrow for some other team.

The Marlins have spent most of their existence developing young talent and, just as it begins to ripen, selling it off to big market teams for the fresh fruit of tomorrow. Whether this is because of a small market, an outdated stadium, or an overly-thrifty owner, is anyone’s guess.

What we do know is that the Marlins have cut ties to so many future stars that they make up an entire All Star team, a Florida Marlins Alumni Association of sorts.

All is not lost, though. The Florida Marlins open up a new stadium in 2012, and will then be able to actually afford to resign some of their young developing talent.

Let’s hope, for their sake, that they have any left by the time 2012 rolls around.

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