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Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson Released By The Miami Dolphins

Chad Johnson, Ex-Miami Dolphin.
(AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Less than one day after being arrested for a domestic battery charge “Ochocinco” is history.  The Miami Dolphins are now holding their players to higher standards.  They showed how committed they are to those standards on Sunday.  Chad Johnson was with the team for less than two months and his Dolphins legacy will be a tarnished one.

Chad Jonson was looking to bounce back from his worst season ever last year.  Most teams did not want to touch him due to his past of being egotistical and causing drama with his teammates.  The problem for him was not his usual mistake like saying the wrong thing but committing a criminal act.  The Dolphins were wise with this decision to cut ties with him and do it now.

The question now is, what is next for Chad Johnson?  More than likely no team will want to touch him until his legal issue is over.  That could mean a season lost for Johnson.  Johnson could face jail time in the near future.  This is the worst career decision he could have made and will impact the rest of his life.

Chad “Uh-Oh Cinco” Johnson Arrested In Miami

On Saturday night Chad Johnson formerly Chad Ocho Cinco was arrested in Miami.  The arrest stemmed from a domestic assault that occurred outside of his south Florida home.  Johnson’s wife Evelyn Lozado alleged she was headbutted by him during an argument.  This is one of the worst things that Johnson could have done to his football career.

Chad Johnson “Mugging” for the camera.
(Photo by: Broward County Sheriffs Office)

Johnson was signed by the Miami Dolphins earlier this summer.  Johnson was ineffective and largely unused last season for the New England Patriots.  He caught only 15 passes in 15 games for the AFC Champion Patriots.  The Dolphins wanted a big name to bring to camp and decided to take a chance on Johnson.  The experiment is already going wrong and the season is still a month away.

Chad Johnson has made a career of being T.O. like with his ego and antics.  Once wearing a Hall Of Fame jacket with is name written on the back of it on the sidelines of a game.   While talented and successful he has a knack for creating controversy and adversely affecting teams.  Johnson was recently married and changed his name back to his birth name from his attention getting Chad Ocho Cinco monicker.  Johnson has always been about getting his name out in the media and being bigger than the team.  He has done it again but this time he could face serious charges and even be released by the one team that wanted to give him an opportunity.  Johnson is only getting older and does not have much time left to be screwing up or alienating himself from his team.

The Dolphins have been in rebuilding mode since Dan Marino retired after the 2000 NFL season.  The team has made a mistake by signing Johnson and would be making an even graver mistake by keeping him.  The Dolphins have struggled and been at the bottom of the AFC East for way to long.  This is an organization that should be on top with such a great legacy and tradition.  They obviously still have a long way to go judging by the Ocho Cinco experiment.  He is made for one thing and one thing only, to destroy a team while making the papers for doing and saying ridiculous things.  Johnson has gone too far this time and its time for the Dolphins to cut ties with the Pro Bowl Wide Receiver.

Jose Reyes’ Hitting Streak Comes To An End At 26 Games

The longest hitting streak of this season has come to an end today in New York.  Jose Reyes went 0-4 against the New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey.  Reyes is now 2-16 all time against Dickey.  The consecutive game hitting streak was ended at 26 games.  Reyes will likely keep the record through the end of the 2012 season.  Reyes started this streak after the All Star break on July 13th and did not let up until Thursday the 9th of August.  The pitching of R.A. Dickey proved to be too much for Reyes.  If anyone was going to end the streak abruptly it would be the crafty knuckleballer.

Jose Reyes
(Getty Images)

Reyes streak was the last remaining hope that Marlins fans had for any excitement this year.  The team has fallen 17 games back behind the National League East leading Washington Nationals.  The hitting streak was just starting to get major media attention and just as it was it is already over.  It was a fun ride to watch the suspense of Reyes getting hits in many of the games in late innings was energizing.  Reyes is the defending N.L. batting champion.  He is not going to win that title this year but showed that he is still a great hitter and a valuable asset to his team this year.

Where do the Marlins go from here?  Likely straight to the off season with no more major stories for the team this season.  Although there is another potential streak brewing.  The Marlins Carlos Lee has a 14 game hitting streak.  Lee will probably not reach even 20 games given his aging veteran status, but hey you never really know.

Reyes has been a great addition to this Marlins team this year.  Lucky for the fans of South Florida he will be back next season.  With any luck his success will rub off on the rest of the team and the Marlins will be the contenders they were supposed to be this year.

The Marlins Part Ways With Hanley Ramirez

This season has been very disappointing for the Miami Marlins.  They showed that they are essentially giving up on hopes for the playoffs this season by trading some of their top stars.  Rebuilding mode has already started when this team was supposed to be ready to contend this year.  They have a strong focus on pitching in their trades this week, that is a spot they definitely need help in.

The first trade came on Tuesday when the Marlins sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers.  Infante has had a decent season thus far and had led the team to numerous victories.  Sanchez has been with the club for a few years and been a reliable starter at times. Sanchez had a rough start to the season but leveled out towards the summer.  The Marlins received top-rated pitching prospect Jacob Turner from the Tigers in the deal.

Hanley Ramirez
(Getty Images)

On Wednesday the Marlins traded away a star they coveted very heavily just a couple of years ago.  Going into this season no one suspected that the Marlins would not finish the season with Hanley Ramirez.  The rumors started floating around last week that the team was looking at offers for the former N.L. batting champion and multiple time All Star.  The Marlins made a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to send Ramirez and pitcher Randy Choate to California.  The Marlins received pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and a minor leaguer in the deal.

Hanley Ramirez will never be forgotten by the franchise.  He was acquired from the Boston Redsox in the 2005 trade that sent Josh Beckett to Boston.  The Marlins had coveted and groomed Ramirez as their big star of the future.  He had a few season where he played really well and even one a batting title.  But the last couple of years has seen Ramirez numbers drop significantly.  The Marlins owe a lot of credit to Ramirez for helping them get a new stadium built in Miami for the club.  The team signed Ramirez to a 6 year deal a few years ago to show the city of Miami tax payers that they were committed to building a contender.  A lot has changed in the last few years and Ramirez is no longer a Miami Marlin.

The Marlins have got to start building a team built for the future.  The team has been out of contention for too long.  A lot of the blame falls on pitching but really its everything.  The Marlins franchise should have been contenders this year but have shown themselves not to be a team that can contend.  The decision to trade some of their top talent is questionable
but at least they are receiving top young pitching talent for the future.  The city of Miami will lose their patience with the team really quickly if they don’t get a team on the field that not only looks like contenders but play like contenders.