CHICAGO -- Never mind the Houston Astros, the major league team everyone keeps comparing the Marlins with in terms of utter futility. The Marlins have more than just the Astros to contend with as far as having the most abysmal won-loss record in North America.
That's right. When it comes to comparing pro teams with the worst records, I'm even including our friendly neighbors in Mexico. Because even the Mexican League doesn't have a team with as lousy a record as the Marlins, whose .265 winning percentage now gives them the distinction of being the absolute WORST PROFESSIONAL TEAM ON THE CONTINENT.
Keep an eye on the Nashville Sounds of the PCL, as they've been on a big losing roll that has them breathing down the Marlins' neck. The Sounds could be tough to shake. Even though it's early, it's shaping up to be a DOG fight to the end.
Check out the standings, which are arranged in inverse order:
Team (League) W L Pct. GB
Miami Marlins (MLB) 13 36 .265 --
Nashville Sounds (PCL) 13 34 .277 1
Houston Astros (MLB) 14 35 .286 1
Greenville Drive (Sally) 14 34 .292 1 1/2
Toledo Mud Hens (Intl.) 15 35 .300 2 1/2
Northwest Ark. Naturals (Tex) 14 31 .311 3
Lake Eisinore Storm (Calif.) 15 32 .319 3
Lake County Captains (Mid.) 15 30 .333 4
Petrolenos de Minatitla (Mex) 18 34 .346 3 1/2
Pensacola Blue Wahoos (South.) 16 30 .348 4 1/2