Dave Hyde: Marlins in playoffs is story of adversity, achievement, heartbreak — and the simplicity of baseball

Minutes after making the playoffs Friday night, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly tried and tried to put it into perspective. He said the players believed back in the spring, even if no baseball expert did, and “That’s where it started.”He said their COVID-19 nightmare — call it COVID-18 for the number of Marlins quarantined from the team — brought a message of dealing with adversity that, “the team that handles this the best will get through it the best.”Mattingly, who will be manager of the year this season for his good work, then talked of going from 50 wins last year to coming out on the…

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