Last year, the Marlins had the worst record in the National League, losing 105 games. Fast forward to February. Michael Hill, the Marlins' president of baseball operations, told that Miami would be competitive in 2020, and he was right. The Marlins are now in the playoffs and will face the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Series starting 2 p.m. ET Wednesday at Wrigley Field. caught up with Hill a day after the Marlins clinched a playoff spot at Yankee Stadium. He talked about everything from the success on the baseball diamond to temporarily losing 18 players due to COVID-19. Because of the illness, the Marlins used 61 players and made 171 roster moves this season. I’m talking to you a day after the Marlins clinched a playoff berth. Tell me how you feel right now. Nobody expected the team to play in October after losing 105 games the previous year.

Michael Hill: You talk to anybody in our organization, you talk to our players and there was a belief [we could win]. We reported to Jupiter, Fla., in February, and we felt like we had as much talent as anybody. We felt like our starting pitching could match up with anybody. We felt we added some pieces offensively to go along with the maturation of our young core players. We really felt like this team had a chance to be a special team.