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Grasshoppers, Marlins Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Greensboro Grasshoppers and Miami Marlins have extended their Player Development Contract through the end of the 2014 season, team officials announced today. Continue reading

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Marlins on Pace for Record-Setting Attendance, But It’s Not What You Think

A new retractable-roof stadium, new branding, and new everything else, but the Miami Marlins are only on pace for a mere 2.2 million fans this season, which would be the record lowest for any MLB team operating for a full season in the first-year ballpark since the Minnesota Twins in 1982.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Roger Dean Stadium to Host Qualifier for 2013 World Baseball Classic

PRESS RELEASE – Major League Baseball has announced that Roger Dean Stadium will be one of four venues to host the newly created qualification rounds for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The event is scheduled for five days beginning September 19th and runs through the 23rd. Israel, France, South Africa and Spain will compete for the chance Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Roger Dean Stadium (Jupiter, FL)

Brian Merzbach from BallparkReviews.com recently visited Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Single-A Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida State League) and spring-training tenants Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.  Read more and view photos here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Marlins Park (Miami, FL)

Brian Merzbach from BallparkReviews.com recently visited Marlins Park, the new home for the Miami Marlins.  Read more and view photos here.

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PETA Group Uses Buy-A-Brick Guerrilla Messaging

When the folks from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) couldn’t convince the San Diego Padres to drop pet-store chain PETCO as a ballpark sponsor or the Miami Marlins to reverse course on the aquariums behind home plate at the new Marlins Park, they used the teams’ buy-a-brick programs to get their message across.  Read more here

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Marlins Park: Where’s the Lush Green Turf, Umbrella?

We visited the new Marlins Park in early April (photos to be shared soon), and we found the natural grass to be a bit drab, which sort of took away from the bright and colorful Miami “feel” of the new stadium.  The Marlins are working to revive it.  Oh, and the retractable roof is leaking too, which is another kink that must be worked out.  Read more here

Natural Grass at Marlins Park - April 2012

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Marlins Park (Miami, FL)

Joe Mock from BaseballParks.com recently visited Marlins Park, the shiny new home for the Miami Marlins.  I have to say his ballpark review is one of the most comprehensive I have seen anywhere, and it’s worth a read.  If you can’t make it to the stadium this season, Joe paints a very vivid picture for you.  Enjoy.  Read more and view photos here.

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Marlins Debut New Park

The Miami Marlins lost their home opener 4-1 to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night, but that didn’t damper the fun, energy and excitement of debuting a shiny new retractable-roof stadium.  Read more hereTake a video tour here.  We visited the Marlins Park on Monday night, so stay tuned for our take and plenty of photos.

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MLB Pre-Home Opener is Here for New Marlins Park

The Miami Marlins will take the field for the first time at the new Marlins Ballpark this afternoon to begin a two-game exhibition series against the New York Yankees.  To give fans a leg up before they arrive, the Miami Herald shares its view of the 12 coolest things about the new stadium.  Read more here.  We plan to attend the second game of the series on Monday night, provided we can Continue reading

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Parking Mess in Miami?

A trial-run exhibition game on Wednesday night at the new stadium for the Miami Marlins apparently wasn’t too fun for fans trying to find a place to park.  This is surprising, considering only about 15,000 people showed up for the game, and the ballpark holds about 37,000.  Read more here.

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Marlins Open Ballpark Gates for Food Festival

The SoBe Wine and Food Festival partnered with Miami Marlins to bring the Diamond Dish Dinner to the new Marlins Park on Saturday night.  Attendees had the chance to experience the ballpark for the first time while feasting on some delicious food items that will appear on the Marlins’ menu this season Read more and view video clip here.

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An Exclusive Marlins Park Trailer

Want a little taste of the new Marlins Park before the real deal opens for business in a few months?  Take a look at the exclusive video trailer just released on GameTrailers.com from the MLB 12: The Show video game.  View trailer here.  We’ll be there in April, so stay tuned for photos.

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Marlins Choose Three Shops for Exterior Plaza

The Miami Marlins announced today that La Baguette, Holiday Bakery and YoBlendz have been selected as food vendors to take up residence in the exterior West Plaza at the new Marlins Park.  The three new shops will be accessible year-round.  Interestingly, the plaza, which is designed to be a gathering area for fans before and after games, will be covered when the ballpark’s retractable Continue reading

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Revolution Groundskeeper Accepts Gig with Rebranded Marlins

Greg Jones, the head groundskeeper for the indy pro York Revolution (Atlantic League) at Sovereign Bank Stadium, is leaving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Sunshine State to be the top assistant groundskeeper for the rebranded Miami Marlins at the team’s nearly completed retractable-roof stadium.  Read more here.

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No Manatees or Mermaids for New Marlins Park?

The Miami Marlins are evaluating their onfield entertainment for the 2012 season, as they prepare to move into their fancy new ballpark.  Word has it that the Manatees fat guy dancing troupe and Mermaids cheer squad may not be part of the team’s entertainment portfolio.  Read more and view photos here.

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Ballpark Financing Deal Spurs SEC Investigation

The U.S. Security and Exchange Commissions (SEC) has delivered letters to the City of Miami and Dade County requesting documents related to the public financing deal for the Miami Marlins’ new ballpark.  Read more here.

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Billy the Marlin Gets New Duds

Let the Miami Marlins rebranding rainbow fest continue, as the team’s mascot Billy the Marlin gets a colorful makeover.  Take a look at Billy before and after.

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Marlins Gaudy New Home Run Sculpture Coming Together

Despite the many critics (we have our own opinion), pop Artist Red Grooms continues to work on his mechanical, carnival-like home run sculpture that will take up residence beyond the centerfield wall at the new ballpark for the Miami Marlins.  Read more here.  FYI:  We have tentative plans to be in Miami for opening day, so we’ll take plenty of ballpark photos to share with everyone.  Stay tuned.

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Marlins Unveil New Name, Look

The Florida Marlins officially became the Miami Marlins last night, as the team’s new name, logo, and uniforms were unveiled at a gala event at the Marlins new ballpark, which is 85 percent complete.  View uniform designs hereWatch Marlins fashion show here.

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Miami Marlins Era Begins Today

The Florida Marlins will officially become the Miami Marlins later today.  You can watch a live unveiling of the team’s new branding tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST via this link here.

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Marlins New Unis: A Leaked Peek?

Like the Miami Marlins’ new logo, the team’s uni designs may or may not have been leaked.  The sports blog Big League Stew has posted a few designs that could be fake or the real deal.  We’ll know tomorrow on Nigel Tufnel Day, when the Florida Marlins officially become the Miami Marlins.  View designs here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Cybersquatting in Miami?

The Florida Marlins will soon become the Miami Marlins, but don’t expect the team to use MiamiMarlins.com for a Web address.  A Miami Beach boat salesman has owned the domain for the past 14 years, and he would be willing to sell it to the Marlins, but they aren’t interested.  According to Marlins President David Samson, the team will stick with Marlins.com.  Read more here.

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New Ballpark Streets Honor, Pay Homage

The four streets surrounding the new Florida/Miami Marlins ballpark have been named Marlins Way, Orange Bowl Way, Felo Ramirez Drive, and Bobby Maduro Drive.  In addition to today’s street-branding announcement, the team will officially become the Miami Marlins on Nov. 11, when the club’s new top secret logo (see left) and uniforms will be unveiled.  Read more and view signage here.

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Taste of South Beach at Marlins New Park

Bring on the dancers and DJs.  The Florida/Miami Marlins are partnering with The Clevelander, an iconic entertainment hotel in South Beach, to open a satellite poolside entertainment/party club behind the left-field wall at the team’s new ballpark.  Read more hereWatch video here.

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Marlins New Animatronic Home Run Sculpture: Hideous, Tacky, Ugly?

First the Miami Marlins’ new amateurish and overly rainbowish logo is leaked.  Now comes the developing scultpure that will sit beyond centerfield in the Marlins new ballpark.  Some folks absolutely hate it.  We find the arcade-like contraption tacky and over the top, but we love the all-in, Disneyland-like approach to atmosphere and theme building, which can make many traditionalists cringe.  Read more here.

VIEW SCUPTURE IN ACTION HERE. CAUTION: CAN BURN EYES!

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New Miami Marlins Logo Leaked, Confirmed as Legit

The new logo for the Miami Marlins was recently leaked, but some were skeptical that it was the real deal.  Apparently, it is what it is.  Read more hereSee logo on stadium seat here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story.

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Marlins to Unveil New Branding, Unis

The Florida Marlins will officially become the Miami Marlins on November 11, 2011, when the team’s new name, logo, uniforms, and colors will be unveiled.  Read more here.

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Marlins Ballpark Nears Completion

Officials from the Florida…er…Miami Marlins are reporting that construction on the team’s new stadium is 80 percent complete, is coming in on budget at $515 million, and will be ready time for (Grand) Opening Day, when the Marlins take on the St. Louis Cardinals on April 4, 2012.  Read more hereView photos here.

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Miami Marlins?

We don’t know how we missed this (or maybe it was just early Alzheimer’s), but the Florida Marlins will reportedly change their name to the Miami Marlins when the club moves into their new stadium in 2012.  We wondered about this some time ago and hoped this would be the case.  Read more here.  Speaking of the Marlins, the team has used fan suggestions in building the new park.  Read Continue reading

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