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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Derek Jeter gets his wish: The Marlins home run sculpture is outta there

The Miami Marlins won county permission on Tuesday to move its home run sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside, giving Derek Jeter a key win in his efforts to erase the legacy of former owner Jeffrey Loria.

The sculptor behind “Homer,” New York’s Red Grooms, opposed moving the seven-story piece of public art, saying he designed it under a $2.5 million contract with Miami-Dade County specifically for its perch in center field. The sculpture whirs to life whenever the Marlins hit a home run, sending mechanical marlins spinning and fountains spraying during a 29-second cycle timed to end once the typical base runner makes it to home plate.

Grooms proved a significant obstacle for Jeter, who personally pitched the 81-year-old artist last month when the former Yankee visited Grooms at a Chelsea gallery exhibiting his work. A county board populated by artists and art supporters must approve changes involving Miami-Dade’s Art in Public Places collection, and this week Grooms urged members to reject Jeter’s plan.

Given his decisions with players since taking control of the team, I can see why Jeter wouldn’t want to keep around something that reminds people of home runs….

QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, no shame, public art

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A college baseball team outdrew the Marlins in 2018

It wasn’t a great year for the Miami Marlins. The team traded away some of its best assets in the offseason, went 63-98 in the regular season and will watch likely National League MVP Christian Yelich mash for the Milwaukee Brewers in the postseason.

While all of that is bad, one thing stands out as much more embarrassing. A college baseball team actually drew more fans per game than the Marlins in 2018.

That team would be LSU. The university’s baseball team averaged 10,786 fans per game in 2018. The Marlins averaged just 10,013 fans per game.

Ahh, the Marlins- just when you think they’ve hit bottom, they dig deeper…..

QLE Posted: October 03, 2018 at 08:27 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, college baseball, lsu, marlins

Sunday, September 30, 2018

J.T. Realmuto draws managing assignment for what could be final game as a Marlin

NEW YORK- J.T. Realmuto’s final game in a Marlins uniform could be as their manager.

As is his end-of-season custom, manager Don Mattingly ceded his role to one of his players—Realmuto, in this case—to call the shots from the dugout in Sunday’s season finale.

Whether it proves to be Realmuto’s final game as a Marlin remains to be seen. The Marlins are expected to offer their All-Star catcher a contract extension. If he doesn’t accept, they could decide to trade him.

There’s no chance Realmuto will spend the day dressed like Connie Mack, is there?

 

QLE Posted: September 30, 2018 at 09:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, manager for a day, marlins

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Marlins Finish With Lowest Home Draw Since 2004 Expos

Glenn Geffner @GlennGeffner

A little unfair that this is a narrative. Buried in story then essentially overlooked, Jeter said in Spring team would announce lower tix sold number. Had club used tix distributed as in past & like many clubs, total would have been much higher. Apples and Oranges. No doubt attendance is an issue and needs to get better. But with the enhancements this front office is making to the ballpark and to the fan experience, and as the team improves in the years ahead, it will get better.

Glenn Geffner is a radio play-by-play voice of the Marlins. I guess he should be glad they don’t report the turnstile counts, huh?

Bote Man Posted: September 25, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, marlins, tickets

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tickets available as Marlins host Reds

MIAMI—The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.

Miami’s 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos’ final season in Montreal in 2004.

Mind you, I would be far more shocked if this game was a sell-out….

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, nobody shows up, reds, tickets

Friday, September 21, 2018

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter: Don Mattingly ‘under contract’ for 2019

MIAMI—Derek Jeter signaled Thursday that Don Mattingly is expected to return next year as manager of the Miami Marlins, providing some dugout continuity for a last-place team in transition.

Mattingly has one season to go on a four-year contract he signed when he joined the Marlins for the 2016 season.

“Is he going to be back in 2019?” Jeter said. “He’s under contract. Yeah.”

So, what do we suppose Mattingly did that is leading to him being punished so?

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, don mattingly, marlins

Friday, September 07, 2018

Marlins Man prepares epic return to Marlins Park

It’s hard to make jokes when almost every line is its own punchline…..

The best-known fan in sports, Marlins Man, is planning an unforgettable return to Marlins Park. You can be part of it and eat/drink for free.

Laurence Leavy, a lawyer-turned-superfan, will attend his first game of the season at Marlins Park on Monday Sept. 17 against the Washington Nationals.

But Marlins Man is doing it up huge.

QLE Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: and they even alienated him, fans, marlins, the one fan the marlins have left

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Families of victims in deadly Jose Fernandez crash settle lawsuit against his estate

The families of the two men who were killed in addition to MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez in a 2016 boat crash have settled their lawsuit against his estate, according to the Associated Press.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found that Fernandez was operating the boat when it crashed off Miami Beach on September 25, 2016. A toxicology report released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department a month later showed that Fernandez had cocaine in his system, and had a blood alcohol level of almost twice the legal limit at the time of his death, when he was said to be operating the boat at 65 miles per hour.


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ichiro’s Playing Days Over

Seattle Mariners icon Ichiro Suzuki’s playing days are over, and will be transitioning to a role in the front office, effective Thursday, the Mariners announced.

Thanks for the memories Ichiro.


 

 

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