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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 | 41 comment(s)
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