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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘Give us a chance’: Marlins make plea to fans entering 2019

MIAMI — The outfield grass at Marlins Park was a worn-out mess on Saturday, with those who arrived for the team’s annual FanFest being greeted by signs reminding them that the turf will be replaced soon.

When it comes to the Marlins, many things are a work in progress.

Wearing new uniforms with the rebranded team logo, in a stadium that has gotten spruced-up since last season ended, some of the 2019 Miami Marlins gathered for the first time to greet fans and start hyping the new season. Pitchers and catchers report to the team’s spring training home in Jupiter on Wednesday.

All three of the Marlins’ remaining fans are sorry that they have reached this state.

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, marlins baseball – helping other teams get better since 1998, the ship be sinking

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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 12:24 AM (#5814227)
All three of the Marlins’ remaining fans are sorry that they have reached this state.

I saw my first Rangers pre-season commercial today, showing people in a studio setting who are shocked(!) that this is the last year for the current park and an off-camera voice encouraging them to get their tickets now. No players were shown or mentioned. I would guess if you ask most non-BDC fans, they like the park and don't want to see it go, especially after only its 26th season. Reminding them of this is probably not the best tactic for selling tickets, but when there are no players worth building an ad campaign around I guess you take what you can get.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 11, 2019 at 01:04 AM (#5814231)
Lemme guess, the commercial cut before they presented the ‘fans’ with invoices for their ‘share’ of the new stadium bill.
   3. Tin Angel Posted: February 11, 2019 at 01:05 AM (#5814232)
If I was a marketing person I would have gone with "C'mon, we're not that bad. $9 Bud Lights during day games!"
   4. Bote Man Posted: February 11, 2019 at 03:26 AM (#5814234)
"The weird Caribbean types are way down in the corner now with all their noise so it's safe for you to buy the high dollar seats behind home plate."
   5. base ball chick Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:46 AM (#5814268)
give us a chance

uh hunh

sounds like a wife beater promising his battered spouse that this time things will be different. see, he brought roses. and candy. this time he really means it
   6. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5814269)
So many people have written off the Marlins and really haven’t taken an opportunity to take a deep look at what we’re building. When you have a lot to do, it’s going to take time and we understand where we’re at. But we’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of talent over the last 18 months.


Three sentences in, and he's already lying. Not a good sign!

"Tremendous amount of talent," my ass.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 10:57 AM (#5814272)
sounds like a wife beater promising his battered spouse that this time things will be different. see, he brought roses. and candy. this time he really means it

Yup.

What are we up to now, fool me 5 times?
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 11, 2019 at 01:04 PM (#5814306)
Sad Fact: The Marlins have won the World Series twice since the last time the Dodgers won one.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5814312)
Sad Fact: The Marlins have won the World Series twice since the last time the Dodgers won one.

I'd still rather have been a Dodger fan for the last 25 years. By a lot.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: February 11, 2019 at 01:11 PM (#5814313)
re Post 9: ditto for the Athletics, Reds, Braves, Pirates, Orioles, Twins, Mets, and Blue Jays.

and of course the Padres, Brewers, Mariners, and Nationals have never won one.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: February 11, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5814323)
re Post 9: ditto for the Athletics, Reds, Braves, Pirates, Orioles, Twins, Mets, and Blue Jays.

and of course the Padres, Brewers, Mariners, and Nationals have never won one.


And still you omitted the Indians, Tigers, Rays, Rockies and Rangers.

   12. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 11, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5814361)
[10] The Orioles, Pirates and Reds have been pretty awful for most of the last 25 years as well, though.
   13. DL from MN Posted: February 11, 2019 at 02:34 PM (#5814369)
Since MLB teams are primarily getting money from television you would think they would care about the show enough to get people in the seats. Baseball is more interesting to watch on television with full stands. Lower the ticket prices enough to get a decent "live studio audience" for the people who watch on TV.
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 04:06 PM (#5814408)
Since MLB teams are primarily getting money from television you would think they would care about the show enough to get people in the seats. Baseball is more interesting to watch on television with full stands. Lower the ticket prices enough to get a decent "live studio audience" for the people who watch on TV.

The problem is that the Marlins are primarily getting money from people watching other teams.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 04:24 PM (#5814413)

Since MLB teams are primarily getting money from television you would think they would care about the show enough to get people in the seats. Baseball is more interesting to watch on television with full stands. Lower the ticket prices enough to get a decent "live studio audience" for the people who watch on TV.

The Marlins should just add a laugh track to their broadcast.
   16. base ball chick Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:13 PM (#5814424)
snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 11, 2019 at 04:06 PM (#5814408)

Since MLB teams are primarily getting money from television you would think they would care about the show enough to get people in the seats. Baseball is more interesting to watch on television with full stands. Lower the ticket prices enough to get a decent "live studio audience" for the people who watch on TV.


- they get paid the same whether 5 or 50 million people watch them on tv. they sure as heck are not gonna LOWER ticket prices for no reason at all and make less money

The problem is that the Marlins are primarily getting money from people watching other teams


DINGDINGDING !!!!!!!!
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:34 PM (#5814433)
And still you omitted the Indians, Tigers, Rays, Rockies and Rangers.

so that's 17 of the other 29
   18. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:38 PM (#5814435)
- they get paid the same whether 5 or 50 million people watch them on tv.

Their TV deal is up at the end of next year. (Apparently their existing TV deal is less than lucrative by baseball standards, so it's unlikely to decrease - but I imagine better ratings would help them in negotiating the exact amount.)
   19. SoSH U at work Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:43 PM (#5814436)
so that's 17 of the other 29


Yes, with the Dodgers its 18 teams that have not won a World Series since the Marlins won their first. Only nine teams have won a title since they won their second (the Diamondbacks and Angels victories came in between, as did three Yankee Series wins.

   20. SoSH U at work Posted: February 11, 2019 at 05:55 PM (#5814440)
I imagine better ratings would help them in the exact amount.)


They usually don't do well on the teevee either. The Rays have much more radio/TV support. Tampa's typically in the middle of the pack, sometimes in the top half. It's just fans don't go to Suncoast Dome.

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