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Monday, April 16, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Miami Marlins

Before the Braves moved to the ’burbs, Marlins Park served as the go-to example of shady local political dealings to use public funds to build a new ballpark for the supremely rich. On a related note, Jeff Loria and David Samson were involved in the process.

Now the club is, at least figureheadively, run by Derek Jeter. Though his background is decidedly different from previous Miami chiefs, he kept alive the club tradition of Fish gutting this offseason. That means that among the ballpark’s fixtures, the players still aren’t.

The stadium itself is a little different, with its Lisa Frank-inspired sculpture in centerfield and aquaria built into the walls behind home plate. A source of mockery by some, I considered it a nice change of pace from the run of retro parks. The atmosphere, however, is decidedly less than inspiring, given the almost-complete absence of human beings filling the seats.

The facility has been called Marlins Park since its opening, though that may simply be a placeholder until a willing corporate sugar daddy comes along. That doesn’t seem like terribly good planning, though I suppose that’s par for the course in South Florida. 

Ballpark History

Built: 2012

Capacity: 36,742

Name: Marlins Park 2012-present. 

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Just the one, from its expansion season in 1993 through its relocation in 2012. However, that park had seven different names during the Marlins’ stay there (Joe Robbie Stadium, 1993-95; Pro Player Park 1996; Pro Player Stadium, 1996-2005; Dolphins Stadium 2005-06; Dolphin Stadium 2006-09; Land Shark Stadium 2009-10; Sun Life Stadium 2010-2011). 

Distinctive Features: Architecturally, a whole lot of celebrating of Miami. The Marlinator, the multicolored home run sculpture beyond the centerfield wall that may not survive the current ownership group; two fish tanks inside the backstop wall; bar/nightclub with pool as a nod to South Beach; bobblehead museum.


Ballpark Highlights:

In what was likely one of his last truly public acts, Muhammad Ali tossed out the first pitch before the park’s maiden game in 2012. The Fish lost to the defending World Series champion Cardinals 4-1.

Deep in the bowels of the stadium, Jeff Loria constructed a special “revenue-stealing” box to place all his ill-gotten payments through Bolshevik Bud’s dirty scheme to cripple the game’s angelic New York franchise. (All right YR, I wrote it. Will you untie me now?)

Wandy Rodriguez tossed six shutout innings to lead the Dominican Republic to a 2-0 victory over Puerto Rico to earn the top seed from Pool 2 in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Giancarlo Stanton hit two homers in a 7-1 victory over Atlanta, his 58th and 59th of the season in his MVP-winning campaign during the final homestand of 2017. His value boosted, he was quickly traded to New York after the season.


Selections to Date
San Francisco Giants - China Basin

Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington

San Diego Padres - Mission Field

Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park

Washington Nationals - Nationals Park

Tampa Bay Rays - Suncoast Dome

Philadelphia Phillies - Citizens Park

Seattle Mariners - Cascadia Field

Pittsburgh Pirates - Allegheny Park

Kansas City Royals -Kauffman Stadium

New York Mets - Willets Point

Los Angeles Angels - Autry Field

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium

Detroit Tigers - Tiger Field

And, for a TBtB first, we have photos. Last week, I ventured to South Florida on work-related activities, and took in my first game at soon to be something other than Marlins Park, I think. Here is the evidence.

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The park, less than an hour before game time. If you squint, you can see a few people.

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Sorry all you philistines, including you Jetes: this thing is wonderful.

dhdh

DJ Vertigo keeps the crowd, well not really pumped, but at least at risk of tinnitus. Misirlou’s a big fan.

wil finally

If you were ever wondering which San Diego Padre was immortalized in bobbling head form as a Ghostbuster, the answer is, of course, Wil Myers.

SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 60 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:07 PM (#5654611)
The Marlins are up. Though I suppose we could take nominations for Jacksonville's park. I hear it's nice.
   2. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5654612)
Miami Gardens
   3. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:14 PM (#5654618)
Miami Gardens


Has a nice sound, but Miami Gardens is an actual suburb, and the park is nowhere near it. In fact, that is where the Hard Rock Stadium is located, the structure where Dolphins (and the Marlins used to) play.

Southernmost Park.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:19 PM (#5654623)
Larceny Field? Shyster Stadium? Pettifogger Park?
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:34 PM (#5654634)
They have a f***ing DJ in the park??

How I loathe Miami.

Anyway, for a stadium name, how about Road Town Municipal Stadium?
   6. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:34 PM (#5654637)
Has a nice sound, but Miami Gardens is an actual suburb, and the park is nowhere near it. In fact, that is where the Hard Rock Stadium is located, the structure where Dolphins (and the Marlins used to) play.

Southernmost Park.


Oh my bad! I thought that they played in that area probably because that's where Joe Robbie was. Thank you for correcting that!
   7. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5654638)
They have a f***ing DJ in the park??


You must really hate the Rockies. DJ LeMahieu plays almost every day!
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:57 PM (#5654654)
You must really hate the Rockies. DJ LeMahieu plays almost every day!
Yeah, #### that guy as if he were Pete Kozma.
   9. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:02 PM (#5654659)
Larceny Field?


People will think they just steal a lot of bases a la the 80's Cardinals.
   10. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:03 PM (#5654660)
Yeah, #### that guy as if he were Pete Kozma.


Not that this is the thread for it, but I'm sure you and I could compile a fantastic list of ex and current Cardinals that we hate.
   11. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:04 PM (#5654661)
I took to derisively calling it Electric Fish Park in the college football thread, but that's hardly in keeping with the exercise.


It's on the site of the Orange Bowl. That obviously can't be used, but maybe "bowl" works? The game the park hosted was the Miami Beach Bowl, so, uh, I guess?
   12. Omineca Greg Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:05 PM (#5654662)
They have a f***ing DJ in the park??

Just be glad you don't live in Turkmenistan! Their president is a ####### DJ, and when he's mixing up a hurricane, you have to sway and clap, it's the law. Apparently you don't have to clap in time, which is fortunate, otherwise there'd be a bunch of imprisoned Turkmen.

DJ Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

No joke, that is their president. Come for the bad techno, stay for the beautiful Turkmen women. Be thankful I didn't give you the extended cut, as despite the beauty of the women, I think the music is bad enough to make the whole endeavour a net loss.

And remember people, no matter how bad things look, they could always be worse.

I don't have any suggestions for a name yet, but put me down as a supporter of that home-run statue thingy. The first time I saw it, it filled my heart with joy that I could live in a time and place that such a creation could exist.
   13. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:05 PM (#5654663)
Southernmost Park.


I really like the sound of that one.
   14. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:08 PM (#5654666)
DJ Dan Plesac still cracks me up every time on MLB Tonight, and perhaps it always will.

As for the park name, I nominate Firesale Field.
   15. Baldrick Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:10 PM (#5654671)
Ripoff Park
Apathy Grounds
Monstrosity Field
This ####ing Team Has The World Series Twice Stadium
   16. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:19 PM (#5654679)
Flying Fish Field


Southernmost Park.


I really like this.

   17. Nasty Nate Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:21 PM (#5654681)
I hereby nominate Marlins Park.

   18. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:25 PM (#5654687)
Who Cares?
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5654699)
No joke, that is their president.

And remember people, no matter how bad things look, they could always be worse.
Sigh. Exactly. As an American I have absolutely no standing to criticize anyone else's president these days.
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:46 PM (#5654703)
Good, it's fixed.

   21. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:46 PM (#5654704)
Soon to be Underwater Park.
   22. SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2018 at 02:55 PM (#5654714)
It's on the site of the Orange Bowl. That obviously can't be used, but maybe "bowl" works? The game the park hosted was the Miami Beach Bowl, so, uh, I guess?


Go all the way back. Burdine Bowl.
   23. oscar madisox Posted: April 16, 2018 at 04:24 PM (#5654774)
The Aquarium or even better, The Tank.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5654775)
The Tank
Thread over. Nominations closed. Voting unnecessary.
   25. Greg Pope Posted: April 16, 2018 at 06:19 PM (#5654840)
The Aquarium or even better, The Tank.

How about The Fish Tank? Works on the same 2 levels.
   26. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 16, 2018 at 06:24 PM (#5654842)
The Aquarium or even better, The Tank.

How about The Fish Tank? Works on the same 2 levels.


Wow. This is some inspired stuff.

One problem: a nickname that's criticising the team comes off as ..... not like an actual name. BUT -- if we're gonna name a stadium in a way to criticize a team, the Marlins would be that team.

The Fish Tank surpasses Southernmost Point as my favorite suggestion so far.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2018 at 06:34 PM (#5654846)
Wandy Rodriguez tossed six shutout innings to lead the Dominican Republic to a 2-0 victory over Puerto Rico to earn the top seed from Pool 2 in the 2012 World Baseball Classic.
By the way, if this ain't a ballpark highlight, I don't know what is. How many people are going to tell their grandkids that they were there on that glorious day?
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2018 at 06:50 PM (#5654852)
By the way, if this ain't a ballpark highlight, I don't know what is. How many people are going to tell their grandkids that they were there on that glorious day?


That should have said 2013. I've fixed it above.

And, I'd reckon, it's probably the most meaningful game played at the park to date.

   29. QLE Posted: April 16, 2018 at 07:13 PM (#5654862)
Montreal Grounds
Las Vegas Field
Portland Park
Charlotte Stadium
Mexico City Base Ball Fields and Sporting Grounds

Well, we might as well give them some time to get used to what is to come....
   30. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 16, 2018 at 08:53 PM (#5654916)
How about The Fish Tank? Works on the same 2 levels.

Love it. It works as a description and a declarative sentence.
   31. BDC Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:01 PM (#5654921)
The Fish Tank sounds very natural and would be easy to use in conversation.. “Yankees come home to play the Twins ... and the Mets go to Miami for three games against the Marlins in the Tank.”
   32. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:09 PM (#5654929)
I'm intrigued by Fish Tank. While I think names with negative connotations are not in the spirit of the project, this one might work. The Marlins are called informally "The Fish". The park has actual fish tanks. It might be OK to overlook the double entendra.
   33. PreservedFish Posted: April 16, 2018 at 09:46 PM (#5654967)
The Fish Tank is too good to ignore.
   34. Baldrick Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:29 PM (#5655016)
I am fully on team Fish Tank.
   35. Dale Sams Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:38 PM (#5655021)
Dunno....apparently Rays are also fish.
   36. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:41 PM (#5655022)
Dunno....apparently Rays are also fish.


True, but no one calls the Rays "the Fish." "The Fish" are the Marlins.
   37. stevegamer Posted: April 16, 2018 at 10:53 PM (#5655026)
International Post Office Box Park
Jeter Field
Gutter Grounds
Scumbag Stadium
Felonious Field
Rotten Orange Stadium
Fishmonger Field








   38. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 16, 2018 at 11:27 PM (#5655038)
Needless to say, #25 the Pope, has the final word...

The Fish Tank is great.

I second or tenth this nomination.

Though Shyster Stadium does have a lovely alliterative ring to it.
   39. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 17, 2018 at 08:51 AM (#5655099)
April 15 Stadium.

No one likes tax day and all it does is take your money. Ladies and gentlemen the home park of the Miami Marlins!
   40. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 17, 2018 at 10:19 AM (#5655147)
I'm intrigued by Fish Tank. While I think names with negative connotations are not in the spirit of the project, this one might work. The Marlins are called informally "The Fish". The park has actual fish tanks. It might be OK to overlook the double entendra.

Overlook it? We should celebrate the double entendre. The Marlins are a disgrace.

   41. Rusty Priske Posted: April 17, 2018 at 10:41 AM (#5655159)
Please not 'Fish Tank'.

A park name should not sound like a park NICKname.

If you want a name that makes fun of the Marlins legacy while also sounding like an actual park name.

Loria Ground
   42. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 17, 2018 at 10:53 AM (#5655168)
Overlook it? We should celebrate the double entendre. The Marlins are a disgrace.


The marlins are a disgrace, no argument. So were the A's at the end of the Charlie Finley era. Nothing lasts forever. Had the O gotten a derogatory name to reflect Finley's crapitude, it would look pretty silly 10 years later when the A's were winning 3 straight pennants.
   43. SoSH U at work Posted: April 17, 2018 at 10:55 AM (#5655171)
it would look pretty silly 10 years later when the A's were winning 3 straight pennants.


Or seven years earlier.

   44. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5655172)
Or seven years earlier.


Well, the early Finley KC A's were also a disgrace. So the example works there also.
   45. Omineca Greg Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5655174)
It's not my call (that will be left to the nomination committee), but "The Fish Tank" is taking this in a direction we haven't gone with any of the other parks. Snark and editorial content. I think I'll vote for it if given a chance, but even then I'm not sure.
   46. SoSH U at work Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5655179)
Well, the early Finley KC A's were also a disgrace. So the example works there also.


I meant the seven years before he sold the club, when they were also winning three straight pennants (though not without their disgraceful moments even then).
   47. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:12 AM (#5655181)
It's not my call (that will be left to the nomination committee), but "The Fish Tank" is taking this in a direction we haven't gone with any of the other parks. Snark and editorial content. I think I'll vote for it if given a chance, but even then I'm not sure.


So naming stuff on the internet can occasionally go wrong? I feel like a fog has been lifted from before my eyes. ;)
   48. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:14 AM (#5655184)
I meant the seven years before he sold the club, when they were also winning three straight pennants (though not without their disgraceful moments even then).


Right, I know to what you were referring. I took it to be a rebuttal of the farce of the late 70's A's, in that they had a sustained period of success immediately before, and thus were unlike the Marlins. Which is true. Thus my shifting the time line to the KC A's, who were as much, if not more disgraceful, and did not have a recent period of greatness to point to.

"The Fish Tank" is taking this in a direction we haven't gone with any of the other parks. Snark and editorial content. I think I'll vote for it if given a chance, but even then I'm not sure.


This is where I am at.
   49. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM (#5655190)
The difference between the Marlins and the KC A's is that, although the Marlins did trade Stanton to the Yankees, they tend to distribute the rest of their good players around the league a bit more.
   50. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5655192)
So naming stuff on the internet can occasionally go wrong? I feel like a fog has been lifted from before my eyes. ;)

Hey, at least it's not "Stadium McStadiumface".
   51. Nasty Nate Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:39 AM (#5655195)
Hey, at least it's not "Stadium McStadiumface".
Careful ... I have friends on the nomination committee.
   52. Omineca Greg Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:42 AM (#5655196)
So naming stuff on the internet can occasionally go wrong? I feel like a fog has been lifted from before my eyes. ;)

You're right, there's only one way out...

David Attenborough Stadium

Not only would this be a great meta-meme, almost dank I would say, it would help raise awareness of the badger cull.

AH ####! I've always wondered when one of my bizarre ideas would require me giving out a coke. Normally I feel like I have all the time in the world, but today it happened. Coke, all covered with my tears of sadness that an irrevocable bridge has been crossed, to snapper...
   53. Omineca Greg Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5655200)
It only happened because I took time to watch the badger video!

I thought I had time...I thought I had time...
   54. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 17, 2018 at 12:04 PM (#5655205)
Either Fish Tank or Jarry Park, in honor of the city where the Marlins belong. Under new ownership.
   55. villageidiom Posted: April 23, 2018 at 08:37 AM (#5658325)
Before I saw the comments I intended to come here and nominate Fish Tank, but #11 makes me think Fish Bowl is more appropriate. I'll nominate Fish Bowl just to get some modicum of variety on the ballot.

But, I mean, really... Fish Tank.
   56. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: April 23, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5658454)
Biscayne Bowl
Tuttle Field
Tequesta Park
Magic City Fi...ugh, no, that's terrible. But still better than this pejorative-nickname-as-proper-name business.
   57. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 23, 2018 at 01:22 PM (#5658514)
Fish Tank.

I'm drawn to it because of the Orange Bowl.

I went to the Orange Bowl (the actual game at the OB) and that place had a scent and feel that I will never forget. A combination of musty, muggy, basement to go with the marine like tropical breeze. There were only a few places I've been that have a scent of their own, the OB was one of them.
   58. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: April 23, 2018 at 02:00 PM (#5658537)
Never been to the OB (game), but went to a few (stadium ) games. One epic game in 1998, Miami vs UCLA. The game was played in Dec as the regularly scheduled game in Sep was postponed due to Hurricane Georges. UCLA was undefeated, and didn't want to play the game, as they had nothing to gain and everything to lose. And lose they did, 49-45. UM RB Edgerrin James rushed for 300 yards, and UCLA QB cade McNown threw for over 500.
   59. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:29 PM (#5659179)
I see my attempt to spur a round of non-jokey suggestions has failed.
   60. Omineca Greg Posted: April 24, 2018 at 02:33 PM (#5659187)
I see my attempt to spur a round of non-jokey suggestions has failed

I appreciated it. I don't have anything good myself.

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