Posts Tagged ‘Florida Marlins

09
Jul
09

The Marlins are ROBBING Miami

1379723371_60a1aa76faAfter years of wrangling the tax-payers, the Florida Marlins are now set to break ground on their new stadium in Little Havana, the project originally estimated to be around $1.8-2 billion has now seen cost estimates soar to approximately $2.4 billion. That seems like a lot.

Fortunately, the Marlins, awash in cash from their packed house every night are paying for the entire stadium out of their pocket.

Wait, I’m being informed that isn’t accurate. Oh, you’re telling me the Marlins are contributing $120 million towards construction and another $35 million to repay a loan from the county and that’s it? Seems to me that is a robust 6% of the ENTIRE construction costs. Wow, nicely done Marlins. I’m not quite clear how the team was able to swindle the city into giving them this deal, but it is an AWFUL one for the city. Even worse, the team is locking itself into a 40 year deal with the city, meaning that after the first season in the new park when the fans stop showing up, as they have done consistently in Florida, the city will be on the hook without gaining much back.

‘This is the sort of financing you do when you cannot afford it,” said Leo Guzman, president of securities firm Guzman & Co. in Coral Gables, who is not involved in the deal. Sounds like a ringing endorsement!

Also, the team is only building 37,000 seats, which is only a few hundred more than Fenway Park holds. The Red Sox sell out every game because their fans are passionate and so are able to contend thanks to high ticket prices and demand. The Marlins average 17K fans at their games, which is being VERY generous with counting, I simply don’t see how this will work out in the end for Miami, the Marlins or the citizens of Miami. Shame on the city managers who agreed to this deal in the first place.

Everyone would be best served by allowing the team to move to a market where the fans will actually show up to the games. Clearly the product on the field isn’t the issue because even when the Marlins were winning World Series the fans don’t show up until the playoffs.

[Sun-Sentinel]

22
Jun
09

Who Knew I’d Ever Side With a Yankee Fan

Here’s a scream-filled fight video from the game yesterday between the Marlins and Yankees down in friendly Florida. Some father, along with his young daughter intends to take in the game and instead has some crazed other fan attack him. Now, obviously, something was said earlier that set this all off prior to the video rolling but at least in the video it’s clear who was the aggressor. I will say the attacker makes a pretty crazy leap towards the dad, and the guy who is filming it makes a nice understatement when he turns the camera on himself and says “Holy shit!”

Happy Father’s Day!

09
Jun
09

The Marlins Know How to Draw a Crowd

accountantTonight’s matchup between the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals is notable not for the game itself, but because, finally, the promotional event everyone has been waiting for is here, the 5th Annual CPA Appreciation night.

Your CPA saved you some cash a couple months ago at tax time, now it’s time to reward him or her and give them the gift that everyone appreciates, a trip to an otherwise empty stadium! Hooray!

Spend that tax refund on your CPA, I bet you can even write it off as a charitable expense!

[Florida Marlins]

15
May
09

Not the Danger I’d Expect from the Pfister

Copy of ghostsThe Florida Marlins finished out their series against the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, and at least a couple players couldn’t be happier to get out of the Brew City. At least two pairs of Marlins players were sharing rooms at their hotel because of their fear of ghosts. It seems that the Marlins are staying at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, the high class hotel is also famous for ghost sightings and other paranormal activity. Reportedly, the most popular sighting is of the hotel’s founder, Charles Pfister overlooking the lobby from the grand staircase.

The Marlins’ Josh Johnson and Dan Meyer had separate but adjoining rooms. “Every time there was a noise, JJ would yell, ‘It’s the ghosts,'” Meyer said.

“I heard a couple of noises,” Chris Volstad said with a laugh, “but I just closed my eyes.”

The Marlins aren’t the only ones to experience something scary while staying at the lovely Pfister. When he was with the Dodgers, Adrian Beltre reportedly was so scared he would sleep with a baseball bat in his bed just in case a specter came after him (the Dodgers no longer stay at the Pfister.) Last June the Twins’ Carlos Gomez got scared when his iPod, sitting on a table kept vibrating, despite Gomez turning it off several times. Sounds SPOOKY!

The players should be thankful that the ghosts of the Pfister don’t do something much much worse.

[Palm Beach Post]

27
Mar
09

Oh PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

Yesterday in the Marlins clubhouse, upset with the team’s new dress code, Hanley Ramirez was extremely angry, grabbed a sharpie and wrote on his t-shirt, “I’m sick of this shit.” He told reporters and teammates in the locker room “I’m angry, I want to be traded.”

All of this started because the new Marlins dress code requires him to cut off his cornrows and he won’t be allowed to play while wearing jewelry anymore. “It’s incredible,” he said later. “We’re big-leaguers.”

“We want to look professional,” manager Fredie Gonzalez said. “Nice and neat.”

After throwing his temper tantrum, Hanley met up with and chatted with team President David Samson, GM Larry Beinfest and assistant GM Mike Hill, and came out singing a different tune.

“Everything’s great, I’m fine,” he said. “My mind calmed down.”

When asked if that meant he didn’t want to be traded anymore, he said with a smile, “Everything’s going to be fine.”

DAMMIT!

Theo, call up the Marlins again, offer them Clay, Lowrie and nearly whatever else. I want Hanley back in a Red Sox uniform. We can make him happiest! I miss you Hanley!

[NBC Sports]

15
Jan
09

Attention Miami-Based Readers

The Florida Marlins’ extra large male dancing squad are holding open auditions this Sunday for next year’s squad, and I strongly urge you to try out. The only requirements are for you to be over 18 years old, arrive at the audition in Marlins gear and be prepared to learn a choreographed routine, also they are looking for “bellies with the biggest jiggle, big feet with the best dance moves and enthusiasm that will rock Marlins fans out of their seats.”

Since there are usually only 64 people at a Marlins game, getting the fans out of their seats isn’t too difficult, in fact, you can go around to them individually!

[Sun-Sentinel]

30
Dec
08

Bring Hanley Back

It seems like it’s a moot point, but I like the aggressiveness of the Red Sox brass in checking in on former farmhand Hanley Ramirez’ availability in the aftermath of the Teixeira signing. That said, the reported starting price of Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury seem pretty high. Even still, I’m not sure it’s not worth it to get Hanley, with the condition that Ramirez comes as a center fielder and not as a shortstop. I didn’t want to give up Jacoby and Buchholz for Johan Santana but for Hanley I think it is not necessarily too much. All of 25 years old, Ramirez has averaged 27 HRs and 36 steals per season with a career OPS+ so far of 135!

Sure, would giving up on Buchholz and Ellsbury hurt? You bet it would, just as the initial trading away of Hanley did, but just like that trade, the reward would, I believe, ultimately outweigh that cost. Adding Hanley as a center fielder would add that power bat to the lineup that the Sox need, his speed matches Jacoby’s, keeping that new element in the Sox’ game and his star is rising, every year Hanley is getting better and better. If he can be moved off shortstop where he is a butcher getting by on sheer athleticism I think there is no reason he isn’t one of the most dominant players in the game for the next 10 years.

On the other hand, for the Marlins, even getting back two STUD prospects might not be enough for Hanley. That franchise has no one else to market their team around otherwise. I mean, Dan Uggla does not park fans in the seats. Then again, nobody on the Marlins seems to bring fans to the stadium…




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