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Marlins owner optimistic about '10

Attending the Marlins first full-squad workout on Wednesday was team owner Jeffrey Loria, who is upbeat about the 2010 season.

After finishing in second place a year ago, Loria says the playoffs are the goal. The organization feels the pieces are in place to play into October.

“I will say that we’re working off 87 wins last year, and I expect us to make the playoffs,” he said.”Whatever it takes to make the playoffs.”

The Marlins retained the nucleus of the squad from the past few years. Continuity is crucial.

“We’ve brought the core of this team back,” Loria said. “They’re well positioned to make the playoffs. We’ve got all the ammunition that we need.”

Among the topics the owner addressed were:

* Reaching the postseason for the first time since 2003, when the franchise won the World Series.

“I am hungry to win,” Loria said. “The only way to win was to do that [keep continuity]. We’re heading towards our new ballpark [in 2012], and I wanted to see us be more successful than we were the last few years. We should have been one of eight last year. I was disappointed at the end of the season. That’s all I will say about that. We have the ability to do it now.”

* The status of manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose job status came in question after the ’09 season. There were reports that the Marlins were interested in bringing in Bobby Valentine.

“I don’t even want to comment on that,” Loria said. “I know a thousand people. I talk to lots of people everywhere and if people blew things out of proportion, I can’t control that.”

* Continuity within the club, including players, coaches and manager.

“Fredi is the manager. Fredi is here. This is his fourth season. Fredi is here to bring the team to the next level.That’s what we’re hoping happens this year. We’ve love to see that this year, obviously.”

* The new ballpark in Little Havana.

“I was down there yesterday, and I couldn’t have been more excited or overwhelmed, or more impressed with how the building is coming,” Loria said.

“It will be something super special, beyond what you can imagine. What you see on paper. That’s been my commitment, going forward, from Day One here. I wanted to see this stadium done. That’s been all I’ve really wanted to see, along with winning teams, and hopefully winning a championship this year. As we go towards that goal of opening on 2012, we are building with the core of these player. We’ll see down the road what we need to add to it. But it’s going to be something that South Florida is going to be proud of.”

— Joe Frisaro



Stadium concrete poured


Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins

Concrete was poured at the Orange Bowl site on Friday, marking the beginning of the foundation being put into place on the Marlins new retractable-roof ballpark, which is set to open in 2012.

— Joe Frisaro



Groundbreaking on Saturday

A lot of attention is being paid to the Marlins’ four-game series this weekend with the Phillies, and for good reason.

Entering Thursday night four-games out, the Marlins have a prime opportunity to make up ground in the N.L. East. There is a playoff-like atmosphere for the franchise in the series. 

During the next four days, there also will be a historical event regarding the long-term future of the franchise.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Marlins’ new stadium will take place on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami. The July 18 groundbreaking is open to the public, free of charge.

Those planning on attending are encouraged to arrive early.

— Joe Frisaro


Groundbreaking essay contest


The ceremonial groundbreaking at the Marlins new ballpark will be July 18 from 10 a.m. til noon ET. Fans are encouraged to attend. There is no fee, and the day will feature activities and refreshments.

Additionally, one fan will have a chance to be an honorary participant at the ceremony at the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami.

The team has established a groundbreaking essay contest.

The author of the winning essay will receive an invitation to be one of the honorary participants at the commemorative ceremony, along with four VIP passes to the event, an official groundbreaking ceremony shovel, a personalized Marlins jersey, and four infield box tickets to an upcoming 2009 Marlins regular season home game.

Kids, 6-12, are encouraged to describe what the new ballpark means to them and why they want to play a special role in the historic groundbreaking ceremony. Kids are encouraged to submit their 500 or less word composition in either English or Spanish.

Submissions will be accepted online at or in person at the Marlins executive offices at Land Shark Stadium (2267 Dan Marino Blvd. Miami, FL 33056) before 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13. The essays will be judged by members of the Marlins executive staff based on the following criteria: originality, spirit, clarity and organization of the composition.

— Joe Frisaro

DuPuy attends opener

A special guest was on hand for Opening Day. MLB president and COO Bob DuPuy made a trip to South Florida to attend the Marlins’ opener.

DuPuy worked tirelessly representing MLB in the quest to secure funding for a new Marlins ballpark, which was approved last month and it is scheduled to open in 2012. The good crowd on Monday reminded DuPuy that better days are ahead for the Marlins as they work toward being in their retractable-roof park on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami.

“There is clearly a renewed sense of faith and hope,” DuPuy said. “There is a wonderful crowd for Opening Day, and a good, young team on the field. We are looking forward in breaking ground in July, and the jobs it will create, and ultimately getting to the new ballpark and the opening in 2012, which will be a clear jewel for the community. It will provide Major League Baseball for this community for generations to come.”

Several local officials were at Opening Day, including Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Alvarez.

DuPuy says Marlins fans should be excited about the new ballpark.

“I think it looks terrific,” he said of the design. “And the best part is, the fans are going to know the games are going to start at 7 o’clock, and they will end at 9:30 or a quarter-to-10 [because of the roof]. So people from the entire area are going to be able to plan on coming down in the rain. They will play 81 games to completion.”

There are numerous examples of how new ballparks have stimulated development in MLB communities.

“In terms of all the other communities where ballparks have gone up, it will help serve in development all around Little Havana,” DuPuy said. “It’s happened in Denver. It’s happened in San Diego. It’s happened in Seattle. It’s happening in Cincinnati and St. Louis.”

— Joe Frisaro

243 and counting

The Marlins on Monday will open against the Nationals, but the franchise already is looking ahead to 2012. That’s when they will move into their new ballpark, a retractable-roof, 37,000-seat facility at the Orange Bowl grounds.

Team president David Samson already has done the math. For those keeping track of such things, the Marlins have 243 regular season games at Dolphin Stadium left.

“That’s three years of 81, plus playoff games,” Samson said. “The countdown has begun. Everyone is prepared for it. We’re onto the next step and we’re preparing to break ground in July.”

Samson calls Opening Day “my favorite day of the year.” He treats it like a holiday. This year is extra special because it’s his 10th opener in management.

“There is nothing like the sense of hope and promise, and we have that,” Samson said. “I fully expect our team to compete and be there at the end. The thought of doing what we did in ’03 is very exciting to me.”

— Joe Frisaro

Workouts on Sunday

A reminder for South Florida residents looking for something to do on Sunday.

The Marlins workout at Dolphin Stadium is open to the public. The gates open at 2:30 p.m. ET. It’s another chance to check out season ticket packages.

The team is making a day of it. The Mermaids, Billy the Marlin and the Manatees will be on hand. Some players will be at autograph stations.

Tickets for all Marlins home games are available at

— Joe Frisaro


Stadium impact

The day after the Marlins’ new ballpark was finalized, the team saw an increase in interest for the regular season.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins announced more than 15,000 individual game tickets were sold for the regular season.

On Monday, Miami-Dade County commissioners approved final documents on the 37,000-seat, retractable-roof ballpark at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Tickets for all Marlins home games are available at

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins stadium passes

Miami-Dade County commissioners on Monday put to rest more than a decade quest by voting in favor of a roofed ballpark for the Marlins on the Orange Bowl grounds. Commissioners cast two separate votes. First passed, 9-4, and the second came back, 10-3.

Since winning the World Series in 1997, three separate Marlins owners have sought a baseball-only facility. Now that will become a reality. The next step is moving toward breaking ground by July in hopes of getting the building open by 2012.

From the time they entered the league in 1993, the Marlins have shared Dolphin Stadium with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

The new park will have a retractable-roof and seat 37,000 on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami. Major League Baseball has worked actively on the stadium effort, and there are indications that in a few years after the stadium opens, an All-Star Game will be awarded to the market.

— Joe Frisaro

Public hearings underway

The public hearing portion of the Miami-Dade County commission meeting lasted three hours, and 91 people spoke.

The room was packed, and this process will last a few hours. Many of the same people who spoke last Thursday at the city of Miami commission meeting talked in the open forum.

The latest is the vote could be around 10 p.m. So a long night is ahead.

The city passed the stadium by a 3-2 vote that day.

Thus far, the number of those speaking in favor of the stadium have out-numbered the opposition.

A few minutes ago, city of Miami commissioners entered the chamber.

The funniest moment of the hearings came when a supporter spoke up, and did a not-that-bad impersonation of Marlon Brando, Sly Stallone (as Rocky) and Ronald Reagan. He then quoted Tommy Lasorda.

The most tense moment came about 2:30 p.m ET when a group against the stadium caused a disruption in the room. They chanted “real jobs!” now and were escorted out of the room and told they cannot return.

— Joe Frisaro