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New stadium countdown underway

Eighteen seasons down. One to go.

When the final out was made on Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Pirates, the Marlins completed their 18th season in the big leagues. When they take the field on April 1 against the Mets, it will mark the start of the franchise’s final year at Sun Life Stadium.

pitchingmound1a.jpgThe 2011 campaign also will be the last in which the franchise is known as the Florida Marlins. In 2012, the organization will go through a new beginning. They will move into their new ballpark, and change their name to the Miami Marlins.

Construction is nearly 50 percent complete on the retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami. The new stadium will seat 37,000. Already, season ticket sales are underway for 2012, as well as ’11.

The roof will guarantee all home games will be played without delay, and it also offers a reprieve from the scorching South Florida heat.

In 2010, the Marlins ranked 28th in home attendance, averaging 18,825 (1,524,894).

Since their inaugural 1993 season, the Marlins have shared their home stadium with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. It didn’t take long for the grounds crew to transform the park from baseball to football on Sunday. As Marlins players were celebrating the final out on Sunday, workers began digging up the pitchers mound, and prepping the infield to be covered with grass.

The workers were able to have the infield dirt and mound covered with sod in time for Monday night’s Dolphins-New England Patriots game.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

His name is Dan Uggla!

Facing the Braves brings out the best in Dan Uggla.

On Friday night, Uggla connected on his 29th homer of season, an opposite-field shot off Tommy Hanson in the sixth inning at Turner Field.

uggla1b.jpgThe blast was the 150th of his five-year career, as Uggla continues to add on to his Marlins’ record for home runs.

It also was the 22nd home run the second baseman has collected against the Braves, his highest total against any team.

Uggla’s 11 homers at Turner Field are a personal high at any ballpark besides Sun Life Stadium, where he has 74.

Uggla and Miguel Cabrera are the only Marlins ever to reach 30 homers three separate times. The difference is Uggla has done it in three straight seasons, while Cabrera’s weren’t all in a row.

It is a matter of time before Uggla extends that to four consecutive years, since he has 29 with more than a month to play.

When it comes to pure home run power, Uggla has been remarkably consistent. For his career, he’s averaging a home run every 18.71 at-bats. This season, he is ahead of that pace, as he is going deep every 16.14 per at-bats.

The slot in the lineup where Uggla has his most home runs may surprise some people. It’s second in the batting order, where he was anchored in 2006-07. It wasn’t until early in the 2008 season that he slid down to fifth or six. He opened this year batting fifth, but has been in the cleanup spot for 46 games.

Uggla has 61 homers from the second spot, and 48 while batting fifth. He has 19 when batting sixth, and 15 at cleanup.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

2011 opener likely at home

Josh Johnson vs. Johan Santana.

The pitching matchup attracted 41,245 at Citi Field on Opening Day when the Marlins took on the Mets.

The two All-Star pitchers are fixtures on their respective teams. Chances are, they will be matched up again on Opening Day in 2011. This time in Miami.

Nothing is official, as schedules for next season have yet to be released, but indications are the Marlins will face the Mets in the ’11 opener. The game most likely will be on a Friday night.

The 2011 season will be the Marlins last at Sun Life Stadium, their home since their inaugural 1993 campaign.

Recently, the Marlins worked out a one-year lease extension to play at Sun Life Stadium in 2011.

There was some speculation a few weeks ago that the Marlins would open against the Mets, but with the series being played in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the Marlins are expected to play three games in Puerto Rico in ’11, it won’t be their first series.

In 2012, the Marlins are moving into their new retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Home plate part of history

Home plate didn’t get much use in the Marlins-Phillies three-game series at Sun Life Stadium. In three games, just seven total runs were scored.

Still, the plate will forever be part of baseball history.

homeplate.jpgOn Saturday night, Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Immediately following the Phillies, 1-0, victory, home plate and the pitching rubber were authenticated. The rubber was dislodged on Friday night, with grounds crew workers digging it up as the Super Saturday’s Concert act was performing.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had the rubber presented to Halladay, who struck out 11 on a night for the ages.

After the Marlins rebounded and won on Sunday – ironically, 1-0 – the grounds crew was back at work. For several hours after the final out, they dug up home place, which now will be part of Marlins history.

The Marlins are opening their new retractable-roof ballpark in 2012, and the team will recognize its history in the building. The home plate used in Halladay’s perfect game will eventually be displayed once the new ballpark opens.

– Joe Frisaro

 

New scoreboard unveiled

Gone one day. Back the next.

Well, not back exactly. Still, the out of town scoreboard has returned to a more visible place at Sun Life Stadium.

On Sunday, the park unveiled a new location for the A.L. and N.L. scoreboard. It now is positioned above the left field wall, and it’s part of the Dolphins’ Ring Of Honor. Scores from around the league now are stationed between the names Joe Robbie and Don Shula.

In recent days, much has been made over the scoreboard being removed from the left field wall — or Teal Monster. The 26 1/2 foot wall used to have the the scores right in them. A decision was made this year to remove the board because of upkeep. The stadium is responsible for the scoreboard maintenance, and light bulbs repeatedly burned out.

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Teal Monster scoreboard gone

A name change won’t be the only thing new at home Marlins games this year.

Sun Life Stadium, the seventh different name of the ballpark, also has a change on the left field wall. The “Teal Monster” no longer sports the scoreboards for both leagues. Fans have grown accustomed to seeing the complete scores on the wall.

The Miami Dolphins, owners of the stadium, didn’t want to pay for repairs to the scoreboard. So now the tall wall — or Teal Monster — has giant advertisements for the MLB Network.

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Tickets on sale on Saturday

FanFest on Saturday marks the start of selling individual game tickets for the 2010 Marlins season.

Tickets for Florida’s home games go on sale at noon at www.marlins.com and at Sun Life Stadium.

The only scheduled home games not available beginning on Feb. 13 are for the June 28-30 series against the Mets. While it hasn’t officially been announced yet, that three-game series with New York is being moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So those games will not be available at this time to fans seeking seats for the 2010 season.

FanFest runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium, and it is an opportunity to meet players and get autographs.

Select-a-seat opportunities also are available for those seeking season tickets.

This will be the second to last FanFest at Sun Life Stadium, because the Marlins will be moving into their new ballpark in 2012. Fans who purchase season tickets now will receive priority seating at the new ballpark.

Admission to FanFest is free, but there is a $5 parking fee. That moneny, however, can go toward the purchase of a ticket.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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