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Classic's economic impact

The first pitch hasn’t even been thrown and already the World Baseball Classic is making a positive economic impact on South Florida.

The Marlins released some interesting information on Wednesday morning. Second-round matchups of the Classic from March 14-18 at Dolphin Stadium are estimated to infuse $30 million to the local economy.

This is a conservative estimate, according to Marlins Senior Vice President of Stadium Development, Claude Delorme.

By Wednesday morning, more than 50,000 tickets already were sold for the six games. Large walkup crowds also are expected. Tickets are available on www.marlins.com and www.mlb.com.

More than 25,000 visitors are expected to book hotel rooms locally.

Awarding sound round games to Miami is part of MLB’s on-going commitment to South Florida. If the Marlins gain approval on a new retractable-roof stadium on the Orange Bowl grounds in Miami, there is a good chance the new ballpark will be picked as the host site for the 2013 World Baseball Classic finals.

“The Marlins are proud to be hosting this world-class tournament and we are extremely pleased on how ticket sales and interest from fans outside the State have both increased in recent weeks,” said Delorme.  “We expect sales to increase significantly once the final four teams are confirmed.  We appreciate the opportunity to welcome baseball fans from throughout the region and around the world and we hope to build on this excitement for the next tournament in 2013. Fans will be treated to great baseball, featuring the best players from around the globe.”

– Joe Frisaro

Amezaga in lineup

If all goes well the next two days, Alfredo Amezaga will be playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Amezaga tweaked his right knee when his cleat caught during an at-bat in an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday. He received treatment on Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday he was back on the field doing drills.

He also was in the lineup for the first. Manager Fredi Gonzalez plans on playing him about five innings at second base. He was in the lineup hitting ninth against the Orioles on Friday, and he is expected to play on Saturday against the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale.

“It feels good. Obviously, not 100 percent,” Amezaga said. “Everybody is not 100 percent right now. My knee is fine.”

Amezaga is planning on heading to Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday to begin practicing with Mexico for the Classic.  

– Joe Frisaro

Amezaga tweaks right knee

All-purpose Alfredo Amezaga is resting a sore right knee, which is why he isn’t playing in the Marlins first two Grapefruit League games.

Amezaga felt some discomfort while batting on Tuesday in an intrasquad scrimmage. If the knee doesn’t show improvement in the next day or two, it could impact whether he plays for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team is closely watching, and the ailment may be enough to keep him from the Classic. Amezaga is the frontrunner to play center field for Mexico.

Some encouraging news on Thursday was Amezaga did some light jogging.

– Joe Frisaro

Camping out Tuesday

What want on today at camp:

* MLB Network is doing a “30 Clubs in 30 Days” feature on the Marlins that airs on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. ET. The hour-long special on the team will be repeated four times within a day after it originally airs.

* Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson each threw two innings on the Roger Dean Stadium main field on Tuesday in an intrasquad game that was pitching dominated. These are the two frontrunners to start on Opening Day on April 6 against the Nationals.

* The only walk in the six-inning scrimmage was drawn by Cameron Maybin.

* Wednesday marks the opening of Grapefruit League action, with Florida facing St. Louis as the visiting team at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will start. The regulars are set to play. The Marlins are using a DH, and it likely will be Dallas McPherson.

* Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that players going to the World Baseball Classic — guys like Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga  — will play more early in Spring Training games as they prepare to leave for the Classic on March 1.

* On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Marlins will face Italy’s World Baseball Classic team on field two behind Roger Dean Stadium. Burke Badenhop will pitch. Expected to play for Florida are John Raynor, Andy Gonzalez, Michael Stanton, John Lindsey, Matt Dominguez, Kyle Skipworth, Michael Ryan, Jai Miller and Manny Mayorson.  

– Joe Frisaro

 

Tuesday's scrimmage update

The Marlins scrimmage on Tuesday will be on the main field at Roger Dean Stadium, and it begins at 1 p.m. ET. It is not open to the public.

The pitchers in the intrasquad scrimmage will be Ricky Nolasco for one team and Josh Johnson for the other.

On Wednesday, the Marlins open their Grapefruit League season as the visiting team with the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Florida is sending Anibal Sanchez to the mound, with Blake Hawksworth going for St. Louis.

Before that game, on Wednesday around 10 a.m. ET, on the backfield at Roger Dean Stadium, Florida will have a B Game with Italy’s World Baseball Classic team. Burke Badenhop will start for Florida.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Pinto on Classic fence

Will he or won’t he?

Renyel Pinto has yet to decide if he will pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. On Friday, he told reporters that he wasn’t going to the Classic. On Saturday, he said he received three calls from the Venezuelan team.

Pinto said he will make up his mind on Monday.

In other Classic news, Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga will play for Mexico. Cantu will be playing third base, and Amezaga is lined up to play in center field.

– Joe Frisaro

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