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Old April 25th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #51
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Spare me all that. The M's and P's have games to play against each other starting next month.



Now, for OtF: What do you think about Dice-K now? Still wanna see him traded?




YES!!! To us! BTW, I was never one for the trade, tho'....
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YES!!! To us! BTW, I was never one for the trade, tho'....


The trade? Whom for whom?
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The trade? Whom for whom?




Who do you want? Ichiro and the King are not on the table....
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Who do you want? Ichiro and the King are not on the table....


A trade between both teams won't help anyone.
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A trade between both teams won't help anyone.




Would you think anyone would notice if we just traded team for team? I'm sure our guys would love the change of weather.... maybe if they did spring training in Canada they'd appreciate this weather....
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That won't happen at the Marlins new ballpark starting next year, Stan. Place looks good so far. The Marlins have their games televised into the pressbox here on their network, with Tommy Hutton at the mike.
Tommy Hutton is color, Rick Walsh is the tv announcer. They are a good pair, but the guy who really is outstanding is the Marlins radio announcer, Dave Van Horne. Received the Ford Frick Award this year, which puts him in MLB's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, guy is wonderful on radio. That U-2 concert tour was last year, but for some reason, think Bono got sick, they cancelled the Miami stop and rescheduled it for this summer. Sun-Life Stadium expects over 65,000 for that concert (would take the Marlins 60 some games to reach that figure in attendance), so its off to Seattle go the Fish with their home pinstripes for a three-game series. Florida right now, playing excellent. The took Colorado 2-1 in that series and the Rockies came in first in the West, and have just grabbed two from the Los Angeles Dodgers, in come from behind games, could win their third straight series, and second 3-0 sweep tomorrow against LA. This could be a very interesting Marlin team, they have improved their pitching, starters and bullpen, significantly, and have a bunch of young stars, being coached by a premier minor league manager in Edwin Rodriguez - could make for just the right combination. Philadelphia? Their hitting has gone South, big time recently, they have to have almost complete game shutouts from their rotation to win.



The new ballpark in downtown is starting to attract a lot of attention now. Marlins have actually held a batting practice in it, the outer skin is supposed to be completed by October, sparkling silver, white combination, with modernistic look, and nice blue seats. They even have the wall from the inside of the third base dugout to the inside of the first base dogout set up with a long, curving tropical fish aquarium. the PITA people screamed about it, but hell, its only fish. Stadum set it up to only hold 37,000 (no use pushing a fan base that is real fickle), and the Marlins are selling it like crazy. Four parking garages and four surface parking lots are already up and working on the site, to hold about 6,000 cars right now, not counting all of the parking you can use in peoples lots. They also are setting up bus shuttles out of West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, and Tri-Rail shuttles from the train station, with discount promotions, to be sure the north cities fans come down to see the games. Never thought I would say it, but have to give David Samson credit, where two billionaires who owned the Marlins, failed to get a stadium built, he not only got one built for the team, but a snazzy one, and the Marlins only had to pay $150 million of the building cost to Miami-Dade County. Noblesse oblige to Samson......Stan
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GO ROYALS.



That's what I have to say about all this.
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GO ROYALS.



That's what I have to say about all this.

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Good grief, I haven't heard anything about the Kansas City Royals here in the East, since, well, George Brett retired. Team has almost been off the radar as long as the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. At least the Pine Tar incident with the Yankees made the Top 50 umpire mistakes in baseball history. Never will forget, or stop laughing, at George Brett charging out of that dugout after Billy Martin made the point about the Pine Tar, and the umpire took that game leading home run away. Awesome, George was one of the greats.



Marlins took two of three from the first place Tampa Rays in Miami, then went West for a tough road trip, and took out the San Francisco Giants in the opener. Mike Sutton hit his 11th home run, this kid has arms and a build you just can't believe. He is going to be one of the great stars of MLB, if the Marlins don't mess him up.



The "selling" job on the new stadium is going along like a fire sale, go to marlins.com for a look see, and with the Miami Heat playing so well, toward another appearance in the NBA finals, downtown Miami has livened up a lot, with many people coming down for the Heat, and visiting the new stadium construction site three miles away. The Florida Marlins even have a guided tour of the place, as the workmen continue to build. One more year in that football stadium, and then finally, and surprisingly a brand new ball park in Miami, name change to the Miami Marlins, and a legitimate home and marketing base for a team whose fans had their hearts torn out three times.



Attendance wise, the Marlins, in that football stadium, have been a bust, but their television and radio network, with the large South Florida population, is excellent, and keeps the team solvent. Every Saturday night, after the games, the Marlins have an on-the-field concert, mostly Hispanic groups, but last Saturday night? The Beach Boys, and about 24,000 stuck around to hear them. Now, their up there in age, but the melodies are still good, and the crowd really appreciated them. California's music gods, like Jimmy Buffet is Florida's. Imagine what would happen if the Marlins asked him to perform? He is a Heat season-ticket holder, but now lives up in Palm Beach, sold Margaritaville years ago, for millions in Key West.



Long road trip for the Marlins - three in San Francisco, three in Los Angeles and three in Denver against the Rockies before they come home against Milwaukee. Josh Johnson is on the 15-day Disabled List for elbow inflamation, but Annibal Sanchez did a nice job against the Giants pounding the strike zone. He has pitched a one hitter into the 9th this year, and a no-hitter into the 7th so far, so Marlin starting pitching along with the bullpen, really improved.



We have always played well against Philadelphia, and it doesn't appear yet that the Braves want to make a run, while Washington is improved. The Mets, well, its the Mets, nothing good ever happens in NYC for them. Hanley Ramiriez is finally coming out of his hitting slump, which goes all the way back to the start of last season. Someone has taught him to take the low outside pitch late in the count to right field, and it has led to several multiple hit games.. He will win us 10-15 games with his glove alone, but hitting wise, questionable. If the Marlins had the opportunity, would love to see them trade Hanley for the New York Mets only good player, SS Reyes, straight up. Lets face it, nothing the Mets do will work.



Up in Vero Beach? No movement on the Dodger's selling Dodgertown - Baltimore, which left Fort Lauderdale as spring training headquarters last year has expressed an interest. Why the Dodgers would leave Vero Beach after so many years, just another LA mess. Marlins have an A team in Jupiter, Florida, their spring training headquarters, but Vero Beach would be an excellent choice to drop a AA club into, lets face it, everything is already there, and it is far enough away (Jupiter is only an hour), that it would draw interest from the Central and North Florida area, where they don't have a lot of baseball.......Stan
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