Miami Marlins Tickets
The Miami Marlins are seeking an end to a 12-year post season drought and have an excellent chance of doing so this season. They possess one of the top pitchers, hitters and speedsters in the game and along with their young core could break through in 2016. Fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, ace Jose Fernandez is back and will no doubt be at the top of the pitching rotation followed by the newly acquired lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who the Marlins signed in January. Miami’s rotation becomes a bit murky after that with the departure of Henderson Alvarez this offseason. The Marlins’ bullpen is all about speed with setup man Carter Capps, lefty Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris. A.J. Ramos doesn’t have the best velocity around but earned the closer spot over Steve Cishek at the end of last season.
Dee Gordon, acquired from the Dodgers via trade will be in at second base and is coming off a historic 2015 season where he was awarded a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He firmed up the leadoff spot and added much needed velocity to the Marlins’ lineup. His double play partner at shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria had a career best season as well despite missing the final month of 2015 with a hamstring injury. Both first basemen Justin Bour and Martin Prado at third were solid contributors last season and look to improve upon their success in 2016. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton will be looking to prove why he has one of the richest contracts in the world of sports after a disappointing 2015 season due to injury and will be joined by Christian Yelich, also returning from injury in left field, and Marcell Ozuna at center.
If this Marlins team can remain healthy throughout the 2016 season they have the parts to compete in the NL East. Miami Marlins ticket holders are ready to see this team in the post season after over a decade of watching the pennant race from the outside. Be sure to secure your Miami Marlins tickets and head on out to cheer them on all summer long.
History of the Miami Marlins
In March of 1990, Wayne Huizenga, the CEO of Blockbuster Corporation announced his purchase of 15% of the Miami Dolphins and 50% of their home, Joe Robbie Stadium for an estimated $30 million. His intention was to pursue a baseball franchise as a few months earlier MLB announced its desire to expand the National League by two teams. In December of that same year, the NL unveiled the list of possible sites with South Florida, Tampa, Orlando, Denver, Buffalo and Washington among them.
On June 10, 1991 baseball commissioner Fay Vincent announced that South Florida and Denver were the lucky ones chosen to receive expansion teams and on July 5, MLB owners unanimously approved the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies as baseball’s newest franchises.
Carl Barger, the President of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1987 was hired as the Marlins first president while Fredi Gonzalez was brought in as their first minor league coach. On December 16, 1991 they made their first-ever actual signing, inking a deal with 16-year old Dominican pitcher Clemente Nunez. The Marlins selected Charles Johnson out of the University of Miami with their first-ever draft pick in June 1992.
On October 23, the Marlins hired their first manger Rene Lachemann who at the time was the third base coach for the Oakland Athletics and began to build their team through free agency and the MLB expansion draft.
On April 5, 1993 in front of a sellout crowd of 42,334 Florida Marlins ticket holders; they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 at Joe Robbie Stadium with Charlie Hough on the mound. Jeff Conine went 4-4 that night, making him an instant crowd favorite that eventually would earn him the nickname “Mr. Marlin”. That season, Gary Sheffield and Bryan Harvey became the club’s first representatives at the All Star Game with Sheffield knocking one out of the park in the Marlins first All-Star at bat.
In 1996, Rene Lachemann is relieved of his managerial position and the team tapped John Boles as their second manager in Marlins history. They had some bright spots but eventually ended the 96’season with an 80-82 record and Boles returned to his prior role as director of player development and former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland was hired to lead the club in 1997.
Aside from changing managerial staff, the Marlins acquired third-baseman Bobby Bonilla, pitcher Alex Fernandez and outfielder Moises Alou to very lucrative free agent contracts raising the expectations farther than they had been in the club’s history. The Marlins had a very successful season and were granted their first playoff berth. They swept the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series and beat the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series four games to two. The underdog Marlins went on to beat the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series in seven exciting games.
After their championship, the Marlins dismantled the team, claiming financial losses and basically conducted one of the largest fire sales in sports history. After changing ownership several times over the next decade and experiencing varying successes, the Marlins finally had a venue of their own in 2012.
After 19 seasons of sharing a stadium with the Dolphins, the newly named Miami Marlins played their first game at Marlins Park located near downtown Miami. Improvements included a retractable roof along with many modern amenities not found at their previous ballpark. The future looks bright for this relatively young franchise that after the 2014 season inked the largest contract in MLB history with stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton for 13 years and $325 million.
History of Marlins Park
For 18 seasons, the Marlins played at Sun Life Stadium, a venue built for the Miami Dolphins. Its primary issues when it came to baseball were the rain, humidity and heat. Fans were not rushing out to buy Marlins tickets and the team fought for almost a decade to get a new stadium.
Various sites and financial proposals were drawn up but all fell short. Finally in 2008, the Marlins reached an agreement for a new ballpark after City and County commissioners approved funding for the new venue. After delays by a lawsuit challenging the public funding of the project, construction began on Marlins Park in July 2009 in Little Havana on the site of the former Orange Bowl, prior home of the Miami Hurricanes and the Dolphins in the 1970’s and part of the 1980’s.
On April 4, 2012 the Marlins franchise began a new chapter in their own stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. Marlins Park has the smallest capacity in MLB with just 37,000 seats. Three levels of seats extend from the left field foul pole around home plate to the right field foul pole.
Unlike most parks in Major League Baseball, Marlins Park is not a traditional retro brick design but more of a futuristic look with white stucco, silver metal and glass. Its three panel retractable roof prevents any issue with rain delay and is able to open and close is 13 minutes. There are also retractable outfield glass panels which provide fans with a unique panoramic view of the downtown Miami skyline. Behind the outfield fence in left-centerfield a colorful $2.5 million, 75 foot tall structure features moving waves, flamingos and seagulls for every Marlin homerun. On the field level next to the bullpen, a pool and a party area for up to 240 fans offers another taste of Florida flair. Perhaps the most unique feature of the park is twin 450 gallon saltwater aquariums containing bulletproof glass and a wide array of fish.