Brent Billingsley was demoted again to make room for A.J. Burnett, who will start on Saturday and is likely to remain on the major league roster.
The Marlins reached a last minute deal with Josh Beckett, the 2nd pick in the amateur draft. His contract requires the Marlins to place him on their 40 man roster.
The Marlins have released catcher Jorge Fabergas. Jorge struggled offensively but even his great defensive play was not enough. The team was very clear that top-prospect Ramon Castro would be the starting catcher next season. That made the struggling Fabergas, the third highest paid Marlin, expendable. Castro was called up to take Fabergas’ spot on the roster.
Julio G. Rebull, Jr. was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing replacing Jim Ross. Rebull joins the Marlins after serving as Senior Vice President for Miami based MasTec, Inc., the largest Hispanic owned company in the United States.
The game with the Houston Astros was postponed by rain and will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on August 27.
Down 0-4 to the Livan Hernandez and the San Francisco Giants, Mike Lowell hit an 8th inning Grand Slam off former Marlin John Johnstone and Dave Berg drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth (of Robb Nen) as the Marlins recorded their 4th consecutive victory, 5-4. Lowell’s Slam was on of 5 this evening, a new Major League Record.
Todd Dunwoody is back. Tim Hyers was sent down.
The 6 potential sites for the new Marlins ballpark are: Miami River (Dade), Bicentennial Park (Dade), Miramar River (Broward), Davie (Broward), Downtown Fort Lauderdale (Broward), and Lauderhill (Broward).
Alex Fernandez threw 98 pitches for his first complete game of the season, beating the Rockies 9-1. Alex also homered to complete a great evening which included a Bruce Aven 3-run homerun.
Marlins Vice President and director of sales and marketing Jim Ross will resign from his position and will become the president of Arena Football League Properties. The 38 year old Ross joined the team 3-1/2 years ago.
John Henry will reveal initial plans for a new Marlins ballpark to be built in South Florida. The announcement will occur live on Saturday, August 7th, 1999, 5:00 PM. SportsChannel Florida and WAMI will broadcast live.
Alex Fernandez was not traded at the deadline, instead the team settled on a minor move, acquiring minor league pitcher Mike Drumright from the Detroit Tigers for Brandon Villafuerte. Drumright was assigned to AAA and added to the 40 man roster. Archie Corbin was designated for assignment and Rafael Medina was recalled (for the fourth time) to take Corbin’s spot on the major league roster. Corbin has since been assigned to AAA.