Pitcher Michael Tejera is recovering from a hernia operation and will be out until March 15. The Marlins re-signed Hector Almonte, Braden Looper, Pablo Ozuna, Julio Ramirez, and Nate Rolison.
POSITION PLAYERS REPORT: Today marks the official reporting date for 24 position players, including nine non-roster invitees. The group includes 13 infielders and 11 outfielders who will join Marlins pitchers and catchers for full squad workouts on Friday. Physicals are scheduled for tomorrow. GETTING A LEG UP: Though they are not permitted to join the team for workouts, 10 Marlins position players have reported early and begun individual workouts. Yesterday Cliff Floyd, Mike Gulan and Preston Wilson joined infielders David Berg, Chris Clapinski, Andy Fox and Kevin Millar and outfielders Jeff Abbott, Rich Becker and Lyle Mouton in Melbourne.
The Florida Marlins announced Friday the formation of the Club’s new Fans First initiative, a commitment to provide an increased level of service and a fan-friendly atmosphere at the ballpark while remaining affordable. The program includes the Fans First Rewards Program, the creation of a Customer Service Department, a new Stadium umbrella policy, unchanged ticket prices for the 2000 season and much more.
Pitcher Josh Beckett has made a $100,000 donation to found the Florida Marlins-Josh Beckett Youth Baseball Tournament, a featured component of the Club’s new “Cornerstone for Kids” community program.
The Florida Marlins announced Monday they have agreed to terms with infielder Amaury Garcia, left-handed pitcher Armando Almanza and right-handed pitchers A.J. Burnett, Jared Camp, Joe Fontenot and Nelson Lara on one-year contracts for the 2000 season. Terms were not disclosed.
The Fifth Annual Bank of America Marlins FanFest 2000 will take place February 19-20 from 10 am-4 pm at Pro Player Stadium. The annual baseball extravaganza, which marks the start of individual game ticket sales for the 2000 Marlins season, is free to all fans and features baseball activities for fans of all ages. This year’s event boasts a number of new activities, including the chance to take photos with Marlins players in the dugout, sample the Taste of Baseball Food Court and visit the National Pastime Baseball Museum.
The Marlins will begin their annual preseason Marlins Caravan on Monday, February 7 with a pep rally at Frederick Douglas Elementary in Miami. Chairman John W. Henry, Marlins players, coaches, broadcasters, front office staff and Billy the Marlin will visit dozens of schools, hospitals, senior centers and businesses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties over the upcoming week.
The Marlins Ballclub continue to focus its efforts on the Bicentennial Park site in downtown Miami as the possible location for a new baseball-only ballpark. The announcement comes after over six weeks of meetings with community leaders and other interested parties through which the Marlins obtained public input into the issues relating to the Bicentennial Park