Castillo on DL, Ozuna Called Up

Infielder Luis Castillo was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 16. Tha Marlins recalled the contract of infielder Pablo Ozuna from AA Portland. Castillo suffered a lower back strain and has not played since April 15. He has appeared in 12 games this season, hitting .333 (14×42) with four doubles, 14 walks, four stolen bases and a .500 on base percentage. Ozuna will join the team today and will be available for tonight’s game against Philadelphia. Ozuna hit .349 (15×43) with three doubles, two triples, seven RBI and five stolen bases in 11 games with Portland this season. He has hit safely in the last nine games, including four multi-hit games.

Bus Transport from Marlins En Miami

The Florida Marlins and United HealthCare have teamed up this season to offer a bus transport package from the Marlins En Miami store for various Saturday home games, starting April 22 when the Marlins host the Philadelphia Phillies. The package includes bus transportation to and from the game, one terrace box ticket and a food and beverage voucher which can be used at Fiesta Latina, the Marlins pre-game Latin celebration. The cost for the package is $15 and can only be purchased at the Marlins En Miami store starting April 15. Availability is limited to the first 250 fans.

Williams Hired as Major League Scout

Rick Williams has joined the organization as a Major League Scout. This is Williams’ second tenure with Florida, having served five years in the Marlins organization at both the Major League and Minor League level. Williams served as pitching coach for the Marlins AAA affiliate Charlotte Knights in 1997, was the Marlins’ assistant pitching coach in 1995-96 and served as the Marlins’ minor league pitching instructor in 1993-94. Williams most recently served as the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1997-2000. In his new position, Williams will have a variety of responsibilities, including evaluating talent and advanced scouting at the Major League level. Williams signed a three-year contract through the 2002 season.

Marlins 12 – Pittsburgh 5: First Place Marlins Win 3rd in-a-row

Brad Penny pitched 7 innings allowing 3 runs while striking out 3 as the Marlins hammered the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-5. Eight different Marlins had 2 hits, Cliff Floyd, Preston Wilson, Mike Lowell, and Chris Clapinski all had 2 RBIs. Last season, the Marlins did not win their 9th game until May 11, 1999, their 33rd game.

Marlins Open Second Homestand of 2000

The Florida Marlins open their second homestand of the 2000 season on Tuesday, April 18, featuring the only visits of the season by the Pittsburgh Pirates and NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies and the final two home games of the season against the San Francisco Giants. The weekend series against the Phillies is highlighted by three exciting promotions, including Player Magnet #1 featuring Mark Kotsay, kids batting practice jerseys and baseball card holders.

Marlins Back in First Place

The Marlins scored 11 runs on 11 hits, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4. Jesus Sanchez earned his first win of the season, allowing six hits and four earned runs in five innings. Derrek Lee and Danny Bautista each homered. But the struggling Alex Gonzalez had the most important hit of the game, a two-run single with the bases loaded. Luis Castillo continued his steller play, going 2-4 with two walks, scoring three runs. With the win, the Marlins moved into a first place tie with Montreal in the National League East.

Marlins Acquire Catcher Paul Bako

The Florida Marlins announced Tuesday they have acquired the contract of catcher Paul Bako from Houston in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later on or before October 10, 2000. The 27-year-old left-handed hitting catcher is 0x2 this season, with both at bats coming in the Astros’ 8-5 win over Philadelphia on April 8. Bako split time between Houston and AAA New Orleans in 1999, hitting .256 with 14 doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI in 73 games (63 starts) with the Astros last season. In his second game with Houston, Bako went 3×4 with two RBI on April 30 against Florida at Pro Player Stadium. He hit .316 (12×38) with seven doubles in 13 games in May. Sandy Martinez will probably be demoted to AAA.

A Winning Home-Stand

Ryan Dempster struck out 9 and Mike Lowell drove in 4, as the Marlins beat the Rockies 7-6. Preston Wilson added a two-run homerun and Antonio Alfonseca earned the save. The Marlins used five different pitchers in the top of the eighth, eventually allowing the Rockies to cut the lead to 6-5, but Mike Lowell homered in the bottom of the eighth to give the Marlins a 2-run lead. Antonio Alfonseca pitched the ninth, walking two and allowing a run until he retired the final batter. John Boles altered his starting lineup, placing Mark Kotsay in the 2nd slot while dropping the slumping Alex Gonzalez to eigth. The win allowed the Marlins to win 2 out of 3 from the Rockies and record a 4-3 homestand. Last year, the Marlins did not win their 4th game until April 20.

Bush Kills Stadium: Marlins Abandon Cruise Passenger Surcharge Plan

Based on the action taken by Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday, April 3, 2000, the Florida Marlins announced that they will no longer pursue a Cruise Passenger Surcharge as part of their financing plan for a new ballpark in Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami. “It is obvious that with the actions of the Governor it would be pointless for us to continue our efforts to secure a Cruise Passenger Surcharge in Tallahassee as part of our funding plan,” said Julio G. Rebull, Jr., Marlins Senior Vice President. “We commend the leadership demonstrated by our sponsors and would encourage others to join them in being part of a solution that makes baseball viable in South Florida.”

Marlins 6 – Giants 4: Marlins Win Opening Day

Alex Fernandez pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, while Preston Wilson went 2-4 driving in 2, as the Marlins beat the San Fransisco Giants in the season opener 6-4. The sellout crowd of 35,101 saw the Marlins score 2 unearned runs in the fifth when Wilson singled in Mike Redmond and then Alex Gonzalez came in on a Barry Bonds Error. Antonio Alfonseca earned his first save of the season

Bush to Veto Stadium Referendum

Governor Jeb Bush announced that he will veto a bill that would have allowed the voters of Miami-Dade county to vote on a Cruise Tax to fund the new Marlins ballpark. The governor, who claimed that he “longs for the glory days of Marlins’ baseball” did not know that today was opening day. Please write, call, e-mail, or fax the Governor expressing your disagreement with his decision:

Governor Jeb Bush
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Telephone: (850) 488-4441
FAX (850) 487-0801
E-Mail: fl_governor@eog.state.fl.us