Henry Looks Into Smaller, Self-Financed Ballpark

Facing little hope for any legislative solution, following Governor Bush’s threatened veto, Marlins owner John Henry has looking into building a small $100 million ballpark which may be expanded to host 35,000 fans and add a retractable roof. On April 5, just as the Florida Legislature was no the verge of approving a measure which would have allowed Miami-Dade voters to vote on the a cruise-ship tax, Governor Jeb Bush caved in to the Cruise Industries heavy lobbying and threatened to veto the measure, effectively killing it. After several weeks of poor attendance, despite an exciting winning team, Henry has asked architects to design a smaller venue. No site has been chosen for such a smaller park.

Fernandez on DL

Alex Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore rotator cuff in his right shoulder and strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. A MRI was performed on Fernandez today and the exam was read by Dr. Dan Kanell and Dr. George Caldwell. As part of his treatment, Fernandez will rest for two weeks, at which time the injury will be re- evaluated. Fernandez is expected to meet with Dr. James Andrews later this week.

Grilli and Strong Promoted, Bones and Smith on DL

The Florida Marlins announced Thursday they have purchased the contracts of right-handed pitchers Jason Grilli and Joe Strong from AAA Calgary, placed right-handed pitcher Ricky Bones on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 6 with a strained lower back and placed outfielder Mark Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Marlins Gawk at Braves Balk

As thousands booed him, the Braves John Rocker balked in Danny Bautista to lead the Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the ninth, two outs, two strikes on Cliff Floyd and with Bautista at third and Mark Smith at second the Braves closer mishandled the ball while his foot was on the rubber, leading to a balk call, which brought in Bautista. Vladimir Nu

Mets 3 – Marlins 1: Dempster Destroys Mets

Ryan Dempster tossed a complete game one-hit shutout as the Marlins beat the Mets 3-0. Dempster (3-2) struck out eight Mets, allowing only a sixth-inning double to former Marlin Mike Piazza. The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first on three consecutive hits by Luis Castillo, David Berg, and Cliff Floyd, who drove in Castillo. In the eight Floyd doubled, followed by a Preston Wilson RBI double, and then a Mike Lowell RBI double. The Marlins won the series with the Mets 2-1 and returned to .500 with a 16-16 record. (Complete Game Notes)

Marlins 9 – Mets 1: Preston Wilson Slams Mets in Marlins Rout

Preston Wilson hit a grand slam as the Marlins routed the New York Mets 9-1. Alex Fernandez pitched 6 strong innings allowing one run on five hits and hitting the go-ahead two-run double in the fourth. Derrek Lee and Alex Gonzalez singled in the fourth and scored on the Fernandez double. Braden Looper, Dan Miceli, and Antonio Alfonseca shut the Mets out for the last three innings. Luis Castillo, in his second game back from the DL went 2-3 with two walks, two runs, and three stolen bases. A crowd of 33,401 was the second largest crowd of the season.

Marlins Face Mets, Braves in Pivotal Homestand

The Florida Marlins host two playoff participants from a year ago, the National League Wild Card Champion New York Mets and the NL Champion Atlanta Braves, in a seven-game homestand at Pro Player Stadium beginning on Friday, May 5. The weekend series against the Mets features three exciting promotions, including Chevron Collector’s Pin #2, a Marlins Duffle Bag courtesy of Fox Sports Net and a Kids Baseball Glove, complements of Bank of America.

Marlins Beat San Diego, Ending 5-Game Skid

Preston Wilson homered, driving in three and scoring twice to help the Marlins end a 5-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over San Diego. Ryan Dempster was in control most of the game, throwing 7-1/3 strong innings, allowing 2 runs whils striking out 8. Mark Kotsay made two significant defensive plays. First he threw out former Marlin Eric Owens at third in the 8th inning and then he made a great catch in the bullpen in the 9th inning. Antonio Alfonseca closed the 9th inning for his major league leading ninth save.