Development Ideas Stir Around Ballpark

The Marlins ballpark plans on the Orange Bowl site still face some hurdles (a law suit, another vote) but that hasn’t stopped the city and private firms from working on new development projects around the ballpark. If these ideas materialize, it will only strengthen the notion that the ballpark is anchoring the redevelopment of the area.

Here are some of the latest developments:

  • If you haven’t seen it yet, the Orange Bowl is now completely gone (at a cost of $2,348,050)
  • Plans for an MLS stadium are on hold as the City cannot commit in time to meet deadlines. The city is reserving the right to build one on site at a future date.
  • The city is now focusing on planning and building a 6,000 spot parking garage for the ballpark.
  • The developers of Midtown Miami contacted the city to pitch redevelopment ideas for the area.
  • Ballpark construction and and management contracts should be done by the end of this month.

The Long Road to Oaktown

The Marlins visit the lovely East Bay city of Oakland this weekend and the Fish@Bat crew will be there too document this historic meeting. We’ll be somewhere in the lower deck — just look for the guys in the Fish@Bat shirts.

Of course, since at least one of us is a photographer in his spare time, we will be posting some photos soon thereafter.

Random Trivia: Did you know that Oakland is the 8th largest city in the US and claims to have the best weather in the US?

Ricky Nolasco Named NL Co-Player of the Week

Congrats to Ricky Nolasco who was named the National League Co-Player of the Week (he is sharing the award with some guy from the Pirates).

Ricky went 2-0 this week with a 1.23 ERA, dominating two good teams (Philadelphia and Tampa Bay). In last night’s game against Tampa, he struck out 12 and was one out away from the Marlins’ first complete game since 1962 [Update: For those who didn’t realize it, that was a joke. The Marlins are on course to set the MLB record for the most consecutive games without a complete game. The last Marlins complete game was on September 10, 2006 when Dontrelle Willis shutout the Phillies 3-0]..

Au Revoir Jacque Jones

Jacque Jones was designated for assignment this evening. He didn’t hit much and frankly showed no signs of returning to form. He is smart enough to know it:

Jones, 33, took the news surprisingly well, especially since he’s hitting a combined .147 in 116 at-bats with the Tigers and Marlins this year. He was smiling in the clubhouse, saying he needs to “get his head together.”

Robert Andino is back up giving the Fish another infielder while allowing Cody Ross and Alfredo Amezaga to continue their good work in center field.

Uggla Slams Phillies

We’ll remember this game from Dan Uggla’s game winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, but let’s not forget the incredible pitching by Andrew Miller (7 IP, 1 ER, 1BB, 7 SO) and Jorge Cantu’s two home runs. Sadly, only 14,122 showed up to watch another playoff-like match up between two top teams in the National League.

Update: And here is a Dan Uggla interview with ESPN:

Some Marlins Make Fun of Dontrelle’s Pain

The Mike Berardino is reporting that some Marlins players were making jokes about Dontrelle Willis’s demotion to A-ball:

“Got to be the highest-paid pitcher in the history of A-ball,” one Marlin quipped.

“Highest-paid Lakeland Flying Tiger ever, that’s for sure,” one of the younger Marlins chimed in a little too excitedly.

These, it should be pointed out, were the words of players who never called Willis a teammate before.

The article mentions that Andrew Miller did not have anything to say. I don’t know who thought it was funny, but as a Marlins fan, you have to feel for Dontrelle who is not only a great guy but such a meaningful part of Marlins history.

Former Cub Muses About 2003

Interesting New York Times op-ed by former Chicago Cub Doug Glanville:

With contributions coming from all sources — including the Chicago Police Department — it was obvious that we had been anointed.

The problem was, the Florida Marlins thought the same thing.

They had their own reasons for feeling that way. Their manager, stodgy, cigar-smoking Jack McKeon, had been brought in at mid-season to right a wrong ship, and as the most senior manager in the league had shown a lot of whippersnappers that he knew how to run a young team. The Marlins barreled their way to the wild card berth in the playoffs fueled by fire and brimstone.

So what happens when two forces — destined, tired and playing awfully good baseball — collide in Wrigley Field?

Local Coverage of Marlins Draftees

Here is a collection of links to articles written by various papers covering their local prospects who were chosen by the Marlins in the 2008 Draft:

All-Star Voting Sucks

Since no one shows up to games at Joe Robbie Stadium, Hanley Ramirez lost his status as leading vote-getter among NL shortstops. 72-year old shortstop Miguel Tejada of the Astros is now up by almost 120K votes. Clearly, Astros fans are doing their job because all of the Astros infielders are getting quite a few votes.

Tejada is having a good year (.300 BA, 7 HR, 39 RBI, .335 OBP, .466 SLG, 46 R, 5 SB) but Hanley is having a better year (.299 BA, 14 HR, 31 RBI, .389 OBP, .525 SLG, 53 R, 15 SB). Yes, I realize that Tejada has 8 more RBIs, but he bats 3rd in the lineup while Hanley has spent most of the season at leadoff.

All I can say is keep voting Marlins fans.