“Florida” Marlins No More?

At first it seemed innocent: the Marlins finally have their hands on www.marlins.com. Seems logical for them to own it (although I’m sure it came at a price).

But then you realize that something is missing — Florida. Perhaps on the day that the Braman law suit ended, the Marlins have taken the first step to becoming the Miami Marlins.

Coincidence?

Update: Just to add to this theory, the Marlins registered the domain in March.

Judge Ends Braman Case

The Judge has ruled against all counts in Braman lawsuit. He is likely to appeal. More details to follow.

Update: Story here.

Auto dealer Norman Braman has lost all counts of his lawsuit challenging public funding for a new Florida Marlins stadium.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jeri Beth Cohen released her final written order on Friday, denying Braman’s request to declare the stadium’s funding plan unconstitutional.

Henry Owens Suspended 50 Games

For using a “performance enhancing substance”. Really.

You may have forgotten Henry Owens who was the other stud pitcher came to the Marlins in that awesome Vargas trade. While recovering from season ending shoulder surgery, it seems that he failed a drug test. We may still find out more of this later but for now, don’t bet on seeing him in the Majors anytime soon.

Update: Quote from the Sun-Sentinel:

Owens said: “I made a mistake. I apologize. Now I have to deal with the consequences and work hard to get through this situation.”

The Marlins issued the following statement: “We are disappointed that Henry Owens received a positive test, and fully endorse the discipline outlined in the MLB policy. We will continue to work with and educate our players to help prevent any further violations.”

Fun.

Insight Into the Olsen/Hammer Deal

Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel provides some thoughts and insights on the Olsen/Hammer deal:

About that payroll dump so far:

the Fish have removed roughly $7 million from their books for 2009.

On what we got in return:

In return, they have brought in a cheap young setup man (Leo Nunez), a light-hitting second baseman with Gold Glove potential (Emilio Bonifacio) and a couple of decent low-level prospects who just finished their first full pro seasons (RHP P.J. Dean and IF Jake Smolinski).

Continue reading Insight Into the Olsen/Hammer Deal

Sources Claim Olsen and Willingham are Headed to DC

Peter Gammons and Ken Rosenthal are reporting that the Marlins have sent Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham to the Washington Nationals for second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, right-hander P.J. Dean and outfielder Jake Smolinski. Continue reading Sources Claim Olsen and Willingham are Headed to DC