New Ballpark Renderings (Yes, It’s the Animatronic Marlin)

The Miami Herald is showing off new photos of the ballpark, primarily focused on the park space around the ballpark and how it interacts with the neighborhood. In addition, we get our first photo of the actual playing field featuring a large scoreboard, a silver-colored Marlins logo, and our first look at the previously mention animatronic Marlin in center field (first photo, middle, surrounded by water fountains).

Opening Day 2009: Marlins vs. Nats

It’s the best day of the year and we’re going to cover the Marlins first game of the season versus the Washington Nationals.

Pitchers: Ricky Nolasco starts for the Fish against John Lannan for the Nats.

Marlins Lineup: 1. Emilio Bonifacio (3B) , 2. John Baker (C), 3. Hanley Ramirez (SS), 4. J. Cantu (1B), 5. D. Uggla (2B), 6. J. Hermida (LF), 7. C. Ross (RF), 8. C. Maybin (CF), 9. Ricky Nolasco (P)

4:11 PM: Chicago is singing the national anthem.

4:18 PM: Here we go! First pitch is an out. Ground ball to Uggla.

4:25 PM: Bonifacio gets the first hit of the season.

4:26 PM: Bonifacio steels second. Exactly what the Marlins wanted from him.

4:27 PM: Baker drives in Bonifacio. 1-0 Marlins.

4:28 PM: Hanley bunts. That’s not something you would expect from a number 3 hitter.

4:30 PM: Cantu drives in Baker. 2-0 Marlins.

5:02 PM: Hanley doubles in Bonifacio. Emilio is really giving the Fish the kind of speed they needed so badly. Two hits, two steals, two runs.

5:05 PM: Cantu hits a 2-run home run. 5-0 Fish!

5:08 PM: Hermida adds a solo shot. It’s now 6-0 Marlins.

5:16 PM: Dunn doubles in Guzman so the Nats are on the board.

5:21 PM: Nats score again. Ricky was on a roll until this inning. Wiley out to the mound. Bonifacio makes a nice catch to end the inning. 6-2 Fish.

5:30 PM: Inside the park home run for Bonifacio! Speed kills. Wow! Nice curtain call from the crows. Emilio is 3-3 with his first career HR. 8-2 Marlins.

6:00 PM: Adam Dunn’s 3-run shot has made it an 8-5 lead. Bonifacio’s bad stab at a ball put the Fish in a bad situation. Nolasco is out of the game.

6:16 PM: Hanley Ramirez grand slam! First of his career. 12-5 Fish. Another curtain call from the crowd.

6:26 PM: Kiko is in.

7:05 PM: So we’ve reached the top of the ninth and Logan Kensing is in to close this one out.

7:13 PM: Ballgame! The Marlins win on opening day, beating the Nats 12-6 in front of over 34,000 fans. The fish used some small ball and some big bats. Big debut for Emilio Bonifacio who went 4-5 with 4 runs, 2 RBIs
and 3 stolen bases.

Marlins Finalize 2009 Roster

The Marlins 2009 roster is now complete.

Pitchers B/T Height Weight Birth Salary
40 Kiko Calero R/R 6-1 210 01/09/75 $500,000
55 Josh Johnson L/R 6-7 230 01/31/84 $1,400,000
20 Logan Kensing R/R 6-1 185 07/03/82 $660,000
22 Matt Lindstrom R/R 6-4 210 02/11/80 $410,000
53 Dan Meyer R/L 6-3 220 07/03/81 $400,000
23 Andrew Miller L/L 6-6 210 05/21/85 $1,575,000
47 Ricky Nolasco R/R 6-2 220 12/13/82 $2,400,000
46 Leo Nunez R/R 6-1 175 08/14/83 $414,500
48 Hayden Penn R/R 6-3 200 10/13/84 $400,000
37 Renyel Pinto L/L 6-4 215 07/08/82 $404,000
43 Scott Proctor* R/R 6-1 195 01/02/77 $750,000
19 Anibal Sanchez R/R 6-0 180 02/27/84 $400,000
56 Rick VandenHurk* R/R 6-5 195 05/22/85 $400,000
41 Chris Volstad R/R 6-8 225 09/23/86 $400,000
 
Catchers B/T Height Weight Birth Salary
21 John Baker L/R 6-1 210 01/20/81 $400,000
29 Ronny Paulino R/R 6-2 245 04/21/81 $440,000
 
Infielders B/T Height Weight Birth Salary
4 Alfredo Amezaga* S/R 5-10 180 01/16/78 $1,300,000
1 Emilio Bonifacio S/R 5-10 195 04/23/85 $400,000
3 Jorge Cantu R/R 6-3 200 01/30/82 $3,500,000
7 Ross Gload L/L 6-1 190 04/05/76 $1,900,000
50 Andy Gonzalez R/R 6-3 205 12/15/81 $400,000
18 Wes Helms R/R 6-4 220 05/12/76 $950,000
2 Hanley Ramirez R/R 6-3 200 12/23/83 $5,500,000
6 Dan Uggla R/R 5-11 200 03/11/80 $5,350,000
 
Outfielders B/T Height Weight Birth Salary
25 Brett Carroll R/R 6-0 190 10/03/82 $400,000
27 Jeremy Hermida L/R 6-3 210 01/30/84 $2,250,000
24 Cameron Maybin R/R 6-4 205 04/04/87 $400,000
12 Cody Ross R/L 5-9 205 12/23/80 $2,225,000

* Disabled List

Sanchez and Miller Round Out Rotation

Anibal Sanchez was named the Marlins’ fourth stater and Andrew Miller will pitch in the fifth spot. Miller‘s first start is scheduled for April 15th, so he will be available for long relief during the first week of the season.