A Poetic Look at the Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit

Here is what Deadspin’s Purple Prose has to say about the Fish.

For the record, here are some of the nicknames in the write up:

  • The Marlins: Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit, Spearfish, Swinging Swimmers, Briny Ballers, Santiago’s Sluggers, Pelagics
  • Marlins Fans: Ye Fans of the Fishes
  • Marlins Bullpen: Sunshine State Pen Men
  • Wayne Huizenga: Gaseous trashman
  • Jeffrey Loria: Angry art dealer
  • Dan Uggla: Owl, Swedish Surprise, Ugg-Boot
  • Scott Olsen: Shiner
  • Alfredo Amezaga: Double-A
  • Logan Kensing: French Kiss
  • Wes Helms: Daily Show
  • Jeremy Hermida: May-retta Masterstroker
  • Renyel Pinto: Lemon
  • Kevin Gregg: Mild-Mannered Reporter
  • Hanley Ramirez: The Reconstituted Rajah, Double-R, Valiant of VORP

Link:  The Briny Ballers Achieve A Left-Columner

JCR on Recent Turn of Events

Juan C. Rodriguez brings up some great points in his latest blog post. He talks about:

Little breaks not going our way:

At the very least, that well of little breaks the Marlins were dipping into during their seven-game winning streak appears dry. It happens to every team.

Missing injured players:

One thing that struck me Tuesday was how the Marlins may be starting to miss Mike Jacobs and Josh Willingham.

And potential to add another veteran:

Jacque Jones was placed on release waivers Tuesday and could be a free agent by Thursday.

We encourage you to read the post.

They’re Starting to Pay Attention

The 7-game winning stream may be over but it seems like everyone suddenly likes us:

How About the Best Record in Baseball

It’s May 11, 2008 and the first place Florida Marlins have the best record in baseball at 23-14.

The Marlins won their 7th straight this time riding two Dan Uggla home runs (he really likes batting 6th) to overcome a poor outing by Scott Olsen. Jeremy Hermida also homered in the Marlins come-from-behind win.

Marlins Lock Up Hanley Ramirez for 6 Years

We had read some rumors that the Marlins were looking to lock up key players (namely Hanley Ramirez) but we didn’t expect it to happen so soon.

So on to the big news:

According to a high-ranking Major League Baseball source, the Marlins have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year, $70 million contract with their star shortstop. The deal is not expected to be formally announced for at least a few days.

At an average of a little over $11 million, the current Marlins ownership did something they haven’t really done before:

They normally don’t lock up players through their arbitration years, along with buying out a few years of free agency. But they did so with Ramirez, who has accepted the leadership role on a young franchise. Continue reading Marlins Lock Up Hanley Ramirez for 6 Years

NPR’s Coverage of the Florida Marlins

I hopped in my car last night just in time to catch the segment about the Florida Marlins marketing tactics on NPR’s All Things Considered.

They call the Marlins marketing team the best in the game and spend quite a bit of time with the Marlins Manatees (accurately described as “fat guys with no dance experience”). Marlins VP of Marketing Sean Flynn also makes an appearance, highlighting all the marketing initiatives the team undertakes including the player autographs, the Marlins Mermaids, Super Saturdays and more. Flynn describes it best by saying (and I paraphrase): We’re not selling baseball… We are an entertainment property with core property of baseball.

Listen to the segment and enjoy the brief attention. They seem to downplay the two world championships and describes our trades resulting in “lesser and cheaper players” making it sound like Hanley and Cameron are nothing more than scrubs. It concludes with the question of whether a dozen fat men can change the team’s fortunes. But, as Marlins fans know, 25 athletic and talented men haven’t been able to change it either.

Don’t Forget to Download the Official Marlins Wallpaper

Lost somewhere in the Marlins website is this year’s crop of official Marlins desktop wallpapers. This years poster boys are Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Mike Jacobs, the ever-popular Alfredo Amezaga, and Billy the Marlin. Continue reading Don’t Forget to Download the Official Marlins Wallpaper

The Fish Unveil the 2008 Marlins Mermaids

You’ve probably heard that the Marlins signed a few players, blah, blah, blah. But more importantly, the Florida Marlins have officially named the 2008 Marlins Mermaids. For those of you who don’t know, the Mermaids are the great Marlins cheerleading dance team.

Now, here they are:

Back Row: Tra-Keila, Adrianna, Chelsea, L’tesia, Otmara, Estefania, Jen, Natalie, Alexis, Jillian, Amanda, Stephanie, Glenda
Front Row: Megan, Shanelle, Gladys, Alessandra, Danielle, Veronica, Pascale, Melissa

Enjoy.

Breaking News: Marlins Mermaids Shoot Calendar

With an 8-game losing streak and the ballpark situation reaching a critical point, we figured we will distract you with some breaking Marlins Mermaids news.

Yes, the ladies just shot their 2008 calendar at dusk on the site of the famous Nikki Beach nightclub. If you want to get your hands on one of those (the calendars, that is) you will want to mark your old Mermaids calendar for September 23rd when the Marlins play the New York Mets. Prior to the game, the first 10,000 fans will receive the free calendar. Make sure you show up early before the 35,000 Mets fan get to the game.