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Welcome to the new Fish Stripes

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I am the site’s managing editor now. Open to all of your suggestions, so dímelo, Marlins fans.

Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

So...I’ve been struggling with an analogy for this. It’s unlike the Marlins ownership change last year, because I’m not coming in from the outside—you have already seen my social media posts (Facebook and Twitter), game recaps/threads, breaking news, exclusive reporting, etc.

And don’t you dare put Jeffrey Loria and Thomas Bennett in the same sentence. For more than three years, my predecessor led this community through the highs of pseudo playoff contention, the lows of tragic death and everything in between. I remain indebted to Thomas for his guidance and support.

After overseeing operations for much of the 2018 season, I am now formally installed as managing editor of Fish Stripes. (Please clap.)

Thanks to SB Nation for the opportunity and to everybody on the site staff for remaining patient and productive during the interim period.

Let’s get this out of the way: I do not live in Miami anymore. I was there from late 2010 through early 2016. That not-so-golden era included the opening of Marlins Park, the Dan Jennings managerial experiment and the “they gave Wei-Yin who $80 million in free agency?!” mistake.

But I moved back to my native New York about two years ago and will be running the show from here. Hurricanes usually don’t make it this far north, so that’s a plus.

Regardless, I want to spoil you by providing all the content, laughs and debate that Fish fans could ever want. There will be articles. There will be multimedia. There will be contests. There will be original merchandise. It’s not a one-man job—thankfully, we have a great crew already in place and openings for anybody else who has a passion for this wacky franchise.

I’m going to start reading the comments section more regularly, but please feel free to reach out on Twitter (@RealEly) or via email (Ely.Sussman@gmail.com) as well if that’s your preference. I’d like to know what’s working and what’s missing so that we can adjust accordingly.

Won’t make any promises about the team on the field, but Fish Stripes will compete—with the very best blogs and traditional media outlets—to grow this into the ultimate destination for Marlins coverage. Re2pect the process, folks.