Marlins FanFest is a wrap! Scroll down for our coverage from Saturday’s big event, including photos, interviews, announcements and much more. 17,000-plus fans coming together to unofficially kick off the 2020 season.
2020 promotional schedule
Fish Stripes has acquired the full list of giveaways for the 2020 Marlins season, including bobblehead days for Sandy Alcantara (Jul. 11), Jorge Alfaro (Jun. 20) and Caleb Smith (Jun. 27) and Marlins alum Kevin Millar (Jun. 6).
Single game tickets went on sale to the general public on Saturday morning.
Starting rotation competition
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that José Ureña, who made Opening Day starts for the team the past two seasons, is back in the mix for a 2020 rotation spot. During the winter, Michael Hill had said he’d be viewed as a reliever. Coming off a mediocre year that was interrupted by a back injury (5.21 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 1.48 WHIP, 0.6 fWAR in 84.2 IP), Ureña is signed for $3.75 million.
New-look field still work in progress
Between now and Mar. 26, the Marlins must install their artificial turf. It is replacing the natural grass that was difficult and expensive to maintain the previous eight seasons.
The distance to straightaway center field has been reduced from 407 feet to 400 feet. The right-center gap is now 387 (previously 392). Next step is painting/smothering those fences in advertising.
Comments from team leadership
Hill states everyone is “completely healthy” and “ready to go”.#Marlins— Fish On The Farm (@marlinsminors) February 8, 2020
Fan- what’s going to happen with payroll on the field? (With new TV deal)— FishnGifs (@GifsMarlin) February 8, 2020
Jeter- “when the time is right we will invest on our team” “we don’t just block young players”
Plus other current events topics:
“You could see it kind of coming, honestly, with the technology...”— jeremy taché (@jeremytache) February 8, 2020
Don Mattingly on the Astros cheating scandal pic.twitter.com/IW5PaOz8rh
Asked Mattingly today about what it meant for the Marlins trusting him with the rebuild process after announcing the two year contract extension. Also, he shared his thoughts about Derek Jeter not being voted unanimously into the HOF after @ByTimReynolds question. @Marlins pic.twitter.com/yhjKd8bt6r— Leandro Soto (@sotoleandro_) February 8, 2020
Main event highlights
It's 3:05 somewhere.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) February 8, 2020
FanFest time. pic.twitter.com/TsWPvZy16R
We're fan-ing, and we are FEST-ING, people. pic.twitter.com/ZJGwjs8SMv— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) February 8, 2020
Shortstop prospect Jazz Chisholm trusts what the organization is building around him:
Like Chisholm, many of the Marlins players on hand this year are first-time FanFest participants.
OF Matt Kemp
RHP Sixto Sánchez
1B Lewin Díaz
INF/OF Jon Berti
INF/OF Sean Rodriguez
Miami @Marlins giving Sean Rodriguez an opportunity means he has a chance to play for his hometown team and next to his brother Robert Rodríguez who is in the teams coaching staff. I asked him about it and here are he thoughts. #FanFest pic.twitter.com/mkBmmOVEZI— Leandro Soto (@sotoleandro_) February 8, 2020