No, that’s not really the proper stylization of the new “Marlins Park” name. This is: loanDepot park. Almost too gimmicky to be believed.
The early vibe I’m getting from Marlins fans is a cocktail of eyerolls, satisfaction—nearly $10 million of extra annual revenue for the franchise!—and stubbornness to acknowledge the new reality. Both parties already commented to Bloomberg about the naming rights deal, though the big reveal is being saved for 10 a.m. ET today.
Between this and the much-improved terms of their local television situation, the Marlins no longer have excuses for pinching pennies in the pursuit of building a championship contender. Is there an opportunity for them to spend their way to a postseason berth right now, in 2021? Probably not, but they have the resources and the young, ultra-talented core to pry that window open beginning next season.
“Smooth Jazz” merch
Speaking of young and ultra-talented, Fish Stripes has once again collaborated with BreakingT on fabulous MLBPA-licensed merchandise, this time in honor of Jazz Chisholm Jr. seizing the Marlins’ second base job. Ya like Smooth Jazz? Wear the t-shirt (men’s, women’s and youth sizes available) or the hoodie version.
#MarlinsTwitterMarchMadness Round of 32
Thanks to Fish On The Farm for hastily putting together a terrific March Madness-style bracket of 64 Marlins-related Twitter accounts. Fish Stripes (@fishstripes), Danilo Santos (@Danilo_Sant0s) and Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) were victorious in their first-round matchups.
Do we have your votes?!
- The Fish Stripes audience has voted Trevor Rogers as Marlin of the Month for February/March, receiving 177 total votes (36.3%) from our website and Twitter polls. He edges out fellow finalists Sandy Alcantara (21.6%), Anthony Bender (19.5%) and Garrett Cooper (22.6%).
- Triple-A Jacksonville, Double-A Pensacola, High-A Beloit and Low-A Jupiter have each announced their 2021 coaching staffs. The rookie-level Marlins affiliates decided on their staffs as well.
- The SB Nation staff makes their MLB predictions.
- Man On Second Baseball is getting into the podcast game. Tune in each week to hear Joe Frisaro and Michael Sonbeek discuss the Marlins along with big-picture baseball topics.
- FiveThirtyEight gives the Marlins a 44% chance to win on Opening Day. Same odds for Friday’s game, too.
- “The Marlins might be an 80-win team in the NL Central,” Keith Law writes. Unfortunately, the Marlins are not in the Central so Law expects them to finish last in the division.
- In a new Miami Herald interview, Miguel Rojas reiterates his commitment to spend the rest of his career with the Fish.
- The Marlins will recognize South Florida youth baseball/softball players during every Bally Sports Florida game broadcast this season! Parent and legal guardians can nominate their children here.
- Thank you to longtime Marlins season ticket holder Carole Ann for sharing the following poem:
Opening day at the ballpark
And we gather with Marlins faithful,
And Marlins still undecided
In a city that has been sick and divided
But today in Miami, we are united!
With a woman at the helm and our ace on the mound,
The Marlins are ready for a brand new season
Full of promise
Cheered on by fans who have ached to see live baseball since 2019.
It’s been 18 years since the last Championship
But here we are, this glorious Opening Day
Where the air is electric and humid
And the immutable spirit of Jose Fernandez still lingers with us.
As we begin a new season,
Hats off to last year’s playoff team.
We are building on new traditions and new heroes
Remembering seasons past with Muscle Boy and Marlins Mermaids
Back when they were the “Flarrida” Marlins and the ballpark doubled as a football stadium.
Fast forward to today, at a quarter capacity
Half vaccinated, wearing KN95’s
With the defiance of being called bottom feeders
And the optimism to Re2pect the process.
This is our year.
So while we cannot yet lock arms and sway together
And sing “root root root for the Marlins,”
We can stand together on this Opening Day and feel the love
For this season’s first official Play Ball.