May 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) in the dugout during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Miami Marlins Close Upper Deck

Apr 26, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Juan Pierre (9) tosses a baseball to fans in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. The Cubs won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Park has been for the most part empty for a majority of their games in 2013. The lack of interest for the Miami Marlins and their gorgeous ballpark stems from the off-season firesale that owner Jeffery Loria decided to hold. Loria dismantled the Marlins roster one off-season after lavishly spending on the free agent market.

The Marlins saw this act as a betrayal to the public, as Loria had promised to their fans they would remain competitive once their brand new ballpark opened up. When the Marlins sold off their roster, fans were extremely upset and wanted Loria out as owner of the team.

The backlash towards Jeffery Loria and company has resulted in the lack of attendance, although the Marlins do not have the worst attendance in baseball. The lack of attendance has resulted in the Marlins deciding to close off upper deck seats for weeknight games.

The upper bowl will be closed for six dates during the team’s nine-game homestand that begins next Tuesday. Fans can sit only in the lower bowl for games May 14-16 against Cincinnati and May 20-22 against Philadelphia. The upper bowl will remain open for May 17-19 games against Arizona.

Closing the upper bowl for some games “will give an overall better fan experience,” [Marlins representative P.J. Loyello] said, adding from a standpoint of concessions, restrooms and other services, “it will be better for fans” than if they were scattered in a larger area.



The last time we spoke, on May 5th, the Marlins were ending Roy Halladay‘s career, which was nice. You probably wanna hold onto that memory, because Loria’s band of merry misfits has played 6 games since, recorded more than 1 run just twice, and won just once. Luckily it all happened on the West Coast, so you probably slept through it. Can I get a “Yay, Marlins!”


The Impact of Jose Fernandez | Fishstripes

Jose Fernandez has been an invaluable member of the Marlins’ rotation in 2013 and could be on his way to one of the best seasons by a rookie pitcher in recent memory.

Returning to Marlins Park post-fire sale | Fishstripes

I had vowed to boycott the Miami Marlins in 2013, but thanks to needing an activity with a friend, I am returning to Marlins Park for a game tonight. How did I do it to still avoid helping Jeffrey Loria?

College position player is likely first option in draft for Miami Marlins | Miami Herald

There is strong sentiment within the Marlins organization to take a college position player with their first pick — the sixth overall — in next month’s amateur draft.

With five of the first 80 picks in the draft, the Marlins have a chance to continue adding to their stockpile of young talent in the wake of the team’s roster selloff from last year.


May 14, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich (51) connects for a base hit during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins’ rookie Dietrich a living tribute to grandfather | Sun-Sentinel

Derek Dietrich, who the Marlins selected from Double-A Jacksonville last week, had a special relationship with his grandfather, former major leager and baseball lifer Steve Demeter.

Marcell Ozuna is Miami Marlins Future Now | Rant Sports

It is no secret that the Miami Marlins are struggling overall this season. That generally happens when a team is in a rebuilding phase so it becomes somewhat acceptable with a few requirements. The main things fans need to see to put up with a rebuilding phase are the signs of actual rebuilding. They need to see signs that there is a future for their team that is promising and that they can believe in. Marlins fans do not have to look very hard to see proof that their team has a future.

With Marlins by chance, Ozuna aims to stay |

An injury to All-Star Giancarlo Stanton landed Marcell Ozuna in the big leagues. All-out hustle will go a long way in keeping the 22-year-old outfielder around for a long time.

Stock Up, Stock Down for Miami Marlins’ Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 6 | Bleacher Report

Another week, another promotion.

The Miami Marlins called up another prospect to the big leagues after they placed two middle infielders on the disabled list less than 48 hours apart. Donovan Solano was placed on the 15-day DL with a left intercoastal strain while Chris Valaika joined him with a fractured left wrist. In their place is Derek Dietrich, the fifth Marlins top-10 prospect to make his debut in the majors this year.

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Cincinnati Reds @ Miami Marlins Series Preview: Listen To An Awesome Johnny Bench Interview

The Miami Marlins return home after a disappointing 3-6 mark on their 9 game road trip. The Marlins split a four game series with the Philadelphia Phillies, but then proceeded to lose 5 of 6 to the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, including a sweep by the hands of the Padres.

Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds @ Miami Marlins May 14-16, Games 39-41

The Miami Marlins did not do too well on their 9-game road trip that included stops in Philadelphia, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The team won just three out of their nine games, including a sweep by the hands of the Padres. The Marlins offense exploded for 14 runs off of Roy Halladay, but was limited most of the time.

Cincinnati Reds @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Tuesday, May 14th 7:10 PM EST (Game 39)

The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are ready to kick off their second and final meeting of the 2013 season. The Reds took three out of four from Miami in mid-April in Cincinnati. The Marlins hope to exact some revenge, as they begin their three game set in Miami tonight.

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