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Tag:Marlins Stadium
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:32 am

Video game previews Marlins' new ballpark

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Want to see the Marlins new park? Well, instead of waiting for opening day, the ever-realistic MLB The Show for PS3 has the scenes from the new stadium, complete with a home run and the accompanying celebration.

Check it out:

I didn't buy the 2011 version, but I may have to upgrade just so I can take some recreational substances and hit home runs to watch the sculpture go wild.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 6:22 pm

Marlins' home run sculpture coming to life

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Miami Marlins have been anything but boring since ending the 2011 season -- new players, new uniforms and a new stadium. While there have been debates about the merits of many of the team's transactions and designs, one thing has been universally panned -- the new home run celebration feature.

An Associated Press photographer got a tour of the new park on Thursday and posted the picture above on Friday.

This is what it's going to look like in action:

The other day, Matt posted some other photos from the ballpark that show exactly where the Red Grooms-designed sculpture will reside and its size relative to the rest of the ballpark.

As bad as this is… and it looks like some kind of train wreck, like the uniforms, it's growing on me. It'll be unique, that's for sure. It's garish, outlandish and, well, fits with Miami. I can't wait to see it in action after a Mike Stanton bomb. You know, at some point you just have to loosen up, relax and remember it's all a game and it's all for fun. It may not be traditional, but after 20 years of throw-back stadiums, I'm excited to see the future -- even if it looks like a South Florida souvenir shop exploded.

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:29 am
Edited on: December 3, 2011 1:04 pm

Report: SEC investigating Marlins' stadium deal

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Marlins have been the most aggressive team in wooing free agency and they've been able to do that not only because the team is readying to open a new ballpark, but also because the new stadium was built with a sweetheart of a deal from the city of Miami that has cost the team relatively little. That deal, though, is now being investigated by the SEC -- not the one with Georgia and LSU, but the big one, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

The Miami Herald reports the SEC has opened what it called a "wide-ranging investigation" into the Marlins' ballpark deal with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County. The city and county have until Jan. 6 to "deliver everything from minutes of meetings between government leaders and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, to records of Marlins finances dating back to 2007." The SEC also wants documents about stadium parking garages built by the city government.

The city and county are paying for nearly 80 percent of the $634 million stadium. The subpoenas focus, the report says, on the Marlins trying to determine the team's ability to pay for the financing of the stadium. Last year, the Marlins' financial records were leaked and they showed that the team had received the most money in Major League Baseball from its revenue-sharing system, while not investing it back into the team. The team said it was financial strapped and needed help from the city and county to build the stadium, which it ultimately received.

The subpoenas, the report says, say:

"We are trying to determine whether there have been any violations of federal securities laws. The investigation and the subpoena do not mean that we have concluded that Miami-Dade County or anyone else has broken the law."

The city is already under a two-year investigation by the SEC for bond dealings. The newspaper says that case has already cost the city $1.4 million.

The deal with the city for the stadium has been controversial from the start, leading to a court fight in 2009 to stop construction of the stadium and the recall of Miami mayor Carlos Alvarez, a proponent of the stadium.

The stadium is scheduled to be ready for opening day 2012, with the Marlins and Cardinals playing the first game of the season at the new stadium.

Marlins vice president PJ Loyello told the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi that the probe would have "no affect whatsoever on our roster plans," when asked if the investigation could slow the team's pursuit of the top free agents on the market.

The Marlins released this statement on Saturday (via

Yes, we are aware of the investigation that the SEC is conducting on the issuance of the county's and city's stadium and parking bonds. Of course we will fully cooperate with the SEC's investigation as needed and assist in whatever way possible. Because this is an on-going matter, it is not appropriate to comment further.
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