Mets Merized Online » New Marlins Ballpark Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:47:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From Left Field: Marlins Home Run Celebration Is Very Distracting Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:42:41 +0000 There’s been a lot of talk about the Miami Marlins all offseason, so I’ll keep the trend going.

Let me start off by saying, I downright love the “Home Run Apple.” Whether it’s the old one outside Citi Field or the new one inside the stadium, the Home Run Apple is a Mets and baseball icon.

In addition to bringing multiple high-profile free agents including Jose Reyes, the Marlins have made headlines with their brand new state-of-the-art ballpark built on the site of the old Orange Bowl.

The stadium will feature a swimming pool in left field, a retractable roof and even aquariums with live fish on either side of home plate.

But the thing you won’t be able to miss is the Marlins new version of the Home Run Apple.

A 50-plus foot structure in left center field lights up like Las Vegas each time a Marlins player hits a home run. Fake marlins, seagulls and flamingos all move around in every direction, and a central marlin on top does a 360-degree spin.

Check out this rendering below:

Many of the Marlins players have said this new structure is distracting. From a Mets fan’s perspective, this home run celebration is way too over-the-top, especially compared to the classic Home Run Apple.

I’ll admit, I’m looking forward to seeing the new Marlins ballpark. But hopefully when the Mets head to Miami, they can limit the amount of home runs surrendered so we don’t have to see that obnoxious home run celebration.

However, with Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as “Mike”) crushing balls, it will be difficult to contain this Marlins’ lineup.

Though I don’t want any players hitting homers against us, seeing Reyes hit a few and show-boat around the bases while that structure is going off will be tough to watch. At least if he hits an inside-the-park home run, it will be go by much quicker.

Stay tuned because we will be hearing much more about this structure as the season nears.

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From Left Field: Mets Say Goodbye To Pro Player…Dolphin…Sun Life Stadium Wed, 07 Sep 2011 11:00:57 +0000

The Mets will play their final game ever this evening at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

It was a short-lived history, since the Marlins were brought into the league as an expansion team in 1993. Coming into the last game, the Mets are 73-72 in games played on the road against the Marlins. They will try to stay above .500 tonight with first pitch scheduled for 5:10 p.m. since the Mets have a doubleheader in Atlanta on Thursday.

Sun Life Stadium, which has also served as the home of the Miami Dolphins, has oddly held an array of names in just 24 years of existence: Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-1996), Pro Player Park (1996), Pro Player Stadium (1996-2005), Dolphins Stadium (2005-2006), Dolphin Stadium (2006-2009), Land Shark Stadium (2009-2010), and Sun Life Stadium (2011).

The difference between “Dolphin” and “Dolphins” Stadium is beside me, but the ballpark did have an interesting history.

It hosted the 1997 and 2003 World Series—both of which the Marlins won. Also, five Super Bowls were played there, with the most recent one in 2010.

Here are some stats of the Mets history at the ballpark courtesy of Mets Chronicle:

First ever game Mets game at stadium: June 29, 1993 (10-9 win)

Best record in single year: 8-1 in 2007

Worst record in single year: 0-6 in 2010

Most games played: 60 by Jose Reyes

Most hits: 73 by David Wright

Most RBI: 42 by Carlos Beltran (Remember that guy?)

Most wins by a pitcher: 5 by Al Leiter

Lowest ERA: 0.86 ERA by Johan Santana

Most saves: 6 by Armando Benitez, John Franco and Billy Wagner

The Marlins new ballpark is currently under construction on the site of the old Orange Bowl in Little Havana. The retractable roof is already installed, which was an absolute must to deal with the South Florida climate. There will be no more rain delays, and every game will feature a cool breeze due to the air conditioning.

The stadium will be owned by Miami-Dade County and will seat 37,000 people. Hopefully, the new facility will actually draw crowds unlike its predecessor. Maybe the pool beyond the left field wall will be a big selling point.

So the next time the Mets travel to South Florida to play the Marlins, it will be in brand new digs. But the newest Met killers—Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton—will likely be around and still hitting everything hard.

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