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Miami Marlins sign RHP Sergio Romo

Three-time World Series champion agrees to one-year contract

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Sergio Romo to a one-year Major League contract for the 2019 season.

 

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Sergio Romo to a one-year Major League contract for the 2019 season.

 

Romo, 35, spent 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays, posting a 3-4 record with a 4.14 ERA and 25 saves in 73 appearances. He ranked tied for fourth in the American League in appearances, and was 10th with 39 games finished.

 

He has a 2.86 career ERA in 643 appearances (five starts), with a 1.01 WHIP, 10.11 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (643 total), and a 4.94 strikeout/walk ratio. Since his Major League debut in 2008, he ranks third among all relievers in strikeout/walk ratio, fifth in WHIP, eighth in appearances and strikeouts, and 10th in ERA (min. 463.1 ip).

 

A native of Brawley, California, Romo spent the first nine years of his 11-year Major League career with the San Francisco Giants, contributing to World Series titles for the club in 2010, '12, and '14. Romo has appeared in 27 postseason games in his career, all with the Giants. He has a 3-1 record, four saves, a 3.09 ERA, and a 0.90 WHIP in those outings.

 

Romo signed with the Dodgers as a free agent prior to the 2017 season and made 30 appearances before a July trade to Tampa Bay. He posted a 1.47 ERA in 25 outings for the Rays following the trade, including a 0.43 ERA (21.0/1) in his final 17 outings starting August 12, the best mark in the Majors from that date until the end of the season (min. 15.0 ip).

 

In a corresponding roster move, the Marlins have placed RHP Julian Fernández (recovery from UCL reconstruction surgery) on the 60-day injured list.

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Marlins acquire three players, int'l bonus pool money from Phillies

C Jorge Alfaro, top prospect RHP Sixto Sánchez, LHP Will Stewart to Miami for J.T. Realmuto

The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has acquired catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-handed pitcher Sixto Sánchez, left-handed pitcher Will Stewart, and international bonus pool money from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Alfaro, 25, hit .262 (90x344) with 16 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, and 37 RBI in 108 games in 2018, his first full season in the Majors. He caught 21 base runners attempting to steal, tied for third-most in the National League. In the Minor Leagues in 2017 and 2018, he combined to throw out 39.7 percent (48-of-121).

The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has acquired catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-handed pitcher Sixto Sánchez, left-handed pitcher Will Stewart, and international bonus pool money from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Alfaro, 25, hit .262 (90x344) with 16 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, and 37 RBI in 108 games in 2018, his first full season in the Majors. He caught 21 base runners attempting to steal, tied for third-most in the National League. In the Minor Leagues in 2017 and 2018, he combined to throw out 39.7 percent (48-of-121).

The Sincelejo, Colombia, native has a .270 average with 22 doubles, 15 home runs, and 51 RBI in 143 games since making his Major League debut in 2016. He has a .262 career average in 634 Minor League games since 2010, with 135 doubles, 20 triples, 74 home runs, and 360 RBI, and was a league All-Star each season from 2013-'17. He was a 2010 international free agent signing by the Texas Rangers and was acquired by Philadelphia as part of the Cole Hamels trade in 2015.

Sánchez, 20, was the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Phillies' Minor League system by Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, and FanGraphs. He is also rated among the top-30 prospects in Major League Baseball by those publications: No. 13 by Baseball America, No. 16 by FanGraphs, and No. 27 by MLB Pipeline. Sánchez is also rated as the No. 2 right-handed pitching prospect in the Minor Leagues by Baseball America, and No. 7 by MLB Pipeline.

A native of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, Sánchez was a 2015 international free agent signing by the Phillies. He was a Florida State League All-Star last season for Single-A Clearwater, posting a 4-3 record and 2.51 ERA (46.2 ip/13 er) in eight starts, striking out 45 batters, walking just 11, and holding opponents to a .224 batting average before his season was cut short due to an injury.

Sánchez has a 15-12 record with a 2.48 ERA in 48 career Minor League appearances (39 starts) since debuting with the Dominican Summer League Phillies in 2015. He earned Gulf Coast League All-Star honors in 2016, going 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in 11 starts, and was 5-7 with a 3.03 ERA in 18 starts between Low-A and High-A in 2017.

Stewart, 21, is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and was a 20th-round selection of the Phillies out of high school in 2015. He was rated as the No. 18 prospect in Philadelphia's system by FanGraphs. Stewart has gone 15-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 56 career games (40 starts), with 203 strikeouts in 239.0 innings and a .232 average against. He was a Midseason & Postseason All-Star in the South Atlantic League for Single-A Lakewood in 2018, going 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA (113.2/26), posting career highs in starts, wins, innings, and strikeouts (90), while holding opponents to a .218 batting average.

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Miami Marlins continue to invest in cost of fan experience with ticket price reset for 2019 season

Marlins also announce 2019 Premium Giveaway Schedule, which includes Miami Marlins swag each Saturday for fans and baseball gear every Sunday for kids

Pitchers and catchers report in less than 7 days, and Opening Day is less than 50 days away. With all the excitement for the upcoming season, the Miami Marlins are showcasing their commitment to the fans with a ticket price reset for the 2019 season as part of its broader cost of fan experience initiative. Pricing for the 2019 season -- which starts as low as $10 for single-game tickets to most games -- will affirm the position of Marlins baseball as one of the more affordable entertainment experiences in the South Florida market!

So what is this price reset all about:
•   Ticket prices in all seat categories have been held or reset for this season as the organization delivers value across all seat experiences
•   Fans can attend a Marlins home game for as low as $10
•   Nearly 50% of the seats are below $25 for single games, and more than a quarter of all seats are $20 or less
•   On average, ticket prices have decreased by 10% compared to the on-sale price of 2018 single-game tickets
•   Marlins membership, which now start at just 10 games and includes enhanced member benefits, can be purchased for as low as $120
•   All available at Marlins.com/Tickets

Pitchers and catchers report in less than 7 days, and Opening Day is less than 50 days away. With all the excitement for the upcoming season, the Miami Marlins are showcasing their commitment to the fans with a ticket price reset for the 2019 season as part of its broader cost of fan experience initiative. Pricing for the 2019 season -- which starts as low as $10 for single-game tickets to most games -- will affirm the position of Marlins baseball as one of the more affordable entertainment experiences in the South Florida market!

So what is this price reset all about:
•   Ticket prices in all seat categories have been held or reset for this season as the organization delivers value across all seat experiences
•   Fans can attend a Marlins home game for as low as $10
•   Nearly 50% of the seats are below $25 for single games, and more than a quarter of all seats are $20 or less
•   On average, ticket prices have decreased by 10% compared to the on-sale price of 2018 single-game tickets
•   Marlins membership, which now start at just 10 games and includes enhanced member benefits, can be purchased for as low as $120
•   All available at Marlins.com/Tickets

Additionally, the Marlins released the full premium giveaway schedule for the 2019 season. Each home weekend at Marlins Park will be a big hit this season, with fans receiving a premium gate giveaway every Saturday night. Kids will be outfitted head to toe in Marlins gear with giveaways at each Sunday home game. This season the Marlins have also adjusted the ages for kids' promotions to 14 years and under, allowing more kids to enjoy premium giveaways on Sundays, the opportunity to participate in Diamond Dash, and membership eligibility for Billy's Bunch Kids Club.

For a full promotional schedule, please click here

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Miami Marlins announce 2019 Minor League affiliate staffs

On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins announced the club's Minor League affiliate staffs for the 2019 season.

The affiliates this year will be managed by Keith Johnson (Triple-A New Orleans), Kevin Randel (Double-A Jacksonville), Todd Pratt (High-A Jupiter), Mike Jacobs (Low-A Clinton), Jorge Hernandez (Short Season-A Batavia), Robert Rodriguez (GCL Marlins), and Angel Espada (DSL Marlins).

On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins announced the club's Minor League affiliate staffs for the 2019 season.

The affiliates this year will be managed by Keith Johnson (Triple-A New Orleans), Kevin Randel (Double-A Jacksonville), Todd Pratt (High-A Jupiter), Mike Jacobs (Low-A Clinton), Jorge Hernandez (Short Season-A Batavia), Robert Rodriguez (GCL Marlins), and Angel Espada (DSL Marlins).

Johnson is new to the Marlins' organization, joining the club after spending the last 14 years in the Los Angeles Angels' player development system, where he was named the organization's Minor League Manager of the Year twice. He will be joined by coaches Jeremy Powell (Pitching), Justin Mashore (Hitting), and Chris Briones (Defensive).

Randel will helm the Jumbo Shrimp after managing Jupiter the last two seasons. He has coached in the Marlins' system since 2010, after spending his entire playing career with the club (2002-'09). Bruce Walton (Pitching), Sean Berry (Hitting), and Jose Ceballos (Defensive) will join him on staff.

Pratt will be in his first season as Jupiter's manager, after guiding Greensboro the past two years. He had a 14-year playing career in Major League Baseball. He is joined on staff by Reid Cornelius (Pitching), Kevin Witt (Hitting), and Danny Black (Defensive).

Jacobs moves up to Low-A Clinton after spending the last two seasons as manager at Batavia. He hit 100 home runs across seven MLB seasons, three of them with the Marlins. Mark DeFelice (Pitching) and Frank Moore (Hitting) will serve as coaches.

Hernandez begins his third managerial assignment in the Marlins' system this season with Batavia. He was the organization's Infield Coordinator for the last five years, and has also managed Greensboro (2013) and the GCL Marlins (2009-'12). Chad Rhoades (Pitching), Rigoberto Silverio (Hitting), and Nathan Mikolas (Defensive) round out the coaching staff.

Rodriguez will begin his first professional coaching assignment with the GCL Marlins this year. He is the older brother of Pittsburgh Pirates' utility player Sean Rodriguez, while his father, Johnny Rodriguez, manages Double-A Springfield in the Cardinals' system. Jason Erickson (Pitching) and Jesus Merchan (Hitting) will serve as coaches.

Espada will begin his first year with the DSL Marlins. He was defensive coach for Greensboro the last two seasons, and was the club's Short Season manager at Batavia and Jamestown the previous four. His staff includes Ivan Arteago and Freddery Arias (Pitching), Rony Peralta and Emilio Linares (Hitting), and Miguel Fermin, Ramon Espinosa, and Cesar Diaz (Defensive).

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Miami Marlins sign three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson

Outfielder joins club on Minor League deal with Spring Training Invite

The Miami Marlins announced Tuesday that the club has signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Granderson will attend Marlins FanFest on February 9. 

Granderson, 37, is a 15-year Major League veteran, three-time American League All-Star (2009, '11-12), and was a 2011 AL Silver Slugger winner (outfield). He has also earned several distinguished honors off the field during his career. They include the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, three MLBPA Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards (2009, '16, '18), the 2016 Lou Gehrig Award, and several honors from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, including the 2009 Pop Lloyd Award for baseball and community leadership, and the 2011 American League Oscar Charleston "MVP" Award.

The Miami Marlins announced Tuesday that the club has signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Granderson will attend Marlins FanFest on February 9. 

Granderson, 37, is a 15-year Major League veteran, three-time American League All-Star (2009, '11-12), and was a 2011 AL Silver Slugger winner (outfield). He has also earned several distinguished honors off the field during his career. They include the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, three MLBPA Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards (2009, '16, '18), the 2016 Lou Gehrig Award, and several honors from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, including the 2009 Pop Lloyd Award for baseball and community leadership, and the 2011 American League Oscar Charleston "MVP" Award.

In 2018 he combined to hit .242 (83x343) in 123 games for Toronto (104 games) and Milwaukee (19), making 70 starts in the outfield. He reached the postseason for the eighth time in his career, going 1x7 with an RBI double in seven games off the bench for the Brewers in the NLDS and NLCS.

Granderson, a native of Blue Island, Illinois, enters 2019 with 1,919 career games. He has a career average of .252, with 1,173 runs scored, 94 triples, 332 home runs, and 903 RBI. Among active players, he ranks third in triples, behind only Jose Reyes (131) and Ichiro Suzuki (96), sixth in home runs (see chart above), and seventh in both games and runs scored.

Only Suzuki (2,363) and Nick Markakis (1,962) have more career games in the outfield than Granderson (1,808) among active players. His .993 fielding percentage ranks 13th all-time among outfielders with at least 1,000 games played, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Miami's Got Talent! Miami Marlins are hosting auditions this month for energetic and passionate individuals

Marlins searching for energetic and passionate candidates for in-game host, marlins mermaids, public address announcer and anthem singers

The enhanced fan experience at Marlins Park will include new game entertainment. This month, the Miami Marlins will host auditions for an in-game host, public address announcer, anthem singers and Marlins Mermaids. Interested candidates are encouraged to register at Marlins.com/Auditions and Marlins.com/Mermaids.

In-Game Host
o   Auditions will take place at Marlins Park on Sunday, February 10 from 1-4 p.m.
o   Be one of the faces of entertainment for the Miami Marlins.
o   Looking for individuals that exhibit on-camera energy with great emcee skills.
o   Position will serve as in-game host for all 81 Marlins home games and other special events.
o   Candidates must be 18 years or older to audition.

Marlins Mermaids
o   Auditions will take place at SLAM Academy on Sunday, February 17 from 12-4 p.m.
o   Marlins Mermaids provide excitement and entertainment through dances, cheers and fan interaction at Marlins home games and other special events.
o   Candidates must be 18 years or older to audition.

PA Announcer
o   Auditions will take place at Marlins Park on Monday, February 18 from 6-9 p.m.
o   Be the voice that carries the game and hypes the crowd.
o   Be recognized as the voice of Marlins Park.
o   Position will serve as in-game PA announcer for all 81 Marlins home games and other special events.
o   Candidates must be 18 years or older to audition.

National Anthem Singers
o   Auditions will take place at Marlins Park on Monday, February 25 from 6-9 p.m.
o   Candidates will have the chance to sing their hearts out at Marlins Park.
o   Top two (2) finalists will perform the national anthem on March 29 and 30 during Opening Week of the 2019 season.
o   All contestants will be eligible to perform the national anthem during the regular season.

The enhanced fan experience at Marlins Park will include new game entertainment. This month, the Miami Marlins will host auditions for an in-game host, public address announcer, anthem singers and Marlins Mermaids. Interested candidates are encouraged to register at Marlins.com/Auditions and Marlins.com/Mermaids.

In-Game Host
o   Auditions will take place at Marlins Park on Sunday, February 10 from 1-4 p.m.
o   Be one of the faces of entertainment for the Miami Marlins.
o   Looking for individuals that exhibit on-camera energy with great emcee skills.
o   Position will serve as in-game host for all 81 Marlins home games and other special events.
o   Candidates must be 18 years or older to audition.

Marlins Mermaids
o   Auditions will take place at SLAM Academy on Sunday, February 17 from 12-4 p.m.
o   Marlins Mermaids provide excitement and entertainment through dances, cheers and fan interaction at Marlins home games and other special events.
o   Candidates must be 18 years or older to audition.

PA Announcer
o   Auditions will take place at Marlins Park on Monday, February 18 from 6-9 p.m.
o   Be the voice that carries the game and hypes the crowd.
o   Be recognized as the voice of Marlins Park.
o   Position will serve as in-game PA announcer for all 81 Marlins home games and other special events.
o   Candidates must be 18 years or older to audition.

National Anthem Singers
o   Auditions will take place at Marlins Park on Monday, February 25 from 6-9 p.m.
o   Candidates will have the chance to sing their hearts out at Marlins Park.
o   Top two (2) finalists will perform the national anthem on March 29 and 30 during Opening Week of the 2019 season.
o   All contestants will be eligible to perform the national anthem during the regular season.

For additional information on the auditions and positions, please visit Marlins.com/Auditions and Marlins.com/Mermaids.

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Miami Marlins sign infielder Neil Walker

Switch hitter has nine consecutive seasons with 10+ home runs

The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed infielder Neil Walker to a one-year contract for the 2019 season.

A 10-year Major League veteran, the switch-hitting Walker, 33, has a career average of .268 in 1,173 games between Pittsburgh (2009-'15), the Mets (2016-'17), Milwaukee (2017), and the Yankees (2018), compiling 216 doubles, 21 triples, 141 home runs, and 568 RBI.

The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed infielder Neil Walker to a one-year contract for the 2019 season.

A 10-year Major League veteran, the switch-hitting Walker, 33, has a career average of .268 in 1,173 games between Pittsburgh (2009-'15), the Mets (2016-'17), Milwaukee (2017), and the Yankees (2018), compiling 216 doubles, 21 triples, 141 home runs, and 568 RBI.

Walker has reached double-digit home run totals in nine consecutive seasons dating back to 2010, one of just six active infielders with a streak that long, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He hit 11 for the Yankees last season, and reached his career high of 23 in 2014 with Pittsburgh (won NL Silver Slugger award) and 2016 with the Mets.

He ranks seventh among active switch hitters in home runs, hitting 126 from the left side and 15 from the right. His career average batting left handed is .272 (886x3262), while his right-handed mark is .255 (241x945).

Walker, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has spent a majority of his career at second base, playing in 1,040 games (1,002 starts) and posting a .988 fielding percentage. He has also appeared in 59 games (42 starts) at first base, 44 (34) at third base, and 16 (12) in the outfield. In 2018 with the Yankees, he appeared in 42 games (34 starts) at first base, 32 (27) at second base, 25 (17) at third base, and played the outfield at the Major League level for the first time in his career.

In a corresponding roster move, the Marlins have designated RHP Nick Wittgren for assignment.

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FanFest food and beverage lineup to feature new menu offerings and unique experiences

Additionally, Captain's Camp to join Marlins 40-man roster at FanFest

On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins announced the lineup of exclusive food and beverage offerings and experiences available at FanFest. The 2019 FanFest will take place at Marlins Park on Saturday, February 9 from 3-7 p.m. and includes complimentary admission and parking. Fans must visit Marlins.com/FanFest to claim their complimentary ticket.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE OFFERINGS AND EXPERIENCES
•   Miami's Best Pizza will make its Marlins Park debut at Section 10
•   New 3-o-5 Menu available at Section 13
- Menu features introductory pricing ($3 or $5) for eight items that are ballpark favorites
•   First look at the new SRO Social Section which will feature a special FanFest craft beer sampling from 4:30-6 p.m.
•   Name that Dog contest!
- We need your help! Fans can sample new hot dog offerings at Marlins Park from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Section 18 and have the opportunity to submit names for each of the six dogs
•   Name that Cocktail contest!
- Marlins Members will have the exclusive opportunity from 2-3 p.m. at Section 15 to sample and submit names for new craft cocktails coming to Marlins Park this season
•   Three food trucks (Aja, Artic Ice, and Latin Fixin's) available on the West Plaza

In addition, the Marlins announced the 2019 Captain's Camp class will join the club's 40-man roster in attendance at FanFest. Captain's Camp, which features some of the organization's top prospects, is a three-week orientation program outlying organizational standards on and off the field.

On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins announced the lineup of exclusive food and beverage offerings and experiences available at FanFest. The 2019 FanFest will take place at Marlins Park on Saturday, February 9 from 3-7 p.m. and includes complimentary admission and parking. Fans must visit Marlins.com/FanFest to claim their complimentary ticket.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE OFFERINGS AND EXPERIENCES
•   Miami's Best Pizza will make its Marlins Park debut at Section 10
•   New 3-o-5 Menu available at Section 13
- Menu features introductory pricing ($3 or $5) for eight items that are ballpark favorites
•   First look at the new SRO Social Section which will feature a special FanFest craft beer sampling from 4:30-6 p.m.
•   Name that Dog contest!
- We need your help! Fans can sample new hot dog offerings at Marlins Park from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Section 18 and have the opportunity to submit names for each of the six dogs
•   Name that Cocktail contest!
- Marlins Members will have the exclusive opportunity from 2-3 p.m. at Section 15 to sample and submit names for new craft cocktails coming to Marlins Park this season
•   Three food trucks (Aja, Artic Ice, and Latin Fixin's) available on the West Plaza

In addition, the Marlins announced the 2019 Captain's Camp class will join the club's 40-man roster in attendance at FanFest. Captain's Camp, which features some of the organization's top prospects, is a three-week orientation program outlying organizational standards on and off the field.

For additional information on the 2019 Miami Marlins FanFest, including a schedule of events and ticket information, please visit Marlins.com/FanFest.

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Marlins to take over Opening Day at local youth baseball, softball leagues

Team will launch Marlins Tee Ball Initiative presented by Ultimate Software

Major League Baseball Opening Day is a little more than two months away, but the Miami Marlins are taking over Opening Days at select South Florida youth leagues.

The following Marlins players and alumni will be taking part in Opening Day ceremonies and ceremonial first pitches:

Major League Baseball Opening Day is a little more than two months away, but the Miami Marlins are taking over Opening Days at select South Florida youth leagues.

The following Marlins players and alumni will be taking part in Opening Day ceremonies and ceremonial first pitches:

• Miguel Rojas at North Miami Beach Little League on Sunday, January 27

• Pablo López and Magneuris Sierra at Howard Palmetto Baseball and Softball Association on Saturday, February 2

• Lewis Brinson at South Miami Youth Baseball League on Saturday, February 2

• Gaby Sanchez at Danny Berry's Baseball Kendall Little League on Saturday, February 2

• Peter O'Brien at Optimist Club of Miami Lakes on Saturday, February 16

"We are looking forward to the start of the youth baseball season and the opportunity to continue our unwavering commitment to the greater-Miami community," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "As we re-engage with the numerous leagues across South Florida, we want all our future Marlins to know they have our support as they play the game we all love. We are looking forward to working closely with local leagues to celebrate a tremendous Opening Day of youth baseball."

In conjunction with the takeover of Opening Day, the Marlins today announced more than 100 teams across 16 youth baseball and softball leagues have joined the inaugural season of the Miami Marlins Tee Ball Initiative presented by Ultimate Software.

"At Ultimate, we believe successful companies are like successful sports teams. It's about creating a supportive playing field, building an all-star team, staying relentless through challenges, and winning championships-together," said Scott Scherr, CEO, president, and founder of Ultimate Software, which provides cloud-based HR technology to thousands of customers worldwide and is headquartered in Weston, Florida. "The best teams use their talents and strengths on and off the field. We're proud to partner with the Marlins and local youth leagues to help make a difference in our community and develop future all-stars." 

"It's an exciting time here in South Florida, with baseball season about to begin," said Marlins Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations Elisa Padilla. "With a focus on growing the game of baseball and softball in South Florida, our goal is to have every youngster playing tee ball wearing our colores and playing for their hometown team."

The Marlins' new initiative aims to alleviate some of the costs by donating uniforms, hats, and equipment to recreational tee ball programs in Miami-Dade County. These savings lower registration costs, increasing the potential number of children playing. Leagues will be presented with a Marlins banner, and teams will be provided Marlins-branded batting tees and baseballs.

Each registered player will receive a Miami Marlins hat, jersey, drawstring bag, complimentary Billy's Bunch Membership, a complimentary ticket voucher to a 2019 Marlins home game, and a Miami Marlins Youth Baseball and Softball Toolkit. The toolkit will be a great resource for players, coaches and parents, and features a welcome letter from Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson.

Teams will then be invited to Marlins Park on Sunday, April 7 for the inaugural Miami Marlins Tee Ball Initiative Invitational presented by Ultimate Software, which will provide teams the opportunity to play ball on the field at the ballpark.

For more information on the Miami Marlins Tee Ball Initiative presented by Ultimate Software, please visit Marlins.com/PlayBall.

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Fun for the entire family at Marlins 2019 FanFest on Saturday, Feb. 9

Complimentary event to include first up-close look at ballpark enhancements, player interactions, kids' activities, and fireworks show

The Miami Marlins today announced the highlights for the 2019 FanFest, which will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 3-7 p.m. and includes complimentary admission and parking. The Marlins' 2019 FanFest will feature a multitude of activities and events for the entire family, including opportunities to play catch on the field, run the bases, and meet Marlins players, alumni, and Marlins Mermaids. Fans must visit Marlins.com/FanFest to claim their complimentary ticket.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT FANFEST

The Miami Marlins today announced the highlights for the 2019 FanFest, which will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 3-7 p.m. and includes complimentary admission and parking. The Marlins' 2019 FanFest will feature a multitude of activities and events for the entire family, including opportunities to play catch on the field, run the bases, and meet Marlins players, alumni, and Marlins Mermaids. Fans must visit Marlins.com/FanFest to claim their complimentary ticket.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT FANFEST

• Play catch on the field

-- Fans must bring their own gloves

• Autograph and Meet-and-Greet Sessions with Marlins players and alumni

• Batting Cage Experience with Marlins players

• Activities for kids in the 5th Base

-- Face painting, balloon animals, and kids DJ

• Speed Pitch station

• Challenge a Marlins player in Dominoes, Giant Jenga or Giant Connect 4

• Live player interviews on the West Plaza stage

• Live radio broadcasts on 610 AM WIOD, 710 AM Radio Mambi, 1600 AM WKWF and MIX 98.3 FM

• Live mural painting on the West Plaza

• Culinary options from local food trucks

• Fireworks show to conclude FanFest

The Miami Marlins will also host auditions for the first ever group of leaders for the ballpark's new Comunidad 305 section. The Marlins are looking for the loudest and most passionate fans to show off their pride by leading cheers, playing instruments, and waving their flags. Winners will receive complimentary Marlins tickets for the 2019 season.

All current Marlins Members will be invited to an exclusive "State of the Marlins" event that will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. The event will include Marlins executives, including President of Baseball Operations Michael Hilland President of Business Operations Chip Bowers, and select Marlins players discussing the upcoming 2019 season. Members will also receive fast passes for FanFest. Tickets can be redeemed in Members' My Tickets account.

As a reminder, tickets for Opening Day are on sale now and the Marlins are offering an Opening Day Bundle, which features a ticket to Opening Day along with two additional selected games, and a Marlins hat featuring the new logo. For more information on the bundle, please visit Marlins.com/OpeningDayBundle.

For additional information on the 2019Miami Marlins FanFest, including a schedule of events and ticket information, please visit Marlins.com/FanFest.

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Miami Marlins announce 2019 Minor League coordinators

Former Marlin Juan Pierre joins staff as outfield coordinator

The Miami Marlins today announced the club's Minor League coordinators for the 2019 season, including former Marlins' outfielder Juan Pierre, who joins the Player Development department as Outfield Coordinator.

The Marlins also announced that Eric Duncan has been hired as Hitting Coordinator, Chris Michalak will return for his second season as Pitching Coordinator, Gene Glynn has been hired as Infield & Baserunning Coordinator, and Jamie Quirk has been hired as Catching Coordinator. Additionally, Dr. Derick Anderson has joined the organization as Director of Sports Performance.

The Miami Marlins today announced the club's Minor League coordinators for the 2019 season, including former Marlins' outfielder Juan Pierre, who joins the Player Development department as Outfield Coordinator.

The Marlins also announced that Eric Duncan has been hired as Hitting Coordinator, Chris Michalak will return for his second season as Pitching Coordinator, Gene Glynn has been hired as Infield & Baserunning Coordinator, and Jamie Quirk has been hired as Catching Coordinator. Additionally, Dr. Derick Anderson has joined the organization as Director of Sports Performance.

"We could not be happier with the group of coordinators that we have assembled for 2019," said Marlins' Director of Player Development Dick Scott. "We are excited about the knowledge, work ethic, and character that they will pass down to our young players, and the impact that will have on our goal of building a sustainable organization."

Pierre, 41, was a member of the Marlins' 2003 World Series championship team. He batted .295 and stole 190 bases in four seasons with the Club (2003-05, 2013), and did not miss a game during his initial three-year stint in South Florida. This is his first career coaching assignment.

Duncan, 34, is entering his 15th season in professional baseball. He was a first-round pick by the New York Yankees in the 2003 MLB Draft; he spent the last four seasons as a hitting coach in the Yankee's Minor League system after a 10-year playing career.

Michalak, 48, joined the Marlins as Pitching Coordinator in 2018 after serving as a pitching coach for eight seasons in the Washington Nationals' system. He appeared in 61 MLB games during a 16-year playing career.

Glynn, 62, is entering his 27th season as a professional coach, the last four as Third Base Coach for the Minnesota Twins. He has been a third or first-base coach in 12 seasons for Colorado, Montreal, the Cubs, San Francisco, and Minnesota in his career, and has also held Pro Scout, Minor League Field Coordinator, and Manager (Single-A and Triple-A) postings.

Quirk, 64, enters his 47th season in professional baseball. He had an 18-year playing career that included a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals in 1985, and has been a coach for 23 seasons, including 19 at the Major League level and four as a Minor League manager.

Dr. Anderson joins the Marlins for his sixth season in professional sports. He spent the last five seasons with New York Mets and Florida Panthers as their Performance/Clinical Psychologist Dr. Anderson has also served as the Clinical Psychologist for the National Basketball Association for the last four years. He has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Miami Institute of Psychology and received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida International University.

The remainder of the coordinator staff for 2019 will include: Lee Tressel (Rehab Strength & Conditioning); Spencer Clevenger (Assistant Strength and Conditioning); Richard Stark (Athletic Training); Steve Carlin (Rehab); Austin Lamkey (Video); and Mark Brown (Clubhouse & Equipment).

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Marlins announce additional NRIs, spring broadcast schedule

Fox Sports Florida to broadcast seven games; 29 available on radio/web

On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins announced 11 additional non-roster invites for 2019 Spring Training, as well as the club's broadcast schedule for the Grapefruit League season.

The Marlins extended invites to nine organizational players, as well as two Minor League free-agent signings. The organizational players are: RHP Robert Dugger, RHP Tommy Eveld, RHP Zac Gallen, RHP Brett Graves, LHP Dylan Lee, RHP Ben Meyer, RHP Nick Neidert, INF Yadiel Rivera, and OF Brian Miller. The free-agent signings are RHP Hector Noesi and C Santiago Chavez.

With these additions the Marlins are now slated to have 25 NRI's in Major League camp, which opens with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 13, followed by position players on Feb. 18. The roster currently features 35 pitchers (24 from 40-man roster, 11 NRIs), seven catchers (2/5), 12 infielders (7/5), and 11 outfielders (7/4).

Additionally, the Marlins also announced the club's broadcast schedule for Spring Training.

FOX Sports Florida will broadcast seven games: Feb. 23 vs. St. Louis, Feb. 25 at Tampa Bay, March 2 at St. Louis, March 17 vs. St. Louis, March 19 vs. the Mets, March 20 vs. St. Louis, and March 24 vs. St. Louis.

The Marlins' English flagship station, 940 AM WINZ, will broadcast 15 games, while 10 contests can be heard in Spanish on WAQI 710 AM. An additional 14 games can be streamed on MLB.com. That covers 29 of Miami's 30 Spring Training games, excluding only a split-squad contest at Houston on March 6.

Miami's full broadcast schedule can be found below and attached to this email.

On Tuesday, the Miami Marlins announced 11 additional non-roster invites for 2019 Spring Training, as well as the club's broadcast schedule for the Grapefruit League season.

The Marlins extended invites to nine organizational players, as well as two Minor League free-agent signings. The organizational players are: RHP Robert Dugger, RHP Tommy Eveld, RHP Zac Gallen, RHP Brett Graves, LHP Dylan Lee, RHP Ben Meyer, RHP Nick Neidert, INF Yadiel Rivera, and OF Brian Miller. The free-agent signings are RHP Hector Noesi and C Santiago Chavez.

With these additions the Marlins are now slated to have 25 NRI's in Major League camp, which opens with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 13, followed by position players on Feb. 18. The roster currently features 35 pitchers (24 from 40-man roster, 11 NRIs), seven catchers (2/5), 12 infielders (7/5), and 11 outfielders (7/4).

Additionally, the Marlins also announced the club's broadcast schedule for Spring Training.

FOX Sports Florida will broadcast seven games: Feb. 23 vs. St. Louis, Feb. 25 at Tampa Bay, March 2 at St. Louis, March 17 vs. St. Louis, March 19 vs. the Mets, March 20 vs. St. Louis, and March 24 vs. St. Louis.

The Marlins' English flagship station, 940 AM WINZ, will broadcast 15 games, while 10 contests can be heard in Spanish on WAQI 710 AM. An additional 14 games can be streamed on MLB.com. That covers 29 of Miami's 30 Spring Training games, excluding only a split-squad contest at Houston on March 6.

Miami's full broadcast schedule can be found below and attached to this email.

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New Miami flavors coming to Marlins Park with addition of new local partners

Re-imagined food and beverage experience and re-concepted concessions to deliver authentic Miami tastes

The next ballpark enhancement in advance of the 2019 season will make fans, and their appetites, happy, as the Miami Marlins announced the addition of new food partners that will further expand the taste of Miami throughout Marlins Park: Miami's Best Pizza, PINCHO, Novecento, SuViche and two concepts by Jose Andres' ThinkFoodGroup - Butterfly Tacos y Tortas and La Pepa.

"It is important for us to continue to invest in creating a first-class fan experience at Marlins Park, and the addition of these well-respected partners with great Miami stories is another essential step in that process," said Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. "The re-imagined concessions, representative of our community's rich culinary scene, as well as the enhanced premium experience in The Club presented by DEX Imaging will offer our guests fresh and unique experiences."

The next ballpark enhancement in advance of the 2019 season will make fans, and their appetites, happy, as the Miami Marlins announced the addition of new food partners that will further expand the taste of Miami throughout Marlins Park: Miami's Best Pizza, PINCHO, Novecento, SuViche and two concepts by Jose Andres' ThinkFoodGroup - Butterfly Tacos y Tortas and La Pepa.

"It is important for us to continue to invest in creating a first-class fan experience at Marlins Park, and the addition of these well-respected partners with great Miami stories is another essential step in that process," said Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. "The re-imagined concessions, representative of our community's rich culinary scene, as well as the enhanced premium experience in The Club presented by DEX Imaging will offer our guests fresh and unique experiences."

In 2019, Marlins Park will serve as the exclusive South Florida professional sports venue to host La Pepa, Butterfly Tacos y Tortas, Novecento and Miami's Best Pizza. The ballpark will also showcase unique menu items and activations via new partnerships with PINCHO and SuViche.

"As we continue to look for ways to impact and enhance the fan experience at Marlins Park, we sought a dining experience authentic to Miami with brands who share our same commitment to the South Florida community," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "We are elevating the food and beverage experience to feature a diverse array of concepts that are reflective of our ever-evolving community. Fans will notice their feedback was heard and will see an increase in the quality and variety of flavors, concepts, and food and beverage-centric experiences available to them throughout the ballpark."

The five new partner brand concession locations for 2019 are part of a full re-concept and reposition of the Promenade Level food and beverage experience by the Marlins and hospitality partner Levy. The new program, based on fan feedback and industry leading practices, will feature new menu items and stand designs inspired by the community for ballpark favorites as well as other new specialty concepts, including a rotating feature location for test menus by Levy and through limited-time partnerships with guest chefs and local restaurants. In addition, Marlins members and their guests located in The Club presented by DEX Imaging will have exclusive access to an interactive chef experience in the expanded and new look club and an elevated in-seat dining and drink service as part of new industry standard for premium seating.

The new specialty concepts within the re-imagined Marlins Park food and beverage experience are positioned to complement the recently announced 3-o-5 Menu, a new food and beverage menu option for all Marlins home games. The 3-o-5 Menu will feature eight core ballpark favorites at a new introductory price of either $3 or $5. Larger value-sized options such as bottomless popcorn and soda will also be available for select items featured on the 3-o-5 Menu. 

For more information on the new concession partners at Marlins Park and the 3-o-5 Menu, please visit www.marlins.com/food and www.Marlins.com/3o5Menu. For more information on all new ballpark enhancements coming to Marlins Park as well as Marlins Membership for the 2019 season, please visit Marlins.com/BallparkEnhancements and MarlinsEnrollment.com.

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New 3-o-5 menu brings progressive pricing to Marlins Park

Next step in continued plan to invest in cost of fan experience

MIAMI - In an ongoing effort to enhance the fan experience at Marlins Park, the Miami Marlins are introducing the 3-o-5 Menu - a new food and beverage menu option for all Marlins home games. The 3-o-5 Menu features eight core ballpark favorites at a new introductory price of either $3 or $5. Larger value-sized options such as bottomless popcorn and soda will also be available for select items featured on the 3-o-5 Menu.

"We are excited to create an affordable and impactful fan experience at Marlins Park that is reflective of the interests of our fans and community. Our pricing for 2019 membership in all general seat categories and introductory price point for the new SRO Social Pass;  combined with the new 3-o-5 Menu are just the beginning of our plan to provide fans with cost-conscious options while enhancing the value of game attendance for all fans," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "The 3-o-5 Menu is also the first step in significantly enhancing the food and beverage experience at Marlins Park for 2019, which will also feature a re-concepted Promenade Level with new implementations of local flavors and new integrations of local brands and restaurants."

MIAMI - In an ongoing effort to enhance the fan experience at Marlins Park, the Miami Marlins are introducing the 3-o-5 Menu - a new food and beverage menu option for all Marlins home games. The 3-o-5 Menu features eight core ballpark favorites at a new introductory price of either $3 or $5. Larger value-sized options such as bottomless popcorn and soda will also be available for select items featured on the 3-o-5 Menu.

"We are excited to create an affordable and impactful fan experience at Marlins Park that is reflective of the interests of our fans and community. Our pricing for 2019 membership in all general seat categories and introductory price point for the new SRO Social Pass;  combined with the new 3-o-5 Menu are just the beginning of our plan to provide fans with cost-conscious options while enhancing the value of game attendance for all fans," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "The 3-o-5 Menu is also the first step in significantly enhancing the food and beverage experience at Marlins Park for 2019, which will also feature a re-concepted Promenade Level with new implementations of local flavors and new integrations of local brands and restaurants."

The 3-o-5 Menu will be featured at concession stand locations at Section 13 and Section 37 on the Promenade Level, two of the largest concession areas at Marlins Park, providing convenient access to all guests. Marlins Member purchases of 3-o-5 Menu items will be eligible for their exclusive Member Benefit savings rate on food and beverage, and retail purchases at Marlins Park, allowing for up to an additional 25 percent savings based on membership level.

"We are committed to investing in a first-class fan experience with price conscious options for all fans and all games," added Bowers. "We continue to listen to the fan feedback we have received and look forward to future announcements that provide value while elevating the fan experience."

Today's announcement comes on the heels of the Miami Marlins' prior announcements of the creation of the Comunidad305 seat experience with 2019 membership starting at $8 per game and the SRO Social Pass, which will provide pass holders priority access to two new social space areas, the Center Field Zone and SRO Social Section, with prices starting as low as $10 per game.

For more information on the 3-o-5 Menu, please visit Marlins.com/3o5Menu.

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Ball Fore has a new meaning as Marlins Park transforms into a golf venue for Stadiumlinks Golf from Jan. 18-29, 2019

In partnership with Stadiumlinks, Marlins Park will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf course for three days -- January 18-20, 2019. Tee time bookings will officially become available to the public on Wednesday, December 19 at 11 a.m. on StadiumlinksGolf.com.

"As we continue to make Marlins Park a go-to destination for a first-class entertainment experience, we look to bring unique premium events to our community," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "South Florida has a large golfing community, and we invite golfers of all levels to step up to the tee for a fun-filled event."

In partnership with Stadiumlinks, Marlins Park will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf course for three days -- January 18-20, 2019. Tee time bookings will officially become available to the public on Wednesday, December 19 at 11 a.m. on StadiumlinksGolf.com.

"As we continue to make Marlins Park a go-to destination for a first-class entertainment experience, we look to bring unique premium events to our community," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "South Florida has a large golfing community, and we invite golfers of all levels to step up to the tee for a fun-filled event."

Tee times are offered across the three days of the event, starting early morning and ending in the evening, with the ballpark lights illuminating the entire course under the night sky. Tee times will be offered in two-person and four-person bookings with prices that start at $84 per person. The VIP package offers a more premium experience giving participants the opportunity to enjoy additional perks at the event including access to a private practice range and golf simulators. "We have extremely limited spots available for participation in the event, so book your tee times early because we expect to sell-out in advance," said Jon Stephens, founder of Stadiumlinks.

As explained by Stephens, "This event gives the public the rare experience of hitting some of the most memorable golf shots imaginable from nine different locations throughout the ballpark. Targets for each tee box are positioned on greens that are landscaped into the field below, creating nine golf holes that you'll have to see to believe. By combining this with exclusive and intimate access to the stadium, we're excited to offer a uniquely amazing experience that can't be duplicated anywhere else on the planet, for each and every participant."  

Marlins Members will have access to an exclusive pre-sale opportunity, beginning on Tuesday, December 18 at 11 a.m. Fans should stay tuned to @MarlinsPark on social media for a chance to win a VIP foursome package.

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