Miami Marlins

Stadium Snacks
6:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

How Chef Vince Navarrete Feeds Marlins Park

A field-level view of Marlins Park.
Credit mrlaugh / Flickr

Baseball is “America’s pastime”. The sport is filled with nostalgia and American history from Jackie Robinson and Derek Jeter to the disco demolition and your neighborhood little league team.

But, it’s the food that brings everything together.

Baseball was part of my introduction to American culture growing up. I would listen to games on the radio with my grandfather in Brooklyn, sitting on the porch during the summer eating ice cream or passing around a bag of Funyuns.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The “Original” Miami Marlins

This image originally aired on a WTVJ news program.
L. D. Mooth, Former Photographer - WTVJ-TV Miami

03/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents looks at the history of the “Triple A” minor league baseball team named the Miami Marlins. Their home was the friendly confines of the old Miami Stadium from 1956 through 1960. There were colorful characters involved . . . including maverick promoter Bill Veeck, Manager Pepper Martin, even ageless pitching wonder, Satchel Paige.

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People
5:21 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

This Mother-Daughter Team Is The Ultimate Miami Marlins Fan Club

Eloise Card of Westwood Lakes watches a Marlins game and chats with her daughter Donna on the phone. The pair have watched every game together for the past four years.

For the past four years, Eloise Card and her daughter Donna Glendenning have watched every Miami Marlins game together, from first pitch to last out — more than 600 and counting. From 34 miles apart.

“If I don’t call her by the first pitch, she’s calling me,” says Glendenning. “She’ll start out the conversation always with, ‘Well, what do you think we’re going to do tonight?’ ”

Card lives in the Westwood Lakes neighborhood of Southwest Miami-Dade, while her daughter lives in Fort Lauderdale. They started watching Marlins games together telephonically in 2009.

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Community Contributor
8:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Marlins Deal Cost Dolphins Stadium Upgrades -- And Super Bowls

Proposed upgrades to SunLife stadium would have included new concourse entrances.

I moved to South Florida in '82 from Canada and immediately became a Dolphin fan and season ticket holder up until 2009. Through that time I saw the privately funded Joe Robbie Stadium get built, and then renovated and subsequently host a couple Super Bowls, which brought great benefits to the local community. I owned a print shop and design firm in Tamarac at the time, and you could literally feel the benefit to the community from there. It seemed that everyone was busy and profitable in and around those Super Bowls with the massive influx of revenue these events brought in.

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Community Contributor
8:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Losing The Super Bowl Remains A "Real Loss For The Region"

The renovations to SunLife stadium would have added a partial roof, along with other upgrades.

Editor's Note: WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to respond to the news that South Florida would not host Super Bowl 50 and 51.   

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Community Contributor
7:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

The Hidden Truths Behind Publicly Funded Stadium Deals

The Miami Dolphins sought tax money to upgrade SunLife Stadium.

Editor's Note: WLRN-Miami Herald News asked members of the Public Insight Network to respond to the news that South Florida would not host Super Bowl 50 and 51.   

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Remix The News: David Kobert, Miami Dolphins And Circus Politics

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium upgrades.
Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th. 

Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:

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Community Contributor
9:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

One Wary Dolphins Fan Weighs A Publicly-Funded Roof For 'Joe Robbie Stadium'

A panoramic view from Marlins opening day, before the team moved to Miami.
Credit Wiki Commons

SunLife Stadium, which I will forever lovingly call Joe Robbie Stadium, in honor of the man who built it, on his own, with no public funding, is in need of some sprucing up. The current owner is asking for public money to help in this endeavor. A public that is very wary of rich team owners asking for financial help—think Marlins.

So, is this a replay of a Greek tragedy?

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Public Insight Network
4:18 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Should Public Money Fund Sun Life Stadium Upgrades?

Some supporters of the Dolphins' plan say that others, like the University of Miami Hurricanes, will benefit from an improved stadium.
Credit techyourpicture

Marlins are no help for Dolphins.  The proposal by the Miami Dolphins to fund approximately $400 million in stadium renovations through county hotel taxes and state general funds is not getting a warm reception.  And it’s probably not because of reports by economists showing that events like the Super Bowl don’t contribute significantly to the host communities

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Sun Life Stadium
9:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Tax Funds For Dophin Stadium Would Be 'Welfare For Billionaires,' Braman Says

Divided opinions may make Dolphins' stadium renovations a hard sell.
Credit Nathan Rupert (flickr)

South Florida businessman Norman Braman is calling the  proposed plan to renovate Sun Life Stadium with the public dollars "plain welfare for a multi-billionaire."

He contends that Miami Dolphins owner Shephen Ross’ football team is a private asset and should not receive any public money. 

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Another Tax Payer Funded Stadium?
6:10 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Why Economists Are Skeptical Of Dolphins' Plan To Renovate Stadium With Tax Dollars

Unlike the Miami Marlins and Miami Heat, Sun Life Stadium is privately owned and does not receive any public money. The proposed bill would change that.
Credit Matt Velazquez (Flickr)

The Miami Dolphins' proposed deal to use state and local tax dollars to renovate Sun Life stadium is getting some big endorsements.

But the  benefits a renovated stadium would bring  the county are questionable, some economists say.

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Sun Life Stadium
7:41 am
Mon January 14, 2013

We're Not The Marlins, Dolphins Say, But We Do Need Tax Money For Our Stadium

NEEDS WORK: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants a partial roof and reconfigured seating at Sun Life Stadium and he wants taxpayers to fund some of the renovations.
Credit Wikimedia

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has an appointment with reporters today to discuss his plans to go after public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

The cost estimate is $400 million, says the Miami Herald, some of which Ross apparently hopes to raise from state and local government sources.

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Sports
8:20 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Marlins Shed All-Star Talent; Fans Feel Betrayed

A small group of Marlins fans demonstrate in front of the team's new Miami ballpark. They're upset at their latest dismantling, and want owner Jeffrey Loria to sell the Marlins.
Credit Phil Latzman

A small group of fans recently gathered at the Marlins' new half-billion dollar stadium in Miami's Little Havana to protest in both in Spanish and in English. They want new owners after the team's latest purge: the trade of All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to the Blue Jays in return for seven mostly unknown players.

The move, which came after the team finished in last place, will save the Marlins more than $160 million in future payroll obligations. It comes within a year of the Marlins' move into their new, mostly taxpayer-funded stadium.

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The Florida Roundup
2:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Marlins Trade Away Top Players - And Fans' Trust

With the Marlins purge, does Miami have a bit of buyer's remorse over the mostly publicly-funded stadium?
Credit ItsL_E

The Marlins latest fire sale is official: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approved the trade of 5 of the team’s top players.  

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The Florida Roundup
5:00 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

What's Going On With Obamacare, Early Voting And The Miami Marlins

The Marlins' purge of some of its top players has upset fans and local officials still fuming over what some viewed as a lopsided stadium deal between the team's owner and the city and county.
Credit Bob B. Brown

This week on The Florida Roundup:  Have state GOP leaders taken the election as a cue to change course? 

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