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So it was announced today, that the Miami Marlins would be closing off the upper bowl level seats for the clubs upcoming weeknight home games. This should come as little surprise to anyone who follows MLB and specifically the Marlins, but who am I kidding, no one follows the Marlins. And that is quite evident, as the Marlins rank 27/30, so far in average attendance, coming in at whopping 18,864, according to ESPN. A small reminder to those unaware, the ballpark has a capacity of 37,442. Closing off the upperdeck seats, would reduce the capacity of the stadium to 27,000, still leaving nearly 10,000 available seats for the opposing teams fans to choose from.

Here are the details from the Miami’s Herald’s columnist, Barry Jackson:

The upper bowl will be closed for six dates in 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.

However, non of that is really the point of this blog. The point of this blog is; Can the Miami Marlins have a future in Miami? SportsNation ran a poll asking this question and the results were a near unanimous, No. As can be seen here:Image

In short, no, the Marlins can not survive in Miami, but they have no choice otherwise. The problem is, this stadium is just over a year old and cost a whopping $634 million to build, much of which was passed off to the taxpayers of Miami. This is a brand new, state of the art facility, paid for, in large part from the taxpayers. MLB simply can’t pack up their bags and move out, even if that is what is best for all parties involved, with the exception being; Miami and its citizens.

This is going to be a long term problem, I don’t think there is any doubt about that, even if the Marlins were a World Series team, for some reason, whatever that may be, Miami does not support baseball and the Marlins (or football for that matter). In the short term however, Jeffrey Loria must go. The man is an absolute, grade A asshole and the only thing he cares about is the money lining his 2,000 thread count pockets. He doesn’t care about the City of Miami nor its citizens, just like he didn’t care about Montreal and the Montreal Expos. Loria is a 6-ton anchor, that must be released pronto, in order for progress to be made. Until then, the downward spiral that is the Miami Marlins will continue.

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What do you think? Can the Marlins survive in Miami? Or is the writing on the wall and it’s only a matter of time before MLB steps in? Comment with you thoughts.

-Gonzo

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