20 years ago today, Al Leiter tossed the first no-hitter of his career. The game, an 11-0 drubbing of the Marlins’ fellow 1993 expansion baseball club, the Colorado Rockies, was also the first no-hitter in Marlins history:
Today, in honor of the anniversary, we’re giving the Fish Fam an On Cloud Conine exclusive: a first look at the Al Leiter Bobblehead giveaway.
Boom! That teal though!
The Fish are doing 13 bobblehead giveaways this season. Every Saturday home game is an “All-Star Saturday” featuring a bobblehead of a former Marlins All-Star. Here’s the full schedule.
Until then, we can all catch Al frequent the Fox Sports Florida broadcast booth.
Check out this interview of Al reminiscing that magical ’96 South Florida night:
When the toughest part of a no-hitter is figuring out how to celebrate, you know you had a good night.
Early contender for fan catch of the year?
In the 4th inning of Saturday’s game, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour launched an opposite-field home run into the heart of the José’s Heroes seating section.
Javier Marrero, a Miami-native and Fish Family Season Ticket Holder, was there and ready!
One of the best catches (and celebrations) you’ll see by a fan.
What a catch, Javier! Marrero, who frequently attends games with his father, Javier Sr., says this is the first time a ball has ever been hit his way:
Catching a home run and celebrating with dad? Pretty sweet! Just another reason why it’s better at the ballpark and in the Fish Family, folks.
Postgame, Javier was invited to the Marlins clubhouse where he got the ball autographed by Justin Bour, himself!
Talk about streaks!
Two years ago, a mysterious Marlins fan was spotted at WrestleMania XXX bemoaning the end of the Undertaker’s legendary streak.
Last year, he reappeared ringside at WM31 – and we found him and revealed his secrets.
In 2016, this wrestling version of #MarlinsMan AGAIN reappeared at WM32 in Dallas ringside, taking it all in. See if you can spot him.
— shannon martins (@shannonmartins) April 3, 2016
My 11yr old is pumped bc he found the “Marlins” guy in the crowd. Dude gets to go everywhere. #WrestleMania
— Brandyyy (@Branleigha) April 4, 2016
Marlins have a tendency to represent for the #FishFamily front row and center on the world’s largest stages!
Remember Giancarlo’s littlest fan? It’s baby Scott from New Jersey.
One year ago, a newborn Marlins fan in New Jersey posed next to last year’s Giancarlo Stanton growth chart. It was the start of a journey through boyhood that he would document year by year standing next to Giancarlo Stanton’s likeness.
As a baby last year, Scott stood at 1′ 10″ – only 4′ 8″ behind Big G.
Fast forward a year later and baby Scott is now a standing a 2′ 6″.
Watch out Giancarlo, Scott’s catching up quick. At a growth rate of 8 inches per year, Scott is on pace to be standing eye to eye with Big G by the time he’s five!
What you’ve all been waiting for. The new food options at Marlins Park in 2016. Drumroll please…
- Azucar Ice Cream. Tell your Abuela María to visit Marlins Park because we’ve got some Abuela María of our own now. Little Havana’s own handmade Cuban ice cream makers will be in the house with multiple flavors and various cone/cup options. Sweet!
- Velvet Crème. Oh. Em. Gee. The South Florida cult classic doughnut experts are now in Marlins Park. In business on Calle Ocho in Little Havana from 1947 to 2000 and now BACK in action at Marlins Park!
- Zak the Baker. Support your local breads, y’all. Assorted artisan baked breads are in the house.
- Taco dogs. Listen, I’m not saying I know what a Miami Mex Taco Dog is. And I’m not saying I don’t know what a Miami Mex Taco Dog is. So just back off, okay?
- Craft beer. Miami Brewing Company makes their MP debut with Shark Bait Mango Wheat Ale, their Big Red Coconut Blonde Ale, their Miami Vice IPA and their Gator Tail Brown Ale. Not to be outdone, Goose Island Beer Company serves Green Line Pale Ale and Four Star Pils. Our full section also includes: Sam Adams Lagunitas, Brooklyn Brewery, Budweiser, Budweiser Light, Budweiser Select, Presidente, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Miller Light, Coors Light, Heineken, Heineken Light, Corona, Corona Light, Modelo and Pacifico.
- Burger & Beer Fridays. Each Friday night game will feature a special $25 ticket that entitles you to a free speciality burger and craft beer. You have to buy through the special link found at marlins.com/ticketoffers. IN.
- Barbeque. There’s a new BBQ-themed concession stand in the red quadrant. MIA BBQ will serve pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken sandwiches, bourbon baked beans, macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler. Oh my.
- New burgers. Marlins Park has a new burger and it’s called the Bash Burger. And it’s really good. It comes in three varieties – the Bash Burger, the Ballpark Bash Burger and the BBQ Bash Burger. Yes, it gets better. Three words: garlic parmesan fries. Dropping the mic.
- Grilled Cheese. Miami loves itself some grilled cheese sandwiches. The Food Truck in the blue quadrant will now be branded as The High Cheese and serve four types of GCS: a Brioche Triple Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a Pot Roast and Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a Fried Chicken and Grilled Pimento Sandwich and a Fluffernutter Grilled Marshmallow Melt. Mind. Blown.
- Root beer, yo. The ever-popular dessert stand (Sweet Play) has moved to Section 34 in center field in the green quadrant. It serve desserts, candy and new for 2016, Root Beer Floats.
- New SuViche options. New to the SuViche stand, we’ll have the Japo-Taco (a large crispy corn tortilla shell with sushi rice, spicy tuna and SuViche sauce) and the SuVichelada (a frozen Kirin draft beer with aji Amarillo).
- Cao Chocolates. Assorted (and delicious) chocolates will be available in Marlins Park sweets. Err, I mean, *suites.
- All You Can Eat Saturdays (and Mondays). It’s baaaack. Each Monday and Saturday home game, fans can get a ticket and all-you-can-eat quantities of hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and Pepsi products. Buy the ticket through marlins.com/ticketoffers to get the deal.
- Hot Tip: Everything is detailed and mapped out in the ballpark’s app, which is called, well, it’s called the Ballpark app. Free download and you can find all the food options, their menus and where to snatch them up.
Nom. That’s not even mentioning everything is BACK from last year – Papa John’s Pizza, Diamond Juice, Goya Latin Café and of course, the Taste of Miami with Mamá Chóa, Panna Café, Latin American Cafe and Don Camarón. Come hungry, erryone!
This says it all:
— felipe (@pipeLDA97) March 25, 2016
Yesterday, Giancarlo did something that well, only Giancarlo can do: homering out of Roger Dean Stadium and over the Marlins’ clubhouse.
When the ball finally landed behind the clubhouse, teammate Edwin Jackson’s high school buddy was there to scoop up what remains of the clobbered baseball:
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) March 24, 2016
While StatCast wasn’t there, (It is Spring Training after all, folks.) pitcher Tom Koehler gave it his best estimate:
— Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) March 24, 2016
New manager Don Mattingly, who’s witnessed Giancarlo’s homer OUT of Dodger Stadium from the other dugout, shared his thoughts on Stanton’s monster power:
Even better? On Wednesday, T.K. predicted that Big G would one day clear the clubhouse following his first homer of the spring:
Bet he didn’t think it’d be the next day, though. Giancarlo, you are one-of-a-kind!
The Marlins are offering Season Tickets in right field for all 81 home games, starting at $499. You also get a new Stanton arm sleeve each month + a meet-and-greet with #27.
March Madness began today and the alma maters of four Marlins players made the Big Dance. Can you name them?
Tom Koehler | Stony Brook
Tom Koehler led the America East conference in innings pitched and strikeouts during his junior season at Stony Brook. He finished his four-year career second in program history in innings pitched and third in strikeouts. Koehler’s 13th-seeded Seawolves face off against fourth-seeded Kentucky.
Watch T.K. rep his alma mater on MLB Network:
David Phelps | Notre Dame
As a sophomore at Notre Dame, David Phelps became the second pitcher in program history to strikeout over 100 batters in a season and register an ERA under 2.00 en route to first team honors in the Big East conference. Phelps also met his future wife, Maria, while they were both students in South Bend. Phelps’ sixth-seeded Fighting Irish play 11th-seeded Michigan.
Cole Gillespie | Oregon State
Portland native Cole Gillespie led his Oregon State team to a national title as a senior captain in 2006. He was named PAC-10 Conference Player of the Year that same season. Gillespie’s seventh-seeded Beavers take on 10th-seeded VCU.
A.J. Ramos | Texas Tech
Lubbock native A.J. Ramos attended his hometown school in Texas Tech. Ramos underwent Tommy John surgery as a junior before rehabbing in 10 months for his senior season. Ramos’ senior campaign earned him a selection by the Marlins in the 21st round. Ramos’ eighth-seeded Red Raiders battled ninth-seeded Butler.
BONUS: Christian Yelich, Miami
Christian Yelich committed to University of Miami baseball before opting to go pro out of high school when the Marlins drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft. The third-seeded Hurricanes square off against Buffalo.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 14, 2015
If any of these guys’ ala maters makes a serious run, we expect some serious celebrating.
Looking at you, T.K.
Ultra Music Festival hits Bayfront Park in Miami this weekend and one of the biggest performers may be a fan of the Fish.
It’s Tim Bergling, better known to most as Avicii. One of the world’s top DJs has recently been seen sporting a Marlins hat everywhere he goes.
Whether it’s reaching new Levels,
Room with a view… pic.twitter.com/1C1s2d5U9d
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) February 11, 2016
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) February 10, 2016
or The Days,
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) February 22, 2016
Hey Brother, we’re glad to have you in the #FishFamily.
Hung out with my crew in New York during the last promo tip. Felt better than ever to be back on the road again! pic.twitter.com/FG4ckut48n
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) March 4, 2016
You know about the offseason additions of Wei-Yin Chen, Edwin Jackson and Chris Johnson.
But what if I told you perhaps the biggest acquisitions Michael Hill and the Marlins picked up this offseason go by the names of Nieves, Paré, Bonds, DelPiano, Mattingly and Benedict?
The Marlins added a numbers guru, a pitcher whisperer, a baseball legend and perhaps the greatest hitter of all-time. NBD.
The Marlins have added crazy-respected coaches and executives this offseason. Seriously. Check out these 6 new additions that are setting the Marlins up for long-term Marlins success:
1 – “The Numbers Guru” – Jason Paré
The former Baseball Prospectus author and Indians and Blue Jays numbers guy is now a Marlin.
2 – “The Pitcher Whisperer” – Jim Benedict
His success revitalizing the careers of pitchers is unprecedented.
“He can take careers that were positive, that were fallen, and re-establish them again. You can take a chance on buying low on a pitcher because he has the ability to identify the fixes.”
Here’s an interview.
3 – “The Jack of All Trades” – Marc DelPiano
A former Marlin has returned to revolutionize and reorganize the Marlins minor league system.
4 – “The Hitting Genius” – Barry Bonds
Many would argue Barry is the greatest hitter of our lifetimes – and maybe ever.
When Hall of Famers say Bonds “saw things” that few other hitters could see – that’s saying something. The greatest hitter of our lifetime joins Frank Menechino as hitting coaches set to guide G, Dee, Yeli, J.T., Ozuna and the rest to become even smarter and more strategic hitters.
5 – “The Champion Pitching Coach” – Juan Nieves
The pitching coach for the 2013 world champions was the second-youngest pitcher to throw a no-hitter in history.
“He was one of the best people I’ve ever been around, as a person, and as a coach. He knew a lot about baseball,” said a former pitcher of his.
6 – “The Legendary Leader” – Don Mattingly
Three straight 90-win seasons after years on the Yankees bench.
He’s got Gold Gloves, All-Star games, a batting champ crown, a retired number in pinstripes and even an MVP award. Now he’s here to bring his Values to the Marlins clubhouse – and lead a crazy amount of talent to execute and thrive.
Leadership. Expertise. Brains.
Coaching and leadership that will bring long-term impact – to the minors, to the majors, to the pitchers, to the hitters.
A novel approach to rebuilding for the long-term, eh?
Michael Hill: Pretty, pretty, pretty smart. I like it.
How deep does your passion run? How deep does your love for your team, for your city, for your heroes go?
When Giancarlo Stanton when down to injury on June 26, 2015, one Marlins fan took a symbolic and viral approach to supporting Giancarlo.
He has worn a Giancarlo-esque arm sleeve every single day until G returns to action in a Major League game.
And he’s documented it all on his Twitter account.
This is nothing new for Andrés (formerly known as José Guy or Beard Guy) who once famously grew his beard in support of José Fernández for over a year while he was out of action after his elbow injury.
Check below and check out his Twitter account for more pics throughout the past eight months. Hashtag #StantonArmSleeve.
Andrés – you’re in a class of your own, my friend. You make the #FishFamily proud!