ATLANTA -- With Dan Uggla presently stuck on 99 RBI as he takes aim on his first 100-RBI season, here are some other figures and facts worth noting......
ATTENDANCE STANDINGS.......If not one fan shows up for the Marlins' final home series, they'll still avoid a last-place finish in the all-important overall attendance race. But not by much. The Oakland A's have already clinched last-place honors. The A's, who closed the turnstile books on their 81-game home slate over the weekend, finished with total attendance of 1,418,391. The Marlins are at 1,423,614 with four home games remaining with the Pirates. The Marlins will, however, finish last in attendance among NL teams -- behind the Pirates -- even if they sell out every game. No matter what happens, they'll still receive a slight attendance bump on Sunday when the team reveals the final tally from tickets that it continued selling AFTER Roy Halladay's perfect game.
ANOTHER MARLINS/A's CONNECTION....According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, the Marlins' have owned a .500 record a club-record 26 times so far this season. Remember, a team can be .500 up to 81 times (1-1, 2-2, 3-3....81-81) over the course of a 162-game season. But nobody tops the A's in the .500 department. Oakland's wins have equaled their losses 32 times. Stay tuned, though. It's not over yet. Both the Marlins and A's have identical 77-79 records at the moment.
MARLINS ZINGED ON BRAVES BROADCAST....During last night's local broadcast, a graphic was shown that detailed how various franchises have recognized retiring Braves skipper Bobby Cox in every city the Braves have visited this season. On the Braves' last road trip. for example, the Nationals presented Cox with a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol and enlisted the U.S. Navy band to perform a mini-concert in his honor. At the bottom of the list of team-by-team tributes, which filled up the entire television screen, was this notation: "Marlins: No recognition or gift." Privately, the Marlins are miffed that Cox made disparaging remarks about owner Jeffrey Loria after Fredi Gonzalez was fired in June. The team did nothing to recognize Cox during the Braves' final trip into South Florida this season.
MUST-SEE MUFFS... Check out this video of last night's double error by Gaby Sanchez and Dan Uggla. It's a classic.
INJURY NOTES.....Will Ohman, the only lefty reliever in he Marlins bullpen, said he will be available for duty on Tuesday. Ohman hasn't pitched since Sept. 12 due to a sore left elbow......Hanley Ramirez entered as a pinch-runner last night but is highly doubtful to start another game due to his own elbow issues.