Tired of hearing about the Heat? Down on the Dolphins? Want to talk some baseball? Glenn Geffner does. The radio voice of the Marlins will fire up his mike on Saturday -- and every Saturday thereafter until spring training -- as he begins his weekly show that focuses on Hot Stove happenings, both locally and nationally.
"Marlins Insider" will make its debut on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. on 790 The Ticket, and Geffner's first two guests will be worth the price of listening: Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Considering the amount of activity over the past week (three trades and a major free agent signing) there should be plenty to discuss and debate.
"While it's already been a busy offseason, this is a critical offseason for the Marlins," Geffner said. "Everybody points to 2012 in the new ballpark. But I've thought all along that 2011 is a critical one. People are disappointed the way the past season ended. To me, you want to have a season at least as good as '09 to have that momentum going when you move into that new ballpark."
Geffner plans on inviting players, front office executives, and local and national media to serve as guests. And he said the discussion won't be centered entirely on the Marlins. Fans are urged to call in and talk about any baseball issue they like, whether it involves the Marlins or some other team.
"We want it to be a participatory show," Geffner said. "There are moves that people agree with and there are moves that people disagree with. Maybe I'll change some peoples' minds on some things. Maybe they'll change my mind on some things."
If you can't get to a radio, you can listen online by going to www.marlins.com. The station's hotline number to ask questions during the 2-to-4 time slot on Saturday is 786-360-0790.