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New Marlins Ballpark on time and on budget; Mike Stanton and Mike Cameron injury notes

Every day that passes, the future home of the Florida Marlins is another day closer to being the home of the Miami Marlins.

President David Samson, executive vice president for stadium development Claude Delorme and construction manager Sid Perkins took the media on a nearly two-hour hard-hat tour of the Little Havana ballpark Wednesday morning.

With less than seven months remaining until Opening Day 2012 — April 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals — the stadium, which officially is located at 501 Marlins Way and Samson said should become the “Gem of Baseball,” is 80 percent complete.

“And we’re not resting until 35,000 fans are here every single night,” Samson said, adding that the project remains on time and “not $1 over” its $550 million budget.

Roughly 33,500 of the 36,000 stadium’s seats have been installed — 1,000 standing-room-only tickets also will be available — and Samson said he and Delorme have sat in every seat to make sure each one has an unobstructed view of the game and video boards.

More than 95 percent of the interior walls have been constructed, and the crew is “starting to focus [its] attention on all the [white membrane] plaster — the last piece of the exterior finishes,” which should be completed by mid-November.

Delorme said the team anticipates laying sod for the field in the second or third week of January, a process that will take four days. The Marlins’ office staff is expected to move into the stadium in mid-March.

Samson made special mention of the Marlins ensuring the stadium railings are well-above code — to accommodate “Mike Stanton-sized” fans — in light of a Texas Rangers fan falling over a railing while trying to catch a ball earlier this season. International code for railings is 26 inches high, but the lowest ones at New Marlins Ballpark will be 34 inches high. Those at the end of aisles are 42 inches and others, depending on the section, go up to 54 inches.

“The railings are safe as long as fans realize that a foul ball is never worth your safety,” Samson said. “I promise that if you miss a foul ball because you don't lean over enough, we'll get you a foul ball.”

The air conditioning is currently operational in specific areas of the ballpark, including the clubhouses and kitchens. Delorme said the stadium’s climate-controlled temperature when the retractable roof is closed would be about 75 degrees.

Samson said he expects the roof to be closed for 85-90 percent of home games, because of rain, heat and humidity. It will take about three hours to fully control the facility’s conditions.

Samson said the Diamond Club is sold out, while 26 out of 152 seats remain the Dugout Clubs. Partial-season, 41-game plans also went on sale for new customers Wednesday, which can be purchased online at marlins.com or by calling 1-877-411-2012.

After Wednesday, the Marlins have only six games remaining at Sun Life Stadium.

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ODD AND ENDS

Stanton, day-to-day with right hamstring tightness, ran sprints in shallow right field and jogged along the warning track before Wednesday’s game. Manager Jack McKeon said he expects Stanton back in the lineup Friday.

Outfielder Mike Cameron, also dealing with a hamstring injury, was given the day off. Said McKeon: “His leg is bothering him, and it has been. He’s done a remarkable job. He plays hurt. He’s a gamer. He’s a pro. But I’m going to give him a breather.”

Top position prospect Matt Dominguez made his first major-league start Wednesday, batting seventh and playing left field. He was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat as a pinch-hitter Tuesday. “Good baptism,” McKeon joked.

The Phillies’ protest of a fan interference call in Sunday’s 5-4 extra-innings loss to the Marlins was denied, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

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TONIGHT'S LINEUPS:

Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, ss; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Logan Morrison, lf; 4. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 5. Bryan Petersen, cf; 6. John Buck, c; 7. Matt Dominguez, 3b; 8. Donnie Murphy, 3b; 9. Brad Hand, p

Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Ruben Tejada, 2b; 3. Lucas Duda, rf; 4. David Wright, 3b; 5. Angel Pagan, cf; 6. Jason Bay, lf; 7. Nick Evans, 1b; 8. Mike Nickeas, c; 9. R.A. Dickey, p.

-- Matt Forman

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spitballer

The commercial featuring Marlin players proclaiming that the stadium is going to be the “coolest”……why did they edit out LoMo????? He was in the commercial before he was sent down. Should we read something into his being edited out????

laurelbowie

I noticed that LoMo's spot in that commercial landed on the cutting-room floor the minute he was sent down. Hope his tough-nosed play has him back in good graces with the FO by now. He's playing with injuries that would have 90 percent of the team tweeting — uh, twiddling — their thumbs on the bench. It's a lot more fun rooting for a blue-collar guy who's out there butting heads with the wall every other inning than it is rooting for a wuss like you-know-who who's afraid to go balls-up 'cause he might get an owey. (owie? owee? Crap, who cares?)

Flav C

spitballer/lb, i received the Marlins pamphlets and advertisement material this week. Beautiful stuff, no signs of LoMo in it. Gaby, Hanley, Mike, JJ are all in there.
On a side note, it was really "cool" to see Matt gets his first hit as a pro. Hopefully the first of many more to come.

Flav C

By the way, anyone planning on going to the final game at the Sun Life/Dolphins/Joe Robbie stadium? I am. Let me know if any of y'all are going. I think it will be pretty nice to say goodbye to that good football stadium/horrible baseball park, but stage of 2 great moments of Marlins' history.

laurelbowie

Thought it was really mean to give Matt his first start against a knuckleballer. He's got a little time left to show his stuff this year and if it turns out he can hit Big League pitching, that's one big problem solved for the Fish. Too bad he got his first hit in front of only six fans. (It would have been seven fans, but there was one guy in the john.)

Stan M

We might have a player with "tall man syndrome" and that's fine. What is not fine is to watch a player with "fat man syndrome." I was personally disgusted to think that the team that I root for would allow a player that far out of shape to be a part of the team. I don't give a damn how good he if. Either get him to lose about 75 to 100 pounds or get rid of him.

Villa26

What is going to be tge name of tge New Stadium??

Villa26

*the

Jiminy Cricket

Are you refering to General Idi Amin Ceda ???

PHHUCK LORIA

Marlins give the Screw Job to their fans by not honoring rain delay exchanges for last game at stadium. Another scumbag move by this scumbag organization.

laurelbowie

Flav C,
I'll be in Oregon helping my mom celebrate her 95th birthday when the final Fish game is played at Sun Life. Otherwise, I'd be happy to join you so we could flip that dump a big goodbye birdie.
They say the two greatest days in a boat owner's life are the day he gets his boat and the day he gets rid of the thing. As a Marlins fan, the day the Fish played their first game in that stadium was magical. But the day they leave it behind will be even greater.
Stan M,
You must be referring to Jose Ceda and his Crisco caboose. The guy was so pooped he almost had a stroke before he could finish one inning. Even T. Hutton said if he can't pitch a full inning, he'd better get into shape.

The Great Kreskin

Dolphins won 2 Super Bowls in their original home ,the Orange Bowl,before moving north to their new stadium and sliding downhill into the Cesspool. Marlins won 2 World Series in their original home Joe Robbie/ProPlayer/Dolphins/Landshark/SunLife Stadium before moving south to their new home at the Orange Bowl and sliding into the Cesspool. Full Circle.

spitballer

Flav C....I've already paid my last tribute to Joe Robbie Stadium. I went to the Friday game against the Phillies last week. I wanted a souvenier from the stadium but I couldn't unbolt the seat I was sitting in. Maybe at the last game, they might let some Marlin fans get a bag of dirt. Anyways...I'll definately be going to the new stadium.

Stan M

Yes, LB, I meant Ceda. You should have heard the Met announcers discuss his condition. It was embarrasing.

I am brokenhearted at what has happened to Lenny Dykstra. When a Met, I loved the guy. That was before he ballooned up with steroids. Still have a huge signed wall poster of him as a Met w/o shirt that says, "nails." To my knowledge, he is the only Caucasian who has stolen over 100 bases in a season in organized ball. He did it in A ball on same team that Gooden earned his fame. Whenever I think of a ballplayer who always gave his all, I think of Lenny back then. His fall is tragic and seems as if it a mental rather than character disorder. The guy is liable to spend most of the rest of his life in prison.

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