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MLB tells FIU collegians they must use wood bats vs. Marlins

    Interesting development here at Marlins Park as we await the start of tonight's Marlins/FIU exhibition. Major League Baseball notified the Golden Panthers only a couple of hours ago that they would required to use wood bats in their game against the Marlins. The FIU players are borrowing bats from the Marlins to take batting practice and use in the game.

    I have a couple of calls in to MLB to find out what the reason is for this sudden decision, as the University of Miami was permitted to use metal bats in their game against the Marlins last night and in previous years. It could be an issue with the MLB players' union, too.

    -- One other note: Marlins president David Samson said that, starting tomorrow, fans with complaints or suggestions about the new ballpark can send them to ballparkfeedback.marlins.com