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Marlins' World Series "enders" -- Counsell and Posada -- retire a week apart

        Kind of an interesting coincidence. One week after Craig Counsell hung up his spikes, Jorge Posada did the same. Both will be remembered by Marlins fans for their parts in the ending moments of the team's two World Series championships.

        Counsell, arms upraised, scored the winning run for the Marlins in Game 7 of the 1997 Series on Edgar Renteria's single up the middle off Cleveland's Charles Nagy. Six years later, Posada was tagged out by Josh Beckett to end the '03 Series for the victorious Marlins.

        Counsell (41) and Posada (40) each made his major league debut as a September call-up in 1995.


        A new ballpark doesn't guarantee instant success in the won-loss column.

        Of the 21 non-expansion teams that have moved into new ballparks since 1989, 10 improved their record from the previous season, 10 regressed, and one stayed the same.

        What do you think they'll do? Guess their final record.


        Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been granted residency in the Dominican Republic, according to MLB.com. Now it's up to MLB to grant free agent status to Cespedes so that teams can begin making offers.

         The Marlins are expected to be aggressive bidders.