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Monday, August 20, 2018

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Marlins revoke press credentials from reporter who investigated corporate office

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are not responding well to embarrassing revelations about their business practices.

It was revealed in April that the Marlins claim foreign ownership for tax purposes by listing their corporate address in the British Virgin Islands. When Miami radio host Andy Slater traveled there to find the address, he discovered a post office box, resulting in a lot of public embarrassment for the organization.

The franchise’s response was to revoke his press credentials.

Slater confirmed that, immediately after his trip, the Marlins cut off his access to the team.

“I was basically told that I could not come cover the Marlins,” Slater told the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on Friday, via Chris Thompson of Deadspin. “I was denied credentials right after I went to the British Virgin Islands, that trip. I was actually approved for the next day, for that Sunday, and then I got a denial email, and then was denied about a week later when I applied yet again. I spoke to Marlins PR and they basically don’t like the way that I cover the team. So I’ve been denied credentials since then.”

The Marlins have been buried in an avalanche of bad PR since a group including Derek Jeter purchased the team. Sidelining the reporter who looks into the team’s shady business practices won’t win them any new supporters.

Cody Bellinger after loss to Marlins: ‘Obviously, we are the better team’

Cody Bellinger

Even in the rare instances that they win a game, the Miami Marlins cannot seem to earn the respect of their opponents.

On Wednesday, the Marlins somehow managed to get the best of Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Aided by the left-hander’s six walks, the Marlins chased Kershaw from the game after three earned runs in five innings. They eventually won 8-6, improving their record to 7-17 on the years and dropping L.A.’s to 11-12. Miami took two out of three from the Dodgers to win its first series of the season.

Cody Bellinger was not that impressed.

“Baseball’s not like basketball or football,” the young first baseman said, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. “The better team doesn’t always win. Obviously, we are the better team.”

Actually, the best team doesn’t always win in any sport, but it’s not a great look to point that out when you’re on the losing end of things. Kershaw is now 1-4 on the season despite having a 2.84 ERA, so the Dodgers simply aren’t scoring runs for him. The defending NL champions are off to a slow start and have had some major red flags early on, though there is obviously plenty of baseball left to play.

The Marlins are an easy punching bag, but the 22-year-old Bellinger should probably refrain from pointing out when lesser opponents get the best of his team going forward.

Marlins have had pathetic attendance to start 2018 season

Marlins Man

The Miami Marlins traded away several of their top players this past offseason, which has resulted in fans being even less interested in the team now than they were before. If you need evidence of that, look no further than their attendance numbers.

The Marlins began the 2018 season with home series against the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox — two of baseball’s most popular and storied franchises. And still, people are not bothering to show up to Marlins Park.

Of the teams that have hosted a home game already this year, Miami ranks dead last with an average attendance of 15,289 fans. At the very least, they usually draw a lot of visiting fans when teams like the Red Sox and Cubs come to town, especially since it is still quite chilly in Boston and Chicago and fans there might be looking for an excuse to get away.

While certainly sad, the attendance numbers are hardly a shock. The Marlins have already alienated their most loyal fan, and any remaining followers the franchise had are disgusted with Derek Jeter’s ownership group for trading Giancarlo Stanton and other top players. It’s going to be a very long season in Miami.

Steve Lyons ripped for throwing shade at Marlins

Steve Lyons

NESN broadcaster Steve Lyons was ripped for a comment he made about this year’s Miami Marlins roster.

During the offseason, the Marlins were purchase by a new ownership group that includes future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. What followed was a teardown of the roster that saw several big named players traded away.

Giancarlo Stanton was traded to the Yankees. Marcell Ozuna was dealt to the Cardinals. Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon were also moved, to the Brewers and Mariners respectively. What’s left is a roster full of names not known to much of the country.

Lyons made a remark to that effect on Monday with the Red Sox playing a series against the Marlins, and it is not sitting well with many.

It didn’t take long for criticism to find its way towards Lyons, with some making reference to Lyons’ nondescript major league career.

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Marlins Man says other teams have shown interest in him

Marlins Man

Marlins Man has officially cut ties with the organization he blindly supported for the past 25 years, and he says he is considering taking his loyalty elsewhere for the 2018 MLB season.

Marlins Man, a Miami lawyer whose real name is Laurence Leavy, told ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Wednesday night that he will not be paying for Marlins season tickets this year for the first time since 1993. He has a credit with the team that paid for two season tickets in the outfield, but he plans to give them away and will not sit in them himself.

“I have been a full season-ticket holder since the first year 25 years ago in 1993, and I don’t know anybody else who spent as much money on the Marlins for tickets as I have in the last 25 years,” Leavy said. “While they asked us to be loyal to them and faithful and patient, they are not faithful and loyal to us.”

Leavy reiterated his recent revelation that he offered the team $200,000 for three years of four Diamond Club seats behind home plate, and the offer was rejected. He figured he should get a 10 percent discount for the Marlins selling off their All-Star players and another 10 percent off for paying up front, but the team rejected the offer and wanted him to pay $263,000, using his credit to help make up the difference. Leavy said he has been offered better deals from other teams.

“Four teams reached out to me already and said that I could become, like, the Tigers man or other teams, and they would be happy to sell me tickets on TV view for three years paid in advance with a substantial discount,” he said.

While you could argue that the Marlins would be setting a dangerous precedent by allowing someone to negotiate the price of a season ticket package, the franchise has dealt with some horrible PR since Derek Jeter’s ownership group took over. Alienating their biggest fan probably isn’t going to help anything.

Marlins turn down $200,000 offer from Marlins Man for three years of season tickets

Marlins Man

One of the subplots that has emerged from the Miami Marlins offseason is the fact that they’ve managed to alienate Marlins Man so badly that he’s on the verge of walking away from his season tickets.

Now, that’s exactly what’s happening, after the team turned down $200,000 in a three-year “offer.”

Marlins Man, real name Laurence Leavy, sent the team a $200,000 check and a letter directly to CEO Derek Jeter, saying he’d be willing to pay for three years of season tickets up front. The Marlins do not offer any packages like this and turned him down, though they did send counter-offers, signaling a willingness to negotiate.

In the end, no agreement was reached, and Leavy won’t be renewing his season tickets for the first time since the franchise’s inception in 1993.

“I’ve received more of a discount for other teams with a multi-year deal, including the Yankees, and I never have to pay years in advance,” Leavy said, via Andy Slater of SlaterScoops. “This very reasonable offer was made in good faith and had nothing to do with Jeter getting in my Marlins car, throwing out the first pitch, or any other falsely reported nonsense.

“I’m disappointed they didn’t take almost a quarter-million dollars for empty seats.”

On one hand, season ticket packages aren’t really meant to be negotiable years in advance. On the other, this is more negative publicity for an organization that has had far too much of it, and a team desperate to fill their stadium rejecting $200k isn’t the greatest look in the world.

Marlins Man still has not renewed his season tickets

Marlins Man

Time is running out on one of the Miami Marlins’ most prominent season ticket holders to renew for 2018.

“Marlins Man,” real name Laurence Leavy, still has not renewed his season tickets, stating that he made an offer to the team that was rejected.

No, they’re not going to let Marlins Man negotiate his own season ticket pricing, but it’s still somewhat surprising that we’ve reached this point. He’s been venting about the quality of the team for months, and he has a point — the Marlins, already unsuccessful, are tearing everything down and starting over more or less from scratch. Justified or not, it’s not a method that’s going to win you many fans.

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