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2018 Preview: Miami Marlins, Marlins Park

Red Grooms sculpture, Marlins Park

Ballpark Digest is previewing what every MLB team is doing to begin the season, both on and off the field, as the 2018 campaign launches this week. Up next: the Miami Marlins and Marlins Park.

It was an offseason of change for the Miami Marlins, and some of the effects of the franchise’s transition will be seen at Marlins Park this season. A new ownership group headlined by CEO Derek Jeter began a rebuilding process by trading many of the team’s best players, including reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton. The club also made a change to some aspcts of the fan experience, doing away with the Great Sea mascot race that had become a ballpark staple over the last few years.

One seemingly possible change that did not take place was the removal of Marlins Park’s colorful home run sculpture (shown above). It appeared over the offseason that the Marlins were poised to have the Red Grooms sculpture removed from the ballpark, but attempts to relocate it to another location fell through, leaving it in place at Marlins Park for now.

There are some new elements to look forward to at Marlins Park, however, particularly when it comes to concessions. This year, the Marlins are unveiling some creative options, including a Portobello Burger and a Arepa Burger. The Portobello Burger features a balsamic vinaigrette marinated Portobello mushroom topped with Swiss cheese, vegetable ragu and lettuce, while the Arepa Burger includes a premium blend burger with pickled red onions, cilantro jalapeno line aioli, and chicharrones. It will be served between a classic cheese arepa.

For a mix on the chicken sandwich, fans can try the Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich. Some of the other menu items to watch for 2018 include the Chicken Salad Croissant and BBQ Platter. Pinchos will be offered up at the Presidente Food Truck, providing a slate of choices that includes Chicken Tandoori, Mojo Pork, or Famous Bacon Wrapped Plantain.

On the promotional side, the Marlins appear to be placing a heavy emphasis on their 25th anniversary season. One of the signature features of that celebration will be 25th anniversary weekend from June 8-10, when the Marlins will don throwback jerseys with the teal pinstripe design.

Marlins Throwback Jersey

Images courtesy Miami Marlins. 

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