When did Florida Marlins change name to Miami Marlins and why ?
by Al MacKenzie
(Hilden NS Canada)
Miami Marlins Stadium 2012
Al asked: When did the Florida marlins change their name to the Miami Marlins, and why?
Rick answered: Al, thank you for your question.
The Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins sometime after the close of the 2011 season. The change was made to coincide with the move into the new Miami Marlins Stadium, in April of 2012.
The Marlins have had attendance problems and the hope was to improve their stadium venue, which they have done.
I would guess that they also wanted to create a different identity, hopefully to attract a more substantial fan base from the greater Miami area.
Along with those changes, they also hired a new on field manager in Ozzie Guillen, went into the free agent market and picked up some marquee players.
Thus far their efforts have not made any positive change to their attendance problem, their newly acquired on field personnel have not created the win/loss turn around that had been hoped for.
The stadium itself is a much better venue for baseball, and the retractable roof provides the opportunity to avoid the numerous rainouts that can happen with the Florida climate.
Only time will tell if their investment pays off. So far, in 2012, not as yet.
Yours in baseball,