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The Florida Marlins are moving a 3 game series with the Seattle Mariners on June 24-26 to Seattle from Miami, due to a U2 concert at Sun Life Stadium.
Is anyone else getting the hint?
I don’t think it will be long before the MLB takes the franchise out of Miami and puts it somewhere else such as Portland (seems like a decent spot for a team and the NBA worked out there), Omaha (home of the college world series and successful minor league team), or Albuquerque (great support for the minor league team there.)
Baseball just doesn’t live in Florida. On opening day in 2010, the Marlins ranked 26th in payroll, and 28th in attendance.
Granted, they aren’t the worst team, because you could easily make the same case for the Pirates especially, and maybe the Royals, but they haven’t gotten a set of games moved for a music concert.
The band needs three days to set up their one day concert event.
Bono owns the Marlins.
If the MLB actually does want the Marlins to stay, one thing they could do is get a salary cap enforced. Maybe bringing a little parity would help out matters a little bit? Maybe they could impose a payroll minimum?
Whatever they decide to do, I don’t think it will work. Nothing is going to turn around their fan base. It’s very unlikely that their owners will have the desire to win bad enough to actually win. We all remember the year they won the World Series, but that was in the past. This is now, and the Marlins aren’t cutting it.
The Marlins will be defunct or relocated in the next 5 to 10 years.