Marlins president David Samson has teamed up with MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro to provide fans (and casual onlookers) with an inside look at the progress of the club’s new ballpark construction.
According to the most recent update, the new park is nearly 50% complete and premium season tickets for the stadium — set to open in 2012 — are nearly sold out.
367 of the 379 seats in the all-inclusive Diamond Club, set up right behind home plate, have been claimed for the entire 2012 season. 216 of 296 seats in the Dugout Club, which hugs the first- and third-base lines, have also been purchased for 2012.
The Marlins are confident that the new stadium will be filled throughout its debut season, which should allow them to expand their payroll. Whether the fans will continue to pour in is another matter and may have more to do with wins and losses than anything.
Check out more on the retractable-roof stadium’s progress over at MLB.com.
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is dealing with “dead arm” and will head back to Seattle to have his shoulder examined, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez was reportedly visibly upset and left the clubhouse quickly, declining to speak to the media, Divish adds.
Hernandez wasn’t long for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, as he lasted just two innings, yielding four runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Mariners went on to lose 19-9. Hernandez is now carrying a 4.73 ERA over his first five starts.
Not much else can go wrong for the Mariners, who are now 8-13 in last place in the AL West. Mitch Haniger also suffered an oblique injury on Tuesday, joining what is becoming a lengthy list of dinged-up Mariners.
Blue Jays pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan found a creative way to beat the tag from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game.
With the score tied 2-2, the Jays had a runner on first base and one out as Kevin Pillar faced reliever Matt Bowman. Pillar drove a 1-1 fastball to deep right field. Stephen Piscotty leaped in an attempt to make the catch, but the ball caromed off the wall and back towards the field. Coghlan, who was on first, made his way around third towards home. Piscotty threw home past the cutoff man and the ball reached Molina on several bounces. As Molina went low to apply the tag, Coghlan went high, leaping into the air and somersaulting into home plate to score the go-ahead run.
The Blue Jays would go on to score two in the inning, but the Cardinals answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the seventh. As of this writing, the score remains tied at four apiece.