Marlins’ new park 50% done, premium tickets selling quickly

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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.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.