The Nationals dropped this afternoon’s affair with the Braves 6-3, falling below .500 at 28-29 in what has been a disappointing season. A popular pre-season World Series pick, the Nationals have dealt with injuries to key players and poor performance from others.
First baseman Adam LaRoche wasn’t going to mince words when he spoke to the media after the game. Per Mark Zuckerman:
“We deserve to be where we’re at right now,” first baseman Adam LaRoche said. “We’ve played like crap.”
Zuckerman also points out the tough road ahead:
In order to get to 90 wins by season’s end, they’ll need to go 62-43 (a .590 winning percentage). In order to get to 95 wins, they’ll need to 67-38 (a hefty .638 clip).
Derek Jeter, part-owner of the Marlins, met with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park, Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports. They discussed potentially removing the home run sculpture from the ballpark, something that has been on Jeter’s to-do list since he took over.
Gimenez said of the sculpture, “I just don’t think they’re all that crazy about it. I’m not a fan. We’re looking at it. … We’ll see if anything can be done.”
According to Hanks, the sculpture is public property because it was purchased as part of the Art in Public Places program, which requires art to be installed for the public in county-owned buildings. Michael Spring, the cultural chief for Miami-Dade who was present with Jeter and Gimenez on Tuesday, had previously said that the sculpture was “not moveable” and was “permanently installed” because it was designed “specifically” for Marlins Park. On Tuesday, Spring said, “Anything is possible. But it is pretty complicated. And I wanted the mayor and the Marlins to understand how complicated it really was. We got a good look at it today, and they saw how big it was. There’s hydraulics, there’s plumbing, there’s electricity.”
With Jeter having traded Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon this offseason, the home run sculpture is arguably one of the last remaining interesting things about the Marlins in 2018. Naturally, he wants to get rid of it.