The Marlins drop "Florida"

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From their road jerseys at least. They’ve dropped the Marlin-jumping-over-the-F thing from the sleeve too.  This comes in advance of the team renaming themselves the “Miami Marlins” once they move into their new park in 2012.

I like the name “Miami Marlins” because alliteration rocks.  I also hope that the team puts “Miami” on the roadies come 2012 because that would be cool.  I don’t like this “Marlins” interregnum, however, as I think there should be a federal law requiring teams to put city or state names on their road jerseys.

I reckon that this is just lame “branding,” brought on by a fear that people will forget what Miami is or that they’ll accidentally drive to Tallahassee for Marlins games or something.

Michael Fulmer underwent surgery on his right knee

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MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that Tigers starter Michael Fulmer underwent successful surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. The Tigers expect Fulmer to be ready for spring training next year.

Fulmer, 25, threw just five pitches in his start against the Indians on Friday before being removed with what at the time was called right knee inflammation. The right-hander ends 2018 with a 3-12 record, a 4.69 ERA, and a 110/46 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings.

Fulmer will enter his first of four years of arbitration eligibility after the season. The Tigers likely would have considered trading him during the offseason but his poor season and knee woes will keep him in Detroit for the time being.