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.

Yankees to trade Sonny Gray soon

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Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Yankees “have multiple offers on the table” for Sonny Gray and appear close to trading him.

Probably best for everyone. Gray posted a 4.90 ERA in 2018 and drew the ire of basically everyone in the Yankee universe, but there does not seem to be anything physically wrong with him and you have to figure a change of scenery would do him good.

Where he goes is anyone’s guess — Martino says there are “approximately 11” teams interested — but we’ll find out soon enough.