In the future, everyone will hold the naming rights to the Marlins’ ballpark for fifteen minutes …
The Marlins’ home for the next two years will be known by yet another name for the 2010 season. The football/baseball facility in South Florida, which is currently
called Dolphin Stadium again, will be renamed Sun Life Stadium, after
the company Sun Life Financial . . . It started with Joe Robbie Stadium, then went to Pro Player Park, Pro
Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium and then Land Shark
Stadium for most of the ’09 season. It then reverted to Dolphin Stadium
following the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 5, and now it will be known as
Sun Life Stadium.
Given how often it changes It can’t cost much money to name the place. We should just pool our money and get it donw. Yahoo!’s Dave Brown’s idea — “Say Hello to my Little Ballpark” — is in the lead so far. Anyone have anything better?
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.
The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.
Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.