Clevelander pool and club at Marlins Park closes

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When Marlins Park in Miami opened, the most talked about feature of the park was the big home run sculpture thing behind the outfield wall. When Miami’s new Derek Jeter-faced ownership group took over, they made a point of getting rid of that.

The second most talked about feature of Marlins Park when it opened was the Clevelander nightclub and the swimming pool behind the left field wall where fans could drink and/or swim during ballgames. The Clevelander, for those who do not know, is a famous South Beach hotel and nightspot and its presence at Marlins Park was aimed at classing up the joint and extending the Miami Beach branding to baseball.

The Miami Herald reports, however, that it is no more. The Marlins and The Clevelander have mutually agreed to discontinue The Clevelander At Marlins Park, the paper says, with both organizations being said to have “new priorities.” The official statement from Marlins chief revenue officer Adam Jones:

“We are appreciative of The Clevelander’s partnership at Marlins Park through the ballpark’s first eight years. We are excited about the future use and potential of the field-level space as a fan destination within Marlins Park for a wide variety of audiences.”

Fans will still be able to go over there to the non-Clevelander-themed bar, but the pool is going to be gone. The team didn’t give a specific reason, but one wonders how much a place like the Clevelander liked having its brand associated with a venue that was half empty most of the time.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.