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Marlins expect dismal crowd for home opener

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11:12 AM ET 04.07 | As the Miami Marlins begin year two in their ballpark Monday, they're back to operating in obscurity. Given the dismal outlook this season, that may be just as well. Thousands of empty seats are likely for the home opener against the Atlanta Braves, with a succession of small crowds to follow. Many potential ticket buyers are disenchanted because owner Jeffrey Loria has reverted to his frugal payrolls of the past, and the team is widely projected to finish last in NL East for the third year in a row. Kevin Slowey is scheduled to start the first home game for Miami against Paul Maholm. If fans are on the edge of their seats, it may be only because they're awaiting a chance to boo Loria.

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April 7, 2013  11:44 AM ET

The only chance Loria has to survive with the Fish is to make his franchise like a low level minor league game every night with some kind of promotions or give a ways to get fans to come.

April 7, 2013  11:45 AM ET

Why should opening day be any different from the rest of the season?

April 7, 2013  12:25 PM ET

And I had heard their marketing was going so well...

April 7, 2013  12:59 PM ET

Lmao obis. The other day one official came out saying they would expect at least 20k fans for the opener and I asked to myself. Inside the stadium or outside ? Lol

April 7, 2013  01:45 PM ET

The Marlins never draw many fans. Floridians have better things to do.

April 7, 2013  03:31 PM ET

This makes me sad. The Marlins could've been so much more, if someone else was calling the shots.

What a waste of a team, a fan base, a stadium, money, time, etc.

April 7, 2013  03:48 PM ET
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Well deserved too. Damn ignorant franchise who should fold and take TB with them.

I think if you transferred the TB ownership and management to Miami you'd have a successful franchise.

April 7, 2013  03:58 PM ET
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Well deserved too. Damn ignorant franchise who should fold and take TB with them.

Now what did the Rays ever do to you???

April 7, 2013  03:59 PM ET
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I think if you transferred the TB ownership and management to Miami you'd have a successful franchise.

Absolutely. I can almost guarantee it.

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April 7, 2013  04:54 PM ET
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You're a Mets fan...you have no right to speak badly of any franchise.

Haha. Well said.

April 7, 2013  05:58 PM ET

Not a Good Situation for The Fans, The City and The Owner!!!

April 7, 2013  06:22 PM ET

The Mets have a perfectly rich history (4 World Series appearances (2-2), 6 playoffs altogether and have a bright future with promising stars in a classy stadium. The Marlins have two WS wins followed by two fire sales and nothing else to show except a AA team at best and a stadium that looks like Carmen Miranda's bathroom.

April 7, 2013  06:27 PM ET

Last year's attempt to add a pennant should have cost some people some money, a lot of money??? I neither care or know much about the owner, but this has to be trying on the wallets...???

April 7, 2013  08:27 PM ET

I cannot understand why anyone would pay to see the AA team Loria has assembled. It is time MLB steps in and forces him out as owner. After all - they gave him the team in the first place.

 
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