The Miami Marlins have been making a big splash at the Winter Meetings in Dallas this week. They signed all-star shortstop Jose Reyes, and coveted pitcher Mark Buehrle. It looks as if they will miss out on the Pujols sweepstakes as he will most likely resign with the Cardinals. However, the Marlins aren't done. They are still pursuing Rangers free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson who is one of my favorite non-Marlins (for now). There have also been rumors floating around in regards to Prince Fielder. Not sure that he fits with the plan the Marlins seem to be executing but it is no questions that he would bring another dimension to the team.
The picture below is a panorama that I took at the last Marlins game I went to. It happens to be the last game that I will ever see what I know as Dolphin/Pro Player Stadium. Next year the Marlins will be moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Miami. The key feature of the ballpark is the retractable roof. WOOHOO! This means that there won't be anymore rain delays or suffering through 95 degree summer days. The extremely expensive air conditioning system should keep the temperature at a comfortable 78, which will be extremely welcomed in July and August.
I don't want to forget about the last 20 years (or so) in Marlins history because we won 2 World Series, but there is a sense around the club that we are entering a new era. The new ballpark brings a whole new look, not only to the facility, but to the players and overall feel of Marlins baseball. Heres to the next 20 years being just as important in Marlins history than the last 20 have been.