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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basebal...-sports-marlins
excerpts from published article

Fresh approach

Mets Assistant General Manager Tony Bernazard called Henry Owens and told him they were sending him home.

It didn't register immediately with Owens, who was playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic at the time and figured the Mets wanted him back in the States.

Bernazard had to explain he was speaking in literal terms.

The Mets traded the Miami-born Owens, a Barry University product, and fellow hard-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom to the Marlins. Once the initial shock subsided, Owens was ecstatic.

"I thought about it a little bit and [realized] it was a great opportunity," said Owens, who along with Lindstrom took part in Tuesday's luncheon. "Last year I was coming in [to Mets camp] as a guy who just got put on the roster, part of a very veteran team ... This situation is a little different. You come in with higher expectations and there's a need to fill."

Owens made his big-league debut last season, but Lindstrom has yet to pitch above Double-A. That could change with a good showing in Jupiter.

Lindstrom isn't at home in the same sense as Owens, but he'll have plenty of familiar faces around him. He has relationships with all the former Mets players the Marlins acquired in the 2005 deals for Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca.

ATTENDANCE BUMP?

Samson said he expects the Marlins to sell about 5,000 season tickets again this year, but for attendance to be higher.

"Our group sales are ahead of schedule, we expect our individual sales to be terrific again this year," said Samson, whose Marlins ranked last in the majors in attendance (14,372 per game) last season.
 

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holy crap change the title dude

I thought this meant his arm was acting up or something
 

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holy crap change the title dude

I thought this meant his arm was acting up or something
Agreed.

*changes*
 

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I hope attendance will increase. I think as long as the team doesnt start 20 games under .500, then they should be competitive all season.
 

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They have a small hurdle in counting season tickets sold as they have essentially reduced the 41 game packs to 28 because they no longer include sunday in the sun.

Season tickets are counted as one season ticket = 81 games. So where last season two 41 game packs equaled one season ticket, now it's (2.89) almost three of the 28 game packs to count as one season ticket.

More fans will result in the same number of "season tickets".
 

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"Our group sales are ahead of schedule, we expect our individual sales to be terrific again this year," said Samson, whose Marlins ranked last in the majors in attendance (14,372 per game) last season.

I wasn't aware they were ever terrific
 

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I bet the only time we see attendance above 20,000-25,000 for a game will be opening day and if we are in a playoff hunt. Just like usual.
 

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I bet the only time we see attendance above 20,000-25,000 for a game will be opening day and if we are in a playoff hunt. Just like usual.

I think there are several saturday games where we will see that. 20,000 is not hard to get...
 

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With 5k season tickets, you still wont have dick for attendance.


So we go from what? 12k a night to 12.5k?


Thrilling.
 

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I don't care about attendance.
Easy for you to say. :rolleyes:
 

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Can't wait to see what Owens brings to the table
 

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