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Inside the Marlins: Joe Girardi


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Young New Manager Profiled

In Compelling Original Behind the Scene Series


Premieres Opening Day. Mon., April 3, at 6:00pm, leading into FSN Florida?s ?Marlins on Deck? Live Pre-game Show and the Team?s Season Opener


MIAMI ? As the exclusive regional television home of the Florida Marlins, FSN Florida is premiering its all-new INSIDE THE MARLINS series this week, a behind-the-scenes original TV series produced and created by the Florida sports network in association with the team. Complimenting FSN Florida?s lineup of 150 regular season games, INSIDE THE MARLINS will bring fans closer to their favorite team, offering inside access to players, the team and its operations.


The first episode profiles the Marlins new manager, Joe Girardi. Hosted by FSN Florida?s Marlins pregame host and in-game reporter, Craig Minervini, the show premieres statewide Monday, April 3 at 6pm with multiple replays scheduled through the end of April.


As one of the youngest managers in Major League Baseball, Girardi brings with him a fresh and energetic approach to the game. He retired as a player less than three years ago after spending 15 years in the Majors as a catcher playing for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees. With only one year of coaching experience under his belt, he was the bench coach for the Yankees during the 2005 season, Girardi felt he was ready to enter the next phase of his career. Highly recommended by Yankees manager, Joe Torre, the Marlins selected Girardi for his unique style and player-focused attitude.


INSIDE THE MARLINS sat down with Girardi in an exclusive interview to find out about his life off the field. Viewers will learn how playing Major League Baseball helped shape who he is today and hear about his philosophy and hopes coaching this young team. FSN Florida traveled to his hometown of Peoria, Illinois and met with Dave Rogers, Girardi?s youth baseball coach, who took FSN?s cameras on a tour of his early ?baseball hangout spots? and spoke with some old friends and neighbors. As one of five children Girardi had a lot of support growing up and throughout his career. The show also met with his brother John Girardi, a doctor of internal medicine in Chicago, who is a self described ?biggest collector of Joe Girardi memorabilia ever.? With a degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and coming from a family who stressed academics, it is unusual that Girardi made professional sports his life-long pursuit. His two older brothers are both doctors and his sister has a Ph.D. and teaches at Southern Cal. But whatever Girardi focuses on ? whether it?s in the classroom or on the baseball field - he always comes prepared, focused and ready to compete.


A special feature allows Marlins fans to learn more about Girardi?s managerial style by listening in on what he had to say from the dugout when he wore a microphone during an exhibition game earlier this spring.


Produced and created by FSN Florida in association with the Florida Marlins, INSIDE THE MARLINS is designed to bring fans closer to their favorite team and its operations, offering fans special access to players and personnel, as this new series illustrates.


Upcoming episodes include an updated profile on pitching sensation, Dontrelle Willis, scheduled to premiere on April 17. The series airs exclusively on FSN Florida to over 5.1 million cable and satellite homes across the state. Encore presentations of this new episode are slated for Tuesday, April 4, 7pm; Friday, April 7, 2:30pm; Sunday, April 9, 2:30pm; Tuesday, April 11, 3pm; Wednesday, April 12, 12pm; Saturday, April 15, 2:30pm; Saturday, April 29, 6pm; Sunday, April 30, 12:30pm and Sunday, May 6, 3pm (ET).

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