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Marlins Embracing The Culture Of Caribbean Baseball Is Long Overdue

The Miami Marlins havent been much on the field in recent years.

The Miami Marlins havent been much on the field in recent years. 

The franchise’s two biggest moves were trading Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees and getting sold to an ownership group led, in stature and celebrity appeal, by Derek Jeter. They might stink on the field right now — a 53-81 record says it all — but the culture of the franchise is changing.  

In an unprecedented move, the Marlins are acknowledging their burgeoning Latino fan base and encouraging fans to bring instruments to the stadium next season, duplicating the pandemonia and heightened enthusiasm that the World Baseball Classic evokes. 

Andre Fernandez on Twitter

The #Marlins are planning to theme a section in their right field stands ‘Comunidad 305’ starting next season that will cater to fans from several Hispanic cultures in the hopes it will create an animated vibe similar to the WBC…. @HeraldSports


In Latin American and Caribbean countries baseball is a much more festive activity than here in the U.S. Every baseball game is like a party with music blaring, people chanting. The enthusiasm level rivals that of a football game. This cultural passion adds to the excitement of the game and breaks the monotony of what can be a very methodical process. 


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Shortly after announcing a new bilingual program where English speaking employees would have to learn Spanish, the organization announced the addition of Comunidad 305, a support section in right field where fans can bring musical instruments, flags and more to celebrate their culture and root for the team. Other new changes for 2019 include discounted seating options, watch parties for away games and themed nights with DJs and fireworks.

Yvonne Carrasco on Twitter

A lot of changes continue to be announced. Very nice! Especially like the new education program that focuses on players and managers becoming bilingual – English-speaking uniformed personnel learning Spanish. https://t.co/jPiLK1Uqff


The Miami Marlins are definitely on the cutting edge as it pertains to servicing Miamis Latino community and infusing the cultural aspects of Caribbean baseball into their everyday operations as an organization. 

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While the franchise rebuilds, the new culture of Marlins baseball is being established as well with a deeper connection to the fans. One that represents the Miami of old and new and will sustain the teams gates while they rise out of the ashes. 


Andre Fernandez on Twitter

Marlins – Bowers: “I think people will see a significant change not just optically, but the feel and the vibe inside the building will feel different.” @HeraldSports

Baseball in general, has to keep evolving. As less American kids seem to want to play the sport, there is an international fan base that is heavily contributing to keeping the game lucrative and popular around the world. Most of baseballs biggest and brightest stars are foreign-born players with cultural connections and traditions that celebrate everything great about the game. 

29 % of MLBs opening day rosters were foreign-born this season, from an all-time record 21 countries.  The Dominican Republic leads the Major Leagues with 84 players born outside the United States. Venezuela ranks second with 74, and Puerto Rico is third with 19 players. After that is Cuba (17); Mexico (11), proving how vital and significant the Latino and Caribbean population is to the future of baseball. 

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MLBs conservative and single-minded approach to baseball games is changing and the Marlins are leading the way under the leadership of Derek Jeter.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.